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Thursday, 12th April 2018

Students invited to enter travel writing competition

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The winner of last year’s Immrama Young Travel Writers Competition, 16-year-old student Georgina McNamara from Newtown School Waterford is presented with her prize for her 800-word short story titled ‘New Beginnings’ by Humanitarian and author Terry Waite CBE.

A writing competition aimed at discovering Ireland’s best young travel writers has been announced by the organisers of the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing, which is set to take place in Lismore in County Waterford in June.

Young writers are now invited to write an 800-word short story under the title “My favourite air journey and where it took me.”

Jan Rotte one of the festival organiser’s says: “We are delighted to announce the details of the third year of  the travel writing competition, and to also have Aer Lingus as the competition sponsors; last year, we had over 500 entrants and the standard of writing displayed by secondary school students from all across the country was incredible. We would like to wish all of the entrants the very best of luck and inspiration in writing their pieces for this year’s competition.”

The closing date for entries is May 18th and submissions can be made on line. The judges for the 2018 competition will be Stephen Kavanagh CEO Aer Lingus, Vickie Stevenson Director CX Emea at AirBnb and Phil Cottier CEO of The CX Collection.

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“The 2018 competition offers entrants two category opportunities, one for students in the Junior Certificate cycle, (First to third year) one for Leaving Certificate students (Transition year to sixth year).”

The winning students from both categories will be awarded an iPad mini and a €100 Amazon voucher each and the teacher of the winner students will each be awarded a €250 Aer Lingus voucher plus tickets to the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing 2018.

The 2017 winner of the competition was Georgina McNamara a 4th-year student from Newtown school, Waterford. Georgina was presented with her award by author Terry Waite at the 2017 festival. Georgina’s piece was called New Beginnings and it can be read online at

The sixteenth annual Lismore Immrama Festival of Travel Writing has a stellar reputation for celebrating and sharing world-class travel writing and the 2018 festival line-up offers another stellar line up of internationally renowned writers and broadcasters.

Full details of the festival programme for Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing 2018 will be announced on April 25th 2018 see or call (058) 53803.

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