Congratulations to John Poole, a teacher with City of Dublin ETB, who was declared the winner of this year’s Irish Times Travel Writer competition last Saturday.
‘Travelling the world, one murder-mystery at a time’, John chooses the company of fictional sleuths for his travels. He was selected, from more than 650 entries, to glowing praise from the judges.
Orna Mulcahy said: “It’s an interesting slant on travel, and he is right . . . detective fiction is a great inducement to travel.”
Rachel Collins said: “John’s article was a great reminder of the richness that literature can add to our travels. His piece shows that guide books and Tripadvisor aren’t the only sources of travel inspiration – good writing can bring a city alive.”
Joan Scales chose John’s piece “for the fine writing and the peripatetic nature, here Athens, now San Francisco, then Argentina. Where next? This writer seems like a real traveller who gets the best out of destinations.”
John has been with CDETB for over eight years. Initially he worked with our Adult Refugee Programme teaching ESOL to adult refugees in Ringsend College. Since moving to our Curriculum Development Unit in 2013, John has played a vital role in supporting CDETB schools and colleges in their delivery of targeted English language support to recently arrived migrant students. He has been teaching in Marino College and Larkin Community College since 2015.
Read more about John’s fantastic achievement HERE.