Mike McCormack, novelist and NUI Galway English lecturer, has recently been awarded two prestigious prizes; the £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction and the Irish Novel of the Year at this year’s Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards for his third novel ‘Solar Bones’.
Solar Bones, which was written in a single novel-length sentence, takes place on All Souls’ Day in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo and is told largely through the recollections of Marcus Conway, a middle-aged engineer.
Mike’s previous work includes Getting it in the Head, Crowe’s Requiem, Notes from a Coma, which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award, and Forensic Songs. In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and in 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship.
Speaking about winning the Goldsmiths Prize, Mike said, “It is a great honour to win this prize particularly as it honours innovation and inventiveness in the fictional form. It’s a stand along prize and the most radical one in the literary landscape at the moment. I am thrilled to follow a line of writers which include Ali Smith, Eimear McBride and Kevin Barry.”
The Goldsmiths Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form. The annual prize of £10,000 is awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterises the genre at its best.