Stu­dents in writ­ing fi­nal

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THREE WICK­LOW stu­dents have beaten off thou­sands of com­peti­tors from around the coun­try to reach the fi­nal of the 2014 John West Fan­tasy Writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

Kay­ley Clare Malone and Safiq Mur­ray - both stu­dents of Co­laiste Chill Mhan­tain in Wick­low Town - and Orla O’Cal­laghan, a 5th class pupil at St. Patrick’s Loretto Pri­mary School in Bray, were among the 21 en­tries to progress to the na­tional fi­nal.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion chal­lenged stu­dents to write a fan­tasy or sci­encefic­tion themed story on the theme of ‘A Wild Ad­ven­ture.’

Cur­rently in its fourth year, there are three cat­e­gories - for 5th/6th class pri­mary stu­dents, 1st - 3rd year sec­ondary stu­dents and se­nior sec­ondary stu­dents (4th - 6th year).

Orla’s story, ‘First Prize in the Raf­fle’ tells of a vam­pire she drew tak­ing on a life of its own and drag­ging her back into the pic­ture with her. Kayleigh’s en­try - called ‘ The Jour­ney’ - chron­i­cles a lion cub search­ing for its pride af­ter be­ing sep­a­rated fol­low­ing an at­tack by hu­mans. ‘ The Story of How Gas­ton Lost his Space­ship in a Hu­man Cup­board’ - Safiq’s uniquely-named story - fol­lows a teenage girl on an ad­ven­ture to the Planet Betelguese.

The Man­sion House in Dublin will host the fi­nal on May 14 where each of the three cat­e­gory win­ners will re­ceive an iPod Touch. Fur­ther­more, the over­all win­ner will get a tablet PC and the op­por­tu­nity to share their work with a lit­er­ary agent.

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