A Creative Gathering
The annual award ceremony for the DCU Library Creative Writing Competition took place on Thursday 21st May, 2015. The competition, now in its sixteenth year is open to Adult Literacy Groups throughout North Dublin. The winning entry “Growing up in Finglas in the 60s” by Jimmy Conway was presented on the night by Dublin writer Daniel Seery. Jimmy’s entry was submitted through the Ballymun Adult Read and Write Scheme.
It was fitting that Daniel was the guest writer this year as he has long been associated with the competition through his work in DCU Library. Daniel has been writing for many years, his first novel “A Model Partner” was published in 2014 and his essays are regularly featured on Arena, RTE Radio One’s arts and culture show.
Ten commendations were also awarded on the night to: Rachel Baker, Stephen Burnett, Peter Byrne, Robert Corrigan, Sonya Grimes, Moira Ingle, Hazel McDonald, Anne McManus, Liz Miley and Enrica Novaro.
Guest speaker, Daniel Seery spoke about how apparent it was that the entrants had a natural understanding as to what makes good stories and good prose. He said – “Strip away all the detail and it is this natural understanding which is the heartbeat of your work and it’s what you build your craft upon.”
Daniel mentioned advice from other guest speakers in the past and offered advice to the writers on how to progress with their work. He encouraged them to “think of themselves as being writers”, to share their work with other writers and to avoid being fearful of making mistakes when learning the craft. He finished by advising all entrants to just keep doing what they are doing. “We are overwhelmed every year with the talent of the writers,’ he said. “ The work we get is not only funny and emotional. But it’s brave too. And genuinely inspiring.
(l-r) Daniel Seery, Jimmy Conway (winner)
(l-r back row ) Peter Byrne, Moira Ingle, Daniel Seery, Robert Corrigan, Stephen Burnett and Jimmy Conway.
(l-r front row) Enrica Novaro, Hazel McDonald, Rachel Baker, Ann McManus and Sonya Grimes.