Cathleen Young Announced as Inaugural Fighting Words Writing Fellow with Queen's University Belfast

Fighting Words Northern Ireland and Fighting Words are delighted to welcome Cathleen Young as our inaugural Fighting Words Writing Fellow in association with The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University Belfast. 

Cathleen comes to us by way of the HUMANITAS Prize in Hollywood, California where she was the Executive Director from 2007-2021. She is an award-winning television writer as well as a children’s author. 

Right To Love

On Wednesday 3rd February 2021, Fighting Words volunteer mentors worked with students from the Trinity Access Programme Linked Secondary Schools in multiple disciplines to create original stories, songs, poems and some short plays. 

This project was done in association with Freiraum. Freiraum is a Europe-wide project initiated by the Goethe-Institut in 2017 that deals with the current state of freedom in Europe. The local Freiraum project in Dublin focuses on economic inequality and the resulting limits of freedom. 

Fighting Words Northern Ireland Appoints New Director!

Fighting Words is delighted to share the news that Fighting Words Northern Ireland, the creative writing network for children and young people, has announced the appointment of Hilary Copeland as Director on 8 February 2021.

Ms Copeland will take up the role in March 2021. She is currently Deputy Director at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, having joined the team as Acting Director in July 2019. She has worked in literature and arts management since 2008, delivering expertise across business management, strategic planning, creative programming and event delivery for festivals, arts and theatre companies and nonprofits in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin.

Creative Writing Group for Educators

Thank you for your interest in joining this writers circle for educators. The current group is now FULL. Please keep an eye on the website for future groups like this one.

Are You A Teacher or Trainee Teacher Interested in Creative Writing?

Whether it comes from a love of words, a story that needs telling, a quest for personal clarity, or the wish to honour our days by recording something of them, the longing to write is worth heeding.

Are you a teacher or student teacher who is interested in writing? Would you like some company for this stage of your writing journey?  If so, this may be the group for you.

What Lives In Your Imagination?

Tell Us A Story About An Animal or Creature - Real or Imagined!

Fighting Words is asking young authors aged 7-12 to send us stories about animals.

In this celebration of creativity, ALL the stories will be published on the Fighting Words website and several of the stories will be animated by our team of volunteers!

Céard a chónaíonn i do shamhlaíocht?

Inis Scéal Faoi Ainmhí Dúinn - Fíor-Ainmhí nó Ainmhí Samhailteach!

Tá Fighting Words ag iarraidh ar údair óga aois 7-12 bliain scéalta faoi ainmhithe a sheoladh chugainn. Is ceiliúradh ar chruthaitheacht é seo agus foilseofar GACH scéal ar shuíomh idirlín Fighting Words. Freisin, déanfaidh an fhoireann dheonach atá againn beochain bunaithe ar  chuid de na scéalta!

The 5x5 Project - Five Is No Limit

What is inside the 5km boundary where you are? 

Engage your five senses and discover the stories within your 5km! What is special about the area where you live that you would like the world to know? 

Fighting Words invites you to explore the world around you and share your creativity with us!

Take a photograph of something within your 5km limit and write its story in five...five what? It’s up to you! 

An Togra 5x5 Níl Aon Teorainn le Cúig

Céard atá laistigh den teorainn 5km san áit ina bhfuil tusa?

Cuir do chúig chéadfa ag obair agus faigh amach céard iad na scéalta laistigh de do 5km! Céard atá speisialta faoi do cheantarsa gur fiú a roinnt leis an domhan mór?

Seo cuireadh duit ó Fighting Words fáil amach faoin domhan mórthimpeall ort agus do chuid cruthaitheachta a roinnt linn!

Tóg grianghraf de rud éigin taobh istigh de do theorainn 5km agus inis an scéal a bhaineann leis ag úsáid cúig…cén saghas cúig? Is fútsa atá sé!

First Fortnight 2021 at Fighting Words

As part of First Fortnightthe annual festival that raises awareness about mental health, challenges prejudice and works to end stigma, Fighting Words is hosting a workshop for young writers aged 10 to 12 years on Saturday, January 16th!

Who Am I? Who Are We? Poetry at Fighting Words

Where: Online via Zoom, hosted by Fighting Words
When: Saturday, 16 January 2021
Time: 11am to 1.00pm
Age Range: 10 to 12 years

Cost: FREE