Saturday, February 12, 2011
Irish Pen Award Dinner February 11 2011
Writerly social nights are like a bus. There's not a sign of one for ages and then two arrive at the same time. For the second time this week, I had the pleasure of spending some time in the company of writers, many of whom I know through their blogs (or from lurking on Twitter) but met last night for the first time in real life.
The Royal St George Yacht Club, Dunlaoghaire, (Co Dublin, Ireland) was the venue for the Irish Pen Award Dinner 2011 and author Colm Toibin (winner of Dublin International Impac Literary Award and The Costa Prize, amongst others) was the worthy recipient of this year's Irish Pen Award. Previous award winners have been John B Keane, Seamus Heaney and Maeve Binchy, to name but a few.
A very enjoyable night and great thanks to Vanessa O Loughlin and Kristi Thompson of Inkwell writers and Irish Pen for organising the fun, Inkwell tables.
I couldn't resist the opportunity to seize Colm Toibin and drag him forcefully into a photo. My sudden, determined swoop may be the reason Colm looks (understandeably) dazed.