May 24: Born William Trevor Cox in Mitchelstown, County Cork. His father was a bank officer, whose job required him to move frequently. WT's early education was sporadic.
Attends boarding school in Dublin.
Enters St. Columba’s College in Dublin. Studies sculpture under Oisin Kelly.
Enrolls in Trinity College, Dublin.
Is graduated from Trinity with a BA in History, attempts to earn a living as a sculptor.
Marries Jane Ryan, whom he met at Trinity.
Wins award for his sculpture. Emigrates to England.
Has one-man show in Bath, but is souring on his sculpture. Turns to writing and publishes his first novel, A Standard of Behaviour, under the name of William Trevor.
Begins work as a copywriter. Begins work on The Old Boys.
The Old Boys wins the Hawthornden Prize for Literature. WT leaves advertising for full-time writing. Moves to Devon to write, in an old mill with 40 acres.
Mrs. Eckdorf in O'Neill's Hotel is shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Royal Society of Literature Award for Angels at the Ritz and Other Stories. This collection is called by Graham Greene, "one of the finest collections, if not the best, since James Joyce's Dubliners."
The Children of Dynmouth wins the Whitbread Award, the Allied Irish Banks Prize for fiction, the Heinemann Award for Fiction, and is shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
WT made an honorary CBE for his contributions to literature.
Giles Cooper Award for Beyond the Pale.
Giles Cooper Award for Autumn Sunshine.
Whitbread Prize for Fools of Fortune.
Reading Turgenev is shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Whitbread Book of the Year award for Felicia's Journey.
David Cohen Prize by the Arts Council of England in recognition of his work.
Irish Literature Prize
Irish PEN Award. The Story of Lucy Gault is shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award, and wins the Listowel Prize for Irish literature. WT is knighted.
Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award at the Listowel Writers' Week
A Bit On the Side, a collection of short stories about adultery.
Cheating at Canasta
Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in Irish Literature
Love and Summer, and The Collected Stories.
It is sometimes easier to write about your own people from a foreign country.