Can you imagine Dublin in the future? Would you like to write about it?
Sebastian Barry has - so has the Dublin Hun.
We are partners in the project DUBLIN IN THE COMING TIMES, running throughout 2016.
In his 1893 collection, “The Rose”, W B Yeats included a poem with the title “To Ireland in the Coming Times."
Borrowing the Yeats title, Dublin in the Coming Times is a free city wide programme of creative writing in which Dubliners, young and old, can create their own stories and poems as they look to the future of their city going through another phase of evolution and renewal. Fighting Words, Dublin City Libraries and other partners will be working together with Dublin Unesco City of Literature to deliver the programme during 2016.
To get the ball rolling, Roddy Doyle invited some writers to contribute a short work of fiction re-imagining the city. The work of these writers will be published in the Irish Times over the coming months. Free creative writing workshops will run over the course of the year for adults in six of Dublin’s public libraries, starting in Donaghmede in February. Other organisations including Fighting Words, Science Gallery, Little Museum of Dublin, axis Ballymun and the Ark will be working on the theme with the children and young adults who participate in their workshops.
The project is intended to enable Dublin’s citizens to participate in illustrating a vision of the city that, while it might change and adapt to new circumstance, will continue as a living, creative environment and a place for the storyteller and poet. We hope to publish selections from the stories that are created.
For further information about workshops or if you are already a Fighting Words volunteer and would like to get involved as a tutor, please email.
Dublin in the Coming Times is one of six projects currently being promoted by Dublin’s Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, a Dublin City University programme with the UN University.