Hebden Bridge publisher sees book up for prestigious award

Hebden Bridge-based Bluemoose Books has announced that one of its most successful books, Leonard and Hungry Paul by Irish author Rónán Hession, has been chosen by Unesco City of Literature Dublin as its book of the year for 2021

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Kevin Duffy who founded Bluemoose Publishing 15 years ago.

Previous authors chosen include James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and Edna O’Brien.

The annual project One Dublin One Book aims to encourage everyone in Dublin to read a designated book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

Leonard and Hungry Paul will be promoted throughout the cityscape via banners, flags and pennants and in all the libraries in Ireland.

It will be celebrated in programming on RTE Radio and TV and events in the city in April.

Leonard and Hungry Paul was published by Bluemoose in 2019 and it has been shortlisted for six literary prizes including Kerry Irish Book of The Year, British Book of The Year and the Society of Authors McKitterick Prize.

“Everyone at Bluemoose knew the first time we read Ronan’s debut that we had found something special,” says publisher Kevin Duffy.

“And the response from the reading public and libraries around the world has been fantastic but to have a city like Dublin, world renowned for producing some of the finest writers in literature, to choose one of our books is absolutely brilliant and we’re so chuffed for Ronan too.