New Longford Writing returns this week

New Longford Writing returns this week

The popular New Longford Writing page returns to the paper this week, with a story by Lisa Dowd, who was the first place winner in the Ballymahon Vocational School JCSP short story competition recently.

The following is an excerpt from Lisa’s gripping story on the theme of ‘Freedom’.


I went out the door and slowly made my way through the first garden. I noticed some wild flowers in the distance so I ran towards them so I could get back to the house as quickly as possible. As I ran towards the flowers I became aware of the sky becoming darker and the grass seemed to be growing up all around me. I stopped running and tried to take in this scene that was taking place. 

All of a sudden I realised where I was…. I had just entered the maze. 

What happened next was most bizarre. A big digital display appeared over the maze.

“Twenty one minutes…my darling.” 

I frantically ran forward and backwards and around and around trying to find my way out of this hell. As I dashed from one dead end to the next, all that was going through my head was: ‘freedom is a gift my darling’. I just wished I was free from this awful place. 

The next thing, I could feel something creeping up my leg… It was a humungous snake!! I kicked my leg around until it went flying into the grass. My heart was pounding so much that I thought it was going to burst through my chest. 

As I ran through the maze I kept my eye on the strange clock, hovering menacingly above the maze. I watched the minutes and seconds tick by. Then all of a sudden I saw a very long passage up ahead of me. It had a big sign with that special word 'freedom’ written on it. 

As I started running towards it I noticed the passage seemed to be slowly closing up. 

“This can’t be happening,” I whimpered. 

Then, out of nowhere, a figure of an old man appeared at the start of the passage.


To read Lisa’s story in its entirety, and to see how you can submit your own works for publication, see this week’s Longford Leader.