Northern Ireland news

Derry Girls and book about 'cash for ash' scandal shortlisted for major award

Hit Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls has been shortlisted for a major award

HIT comedy Derry Girls, a book about the 'cash for ash' scandal, and Booker award-winning Milkman are all in the running for a prestigious literary prize.

Six works have been shortlisted for the £7,500 Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize.

The prize aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Ireland, greater understanding between Britain and Ireland and closer co-operation between the partners of the European Community.

Burned, News Letter political editor Sam McBride's dissection of the botched renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme, is among the works shortlisted.

Other entries include Michael Hughes's novel Country; Say Nothing, Patrick Radden Keefe's book about the murder of IRA victim Jean McConville, and Forgetful Remembrance, Israeli academic Guy Beiner's book on Protestants, memory and the 1798 rebellion.

A separate prize for a work dealing with the implications of Brexit include three books and the Twitter account of Queen's University academic Katy Hayward.

The books include works on Brexit by RTÉ journalist Tony Connelly; Irish economist and academic Kevin O’Rourke and Irish Times columnist Fintan O'Toole.

Professor Roy Foster, one of the prize's judges said the shortlisted works for the main prize all involve re-examinations of the past.

"There are two notably brilliant works of fiction, each giving a unique and unsettling perspective on inter-communal violence; a study of how history is processed in Ulster through ‘social memory’, and also ‘social forgetting’; a forensic and hypnotically readable study of the ‘disappearing’ of a victim of violence; an analysis of the scandal over ‘renewable energy’ in the province which casts new light on how government works in Northern Ireland; and an acclaimed television series giving a new voice and a fresh insight into the everyday realities of the Troubles as experienced by resilient and irreverent teenagers," he said.

Writer Sam McBride with his book Burned about the RHI scandal which led to the collapse of Stormont. File picture by Laura Davison, Pacemaker Press

Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe now to get full access

Northern Ireland news