Words of wis­dom

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

WITH no short­age of prizes, awards and lists ded­i­cated to ‘young’ and as­pir­ing writ­ers, more peo­ple have been draw­ing at­ten­tion to ageism in lit­er­a­ture and the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try. Try­ing to re­dress the bal­ance some­what is the Royal So­ci­ety of Lit­er­a­ture in Bri­tain, which has an­nounced the Christo­pher Bland prize for writ­ers who are first pub­lished over the age of 50. Ac­cord­ing to the so­ci­ety, the prize is de­signed to show peo­ple it’s never too late to start do­ing some­thing you love. The £10,000 prize is named in hon­our of the late busi­ness­man Christo­pher Bland who be­gan writ­ing fiction in his 60s and pub­lished two nov­els and pro­duced a play in the pe­riod be­fore his death. En­tries are also open to Irish cit­i­zens and res­i­dents and the clos­ing date is De­cem­ber 12.


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