- Nuacht faoi Údair:News of Authors
Each year, the editors of New Hibernia Review present the Roger McHugh Award for the outstanding article in the previous year's volume, recognizing what they believe is the article most likely to be consulted by future scholars. The winning article for volume 13 (2009) is "Frank O'Connor and the Literary Development of Radio Éireann," by Eileen Morgan-Zayachek of the State University of New York-Oneonta. Dr. Morgan-Zayachek's article in volume 13, number 3 (Autumn, 2009) explores the ways in which the celebrated short story writer applied his theorizing of the innate orality of the form both to his printed stories and to his work for the fledgling broadcast service, Radio Éireann.
The prize is named for the late Roger McHugh, first professor of Anglo-Irish Literature at University College, Dublin (UCD), and includes a $300 cash award. It is funded in part by the office of Dr. Hugh Brady, president of UCD, and by the generosity of Dr. Maureen Murphy of Hofstra University.
Congratulations are due to Ray Cashman, folklore advisory editor for this journal, and the author of Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border: Characters and Community (ISBN-13: 978-0-253-35252-1), published in 2008 by Indiana University Press. Cashman's book was selected at the winner of the 2008 Donald Murphy Award for a Distinguished First Book, presented annually by the American Conference for Irish Studies. A portion of Cashman's book appeared in an earlier form in New Hibernia Review, volume 3, number 2 (Summer, 1999) as "The News from Bally mongan."
As regular readers know, New Hibernia Review opens each issue with a memoir or essay that represents the burgeoning genre of "creative nonfiction." In volume 13, number 1 (Spring, 2009), Charles Fanning recalled his lifelong fascination with an eighth-century art treasure, which he first viewed as a child, in "Lodestone: Following the Emly Shrine." This coming summer, the University of Massachusetts Press will publish Fanning's book Mapping Norwood: An Irish-American Memoir (ISBN 978-1-55849-810-5 [cloth] or 978-1-55849-809-9 [paper]), in which the Emly Shrine story will appear as a chapter. [End Page 158]