Irish Book of the Year prize for UCD professor Emilie Pine

Posted 29 January, 2019

Associate professor Emilie Pine with her An Post Irish Book of the Year Award

An essay collection by associate professor Emilie Pine has been voted An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018.

Published by Tramp Press, Notes to Self is a series of writings by the UCD academic exploring aspects of her life including fertility, feminism, sexual violence, addiction in the family, and depression. 

Associate Professor Pine, of the UCD School of English, Drama and Film, said she was honoured to receive the award, which is voted on by the public. 

“I have been so moved by the generosity and support of readers over the past six months,” she said. 

“This award is the kind of validation a writer dreams of – of my story, and also of the vision of my incredible publishers, Tramp Press.”

Maria Dickenson, Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards, called the essay collection penned by the UCD academic as “one of the great stories in Irish bookselling in 2018”. 

“The power and honesty of Emilie’s essays have captivated readers, and it’s truly gratifying both to see her talent rewarded and to see an Irish publisher like Tramp Press receive this well-deserved recognition.” 

David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, added: “2018 was a huge year for Irish writing and no book illustrates better why An Post is delighted to sponsor the Irish Book Awards: Emilie Pine’s book, a challenging read, is deeply human and Irish, emotional and clever.” 


The ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year’ is chosen by public vote from a list of category winners at the An Post Irish Book Awards. 

Previous winners include Asking For It by Louise O’Neill, The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan and Solace by Belinda McKeon.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations