Local writer wins international award

Local author, Louise G. Cole, has won a prestigious international short story competition. Louise, who lives near Ballaghaderreen, travelled to England to read her story to an invited audience and to collect her prize, and was surprised to be announced as the winner of the HE Bates Competition.

  The late HE Bates was a prolific short story writer but is known by many as the author behind the The Darling Buds of May, the TV series which famously launched the acting career of Catherine Zeta Jones, and starred popular actors David Jason and Pam Ferris.

  Louise’s 2,000 word story Five Staves and an Instant, began life as a piece of creative writing at a meeting of Ballaghaderreen Writers’ Group, which she has been a member of for several years.

  In 2015, Louise, who writes poetry as well as short stories, won the Hanna Greally Literary Award, was shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award, and also had stories published in two anthologies. She regularly reads her poetry at the Word Corner Café in the Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, and she recently performed with the Hermit Collective at their pop-up show in Claremorris. Louise’s winning short story can be read online at: www.hebatescompetition.com.