We are delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Write By the Sea writing competition are Imelda Carroll from Wexford for her prose piece, The Vigil, and Mary Kavanagh from Wicklow for her poem, My Friend Never Saw the Sea.”

The judges, renowned writers, Billy Roche, Cat Hogan and Peter Murphy, were impressed with the high calibre of this year’s entries. The winners were welcomed by producer and presenter, Marcus Connaughton, to the RTE studios in Cork on Wednesday 23rd November to record their work, which will be broadcast on Seascapes on Friday 2nd December. We hope you will be able to tune in or catch up later on RTE’s online listen-back facility – a link will be posted on our website.

In addition, the winners were presented with vouchers from The Silver Fox Seafood Restaurant in Kilmore Quay. The committee would like to congratulate the winners and thank all who participated in this year’s competition. We would also like to thank our sponsors, and the fantastic support received from Marcus Connaughton, RTE Radio1 Seascapes.

The inaugural Write By The Sea was an outstanding success. Participants praised the variety and content of the workshops and the opportunity to learn from writers of national and international renown. The warm and friendly atmosphere, the organisation, the good food and the engagement between contributors and participants marks our festival out as a special event on the Arts and Culture map.

The committee is already at work to ensure next year’s festival, from Sept 29th – Oct 1st 2017, will surpass this year’s triumph. We look forward to meeting you again at next year’s festival!