West Limerick student, 16, sets his sights on creative writing career

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

Ruben Morrissey from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale, who had his short story published recently in The Irish Times as part of the 'Fighting Words' scheme run by author Roddy Doyle
A BUDDING young writer from Abbeyfeale has set his sights on creating the next ‘Game of Thrones’ after enjoying a whirlwind start to his writing career.

A BUDDING young writer from Abbeyfeale has set his sights on creating the next ‘Game of Thrones’ after enjoying a whirlwind start to his writing career.

Sixteen-year-old Ruben Morrissey from Dromtrasna has already been recognised in the national press and at Listowel Writers’ Week, and he is now hoping to one day follow in the footsteps of his favourite writers, including George R.R. Martin.

Ruben, who has just completed fifth year at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale, said that he is still ecstatic after one of his short stories was published in The Irish Times’ ‘Fighting Words’ creative writing supplement last month.

“I’ve been doing it for a while”, Ruben said of his writing. “I read a lot, and I like to write too. My mum signed up to it [Fighting Words] because she thought there’s some stuff that might help me. She got an e-mail looking for stories, and I made the story up. I was delighted”.

The recent supplement was the third annual publication by the ‘Fighting Words’ initiative, which was set up by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love in a bid to encourage creative writing in Irish teenagers.

Ruben’s short story was titled ‘Reality’, and told the story of Thomas, a teenager obsessed with video games who increasingly finds his priorities skewed by his hobby.

Ruben’s writing success stretches back a number of years, however, as he won a competition for creative writing in an under-12 category at Listowel Writers’ Week.

Ruben lives at home with his parents, Esther and John, and two brothers Keiran and Pablo. He said that while he is still unsure about what he wants to do after secondary school, long-term he is hoping to take a leaf out of one of his favourite author’s book: George R.R. Martin, creator the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series, which has been adapted into the popular television series ‘Game of Thrones’.