About the Prize

The Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, worth £5000, is awarded biennially

Fergal Keane won the twenty-fifth Christopher Ewart-Biggs memorial prize for ‘Wounds’, published by William Collins. We also awarded a special prize of £5,000 to Professor Marianne Elliott for her achievement in advancing the understanding of Irish history in Britain.

The winner was announced at a reception at the Titanic Centre, Belfast, on the evening of 11 April 2018. The Judges are available for interview. Please contact Mathilde Rimbert, email: rimbert.mathilde@gmail.com.

‘Work’ is defined broadly; as can be seen from the list of previous winners. It has in the past been won by works from the genres of history, politics, fiction, drama, journalism and memoir.

Occasionally a double presentation has been made. The Judges have also from time to time made a Special Award to recognize a person or group whose body of work has contributed to the objectives of the Prize; such recipients have included, in the past, the essayist Hubert Butler, the politician Garret Fitzgerald, and the poet Michael Longley.

The first prize was awarded in 1977.

The objectives of the Prize are to recognize work that promotes and encourages 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.  These are the ideals which inspired Christopher Ewart-Biggs and to which his widow Jane subsequently dedicated herself.

The Prize is administered by the Ewart-Biggs Trust, which includes  the children of Christopher and Jane Ewart-Biggs, Robin, Kate and Henrietta; and by the Judges’ panel, chaired by Professor Roy Foster.