Sunday, 11 October 2009

Winners over the edge

David Mohan won (again - a great year for David) in the poetry category for his poems 'Nursing a Star', 'Come to Light' and 'The Samurai Lovers'; and the title of 2009 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year. David received a cash prize of €700 and will be a Featured Reader at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library.

David lives and works in Dublin and is a member of the Lucan Writers' group. He has had poems featured in the 2008 and 2009 Oxfam calendars, and his poems have appeared in various publications including The Sunday Tribune, Revival and the 2008 poetry anthology Night and Day. He won the 2008 Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Poetry Award, as well as the overall New Irish Writing Award.


Orla Higgins won the fiction category for her story Thin Blue Line. Orla received a cash prize of €300.

Orla lives in Galway city and lectures part-time at NUIG with the Department of Marketing and the Huston School of Film. Orla was a Featured Reader at the September 2008 Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library and was also selected by the CĂșirt Festival panel to read at the 2009 CĂșirt Festival Over The Edge showcase.

The competition judge was Patrick Chapman. He had this to say about the winning entries:

'while there were many fine pieces on the shortlist, the winners stood out. They sustained their individual visions to the end with clarity, style and imagination; and their work was a pleasure to discover. I am glad to congratulate David Mohan and Orla Higgins, and I look forward to seeing much more of their work in the future.'


Niamh B said...

David was interviewed on Liffey Sound on Sunday there, podcast will be up on my blog in the next week or so. He did a great show on the theme of Passion!

Jessica Maybury said...

Well done to Orla Higgins!!!!