Saturday, February 25, 2012

Kiwi Wins Irish Short Story Competition

 Paul Burns, a New Zealand citizen living in London, has won first prize in the Leonard A. Koval short story competition organised by the Labello Press in Ireland. Labello are preparing a printed anthology to be called Gem Street that will feature shortlisted entries  from Ireland, the U.K., France, Spain, Canada and the United States and New Zealand.
Paul says he was stunned to hear that his story, Folie à Deux, had won.
 “I have mostly worked on novels since I made time for writing three years ago. The Koval is the first short story competition I have entered. It was thrilling to make the long list and being shortlisted was as much I had dared to hope for.

The story is narrated by a psychiatric patient explaining the circumstances that led to him and his lover to be detained for a shared delusion.

Paul lived in Wellington and Wanganui between 1960 and 1978. He attended Victoria University and was a primary school teacher. After completing a Masters in Employment Studies in London he worked as an organisation development consultant and became a registered psychotherapist.  

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