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Charleville has the write stuff

Thursday, 5th September, 2013 1:00am

Five writers from the writing group Wordsmiths in Charleville have all been shortlisted in the RTE Guide/Penguin short story competition 2013.

The competition whittles entries down to a final 60 to be judged, including these five writers, who write together every week.

Entries for the competition had to be original, unpublished short stories, around 2,000 words long, and the winning story will be published in the RTE guide and receive a trophy.

The 60 writers who have been shortlisted will all get a day of workshops with editors, agents and published authors in September.

Michael O'Flaherty is the head librarian at Charleville library and has published two novels.

Mary Bradford is currently completing her second novel and has been coming to the library for over five years, Marie O'Halloran, has been widely published with short stories and poems and has been attending the group for a year and a half.

Roisin Peddle, who is a blogger and reviewer, joined the club eight months ago and Mary Angland, who is a playwright and teacher from Kanturk has been joining them for the past six months.

Marie O'Halloran said the club is a great help to them all. "We support each other with our writing and brainstorm if anyone is stuck on something. With this competition we encouraged each other to enter. We keep each other focused basically."

Another member of the group is Daniel Kaye, who is currently writing his second book.

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