Two Northern Ireland writers on shortlists for prizes
Two writers from Northern Ireland are celebrating after being shortlisted for two major awards.
Sinead Morrissey has been named as a finalist in the poetry category of the prestigious American National Book Critics Circle Awards for her Parallax and Selected Poems.
Meanwhile, crime novelist Adrian McKinty is up for an Edgar Award for his book, Gun Street Girl.
Both writers are renowned for the work they produce in their chosen genre.
Morrissey, who was born in 1972 and grew up in Belfast, read English and German at Trinity College, Dublin, where she took her PhD in 2003.
She has so far produced five collections of work and is Belfast's inaugural poet laureate.
Morrissey has already won a raft of awards during her career, including the TS Eliot Prize for Parallax in 2014.
McKinty, who is from Belfast but grew up in Carrickfergus, has also enjoyed extensive success.
He has already won the Ned Kelly Award and has previously been shortlisted for the Edgar Award, Dagger Award and the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere.