Sarah was born in Cumbria in 1974. She is the author of four novels, Haweswater, The Electric Michelangelo, The Carhullan Army and How to Paint a Dead Man, and the winner of, amongst others, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Betty Trask Award, the John Llewellyn Ryhs Prize and the Portico Prize for Fiction. The Electric Michelangelo was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Now in its eighth year, the prize of €25,000 is still the most lucrative in the world for a collection of stories. It is in the gift of the Munster Literature Centre who present it each year at the Cork International Short Story Festival. It is awarded for what is judged to be the best original short story collection published in English (including translation) by a living author.
07 Jun 2012