Get Kicked Out

“The role of the Irish writer is not really to win prizes in Ireland; their role historically has been to get kicked out of the country for telling the truth” (Julian Gough)

It seems to me this whole problem would be solved if we created a prize for any writer who gets kicked out of a country a certain amount of times. (This would not include, I fancy, Edmund Blockington, who has been kicked off the Isle of Man seventy-two times; not – as he frequently claims – on account of his ‘incendiary short-stories’ but – as the locals will happily vouch for – his fatal tendency toward inebriacy).

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