Charlie Bird celebrated his new biography’s nomination for a major award exactly one year to the day after he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease.
time and tides was nominated in the Dubai Biography of the Year category at this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards.
Mr. Bird co-wrote the book with his 30-year-old friend and former RTÉ colleague Ray Burke.
Speaking of independent.ie Speaking at the official presentation of the An Post Awards shortlist on Thursday night, Mr Bird said: “Ray Burke is the real hero.”
Mr Burke said his co-author gave him “17 headlines” and together they delivered them all.
“It was a nice process. I am satisfied with the book, I have no regrets. It’s how we wanted it to be… It’s been a great experience, it’s been an uplifting experience, it’s been a fulfilling experience and we’re all happy with it,” he said.
“I am very stunned. [The nomination] is recognition. The hard work has paid off. It’s a vindication for Charlie, for Claire, for the publishers… to be shortlisted is fantastic.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Bird’s wife Claire added: “Charlie and Ray’s collaboration has been amazing. We all joined in reading the chapter when they came. It’s an amazing book but I think it’s more personal to me and Charlie.
“We keep calling Charlie the ‘Duracell Bunny’ because he’s just kept working with Ray since the climb, it’s been amazing.”
A big crowd at the historic GPO in the heart of Dublin’s O’Connell Street as the full shortlist was unveiled.
This year’s An Post shortlist includes a diverse mix of new and established authors across 18 categories including Novel of the Year, Children, Cookbook, Crime, Popular Fiction, Non-Fiction, Sports , Lifestyle, Short Stories, Irish Language, Poems, Newcomers, Teens and Young Adults, Irish Publications and Biography.
Also nominated is former Irish footballer turned adolescent psychotherapist and author Richie Sadlier.
His book, let’s talkwas nominated in the Teen and Young Adult Book of the Year category.
let’s talk is aimed at “15, 16-year-old teenagers,” Sadlier said, and it’s about the “impact of pornography and how young people learn and expect sex, relationships and what consent is and a lot of other things,” he added.
When asked how it felt to be nominated, he said: “Surprised, delighted, it’s a beautiful thing to be nominated… When I first sat down, I couldn’t have imagined it.
“During the process there were many times that I wanted to give it up because I thought I was taking on too much, but my wife kept saying ‘stick with it because when it’s done you’ll be glad you did.’ got through in the end because she was absolutely right.”
Meanwhile, journalist-turned-novelist Edel Coffey has been nominated in two categories for her novel breaking pointwhich tells the story of two women whose lives meet through tragic circumstances.
Ms Coffey has been nominated for Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year and Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year awards.
She said she was “cheering up” ahead of awards season, saying: “It’s okay, everyone runs their own race, you’re not competing with anyone.
“But when I found out I was nominated, especially in those two categories, I was absolutely, and it sounds like a cliché, thrilled.”
Ms Coffey said the nomination comes as confirmation that the book “will be considered and will reach so many more readers”.
“If you write a book, or a story, or even an article, publish something and people will read it and they may or may not judge it. It’s very eye-catching, so it feels good that it’s getting more exposure because of the awards,” she added.
Brendan Corbett, Chair of the An Post Irish Book Awards, said: “This year’s shortlist once again showcases the talent of Irish writers and illustrates the diversity of Irish literary culture. Each category is full of exceptional writing and truly deserving writers and authors, as well as publishers and booksellers.
“The An Post Irish Book Awards is one of the major highlights of the literary calendar and I am delighted with the ever-growing interest in the initiative.
“I look forward to announcing the winners and celebrating on November 23 at our first in-person ceremony since 2019.”
This year’s winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Dublin’s Convention Center on Wednesday 23 November. It will be the competition’s first in-person live ceremony since the outbreak of Covid-19.
An hour-long special on the six books and authors competing for An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year 2022 will be broadcast on RTÉ One on Wednesday 7 December, hosted by Oliver Callan.
The public is now invited to vote for the best book of the year online at the An Post Irish Book Awards website www.anpostirishbookawards.ie. Votes can be cast from 9:00 am on October 21st until voting closes on November 10th.
https://www.independent.ie/news/charlie-birds-biography-nominated-for-an-post-award-one-year-on-from-motor-neuron-diagnosis-42083760.html Charlie Bird’s biography was nominated for an An Post Award a year after being diagnosed with motor neurons