MU congratulates Booker Prize winning author Paul Lynch

Booker Prize winning author Paul Lynch, Writer-in-Residence at Maynooth University (Photo credit: Joel Saget)
Monday, November 27, 2023 - 23:00

Maynooth University extends warm congratulations to Paul Lynch, Writer-in-Residence at Maynooth University, on his exceptional achievement in winning the Booker Prize for his fifth novel, Prophet Song.

Exploring extremism in an alternate or near-future Ireland, Prophet Song emerged during Paul's tenure as the 2019 Kildare County Council Writer-in-Residence at Maynooth.

In his role at the University, Paul teaches a module on creativity and novel-writing, enriching Maynooth's MA in Creative Writing, which is now in its second year. The Arts Council residency provides crucial support, offering office space and resources to assist Paul in his creative endeavours.
Paul Lynch's outstanding accomplishment with the Booker Prize reflects his exceptional talent and commitment.

Maynooth University’s Dean of  the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy, Professor Alison Hood, said: "Paul's impact through his literary contributions and teaching embodies creativity and academic excellence within our community. Congratulations, Paul, on this well-deserved recognition."

The MA in Creative Writing at Maynooth University is taught by award-winning, internationally renowned writers, and focuses on guiding students to further develop their voice, as well as to enrich their existing interests as a writer with new perspectives and a grasp of stylistic approaches.
Directed by novelist Belinda McKeon, the MA teaches tactics for generating and revising work, along with practices aimed at deepening each student’s relationship to their creative process.