Kevin Barry who was born in Limerick in 1969 is an Irish writer. He spent a lot of his time travelling. He had lived in 17 addresses by the time he was 36. Places he lived includes Cork, Santa Barbara, Barcelona, and Liverpool before he settled down in Sligo. In Sligo is where he bought a Royal Irish Constabulary barracks which he restored to a good state of repair.
In Cork Barry was employed as a freelance journalist, writing regularly for the Irish Examiner. Because he was so eager to become a writer, Kevin Barry bought a caravan and set up camp in a field in West Cork. Here he spent six months attempting to write a novel.
In 2007 he won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for his short story collection ‘There are Little Kingdoms’. Barry won the International Dublin Literary Award for his novel City of Bohane in 2013. When City of Bohane was shortlisted for the award in April 2013, Barry said: “Anything that keeps a book in the spotlight, and keeps people talking about books is good. And a prize with money attached to it has a lot of prestige.” He was given €100,000 for winning the award.
His collection of work consists of, There are Little Kingdoms which was released in 2007, Dark Lies the Island which was released in 2012, City of Bohane which came out in 2011 and Beatlebone which came out in 2015.
Recently Barry has had his latest work shortlisted for another award. It was for the £10,000 James Tait Black fiction prize for his book Beatlebone. Barry’s novel Beatlebone, is a fantastic piece of fiction that tells the story of John Lennon’s journey to an Irish island. It has already won the £10,000 Goldsmiths prize in November 2015. The winners will be revealed on 15 August at the Edinburgh international book festival.
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