Marina Carr wins Windham Campbell Prize, 2017

The Irish playwright Marina Carr has been awarded the highly prestigious Windham Campbell Prize for 2017 with a cheque for $165,000, conferred in September at an international literary festival at Yale.

Faber Drama’s Editorial Director Dinah Wood commented,

‘Marina Carr is one of the truly great writers on our list; she dazzles with her dark, courageous and fiercely compassionate work; her humour, her tenderness. She is a lyrical writer, her work has flashes of romanticism while being fearless in its exploration of humanity, of outsiders in particular. From the Irish outcast Hester Swane in her extraordinary By the Bog of Cats to the dying mother of eight in Woman and Scarecrow to her thrilling reinvention of Euripides’ Hecuba, Carr does not flinch from depicting humanity in all its pain, savagery and beauty. I am delighted her brilliance has been recognised in this way. We publish three volumes of her work and I’m looking forward to the forth and beyond.’

Marina Carr is one of eight recipients of the award. The Windham-Campbell prizes, administered by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, were established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M Campbell. The mission of the prize is to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.

[Photograph by Yousef Khanfar]