Maynooth University congratulates Paul Lynch, who is currently the Arts Council Writer-in-Residence at MU, on his shortlisting for the Booker Prize for his fifth novel, Prophet Song.
Prophet Song is a brilliant imagining of extremism in an alternate or near-future Ireland. Paul began work on Prophet Song while he was the 2019 Kildare County Council Writer-in-Residence at Maynooth.
In his role with Maynooth, Paul will teach a module on creativity and novel-writing to students this semester on the MA in Creative Writing, which is in its second year. The Arts Council residency also supports the writer in the creation of new work, with office space and other supports.
Commenting, Maynooth University’s Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy Professor Alison Hood, said: “On behalf of Maynooth University, we would like to offer our warmest congratulations to Paul on this richly deserved shortlisting. Paul has, and continues to make, an important contribution to the University and its students through his writing and academic work. Creativity is a cornerstone of the ethos of Maynooth University and the opportunity to work with internationally recognised talent such as Paul is key to nurturing and developing future talent.”