The Dublin Literary Award – Nominations

Christchurch City Libraries has a chance every year to influence the largest and most international literary prize by nominating three books for The International DUBLIN Literary Award.

The Dublin Literary Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. The Award is sponsored by Dublin City Council, the municipal government of Dublin, and administered by Dublin City Public Libraries. The Award aims to promote excellence in world literature. Nominations are submitted by library systems in major cities throughout the world.

Go to our Dublin Literary Award page.

Our selection: 2024

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The axeman's carnival by Catherine Chidgey, published by Te Herenga Waka University Press.

The well-deserved winner of the Jannn Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction in this years’ Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, the opening lines of Catherine Chidgey’s wonderful book read like poetry. Myth, alliteration, and descriptive language spill from Chidgey’s imagination to create a setting so incredibly Kiwi, you can almost smell the woodsmoke and sweat. The Axeman’s Carnival is a thoroughly modern tale told from the unique point of view of Tama(gotchi); a magpie, who goes viral on the internet. Chidgey portrays domestic violence, hidden, unspoken, mistaken, regretted, repeated, and the violence towards animals that is often a part of farm life – pest control in the form of poison or gun, euthanasia perpetrated on sheep, or dogs who have outlived their usefulness, and the constant threat of death – death by car, death by cold, death by gun, death by dog… Absolutely wonderful!

Our selection: 2023

Kurangaituku by Whiti Hereaka, published by Huia Publishers

 On the face of it, it is simply the retelling of the legend but it is so much more than this. It is about the power of our own voice to tell our story. It is about the importance of story to ourselves and our culture and the destructive nature of someone else telling or supplanting our story eg colonisation. An amazing, thought-provoking, beautifully lyrical work.
 'Do you see what their stories have done?...They have made monsters of us both'. 


Our selection: 2022


Sprigs by Brannavan Gnanalingam, published by Lawrence & Gibson

"Sprigs is a powerful and challenging story. Priya is a fifteen-year-old who goes to a party with rugby players and other kids, and is attacked in an 'incident'. We hear words from different people, and power and privilege combine to protect the guilty. When we hear from Priya herself - her voice is so compelling it cuts through and leaves the reader devastated."


Our selection: 2021

Auē by Becky Manawatu, published by Mākaro Press


Our selections: 2020

The Silence of the Girls

Normal People

Money in the Morgue

Our selections: 2019


Here in Berlin

First Person

Our selections: 2018


Our selections: 2017

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