The Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize is awarded biennially.

The 27th Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, worth £7,500, has been won by Gail McConnell for her book of poetry, The Sun Is Open, published by Penned in the Margins.

It was presented by Fergal Keane at a ceremony in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Iveagh House, Dublin.

The works considered cover a two-year period (2020 and 2021).

Read more about the 2020 to 2021 prize.

In previous years the prize has been won by works of history, politics, fiction, drama, journalism and memoir. See past winners.

The prize recognises work promoting and encouraging:

  • peace and reconciliation in Ireland
  • a greater understanding between the peoples of Britain and Ireland, or
  • closer co-operation between the partners of the European Community.