2021 Winners

The BACLS Monograph Prize

This year we awarded a joint prize to:

Ian Hickey, Haunted Heaney: Spectres and the Poetry (London: Routledge, 2021)

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Judging panel comments:

This book is rigorous, sensitive, written with clarity, and evinces a passion for Heaney’s work which is compelling. Readings were vigorous and revealing throughout and provide an original approach to the work.

Caroline Magennis, Northern Irish Writing after the Troubles (London: Bloomsbury 2021)

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Judging panel comments:

It’s clear from the start that you are in the hands of an expert reader, but also someone who loves these books and can take you deep inside the emotions they convey. There is much here for readers who are completely new to the authors represented here as well as to those already familiar with some of the texts considered.

The BACLS Postgraduate Essay Prize

Katie Harling-Lee, ‘Caught in the Regime: Classical Music and the Individual in the Contemporary Novel’, Open Library of Humanities 7:2 (2021)

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Judging panel comments:

This highly interdisciplinary essay is meticulously executed. Excellent research and a firm understanding of the critical terrain, with succinct, intelligent and articulate analysis

Many congratulations to Ian, Caroline, and Katie!

Please note that no awards were made for the BACLS edited collection prize this year due to lack of entries.