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Winner of  Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2017 announced

 

 

Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the national Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2017 is Tríona Walsh from Lucan, Co. Dublin with a story titled ‘Perhaps the Flames’. 

Tríona is a writer and poet who has enjoyed success with her short stories having won the Jonathan Swift short story competition and she has been a runner-up in the Penguin Ireland/RTÉ Guide Short Story Competition. Her poetry has also been shortlisted in a number of competitions and she has been published in Boyne Berries issue 14 and The Poetry Bus 1 & 3.  She was shortlisted in 2016 for The John McGahern Award for a body of work from an emerging writer. She is a member of the performance poetry collective The Poetry Divas.  With them, she has travelled the length and breadth of the country performing at festivals and diverse cultural events, they have appeared at Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza, and Festival of the Fires. Her novel, The Dead Ringer, is scheduled for release with Liberties Press later in 2017.

‘Perhaps the Flames’ is the twentieth winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award run by Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and by kind permission of the Keane family. Tríona read her winning story at a presentation ceremony during the IMMRAMA Festival, Lismore (17/6/2017) and was presented with prize money of €500 and a commemorative certificate by Cllr Damien Geoghegan.  

Margaret Organ, Arts Officer thanked all the entrants from around Ireland and the judges for their work. She noted that with the launch earlier this year of ‘Molly Keane A Life’ written by her daughter Sally Phipps, that  there was increased interest in this established award.

Details were also announced of bursaries for Waterford writers to attend a three day writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore this September free of charge.

Full details on www.waterfordcouncil.ie/arts or contact the Arts Office on 058/41416.    

Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2016

Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the national Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2016 is Niamh MacCabe  from  Co. Leitrim with a short story titled ‘Golden Stone Territory’.


Niamh MacCabe was born in Dublin. She grew up in Paris, in north-west Ireland, and in Washington DC, where she graduated as a visual artist from the Corcoran School of Art. She worked overseas in the Animated Film industry. She now lives in North Leitrim with her two children.

Previously she has been highly commended in the Books Ireland Magazine Award, got a Special Mention in the Galley Beggar Press Award, came second in the People’s College Competition, was shortlisted for the Allingham Festival Flash Fiction Prize and the Carried in Waves Award. She was longlisted for the Fish Short Story and Fish Memoir Prizes.

In 2016, Niamh won second place in the Bare Fiction Magazine Award, got a Special Mention in the Fabula Press Nivalis Competition, was shortlisted for the Fish Prize, the Cúirt New Writing Award and Mslexia Short Story Competition, she was longlisted for the Colm Toibín Short Story Award and was a Finalist in the Atlantis Short Story Competition.

She is published in the  Aesthetica Anthology, The Incubator Journal, and Bare Fiction Magazine.


Niamh MacCabe’s story ‘Golden Stone Territory’ is the nineteenth winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award run by Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and by kind permission of the Keane family. Niamh read her winning story at a presentation ceremony during the IMMRAMA Festival, Lismore (18/6/2016) and was presented with prize money of €500 and a commemorative scroll.


 

                                             

Creative Writing Award 2015

Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2015 – Winner announced

 

Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2015 is Theresa Ryder, from Co. Westmeath with a short story titled ‘Becoming Free’.

 

Theresa Ryder was born in London to Irish parents. In 1991 she moved back to her mother’s hometown of Kinnegad in Westmeath where she still lives with her three adult children. She was PA to the author, artist and playwright, J.P. Donleavy for six years until 2007 when she began a full time arts degree in Maynooth University.  She graduated with a B.A. in history and classics in 2010 and continued on to complete a two year masters in classics.  She graduated with an M.A. in 2012 and received a First for her dissertation on ancient political history.  She is currently working on a novel based on the events of her dissertation.

She works in administration and tutors in adult education as a volunteer.  She has been accepted to study for a H. Dip in Further Education in Maynooth University and will begin teacher training in September 2015. 

 

‘Becoming Free’ is the eighteenth winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award run by the Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and by kind permission of the Keane family. The winner read her winning story at a presentation ceremony during the IMMRAMA Festival, Lismore and was presented with prize money of €500 and a commemorative scroll.

Molly Keane Writing Award 2013

Molly Keane Writing Award 2013

 The 2013 Molly Keane Creative Writing Award was awarded to Ann Dempsey, from Carrick Suir, Co. Tipperary with a short story titled ‘Oscar’s Swim’. ‘Oscar’s Swim’ is the sixteenth winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award run by Waterford County Council’s Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and by kind permission of the Keane family. The winner was welcomed to the presentation ceremony at the IMMRAMA Festival, by Lismore Mayor Julie Landers and presented with prize money of €500 and a scroll commemorative by County Mayor Billy Kyned text, images, and other content

Previous winners

2014 ‘A Modest Matter’ by Anne marie Kennedy, Co.Galway

2013 ‘Oscar’s Swim’ by Ann Dempsey, Co. Tipperary

2012 ‘The Tin Bath’ by Patricia Foran, Dublin.

2011 ‘Snailsock’ by Sue Healy, Waterford city.

2010 ‘The Driver’ by Séamus Sweeney, Dublin.

2009  ‘Knuckling Under’ by Mary D’Arcy, Belfast.

2008  ‘It’s hard to die in Springtime’ by Susan Knight, Dublin

2007 ‘  The Wedding Day’ by Billy O’ Callaghan, Co. Cork.

2006 ‘ Kingfisher’ by Margaret Cotter, Co. Laois

2005  ‘Glamour’ by Sheila Killian, Co. Limerick

2004  ‘A Place for Everything’ by Jackie Morrissey, Dublin.

2003   ‘No Way Out’ by Joan Sloey, Dublin.

2002  ‘Escape’ by Pat Jourdan, Galway.

2001   ‘Birthday Greetings’ by Liz Ryan, Co. Kerry.

2000   ‘ The Ark’ by Stephen O’ Reilly, Waterford.

1999     ‘A Little Bit Touched’ by Carole Gurnett, Limerick.

1998   ‘ A Familiar Face’ by Richard Cahill, Co. Tipperary.

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