UCD Writer-in-Residence Niamh Campbell Has Been Awarded Rooney Prize 2021

The School of English, Drama and Film is delighted to announce that UCD Writer in Residence, Niamh Campbell has been awarded the 2021 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. The €10,000 prize, awarded annually since 1976, is one of the most distinguished Irish literary awards. It celebrates an outstanding body of work by an emerging Irish writer under 40 years of age and is administered by Trinity’s Oscar Wilde Centre for Creative Writing.
Campbell, the author of the novel This Happy,  said: 'It is overwhelming and so gratifying to be given such a prestigious award at so early a stage in my career.' 

In 2020 Niamh won the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award for her story, Love Many. Her second novel, We Were Young, will be published next February. She is also the author of an academic work, Sacred Weather: Atmospheric Essentialism in the Work of John McGahern, published in 2019 by Cork University Press.

Head of Creative Writing, Associate Professor Paul Perry said that colleagues in Creative Writing were all very proud of Niamh Campbell, who has made, he said, 'a thrilling contribution to the creative writing community at UCD.'