On January 29th, 2015 Anne Enright was announced as the Laureate for Irish Fiction.
The announcement was made by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, at the Arts Council. As part of her Laureateship Anne Enright participated in public events. The first of which took place in Longford County Library and a reading in Charlie Byrne’s bookshop in Galway
The public programme will be curated by the Laureate for Irish Fiction, based around the themes and priorities that she has identified. In Anne Enright's case, she will concentrate, among other things, on nurturing the short story form at home and on the translation of Irish work into other languages for publication abroad.
Anne Enright curated The Long Night of the Short Story at the Galway International Arts Festival.
Five writers, five short stories, with musical responses from Camille O'Sullivan and Feargal Murray, the event closed this year's festival in St. Nicolas's Church. Curated by Anne Enright, the evening also included writers Colin Barrett, Kevin Barry, Claire-Louise Bennett and Mary Costello.
In September Anne Enright began her residence in University College Dublin teaching creative writing and working directly with students and faculty. In November Anne Enright delivered her inaugural Laureate Lecture on Giving Voice: Antigone and the dishonoured dead. This was delivered in association with University College Dublin in Dublin and in association with University College Cork in Cork. In January 2016 Anne Enright will move to New York to begin her residence in New York University teaching creative writing and working directly with students and faculty. All of the Laureate for Irish Fiction events have been free and open to the public.
This will continue in 2016 and in 2017.