Judy O’Kane wins National Memory Day Writing Competition
‘The Fig Tree’ by UEA writer Judy O’Kane has been announced as the winner in the poetry category of the National Memory Day Writing Competition. Judy also recently won the Irish Post Listowel Writers’ Week competition. A former lawyer who currently teaches advocacy at the Law Society of Ireland, Judy graduated from the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction in 2012 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. She was previously the winner of the Listowel Writers’ Week Original Poem prize in 2015 and was shortlisted in 2016 for the Tony Lothian Prize (formerly known as the Biographers’ Club Prize) for the best proposal by an uncommissioned, first-time biographer. The National Memory Day prize was judged by Andrew Motion and is worth £4,000.