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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.

FIGHTING WORDS ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS 2020

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:

Volunteering at Fighting Words: A Snapshot

The Fighting Words volunteers scurry to set up the screen and the data projector in the Bundoran Library. Anxiously, we count the number of volunteers on hand. Will you lead the brainstorming? Will you type? Has So-and-so been vetted yet? We need to recruit more volunteers!

The busload of primary-school students arrive at 10:30, and the brainstorming begins. What does it take, the Storyteller asks, to create a story? The students shout out their answers. Pencils and paper! Commas! Brains! The ideas flow faster than the typing, but the students begin to focus when their words appear on the screen. We need a plot! Dialogue! A beginning, a middle, and an end!

Young StoryKeeper!

 

1,256 Super Submissions!

Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland have devoured every single one of the 1,256 stories, poems, illustrations, song lyrics and even stop-motion animations submitted for our Young Storykeepers initiative. They are simply fantastic!

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