2012 Junior Dublin Literary Awards Announced
The 8th Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand 2011/2012 presentation ceremony was held on February 1 at the Rembrandt Hotel, Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok. Organised on the theme “My biggest decision”, this year’s competition attracted almost 1,000 entries submitted by students from all regions of the country.
For the Bangkok/Central competition, Zethapong Nimmanterdwong at Mahidol Wittayanusorn School took the winning award, receiving a Bt10,000 cash prize and certificate. Chalida Thisapark from Anglo Singapore International School, Pornkamol Chuensanguan from Triam Udomsuksa School and Siravich Joshua Chaomuangbon from Concordian International School ranked the first, second and third runners up respectively.
Zethapong also won the national award. He and one parent will travel to attend the ceremony of the senior international IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards, considered the richest literary prize in the world.
Citylife Chiang Mai, the organiser of the Northern contest, earlier announced the winner as Jintana Williams from Varee International School, Chiang Mai, while Phuket Gazett, organiser of the southern contest presented the winning award to Taarika Khanijow from The British International School.
For the northeastern region, Siriyakorn Makpoon from Kalayanawat School in Khon Kaen was the only qualified student to win a merit award.
The Annual Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand is jointly organised by The Nation, NJ magazine, and strategic partners; Phuket Gazette and City Life Chiang Mai with support from the Embassy of Ireland, Emirates, OCS Group, and Kerry Group.
The main objectives of the annual competition are to enhance the creative English writing skills of Thai students nationwide and to encourage innovative thinking by the younger generation.
The 8th Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand judging committee was made up of HE Declan Kelly, the Irish ambassador to Thailand; Dr. Sirikorn Maneerin, former Deputy Education Minister; Asst. Prof. Suchada Nimmannit of Chulalongkorn University Language Institute; Ajarn Atchara Pradit, head of Children’s Literature at the Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Humanities, Srinakharinwirot University; Mr William Page, former lecturer, Thammasat University and contributing writer, The Nation and Khun Pana Janviroj managing director of The Nation.
This year’s keynote speaker was Steve Van Beek who shared his valuable experience with the young writers, offered some useful tips for all creative writers and inspired the young students to continue writing.
Van Beek is a well-known American author, explorer, and documentary filmmaker. Residing in Asia since 1966, Steve has paddled the lengths of the major rivers in Thailand and kayaked as a member of four first-descent expeditions exploring the Lancang (Mekong) River in Qinghai, and Yunnan provinces, together with Tibet. These trips have been documented in numerous books, films, and magazine articles. He is married to Piyawee Ruenjinda who now explores the rivers of Southeast Asia with him.
The competition was divided into four regions and open to Thai students studying in Thailand between the ages of 14 and 18. They were required to write an essay of between 800 and 1,200 words in length.
The theme of the 2013 competition is “Behind the Mask”.
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