Our Group Member, Katriona Kerr, takes second place in the Dear Scotland Creative Writing Competition!! Congratulations Katriona!
Alistair Braidwood's review of Katriona's 'Homesickness' could not have phrased it better:
"Emotion, both positive and negative, drives ‘Homesickness’. It’s a fantastic depiction of the love/hate relationship which many of our entrants expressed, but none did it with such fervour and poetry as Katriona managed." - Alistair Braidwood
To read Katriona's fantastic entry, click the link below:
Katriona is the first member of this group, and most importantly a superb writer. She is a former delegate of Mairead Whyte's Creative Writing Classes. Formally a resident of Galway, Katriona now lives in Scotland.
Mairéad Whyte's first novel, All for Grace, receives wonderful reviews from RTE and many newspapers ...
Mairéad is currently writing her third novel ... and continues to write many peoms.
“I really enjoyed All for Grace – we need to see more books like this!” – Miriam O’Callaghan, RTE
"A remarkable first novel ... wonderful characterisations ... innovative multi-layered structure... imaginative and thought-provoking. Here's hoping for more from this refreshing new author." - Colm Keane, No 1 Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Journalist and RTE Broadcaster.
“Clever, thought-provoking – thoroughly enjoyable,” – John Dolan, Features Editor, Examiner /Evening Echo.
“Magical, life-enhancing ... fun and uplifting ... evokes deeper thinking.” – Sherron Mayes, Bestselling Author and Daily Mail Journalist.
“A grace-full debut from a talented and inspirational author ... Ingenious ...” – Becky Grice, Editor, East Cork Journal.
All for Graceis the only entry from the Irish Republic to reach the top 250 international books in the US operated competition to find the Next Top Author in 2010.
About All for Grace ....
In a book like no other, All for Grace is a relevant, light-hearted and fictional journey through birth, death and rebirth.
Set in twentieth century, Ireland, the story told is the life and afterlife of countryman, Gerry Daly; his choices, his decisions, his intense love-affair, a family feud over land and a marriage that eventually propelled his demise.
In a unique and compelling manner, his story is narrated two centuries later – from the womb – by unborn, playful twins travelling to birth. With this fresh perspective and through several plotline twists, the twins unravel the connections between the past, present and the future.
Ground-breaking in both content and format. Uplifting, a page-turning novel of love and hope, easily digested through subtle, Irish humorous tones; and filled with suspense, fun and adventure. It combines the ordinary with the extraordinary, the physical and the spiritual worlds, and the serious with the funny.