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February 24, 2014 / Janey Macken Street!

Roy’s Keen – and so too is Molly: The Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2014

Good Golly Miss Molly!
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Free Nelson Mandela, you say?  Free Molly Keane, more like.
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This is the link =- http://www.waterfordcoco.ie/en/services/arts/latestnews/mainbody,41105,en.html
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 This short story competition costs you absolutely nothing to enter – it’s completely free. Like FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE, NELSON MANDELA.  As I said. Like the water in your taps.
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So if you’ve a short story sitting around at home refusing to pay for the electricity it takes up on your Laptop, bleeding you dry, then put it into the bath, dry it off, spray it with false-tan until it’s as nice and orange as a glistening D4 solicitor, and enter it into this competition forthwith.
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But only if you  want to, mind. No pressure.
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Whatever.
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What they’re saying about this competition already –
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“I haven’t been this excited since I saw the Dutch tax-rate for non-residents for the first time.” Bono.
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Anyway, here’s a bit of their blurb – ( and, as you know,  I do like a good blurb me).
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Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2014

 
For the 17th year the Arts Office of Waterford County Council is pleased to announce details of this award.
The late writer who lived until her death in 1996 in Ardmore, Co. Waterford started writing at a young age to ‘supplement her dress allowance’.
Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell.
She married into the Keane family of West Waterford but sadly her husband died at the age of 36.
Molly ceased writing until 1981 when ‘Good Behaviour’ was published under her real name.  It became a publishing sensation and was well received as a masterpiece of black comedy for which she was short-listed for the prestigious Booker Prize in 1981.
 
To celebrate this rich literary life, the County Waterford Arts Office by kind permission of the Keane family is inviting entries for a previously unpublished short story.

 

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