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Create A Picture Book

Young writers aged 5-6 are invited to Fighting Words to create their very own picture book! Working as a group, participants will invent an original story together and see the pages of their book being created on the Fighting Words screen.

Once they have decided on the characters and plot, participants will create part of the story together, helped by Fighting Words tutors and illustrators, editing as they go. Everyone will then have time to write and draw their own individual endings to the story. Participants will leave with a copy of their book!

CRC in Association with Fighting Words present Phantasarie Deux

CRC -  in association with Fighting Words -  presents the RT Drama group in Phantasarie Deux

In their first-ever sequel, RT Drama revisits the fantasy world of the Enchanted Forest and the Wild Lands.This time, it’s with original songs written and performed by the group.  

Witches, Vampires, Werewolves and star-crossed Zombies are on the battlefield, in a café, a TV game show and a court room presided over by Judge Mental.

Highlights from our 10th Anniversary Showcase at Farmleigh on Saturday, May 4th!

A million thanks to all the writers who participated, the staff at Farmleigh and to everyone who came to celebrate with us.

The event featured poetry, short stories, the premiere of the new animated short Ghost Quest (a co-production with Boulder Media), one of the plays from the Young Playwrights Project with the Abbey Theatre and a new song, written by the audience!

The participants included past and present participants and volunteers, as well as Fighting Words staff -  Robyn Gill, Sharon Hogan, Rachel Thornton, Zara Ní Shuilebháin, Palakshi Rattan, Amy Lawrence, Aidan McAteer, Jack Fanciulli, Rahil Kassouri, Clodagh Mooney Duggan, Juliette Crosbie and Jeda De Brí. The MC on the day was the brilliant Úna Kavanagh. 

 

Young Irish Writing - The 2019 Fighting Words Supplement in The Irish Times

The 2019 Fighting Words supplement of new writing from young authors was published on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.

The annual supplement features writing from primary and secondary school students from all over Ireland.

From our co-founder Roddy Doyle's introduction: "Fighting Words opened in Dublin 10 years ago, in January 2009. We started just as the country was falling apart, as the Celtic Tiger was being hauled off to the abattoir, and we wondered – myself and Seán Love, the co-founders – how long we could stay open, if there’d be enough interest from schools and teachers, if we’d be able to attract enough support.

Fighting Words in Jordan

Fighting Words volunteers travelled with World Vision Ireland to Azraq camp in Jordan to run story writing workshops with displaced Syrian children aged 6-8 in the Early Childhood Development Centre. Over a week, Fighting Words volunteers facilitated six workshops, reaching over one hundred children in the camp.  The children created a collection of fantastic stories and illustrations. The stories feature lions, butterflies, elephants, rabbits, chickens, and apple trees. 

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