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Laois music artist awarded for creative writing by Laois poet in Carlow College

Portlaoise music artist, Stewart Quinn, was recognised for his Creative Writing talent this week at the Carlow College, St. Patrick’s Annual Literary Awards.

Stewart, who is currently in second year of a BA (Hons) in Arts & Humanities at Carlow College, won third prize in the Poetry awards for his piece, ‘Beauty’.

Stewart is the lead singer of the popular Laois band Transmitter who have been performing for almost 20 years.

Stewart is joined in the band by his brother Rob Quinn on drums, loops and vocals, his brother David Quinn on guitar and vocals and Wayne Connaughton on bass guitar and vocals.

His award was presented by renowned poet and editor, Pat Boran and Lecturer in English & Creative Writing at Carlow College, Dr Derek Coyle.

Carlow College hosted its Annual Literary Awards and Creative Writing Showcase in VISUAL on Monday, April 3.

This annual event gathers together the College literary community for a night to recognise and celebrate the creative writing talent of its students with awards presented for best in prose and poetry writing over the past year.

This year’s awards were presented by renowned poet, editor and fellow Laois man Pat Boran.

Friends and family, staff, students and past graduates of Carlow College, were in attendance for what was an engaging and entertaining evening.

The night opened with members of the Third Year Creative Writing class presenting a showcase of their writing. The class gave a series of readings of poems, as they provided a dramatic, moving, and varied showcase of their work.

Speaking at the awards Lecturer in English & Creative Writing, Dr Derek Coyle, commented on ‘how exciting it is to see a new generation of Irish writers discover their voices’.

He said: “Creative Writing gives people a way to articulate and explore what it is they want to say. The Literary Awards helps provide a vehicle for this.

“This event is organized along fully professional lines and gives our students a valuable insight into, and first-hand
experience of, how literary competitions work, and what is involved in being active on the literary scene.”

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