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BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Sep 18, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Dramatic novelist Amanda McKittrick Ros is to be recognized at the "Celebrate Literary Belfast" festival in Ireland as the world's worst writer.

The Telegraph reports that at the upcoming festival later this month, the late writer's works will be honored based on the traditions set forth by the Inklings, an Oxford group that once included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

As members of the Inklings, Lewis and Tolkien would get together with friends to attempt to read aloud Ros's over-dramatic literary works. The one who could keep from laughing the longest was the winner.

"She alliterated obsessively," Frank Ormsby, who edited an anthology of Ros's work, entitled "Thine in Storm and Cabin," said. "Even if one has forgotten her work for a few years, you only have to read a few paragraphs and you find the smile broadening on your face. You begin to realize why her work had such an appeal."

The paper said on Sept. 26, "The World's Worst Novelist" gathering will occur at the Belfast festival and will expose a new generation to Ros's legendary writings.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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