Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn takes up the role in unprecedented circumstances

Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn takes up the role in unprecedented circumstances

Like a politician at the start of an election cycle Ireland’s Laureate na nÓg begins by setting out the overarching themes for their two-year tenure. Áine Ní Ghlinn, who succeeded Sarah Crossan in May, may have laid out the most ambitious plan to date: to bring Irish-language books and writers to the mainstream.

Somewhat surprisingly for a role whose official name is in Irish, Ní Ghlinn is the first author writing exclusively in the language to be appointed. And the laureate herself knows the enormity of the target she has set. She says: “For Irish-language writers, it is like we are u...

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