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Belfast-born Man Booker Prize winner Anna Burns awarded honorary degree by QUB

'Milkman' author Anna Burns pictured ahead of receiving her honorary degree at Queen's University.

MAN Booker Prize winner Anna Burns was yesterday awarded an honorary degree by Queen's University Belfast.

The Belfast-born writer was given a Doctor of Literature for distinction in the arts and literature.

The 2018 Man Booker Prize winner, the first writer from Northern Ireland to scoop the prestigious accolade, said she was "delighted to be awarded this honour from an institution that has always offered local people access to education".

"Queen’s has produced many, many skilled writers and poets and continues to shape careers through elements such as the Seamus Heaney Centre," she said.

"Writing is quite an insular profession, so it is lovely and much appreciated to be externally acknowledged for my work."

Her novel Milkman won the 2019 Orwell Prize for political fiction and the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award.

She was also awarded the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize in 2018/2019, which recognises work promoting and encouraging peace and reconciliation in Ireland and in 2021 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Meanwhile, the first female UK Justice of the Supreme Court and the former Queen’s Judge in Residence will be honoured by QUB today.

Lady (later Baroness) Brenda Hale and Sir Donnell Deeny will be awarded Doctor of Laws for distinction in public service.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, Baroness Hale taught law at the University of Manchester for 18 years, also qualifying and practising at the Manchester Bar.

In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission and in 1994 became a High Court Judge. In 1999, she was promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first and only woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 2004.

Sir Donnell Deeny has held a distinguished career in law having served as a barrister, Queen’s counsel and High Court judge in Northern Ireland before joining the Court of Appeal in 2017.

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