Katelyn Hillary and Natasha Wall, first and fourth year students in Collinstown Park Community College have today had short stories published in The Irish Times.
Their stories are included as part of the Fighting Words supplement which highlights the creative talents of young writers around the country. In total, twenty one stories are published and students overcame a long selection process to make the final list.
Inspired by war poetry studied in English class, Katelyn’s story focuses on two days in the life of fictional soldier Thomas Delaney during World War One. The vivid imagery and language used throughout is very advanced and creates a fascinating insight into the life of a soldier at the front.
Natasha’s story is an extract from a longer story titled ‘M’dear’. Her story is set in America’s deep south with a strong focus on issues of race, morality and family. The full story will be available as part of Transition Year’s upcoming novel ‘What’s the stories?’ which will be released next month.
Congratulations to both Katelyn and Natasha. This is a huge honour. Keep writing!
You can find the supplement in today’s Irish Times.