Word Warriors at the Gate!

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Gate theatre with Word Warrior pamphlet

Word Warriors authors from primary schools across north inner city Dublin share their work on stage to celebrate the end of term!

The Word Warriors programme was launched in spring 2022 as an after school club for writers aged between 10-12 years at the Fighting Words centre in Behan Square, Dublin 1. Young writers came to Fighting Words to create stories, poems and plays with our team of volunteer writing mentors.

Working with Dublin City Council’s NEIC City Connects programme with financial support from KPMG, members are drawn from the primary schools in the north inner city. The members this year came from the following schools, all in Dublin 1:

  • O'Connell Boys National School
  • Rutland National School
  • St. Laurence O'Toole's National School
  • St. Vincent's Girls National School
  • Scoil Chaomhín
  • Central Model Senior School
  • Gardiner Street National School

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Students in audience at Gate Theatre
Word Warriors Coordinator Louise Melinn introducing the Word Warriors authors

Creating Stories, Poems and Plays and Making Friends

In autumn 2023, Word Warriors grew to a membership of 23, with members in fourth, fifth and sixth class attending regularly. Every Wednesday afternoon for eight weeks, the students had the opportunity to write stories, plays, comics and to create illustrations - after enjoying a snack and a chat. 

To celebrate their hard work, the students were invited to share their work on stage at The Gate Theatre. This incredible collaboration was made possible by the Gateways Programme and John Taite, the Community Engagement Manager at The Gate.


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Students walking through backstage of Gate theatre

Exploring the Beautiful Space at The Gate

Our friends at the Gate Theatre showed the students through the beautiful space and even a walk through backstage! In front of their fellow Word Warriors, Fighting Words mentors and staff, the students each had their time to shine on stage.

Students shared the songs, illustrations, stories, and plays they have been working on each week.


Time to Reflect

At the end of the programme, we invited the authors to reflect on their time at Fighting Words. Take a look at some of the student’s favourite things about Word Warriors!

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Quotes from Word Warriors

Related Links

  • Click here to find out more about about Dublin's North East Inner City City Connects programme
  • Read some of the creative work from Word Warriors here