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Winners of 2009 Awards

  • Junior Category & Overall Seán Dunne Young Writers’ Award has gone to Ciara Gorman of Castleknock in Dublin 15 for her prose piece ESCAPE

  • Senior category award winner and overall-runner up is Luke Sheehan from Ranalagh in Dublin for his poem ALL THE QUEENS MEN.

  • Local category Award went to Aisling Maire Finnegan of Clonea Power for her thought provoking piece – THE BOY SOLDIER

Anthony Healy was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester. He published poetry in The New Statesman, and various poetry magazines, as a teenager, before having three books of poetry privately printed by The Oxford Printmakers Co-operative.
After completing his Ph.D. thesis Critical Theory and Popular Culture 1886-1939, he took a position at the University of Kowloon, Hong Kong, teaching Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama.He became an arts writer for The Hong Kong Standard, before working as an editorial correspondent and foreign correspondent for the pan Asian Window magazine. He was a columnist and then the diarist for the Oriental Daily News Group’s Eastern Express, where he was responsible for the back page of the newspaper every day. He was Associate Producer and writer on the BBC’s Royal Court of Thailand and has since worked with National Geographic Television, The Learning Channel and Discovery Communications International as both writer and producer. He has worked with magazines and newspapers across America and Asia, most notably with The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Times, and the South China Morning Post. He has written two plays, The Pitch and The Gift Horse (co-author), the former produced in Dublin and the latter at the Cork Arts Theatre.
Apart from the anthologising of some early poetry, The Sandreckoner represents the first appearance of Anthony Healy’s poetry in 25 years. Anthony Healy is married and has two children. He lives in Ireland.