Writ­ing en­tries sought in Kil­more Quay lit­er­ary fes­ti­val

Wexford People - - NEWS -

The win­ning en­tries in a writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Write by the Sea lit­er­ary fes­ti­val in Kil­more Quay, will be broad­cast on the Seascapes pro­gramme on RTE Ra­dio 1 pre­sented by Fer­gal Keane and broad­cast on Fri­day nights. The com­pe­ti­tion is open to orig­i­nal, un­pub­lished and un­broad­cast work in the English lan­guage and must re­flect the 2017 Write by the Sea theme of ‘Our Is­land Her­itage’.

En­tries can be in fic­tion, non-fic­tion or po­etry and a sep­a­rate award will be made for each cat­e­gory. Every­one is el­i­gi­ble to en­ter. Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair­per­son Lucy Moore thanked the Seascapes pre­sen­ter for his gen­er­ous sup­port of the com­pe­ti­tion for the sec­ond year run­ning. The prose award in last year’s fes­ti­val was won by Imelda Car­roll for ‘The Vigil’. Imelda said she was hon­oured and de­lighted to win the in­au­gu­ral prose prize.

‘As a writer liv­ing in the lo­cal­ity, it meant a great deal to me. A unique as­pect of the fes­ti­val is that the win­ners get to read their work on the na­tional air­waves on Seascapes, RTE’s iconic mar­itime pro­gramme.’ ‘I would def­i­nitely en­cour­age other writ­ers to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion this year’, she said.

The 2016 po­etry win­ner was Mary Ka­vanagh who com­mented: ‘It was an ab­so­lute thrill for me to win. The trip to Cork with Imelda Car­roll to record our win­ning en­tries for Seascapes was an ex­pe­ri­ence that will live long in the mem­ory.’

In­for­ma­tion on the en­try process and book­ing de­tails for Write By the Sea are avail­able on www.write­bythe­sea.ie. The clos­ing date for en­tries is Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15.

Imelda Car­roll with Mary Ka­vanagh and Mar­cus Con­naughton of RTE.

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