I’m absolutely thrilled to be selected as a finalist for this year’s novel fair for my first novel. This platform is seen as a springboard for the literary career of the finalists – a career which would be a dream come true for me.
I can’t imagine the work put in by judges Catherine Dunne, Anthony Glavin and Anna Carey to whittle down the list of over 200 entrants to just 12 finalists – so many thanks to them (and the many people working hard behind the scenes in the Irish Writers Centre).
As a finalist, I get the opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of the most influential names in publishing from Ireland and the UK to pitch my novel and discuss next steps.
I’m looking forward not only to meeting the agents and publishers who’ve committed to the event, but also to meeting the other shortlisted finalists.
I don’t feel I would have achieved this without the support and guidance I received as a member of the xBorders literary programme, facilitated by the wonderful Maria McManus. This unique programme gave me the opportunity to spend time with other writers and the space to reflect that resulted in novel I submitted to the Novel Fair.