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Dr Fiona Ennis, who lectures on the Bachelor of Arts degree, has been shortlisted for the 2023 Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize.

This prestigious award for short fiction attracts entries from all over the world, and the winners and runners-up for this year’s prize will attend a symposium in Fjällnäs, Sweden this August.

The Alpine Fellowship is a foundation that supports and showcases the work of writers, artists, academics and playwrights. The foundation is committed to disseminating ideas pertaining to art, literature and philosophy.

Speaking about the award Dr Ennis said, “I’m delighted to be included on this shortlist. The Alpine Fellowship does fantastic work in championing literature that grapples with philosophical concerns”.

Dr Ennis is no stranger to awards and has attained other accolades for her fiction in recent years. She has won the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award and was also one of the winners of the 2021 Fish Short Story Prize. She was awarded second place in the 2022 US-based ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition. Her work has been shortlisted for other international awards such as the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, the Bristol Short Story Prize and the Aurora Prize for Writing. Her short stories have been published in journals and anthologies. She is a member of the English and Theatre Studies team at SETU.

About the arts degree

SETU’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree offers a wide range of Humanities and Social Science subjects in a course that is comparable to any Arts degree nationally and worldwide.

SETU’s flagship Arts degree is a Joint Honours Arts degree. Students starting on the three year honours degree programme SE200 will study three equally weighted subjects in the first year and then continue to study two of these chosen subjects into years 2 and 3, graduating with a BA (Hons) or what is commonly known as a Joint Honours Degree.

Students on this programme are encouraged to see the world through the study of subjects such as English Literature, Sociology, Irish, French, Spanish, Law, Religious Studies, Psychology and Theatre Studies over a three year period; not only to develop expertise in two subject areas, but to develop a questioning and creative approach to the modern world.