Anne Enright was recently announced as the Irish Laureate for Fiction. Enright was born in Dublin in 1962. After a career in television production, she took up writing full time in 1991. Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and The Paris Review; she won the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award in 2004; her first collection, The Portable Virgin, won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 1991; She earned the Man Booker Prize (unanimous vote) for her book The Gathering. Her works have been shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award, won the Encore Prize and a Carnegie Medal. Elizabeth O’Reilly describes: “her depictions of family relationships, love, sex, repression and Catholicism are delivered with savage honesty, this is almost always combined with a dry and subtle humour, and a rich and sometimes surreal prose style.” Perceptive and penetrating writer, she also practices yoga, occasionally during interviews.