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Write Here Write Now Shortlist Announced

Article by EKTobin © 30 April 2018.
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Ahead of an awards ceremony next month, the finalists for 2018’s Write Her Write Now competition, on the theme of Social Media: A Writer’ Tale, has been announced.

The first bit of good news is that this year’s competition received an incredible response, with students all over the island entering in huge numbers.

That, of course, made the job of the judges a very difficult one – but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

The second bit of good news is that, as the voluminous entries were sifted, read, re-read and sorted, we were made aware once again of the fantastic wealth of extraordinary writing talent that exists throughout the land.

41 names were selected, across both second and third level. There were writers who had made it through rigorous scrutiny, and who are still in contention for the top prize.

This year’s panel of judges included some of the most eminent writers living in Ireland, including Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre, award-winning poet Rita Anne Higgins, crime writer extraordinaire Tana French, and recent winner of the Goldsmith’s Prize Mike McCormack, as well as Hot Press’ own senior editorial figures, Niall Stokes, Stuart Clark and Mairin Sheehy.

Run in conjunction with the Creative Ireland Programme, and supported by PayPal and Canon, Write Here, Write Now 2018 has as its theme Social Media: A Writer’s TaleEntrants were invited to explore the many ways in which social media can make us laugh, cry, shudder, or throw our hands in the air – whether that be via a tweet going viral, an Instagram post which reduces us to tears, a previously unheard voice getting the chance to speak up, or a Whatsapp message gone wrong…

One of the key objectives of the Creative Ireland Programme is to nurture new creative talent, making the organisation a perfect partner in this project for Hot Press, which has been doing just that for many years. Long on here to find out more!


Second Level: Female

Niamh Browne – Mount Mercy College, Cork

Vicky Burke – Saint Aidan’s Community College, Cork

Eleanor Curran – St. Vincent’s School, Dundalk, Louth

Katie Farrell – Maryfield College, Drumcondra, Dublin

Niamh Lusson – St Louis Community School, Kiltimagh, Mayo

Maolíosa Ní Léannacháin – Loreto College Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Rachel O’Dwyer – Borrisokane Community College, Co Tipperary

Laura Quinn – Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill, Galway

Rosa Thomas – St. Wolstans’s Community School, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Alva White- Leinster Senior College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Second Level: Male

Fields Chung – The High School, Dublin

Robert Gibbons – The King’s Hospital, Dublin

David Landers – Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, Youghal, Co. Cork

Kevin Matthews – Rathmines College, Dublin, Ireland

Patrick McCarron – St Macartan’s College, Monaghan

Orán McCormack-Grant- Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney Co. Monaghan

Dualtagh McDonnell – Ennis Community College, Co. Clare

Luke Power- Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh, Co Mayo

Matthew Price – Terenure College, Dublin

Conor Ryan- Belvedere College, Dublin

Third Level: Male

Dean Buckley – National University of Ireland, Galway

Mark Gilligan – Trinity College Dublin

Daniel McBrearty – NUI Galway

Luke McDermott – NUI Galway

Aaron McGinnity – Trinity College Dublin

Sandi Ndebele – University College Dublin

Josh O’Loughlin – Dublin Institute of Technology

Jason Reddan – Mary Immaculate College Limerick

Daniel Ryan – Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)

Jamie Sewell – BIMM, Dublin

Third Level: Female

Amy Glover – Trinity College Dublin

Aoife Kearins – Trinity College Dublin

Rose Keating  – University College Cork

Alanna MacNamee – Trinity College Dublin

Mairead Melia – National University of Ireland, Galway

Fiona Monks – DCU, Dublin

Aoife O’Ceallachain – Trinity College Dublin

Grace O’Donnell – NUI Galway

Emer O’Hara – University College Dublin

Caitríona O’Malley – University College Dublin

Anna Stockdale – Queen’s University,  Belfast

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Emma Tobin is 19 and from Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland where she lives with her parents, one brother, four cats, and some fish. Emma is in her first year at UCD where she is studying English, Philosophy and History. Emma writes prose, poetry and fiction. Emma has completed two novels and is working on her third which is a YA contemporary novel with the title 'Paperweight Soldiers'. Emma blogs at abcofbeingateenager.blogspot.ie and is a regular contributor to the arts show Artyfacts on KFM Radio in Kildare. Emma has had a number of columns published in The Irish Times. In May 2013 her article 'Blinking Out' was included in a new HeadSpace magazine for young people focusing on positive mental health. Emma's poetry has won a number of national awards including the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland annual poetry competition in the senior post primary category in both 2014 and 2015. Emma was the recipient of the Conor Bowman Youth Award at the Hopkins Poetry Summer School in 2014. Emma was the joint poetry winner for June 2015 of the Hennessy New Irish Writing and had two of her poems published as part of that in The Irish Times. As a result she is not on the shortlist for the Hennessy Writer of the Year award in the emerging poetry category. You can find her on Facebook as Emma Tobin Writer and on Twitter as @EK_Tobin.