Winners of the 13th Junior Dublin Literary Awards announced
Triam Udom Suksa School student wins the 13th Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand
The 13th Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand presentation ceremony was held on March 9 at the Rembrandt Hotel, Bangkok. Organised under the theme “Moving Forward”, this year’s competition attracted almost 1,000 entries from students in all regions of the country.
Ms. Ramita Hongharnnarong of Triam Udom Suksa School won the overall national award, receiving a Bt10,000 cash prize, a certificate and the chance to participate in the International Dublin Literary Award 2018 in Dublin, Ireland together with one parent.
“It feels kind of in to me because I'm really attached to my work and I didn't think anyone would like it. I didn't write to please because If I did try to write to please it would be different and I'm glad that they (Judges) like me for me because it's me in that work.” said Ramita.
The Annual Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand is jointly organised by The Nation, NJ Digital and Citylife Chiang Mai with support from the Embassy of Ireland and strategic partners; OCS Group, Emerald Cultural Institute, Irish-Thai Chamber of Commerce, LawtonAsia Insurance Brokers, and Saint Patrick’s Society Bangkok Thailand.
The competition is held in all four regions of the country to find representatives to compete in the National Round. The main objectives of the annual competition are to enhance the creative English writing skills of Thai students nationwide and to encourage innovative thinking among members of the younger generation.
This year’s keynote speaker was Roseanna Marshman, Hello English MC and a well-known English instructor. She shared valuable experiences with the young authors and offered some useful tips for all creative writers, inspiring the young students to continue with their passion for English.
Roseanna Marshman, speaking at the 13th Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand, said
“After reading the essays, I would actually shock about how high the standard was. And I really didn’t expect that Thai persons to be able to write that. I myself could not write that. And most English people could not write this either. And I’m very very impressed. And the level of English among Thai students is incredible. So I hope that the rest of Thailand can see these students as a great example. And the rest of the country will also be interested in English as much as these students.”
The judging committee for the 13th Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand comprised HE Brandon Rogers, the Irish Ambassador to Thailand; Ms. Philomena Murnaghan, former Irish Ambassador to Lithuania and Argentina; Dr. Sirikorn Maneerin, former Deputy Minister of Education; Asst. Prof. Dr. Suchada Nimmanmitr, Former President of the English Teachers Association and Director of the English Language Institute, Rangsit University; Prof. Atchara Pradit, Director of the Bachelor of Arts Program in Literature for Children of the Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Humanities, Srinakharinwirot University; Mr. Pana Janviroj, President of Nation News Network Co., Ltd.; and Ms. Pimpimol Kongkriengkrai, Editor of NJ Digital.
Those interested in the Junior Dublin Literary Awards for Thailand can read all the essays at www.njdigital.net/dublin