Fighting Words launched their new book, Dublin In The Coming Times on Wednesday 29 November 2017 in Dublin City Library & Archive to a packed audience of aspiring and established writers and illustrators. The book features a selection of short stories, poetry and prose from members of Dublin City Libraries Creative Writing groups alongside writings from well known established authors.
In his 1893 collection, ‘The Rose’, WB Yeats included the poem ‘To Ireland in the Coming Times’. Borrowing its title, Dublin in the Coming Times was a free, citywide programme of creative writing in which Dubliners, young and old, created their own stories and poems as they looked to the future of their city.
We recently had the opportunity to work with writers from over 20 countries at Failte Isteach Tyrrelstown!
The group meets weekly for conversational English and on 29 November they wrote their first story together. They are supported by a great team of volunteers and by Fingal County Council at Tyrrelstown Community Centre.
The authors came from Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Poland, Moldova, Russia, Spain, India, Brazil. Albania, Libya, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and of course Ireland.
He met 5th year students from St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Castlebar at a workshop at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, service users at The Adult Training Centre in Castlebar, and of course the brilliant volunteer tutors and co-ordinators from Castlebar and Ballina.
Fighting Words was delighted to take part in the Jonathan Swift 350 Festival on Saturday, 25 November 2017.
We brought together 20 10-12 year olds to St Patrick's Cathedral to create a new story, which was started together and finished individually.
No doubt that Dean Swift would have been very impressed indeed with the imagination of the participants and their ideas!
The supplement Children's Rights, Children's Writing was published in The Irish Times on 20 November 2017.
Produced in conjunction with the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, young writers from around Ireland wrote creative responses to each of the articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was ratified by Ireland in 1992.
Fighting Words is delighted to have two amazing projects as part of with Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch's project The Big Picture.
Fighting Words Mayo - The Young Prince and The Giant
The Fighting Words Mayo team worked with with the Linenhall Arts Centre on the "The Young Prince and The Giant" with students from Newport National School.
Using an unfinished story written in a school copybook from Mayo in the late 1930s as a jumping off point, the students created beautiful images for an beautiful story. The illustrations were made at Linenhall on 24 October 2017.
Fighting Words Dublin/Glencree/Cork/Belfast - The Big Story for The Big Picture
Children at four Fighting Words locations - Dublin, Wicklow, Cork and Belfast - completed a chapter of The Big Story. The title of the story? The Search!
THIS EVENT IS NOW BOOKED OUT.
Fighting Words is delighted once again to host a workshop as par of this year's Dublin Book Festival!
Dublin Book Festival 2017: Story Writing Workshop
Join us for a fun and imaginative workshop where we will create characters and write a story together.
Then write your own ending, draw pictures and at the end of the workshop, take your story home to show all your family and friends!
Fighting Words Belfast are currently recruiting for a Coordinator (part-time - 22.5 hrs per week, £19208 pro rata).
Fighting Words Belfast is a creative writing initiative for all children and young people in Northern Ireland aged 6-18. The project arose out of a collective effort between Young at Art, Skainos in East Belfast, the 174 Trust in North Belfast and Fighting Words, Dublin.
The post holder will be responsible for the administrative and operational needs of Fighting Words Belfast.
We are delighted to be offering free creative workshops for adults at St Patrick's Hospital on Culture Night - Friday, 22 September.
No need to book - tea and coffee provided!
When: Friday, 22 September
Where: St Patrick's Hospital, Dublin (directions found here) - very close to Heuston Luas stop
Times: 6.30pm for a 7pm start