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Waterford winner of national Creative Writing Award announced

Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the national Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2019 is Fiona Ennis from Butlerstown, Co. Waterford with a story titled ‘Debt’.

Fiona has a BA in English and Philosophy and an MA in English Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway. She also holds a PhD in Philosophy from University College Cork. She lectures in Literature and Philosophy in Waterford Institute of Technology.

Fiona comes from a literary background as her father is the noted poet John Ennis who has published over twenty collections of poems and has had his poetry represented in numerous journals and anthologies.

‘Debt’ is the twenty second 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. Fiona read her winning story at a presentation ceremony during the IMMRAMA Festival, Lismore (15/6/2019) and was presented with prize money of €500.

Margaret Organ, Arts Officer thanked all the entrants and judges for their work. She said that it was encouraging to see entries from all the counties in Ireland and then to have a Waterford winner on this occasion was testament to the writing talent in this County.

She also announced that entries have now opened for the national Waterford Poetry Prize 2019, results of which will be announced at the Waterford Writers Weekend in October during the Imagine Festival. See this post and for entry details.

Recipient of bursaries to attend ‘Time to Write’ with writer Lani O’Hanlon at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in August were also awarded. Full bursaries went to Martine O’Donovan and Ciara O’Brien, Tramore and partial bursaries to Joanne McCarthy and Paul Casey/Waterford city.

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