Nurse has a tale to tell

North Harbour News - - NEWS - By DELWYN DICKEY

Orewa nurse Grainne McAn­nal­ley is the win­ner of a short story com­pe­ti­tion in a na­tional mag­a­zine.

It doesn’t bring a fi­nan­cial re­ward but Ms McAn­nally is look­ing for­ward to see­ing her story in print next month.

She is as­tounded at the win.

The mother of two was able to draw on her own ex­pe­ri­ences of work­ing with el­derly peo­ple in car­di­ol­ogy for the piece which fol­lows a cou­ple grap­pling with the ef­fects of Alzheimers dis­ease.

‘‘As a nurse, I have seen many sto­ries un­fold.

‘‘Some of them have been funny, some amaz­ing, while oth­ers are trag­i­cally sad,’’ she says.

‘ ‘ This par­tic­u­lar story is com­pletely fic­tional, but it will res­onate with those who have lost some­one to dementia.’’

Ms McAn­nal­ley hap­pened upon the com­pe­ti­tion when she was read­ing through a mag­a­zine, with the com­pe­ti­tion due to fin­ish the fol­low­ing day.

Hav­ing j ust fin­ished a short story as part of her stud­ies to­ward a bach­e­lor of arts at Massey Uni­ver­sity, she was able to send it off the next day.

‘‘I couldn’t think of any­thing to say when they rang to say I’d won – I was just flab­ber­gasted.’’

While she has been nurs­ing for 17 years, Ms McAn­nal­ley says she would like to pur­sue writ­ing more se­ri­ously.

Win­ning words: Orewa nurse Grainne McAn­nal­ley’s short story touched judges’ hearts.

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