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Fantasy Writing Competition

Students at Franciscan College Gormanston are currently composing essays for the John West Fantasy Writing Competition. The theme this year is ‘Under the Sea’ and students are free to explore any aspect of this theme that they wish. They are writing essays about mermaids, sea monsters, underwater aliens, pirates, the lost city of Atlantis and other kinds of deep sea adventures.

As the brochure says:

‘This competition is a fun and exciting way for students to develop their written compositin and literacy skills and feed their imaginations. As well as being essential across all school subjects, literacy skills are a vital part of adult life. This competition is designed to complement the curriculum and can be integrated in the following ways:

  • As a creative writing homework exercise
  • As part of an English unit on fantasy
  • As an extended exercise in drafting, editing, redrafting a proofing
  • through explorationof alternate scientific realities for science class – what if people lived under the sea? What if a meteor hit our oceans? What would happen to our oceans if we were in another ice age?’

Any students researching fantasy and science fiction writing for your essay, you may be interested in examining some of these websites:




Remember that a great way to get inspiration for your writing is to read as much as possible; and the best way to become a great writer is to practice writing as much as possible!

Poetry Aloud – Learning a Poem

Good luck to the students who have entered the Poetry Aloud 2013 Competition. The seniors are busy working on their set poem ‘Postscript’ by Seamus Heaney as well as their selected poem. In order to memorise a poem, the most traditional and fool-proof method is repetition – first line by line, then two lines together and so on. Here is a slideshow of ‘Postscript’, with various words and phrases missing at different points in the poem, that might help seniors memorise the poem. Make your own slideshow of another poem, if you think this method is helpful.
Postscript – Learn It!

Poetry Aloud 2012

Poetry Aloud 2012

Poetry Aloud is an annual poetry speaking competition open to all post-primary students on the island of Ireland. It is organised by Poetry Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. It is divided into three categories: Junior – 1st and 2nd Years, Intermediate – 3rd and 4th Years, Senior – 5th and 6th Years. Participants from must recite two poems from the list provided. Regional heats take place between 15th and 26th October all around the country. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 26th September. This is a fantastic opportunity for all students at Franciscan College Gormanston. Ask your English teacher for more information.