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dlr Local Voices Short Story Writing Competition
Thanks to all who entered our dlr Local Voices Short Story Writing Competition organised by dlr Libraries and we are delighted to announce the winning and highly recommended entries below. Thanks to our judges Leo Cullen, Sadhbh Devlin and Sara Keating and thanks to ALL who took part and shared their dlr stories, memories and musings with us.
As Sara Keating remarked ‘Despite their social isolation, the young writers of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown did not find themselves stuck for inspiration during the last few months. Many of them looked to the world around them for the stories they sent – inventing innovative cures for coronavirus, including temperature-reading dragons, fairies with magic potions, and fairies that had no magic spell to give, only sound advice: use soap and take care to keep social distance. Other stories re-imagined the local landscape, with lighthouses that were portals into other times, haunted landmarks, and enchanted trees at People’s Park’.
To quote judge Leo Cullen ‘Well done to each and every contributor’!
Keep writing and comhghairdeas mór daoibh go léir!
This project was generously funded by Creative Ireland.
Adult English: Judged by Leo Cullen
1. Steve Wade Crispy, Dingdong, Rocko and the Hard Chaw
Steve Wade Weather the Storm
Justyna Kosmulska The Husband Snatcher
Catalina Gavril Sweet and Sorrow
Linda Cusack Stagefright
David Butler On Edge
Michael Nash The Lampworker
John Thompson The Conversation
Danielle McCormack The Yellow rose
Catherine McDonnell Bamboo River
Ger Collis Dublin’s Dreamcatcher
Young Adult English: Judged by Sara Keating
1. Killian Oman Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in the grips of a pandemic
2. Ben Nolan The Mystery of Greythorn Manor
Children Under 12 English: Judged by Sara Keating
1. Izzy Finnie The Temperature Dragon
2. David Cyril The Honey Thief
3. Megan Lynch Stu Pid meets Coronavirus
Vaishnavi Dheepson And that’s the end of Coronavirus
Willow Grace Braddock Felicity’s Nightmare
Molly Sewell Hidden Notes in Kingstown’s Walls
Shane Donohue Into the Unknown
Adult Irish: Judged by Sadhbh Devlin
1. Cathal Ó Duibhir Baoill Triail is Earráid
Children Under 12 Irish: Judged by Sadhbh Devlin
1. Mac Dara Ó Drisceoil An Fathach ar Chnoc Chill Iníon Léinín