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Prince of Asturias Award for Literature

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by admin

John has become the first Irish author to receive Spain’s most coveted literary prize, the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. The award, established in 1981, is conferred on those ‘whose literary work represents an outstanding contribution to universal literature’. The cash prize of €50,000 and a Joan Miró sculpture will be presented in October in Oviedo at a ceremony presided over by the Prince of Asturias. For the foundation’s full citation, see

Review of Beckett’s Echo’s Bones in the NewStatesman

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by admin

John reviews Samuel Beckett’s Echo’s Bones in the Spring double issue of the NewStatesman. The full review can be read here

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Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by admin

The first episode of Quirke, the new three-part series based on the novels of Benjamin Black, aired on RTÉ last Sunday. The first episode, ‘Christine Falls’, starring Gabriel Byrne and Michael Gambon, is viewable on the RTÉ Player website for another three weeks at

John Banville reviews Isaiah Berlin’s Building

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014 by admin

Letters 1960-1975 in the latest edition of The New York Review of Books.

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Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

Posted on: December 11th, 2013 by admin

John was presented with the ‘Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award’ on 26 November at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Past recipients include Maeve Binchy, John McGahern, Edna O’Brien, William Trevor and Seamus Heaney.

To mark the award’s announcement, John was interviewed by Sophie Gorman in the Irish Independent.

ISLA (Irish Spanish Latin American) Literary Festival

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by admin

John will be making the opening speech at this year’s ISLA (Irish Spanish Latin American) Literary Festival in Dublin’s Instituto Cervantesthis Friday (18 October) at 4pm. Admission is free and open to the public. He will also be participating in two of Saturday’s events. Click here for full programme listings.

Franz Kafka Reviews

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by admin

John Banville reviews three recently published books on Franz Kafka in the latest edition of The New York Review of Books. The entire review may be read here

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Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by admin

John received 2 prizes recently the XIII Premio Leteo , awarded by the city of León in Spain, and the Premio Liber, awarded by the Association of Spanish Publishing Houses.

Posted on: August 17th, 2013 by admin

John is to receive the Leto Prize 2013 on October 1st. Other recipients include Michel Houellebecq, Amelie Nothomb, Martin Amis, Paul Auster and Enrique Vila-Matas

John Banville’s Ancient Light: Of Memory and Invention

Posted on: May 19th, 2013 by admin

Interview by Alison Wells published online in The Magazine on 25 July 2012.

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