Saturday, April 01, 2017

Closing date looms for young writer awards

The closing date for the Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards Competition 2017 is 7 April, writes Brian Byrne.

The Competition is for young writers, and the organisers are inviting entries from Primary and Second Level school pupils and from individuals, for grades in an age range 4-18.

Participants must live in County Kildare and can enter under a number of categories — Short Story, Poetry and One Act play. Students can submit one entry under each section if they wish.

The Competition is organised by the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum and is supported by Board na Mona. It commemorates the writer Cecil Day Lewis (above) who was born in 1904 in Ballintubbert, on the on Laois side of Athy near Stradbally.

Cecil Day Lewis was Poet Laureate in England from 1968 until his death in 1972. He also wrote mystery stories under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake. He was the father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis and documentary filmmaker and television chef Tamasin Day-Lewis.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Heritage Centre’s website, or email, or phone 059 8633075.