The Hubert Butler Essay Prize is intended to encourage the art of essay-writing with a European dimension and to expand interest in Butler's work. The prize is designed to
The Hubert Butler Essay Prize is intended to encourage the art of essay-writing with a European dimension and to expand interest in Butler’s work.
The prize is designed to reflect Butler’s interest in the common ground between the European nation states that emerged after the First World War; his concern with the position of religious and ethnic minorities; his life and writings as an encapsulation of the mantra ‘Think globally, act locally’; the importance of the individual conscience; and his work with refugees.
The prize is organised by HEART London, an arts charity which promotes the best of European liberal values – values that Hubert Butler embodied. This year is the 120th anniversary of Butler’s birth and it is therefore fitting that the prize will be awarded on his birthday – 23rd October – in Kilkenny, his home county. We are also delighted to welcome a new partner, the Kilkenny Arts Festival which will generously support the prize and host the prize giving at Kilkenny Castle, and where President Michael D. Higgins of Ireland will be the guest of honour.
The title for this year’s essay is “Communal solidarity and individual freedom: antagonists or allies?” and the application form can be found here. The closing date for submissions is 4th September 2020.