The aim of the project is to promote local fiction by encouraging people to write and submit stories set in the South Dublin County Council administrative area, and to distribute selected stories in innovative and accessible ways.

Eight selected stories will be published as a series in The Echo newspaper as well as on the Internet. They will also be broadcast on Tallaght Community Radio (107.2 FM), while CDs will be available on loan through the county library system. The stories will also be published in a series of pamphlets which will be distributed free at local libraries, community centres and other distribution points in the autumn of 2001.

Four of the stories were commissioned, from Ivy Bannister, Pat Boran, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and Lia Mills, while the other four were solicited through an open competition. The competition attracted a huge response and highlighted the degree of talent and the level of writing activity in the area. Each of the writers selected through open submission (Martin Devaney, Pat Gough and Joan Sloey) are currently members of creative writing groups within the South Dublin county area.

The project was devised and co-ordinated by Lia Mills.

Enquiries: Emily-Jane Kirwan Arts Officer
Telephone: +353 1 414 9000 ext 3314

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