Edward’s story in RTE Radio 1 finals
EDWARD Melvin from Greystones is one of the authors on the shortlist for the RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis McManus.
His story Out the Pontoon Road was one of over 2,000 entries to the competition.
The RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition, one of Ireland’s longest established and most significant literary prizes, has been championing new talent for decades. The winners and shortlisted entrants will have their stories produced for radio broadcast, voiced by some of Ireland’s most talented and leading actors of the stage and screen, including Emmet Kirwan, Janet Moran, Ruth McGill, Andrew Bennett and Eamon Morrissey.
Edward Melvin wrote actively in college two decades back and has been writing sporadically since then. He now writes when he can, outside of his day job in Dublin. This is his first published story. About his short story, Out the Pontoon Road, Edward says the exploits of local hero Micheál play out against the backdrop of a summer town regatta. A young visitor begins to understand how people’s true nature can be gradually revealed.
Out The Pontoon Road will be read on air by well known actor Emmet Kirwan. Judging the entries for 2019 are award-winning author and previously shortlisted entrant Liz Nugent; Sinéad Crowley, author and RTÉ’s Arts and Media correspondent; and Declan Meade of The Stinging Fly.
Liz Nugent has been getting stuck in to the shortlist and so far has had this to say, ‘Hearing our best loved actors bring these short stories to life adds another dimension to the stories we have chosen. The characters spring to life and we are listening, childlike, hanging on every word as the stories’ pace and momentum builds. It is quite a particular privilege.
‘The importance of this being a competition for radio cannot be underestimated and I suspect that the shortlistees paid particular attention to how their words might be articulated. We look forward to sharing these stories with you in the near future.’
The author of the overall winning story will receive €3,000. Prizes of €2,000 and €1,000 are awarded for second and third place. The winners will be announced on September 10.
The winning three stories will be broadcast on the Book on One on RTÉ Radio 1 (weeknights 11.20 p.m.) from September 16, with the seven shortlisted entries following over two weeks.