A BUDDING Kilkenny author has been named the winner of the A.Vogel Dormeasan Short Story Competition to create the perfect story for bedtime.
Pauline McGlynn, the author of eight published novels commented on what made JP’s Thompson story stand out: “JP demonstrated a marvellous imagination, I enjoyed reading about the main character’s (Biscuit’s) adventures very much and wanted more,” she said.
Pauline also commented on what inspired her to get involved in the competition and act as judge of the short stories: “The written word holds so much therapeutic power, whether you are writing the words or reading them. I think we have all experienced the simple luxury of settling into a good story after a long day, and the ability of words to transport the reader to a different place or state of mind never ceases to amaze me, it is part of the reason that I love my job as a writer so much,” she added.
Hailing from Kilkenny City and a former pupil of The Lake School, St. John’s Boys National School and The C.B.S Secondary School, Mr Thompson said: “I have a great love for books and have very fond memories from childhood of heroes, dragons and giants from the storybooks my mother would buy me. The idea of a man losing his echo had been wandering the corridors of my imagination for a long time, so when I saw the advertisement for the competition I knew I had to enter. I really didn’t think I would win though. It was great news when I got the phone call,” he added.
JP’s winning story was selected from six overall monthly (November – April) winners and from a panel of judges that included; Pauline McLynn, Dr. Jen Tan of Bioforce and Nadine O’ Regan, and he was rewarded with a €500 cash prize. You can read JP’s, ‘The Unhappy King’ at www.facebook.com/AVogelROI