Anna Burns Wins International Dublin Literary Award for ‘Milkman’

Milkman author, Anna Burns, has made literary history as the first Irish female recipient of the International Dublin Literary Award.

Milkman tells the story of a middle sister in an unnamed city hiding a developing and questionable sexual relationship from her mother, and trying more than anything to not be “interesting.” To be interesting calls notice and notice invites vulnerability.




“A story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day.”

Milkman has previously won other awards, such as the Man Booker Prize in 2018 and the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize just last week. However, having achieved the International Dublin Literary Award is definitely the most prestigious thus far, awarding Burns 100,000 Euro. In just a few days after being honored, Burns’ Milkman sold almost 10,000 copies, and 120,000 copies have been printed to meet the growing demand.

“To go from being a wee girl haggling over library cards with my siblings, my friends, neighbours, my parents and my aunt, to be standing here today receiving this award is phenomenal for me, and I thank you all again for this great honour,” she said.

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