Thursday, July 1, 2010

Swift Satire Competition - Results

The results of the Swift Satire Competition were announced at the official opening of the Trim Swift Festival tonight.

Ira Nayman, Ontario, Canada.
Poem: Love Amid The Construction.

Fin Keegan, Westport, Co Mayo.
Prose: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times.

Tommy Murray, Trim, Co Meath
Poem: A Time when we were Inclined . . .

The judge, John Murray of RTE said: "My choices were based on two main criteria - simplicity and creativity. The other entries, I felt, were a little confused, and meandering. There was very little in it between the top two but what decided it for me ultimately was the extent to which the two entries addressed the subject, and in this, Love Amid The Construction emerged the winner."

The first prizewinner, Ira Nayman, is a comic writer/performer/cartoonist. His Les Pages aux Folles Web site is a showcase for his political and social satire, among other things. His two books in print, Alternate Reality Ain't What It Used To Be and What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys contain a unique form of humorous science fiction journalism.

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