Bookshop Tertulia up for national award

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WINNING WORDSMITH Tertulia’s Neil Paul and Bríd Conroy with Eavan O’Keefe (17), winner of the senior prize in the Paper Lanterns and Tertulia Books Teen Short Story Competition 2021.

Winners of the Paper Lanterns and Tertulia Books Teen Short Story Competition also announced

Ciara Moynihan

A nationwide search is underway to find the An Post Bookshop of the Year 2021 – and colourful Westport bookshop Tertulia is in the running.
The An Post Irish Book Awards is an annual literary event that celebrates and promotes Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. This year, the ‘Bookshop of the Year’ category has been added for the first time, offering book lovers across the island the chance to vote for their favourite independent bookshop.
Tertulia has made the longlist, along with just 14 others. The winners will be revealed on November 23. A television programme on the awards will then be broadcast on RTÉ One television in December, when the overall An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year 2021 will also be announced.
Not content with being up for awards themselves, Tertulia also now sponsors its own award in conjunction with Paper Lanterns Literary Journal, a quarterly literary journal for teen and YA (young adult) writing and writers.
The Paper Lanterns and Tertulia Books Teen Short Story Competition 2021 saw young writers from all over Ireland compete for prizes of €250, sponsored by Tertulia in association with Spot-Lit EU.
Acclaimed author Deirdre Sullivan was the guest judge, and there were two categories, 13-15 years and 16-18 years. Éabha Coghlan (13) from Dublin was the junior winner for her story ‘Waves’, while Eavan O’Keefe (17) from Kildare took the senior prize for ‘Our Footsteps in the Sand’.
Commenting on the entries, Westport woman Grace Kelley, co-founder and co-editor of Paper Lanterns, said: “We received excellent stories and enjoyed reading all of them. It’s exciting to have so many talented young writers living on this island and it was difficult to select a shortlist. Unfortunately, there could only be one winner in each category, but we would like to thank all who entered and encourage everyone to keep writing.”
Tertulia (an old Spanish word meaning a social circle or forum – a place where people come to discuss literature, books, art and the issues of the day) is owned and run by long-time Louisburgh residents Neil Paul and Bríd Conroy. Located in at The Quay in Westport, it prides itself as place to relax, enjoy a coffee, meet friends, discuss books and much more. It also recently made the shortlists for the prestigeous British Book Awards’ Independent Bookshop of the Year 2021.


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