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.
To get the ball rolling, author Roddy Doyle invited some writers and artists to contribute short stories reimagining the city. Their work, included in the book, was published in ‘The Irish Times’ throughout 2016.
Free creative-writing workshops were run during 2016 for adults in a number of Dublin City Public Libraries and other participating organisations include Fighting Words, Science Gallery, Little Museum of Dublin, Axis Ballymun, Croke Park, the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Marsh’s Library and a number of workplaces around the city. 3,500 people received mentoring from Fighting Words over the lifetime of this writing initiative.
The project, which is a partnership between Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Public Libraries, Dublin City Arts Office and Fighting Words, is intended to enable Dublin’s citizens, both adults and children, to participate in illustrating a vision of the city as a place that, although it might change and adapt to new circumstances, will continue as a living, creative environment and a place for the storyteller and poet.
Dublin in The Coming Times is available to borrow from all branches of Dublin City Public Libraries.
Your local library will also have some free copies available while stocks last.