The Big Issue Short Story Competition

The winner of The Big Issue ( is Annie Kilmartin from Co. Wicklow, Ireland.  Her prize is a three-night retreat.  Her winning story is entitled “Facey Clifford.”  I am looking forward to meeting Annie and learning more about her writing when she comes to work at Anam Cara.

“Facey Clifford”

Everybody loved Facey Clifford. It was only strangers who reacted badly, mostly they just looked away, but sometimes they would spit on her. One time, on our way to school a woman threw holy water over Facey’s head, so Magso Murphy, who suffered from bad wind, let off a volley of farts and the woman was never seen again. Children were different though; they would walk straight up to Facey and ask her why she looked so horrible.

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