Near and Far Are All the Same These Days

Earlier this year, Fighting Words and Fighting Words NI were invited by Ordskælv, our friends and sister organisation in Denmark, to take part in the Global Writing Lockdown. The project was envisioned as a way of bringing us all closer together even as we were forced to remain apart. It was an opportunity to reach out and share perspectives amidst the uncertainty and worry of the global pandemic.

We invited YOU to send in your writing about the lockdown and the response was fantastic, with submissions from all over the island of Ireland and from all ages. The anthology we present here is a wonderful, heart-warming collection of writings and stands as an emblem of the strength and solidarity to be found in writing and creative expression through this most trying year.

Visions & Revisions: An Anthology of New Writing by Junior Cycle Teachers

Visions & Revisions is a collection of writing by twenty junior cycle teachers. A partner programme between Fighting Words and Arts in Junior Cycle, the teachers attended a series of workshops at Fighting Words to draft, redraft, edit and publish this collection of work. This creative programme offers teachers the time and space to explore and consider possibilities around the creation of portfolios across all subjects at Junior Cycle.

This unique collection of work by new writers is a testament to the power of words, taking chances and using our imaginations.

Launch of Young Storykeeper Volume Two!

Young Storykeeper - Volume Two: More incredible lighthouse-inspired stories!

In May 2020, Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited submissions from young writers aged 7-12 - original writing inspired by lighthouses. We received  stories, poems, illustrations, song lyrics and even stop-motion animations for what we call the Young Storykeepers initiative. They are simply fantastic!

Sent to us from every corner of the island of Ireland and beyond, the creativity has shone through and every Young Storykeeper should all be very proud!


Young Storykeepers Volume Two

Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited 7-12 year-olds to become Young Storykeepers.

Your lighthouse-inspired stories are incredible!

1,256 Super Submissions!

In May 2020, Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland invited submissions of original writing inspired by lighthouses from young writers aged 7-12. We received stories, poems, illustrations, song lyrics and even stop-motion animations for what we call the Young Storykeepers initiative. They are simply fantastic!

Powerscourt in Bloom - Call For YOUR Poems!

A Nature Poetry Initiative - celebrating the power of storytelling and nature

Calling all writers aged 7 and upwards: Powerscourt Estate & Fighting Words want your poems and lyrics!

The “Poetry in Bloom” at Powerscourt initiative, developed by Powerscourt in partnership with creative writing organisation Fighting Words, is an invitation and call to everyone from the age of 7 up to 107 to create a poem or write lyrics inspired by nature observed at Powerscourt Gardens. All submissions are online and will be automatically entered into an open prize draw to win a variety of wonderful prizes.

Dear 2030 Me

Dear Me - A Letter to the Future...

We worked with our good friends at RTÉ2 Home School Hub to create some creative letter writing tips for kids to tell their future selves all about this period of home schooling.

Kids can give their letters to a parent and ask them to keep it safe until 2030!

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 | June 13th

This year Cruinniú na nÓg, a day of free creativity for children and young people, is going online! Will you be getting creative? There are only a few days to go and so many ways to enjoy it!

Back in May, Great Lighthouses of Ireland and Fighting Words asked 7-12 year olds to create some lighthouse stories and become Young Storykeepers. So many fantastic entries were submitted that we’re publishing them all in a multi-volume digital magazine over the summer.


BOOKINGS HAVE CLOSED! Due to demand, we are unable to accept late applications. We will be in contact with parents who applied for a place by 19 June.

We are delighted to announce the schedule of FREE ONLINE summer camps at Fighting Words for 2020!

This year, due to the continuing advice from the Government to maintain social distancing, Fighting Words summer camps will be offered online to guarantee the safety of participants, facilitators and our volunteer team.

Operation Transformation: Keeping Well Apart

At the beginning of May Fighting Words were asked to take part in RTE's "Operation Transformation: Keeping Well Apart". Mark worked with the four families for the week, helping them to gain confidence in creative writing using different prompts and tasks. They worked toward writing one final piece each that they then read out on RTE. The pieces are a fantastic varied collection that capture something of each families' experience and approach to life in this strange way of existence we have all adopted. We have collected the full pieces below and hope you enjoy reading them: