Ta Da! (aka Some of My Writing Achievements)

A quick round up of some of my writing accolades (to May 2017):

May 2017

  • Winner of Strokestown Poetry Festival’s 2017 Rosommon Poets’ Prize
  • Third place in Oliver Goldsmith Literary Festival Poetry Competition

March 2017

  • Selected for Poetry Masterclass with UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy & Welsh National Poet Gillian Clarke

December 2016

  • Publication of poem in ‘Refugees and Peacekeepers’ Anthology by Patrician Press

November 2016

  • Publication of short story in ‘Cat Tales’ Anthology
  • Publication of flash fiction in ‘2016 Exeter Story Prize Collection’

October 2016

  • Publication of poem in Crannóg Magazine
  • Publication of short story in ‘Centenary in Reflection’ anthology

September 2016:

  • Shortlisted to final five in Iron Mountain Literature Festival’s John McGahern Award
  • Facilitated four-week ‘Keeping a Journal’ writing course for Charlestown Arts Centre

August 2016:

  • Second in the Exeter Flash Fiction Competition

July 2016:

  • Shortlisted in Exeter Short Story Competition
  • Long listed in the Henshaw Short Story Competition

June 2016:

  • Publication and a special mention from judge Billy O’Callaghan in ‘Bunker and Other Short Stories’ (From the Well Short Story Competition 2016)
  • Sixth in Patrician Press Poetry Prize

May 2016:

  • Third in Strokestown Poetry Festival’s Roscommon Poets’ Prize
  • Published in ROPES 2016

April 2016:

  • Shortlisted in Fish Flash Fiction Competition

March 2016:

  • Winner of ‘I Am Dublin’ Flash Fiction Competition
  • Short story in Roscommon Herald

February 2016:

  • Winner of HE Bates Short Story Competition

November 2015:

  • Overall winner of Hanna Greally Literary Award
  • Honorable Mention and publication in 12th annual Momaya Short Story Review

October 2015:

  • Short story in Mayo Advertiser
  • Flash fiction in Writers Abroad Anthology ‘Kaleidoscope’
  • Shortlisted in Writing.ie/Crosspens Short Story Competition

September 2015:

  • Article in Roscommon Herald

August 2015:

  • Long listed in Dermot Healy Poetry Competition

May 2015:

  • Published in ‘What Land and Country Is This?’ by Roscommon County; also compiled and edited the entire 24 page, A5 publication
  • Three poems displayed at the Dock, Carrick on Shannon, for Poetry Day Ireland
  • Poem published in Roscommon Herald to mark Poetry Day Ireland
  • Third and Highly Commended in Strokestown Poetry Festival’s Roscommon Poets’ Prize

April 2015:

  • Shortlisted in The People’s College/Roberts’ Short Story Competition

February 2015:

  • Article in Roscommon Herald
  • Shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award for short story published in Irish Independent

November 2014 :

  • Runner up (twice) New Roscommon Writing; published in Roscommon County Council booklet

July 2013:

  • Runner-up Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition

April 2013:

  • Long listed Fish Flash Fiction Competition

April 2012:

  • Monthly winner and overall runner-up A. Vogel Bedtime Story Competition


  • Monthly performance poetry at the Word Corner Café at The Dock Arts Centre in Carrick on Shannon.
  • Performance poetry with The Hermit Collective, a group of artists, writers and musicians who stage pop-up shows in the mid-west.

Since 1974, publication in the following newspapers and periodicals (some of which I edited):  Ludlow Advertiser; The Aerostat (Editor); Coventry Jobhunter (Editor); Stourbridge and Halesowen News (Editor); Shropshire Star; Polygon; The Aston Sun; Worcester Evening News; Berrow’s Journal; Wolverhampton Balloon Club Newsletter (Editor); Sky High Balloons Newsletter (Editor); Birmingham Post; Evening Mail; The Guardian; Woman’s Own; She; Annabel; Woman’s Realm; Bella; Weekly News; News of the World; Dudley Chronicle; Sunday Mercury; Kidderminster Shuttle; Express and Star; The People’s Friend; UK Press Gazette; Campaign; Marketing; Dudley Trader; Kidderminster Times; Country Quest; Education Bulletin (Editor); Council Chat (Editor); The Real Times (Editor); In Touch (Editor); Health Connections (Editor); The Villager (Editor); Rock of Ages Newsletter (Editor);  Orion Media Services Newsletter (Editor); The Greenway Emporium Newsletter (Editor); Positive Life; Roscommon Herald; Irish Independent; Una Bhan Newsletter (Editor); Roscommon People; Roscommon Champion; Leitrim Observer; Western People; North West Express; Sligo Champion; Mayo Advertiser; Mayo News; Charlestown and District Development Association Newsletter (Editor).

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