Ed­ward’s story in RTE Ra­dio 1 fi­nals

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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.

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