Two Irish-born writers have been short-listed for the prestigious annual award for literature, the Booker prize. The shortlist was announced this morning. Michael Collins, who is from Limerick but now based in Seattle in the US, was short-listed for his book "The Keepers of Truth". Brian O'Doherty was also short-listed for "The Deposition of Father McGreevy", which is based in County Kerry.

The other candidates for the award are Margaret Atwood for "The Blind Assassin", Trezza Azzopardi for "The Hiding Place", Kazuo Ishiguro for "When We Were Orphans" and Matthew Kneale for "English Passengers". The winner will be announced on November 7.