Prize Winning Stories and Friendly Literary Festivals

It is has been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to attend an event at a literary festival so I was delighted to be invited to attend the wonderful Dromineer Literary Festival in County Tipperary last weekend.

It was one of the most welcoming, intimate, and friendly festivals I have ever been to. At 9 on a Saturday morning we were greeted with smiles from the Chairperson Eleanor Hooker, hot tea and homemade scones in the Domineer Yacht Club.

I attended a fiction writing workshop run by writer Lisa Harding and the group discussed processes and approaches to writing and wrote with a frenzy that only comes with good facilitation and great group dynamics. It was great being on the other side of the table for a change and I’m now working on a story that I started in that workshop!

I also attended the prize giving ceremony in the afternoon and was stunned by the winning children’s poems in the Primary School Poetry Competition – the range of vocabulary and images. I was truly moved by the winning poems in the Poetry Competition and thoroughly enjoyed the flash fiction pieces.

Of course I was thrilled to be placed second in the flash fiction category with my story “Confined”.

So grab a cup of tea and read the winning entries – judged by Lisa Frank and John Walsh of Doire Press – on the Dromineer website here. Congratulations to all the winning authors!

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