Tralee writer wins top literary prize
A TRALEE writer has been named as a winner of a top literary competition in the UK.
Noel O'Regan, who recently returned to his native Tralee having spent several years living and working in London, has been named as one of the winners in the prestigious UK Bridport Prize.
The Tralee writer, who was recently named as Kerry County Council's writer in residence was highly commended by the judges of the international writing competition which is regarded as one of the most prestigious open literary awards in the UK.
The Bridport Prize attracts thousands of entries, not just from the UK and Ireland, but also from over 80 countries around the world.
Noel, who is also working as short fiction editor for publishing house Five Dials, received his prize for his short story entitled 'Contrails.'
He has previously been the recipient of a Leonard A Koval Memorial Prize for writing and he was also a prize winner in the international Writing Spirit Awards. He has been shortlisted for numerous other awards, such as the James Plunkett Award and the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year, as well as being nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize.