What are you up to now?
I’ve been working with the wonderful Lilliput Press, and I’ve just finished writing a novel. My next project is an introduction to philosophy aimed at children, but failing that, it will be a children’s book called Raymond and the Banana.
What did winning mean to you?
It has given me a huge amount of confidence. Whenever I’m losing an argument, I interrupt the other person and say: ‘Hang on, have you ever won a philosophy award? No? Well, shut up.’
Why do you think your entry was the winning paper in your category?
Without reading the other entries – and without repeating the judges’ comments – it feels terribly presumptuous of me to suggest reasons why my essay won the award. I will, instead, state what I hope are the essay’s main strengths, and that are: honesty and clarity.
Undergraduate Award Winner in 2009
University: Trinity College Dublin