We are thrilled to announce that Alternative Ulsters: Conversations on Identity by Mark Carruthers has been shortlisted for the 2015 Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize.
The winner of the twenty-fourth Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize will be announced on 19 March 2015 at a presentation ceremony in London, with Sir Christopher Bland.
Author Mark Carruthers says:
"I am thrilled that Alternative Ulsters has been nominated for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize. It's testimony to the many individuals who were prepared to lay bare their inner-most thoughts on identity in the book that the judges have chosen to include in the project in such an impressive shortlist of work. It's also been very gratifying to hear from readers of the book how it has chimed with their thoughts and prompted wider debate on a subject that lies at the very heart of the 'Ulster' experience."
Liberties Press MD, Seán O'Keeffe says:
"All of us at Liberties Press are delighted to hear that Alternative Ulsters has been shortlisted for the prestigious Christopher Ewart-Biggs Prize. Mark Carruthers is one of Ireland's most incisive commentators; his book features remarkable interviews with many leading public features in Northern Ireland. The politicians featured include former president Mary McAleese, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and, in a surprisingly candid joint, Ian Paisley and Junior.
From the world of the arts, there are contributions from actors Liam Neeson and Aidrian Dunbar, and in his last public interview, Seamus Heaney. In his chapter, Adrian Dunbar describes Ireland as a sleeping giant, with Ulster as its head. Above all, Alternative Ulsters shows what a hopeful place Northern Ireland has become, and points the way forward for this once-troubled part of the world."
The Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize was instituted in memory of the British Ambassador to Ireland who was murdered by the IRA in 1976.
A huge congratulations to Mark on his well-deserved place in the shortlist of six.