Listowel short story winner's literary trip
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Listowel short story winner's literary trip

THE Irish Post’s 2014 Listowel short story competition winner Michael Martin received his award at the annual writing festival held in Co. Kerry.

“I had a wonderful time in Listowel and it was a great chance for me to meet and hear wonderful writers and poets,” said the London Irish fiction writer, who was one of more than 20 writers and poets who received awards for their work.

The son of Irish parents who came to Britain from Ireland in the ’50s, Michael’s work has been broadcast on Radio 4 and has also appeared in journals such as The Literateur and Structo Magazine.

His story Dust was chosen as this year’s Irish Post winning entry. His prize included an invitation to the Listowel Writer’s Week and €500.

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Speaking at the festival, Listowel Writers’ Week President, Colm Tóibín, said: “In all of us there is an emotional landscape which cannot be easily named, which can, in solitude, be summoned up; made flesh through images, through rhythms, through inspired words.

"This is what happens all year round in Listowel, as the committee and the tireless organisers of Listowel Writers Week meet to create magic.”