The cover of the 'Stories from the Waterside' book
Storytelling is alive and well in all parts of Ireland, as evident from number of entries to a national story writing competition called Stories from the Waterside, which ran in April and May during the Covid-19 lockdown.
It focused on collecting stories based on people’s memories and reflections around their local river, lake, wetland or coastal area. Entries were received from across the Island of Ireland in both English and Irish, and there was also an Under 18 category.
The competition was organised by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) in partnership with The Heritage Council and the Heritage Officers Programme, Waterways Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland.
The shortlisted and winning stories have been published in Stories from the Waterside, a unique collection of personal stories connected with Ireland’s rivers, lakes, estuaries and beaches.
Karen Kennedy, Community Water Officer with LAWPRO said, “It’s great to have had such local interest in a national competition. LAWPRO and the partner organisations were delighted that Stories from the Waterside captured the imagination of young and old during lockdown. It gave people a chance to reflect on nature and time spent at a local waterbody.
“It also provided a wonderful opportunity to document individual connections with water and wildlife. The standard of story was exceptional and highlighted that Ireland is full of special places by a waterside.”
The ‘Stories from the Waterside’ publication will be launched on Water Heritage Day, which takes place this year on Sunday, August 23 at the end of National Heritage Week.
It will be available to view and download at watersandcommunities.ie
For further details see Facebook.com/LAWPROteam or contact Karen Kennedy, Community Water Officer at email@example.com and 085 8085495.