Word of Mouth. The story of Fighting Words

Word of Mouth is a radio documentary produced by Athena Media and made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's Sound and Vision Scheme 2011. It will be broadcast on RTÉ lyric on Friday 28th October 2011 at 7pm.

"It's a very nice place to be but it's also great to be able to provide it as well. I know writing is a solitary occupation and it has to be, but it's nice for a couple of hours a week they're in the company of people who feel the same urge and feel the same thing". Roddy Doyle, writer and Co. Founder of Fighting Words.

Word of Mouth follows a year in the life of the creative writing centre, Fighting Words, developed by the award winning Irish writer Roddy Doyle and the former director of Amnesty Ireland, Sean Love, which was inspired by 826 Valencia in San Francisco and is located in the heart of Dublin city. The centre fosters and mentors writing, particularly for children and teenagers, across all forms of expressions including fiction, drama, poetry, music and film.

This documentary is produced by Athena Media, an independent production company led by Helen Shaw with the support of the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme and tells the story of the Wednesday Write Club where young writers aged 15-19 work side by side with Doyle himself and of a transition year class 1 from Scoil Chaitríona, who produce their own book of short stories called 'Lost in Transition'. We hear the stories of young writers like Marion Ivanov and Éadaoin Ni Fhaoláin and volunteers like artist Marie Stamp and Booker prize winner author Anne Enright.

'Before this I'd never met anyone my age who wanted to do this - to write. So it's great, you're not on your own, everyone's doing it, it's everyone's passion,' 15 year old Jemma who is part of the Write Club says, while for Marion the centre has become a 'home from home. It's just a wonderful atmosphere; everyone's writing even Roddy'. The documentary draws out the voices, characters and stories behind Fighting Words and how it's become so popular. It's now seeking to create regional centre's to literally spread the word.

Word of Mouth will broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm on Friday 28th October 2011 at 7pm.

For further details on the project and the radio producers click here.

The radio project is produced by Athena Media's radio team Helen Shaw, Lisa Essuman and Lochlainn Harte.

Word of Mouth is supported by the BAI Sound & Vision Funding Scheme 2011.