The 100 Years Project

The focus of the project is on the social and cultural aspects of children’s lives over a century, and how they compare to life now.

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What was life like for children and young people on the island of Ireland a hundred years ago?

Fighting Words and Fighting Words NI have been working with primary and secondary school students in 2021 and 2022, creating new stories that explore our links to the past, present and future with hundreds of children and young people from schools on the island of Ireland, in English agus as Gaeilge.

Time Capsule Workshops - Primary School

Primary school students are invited to think and write about life in Ireland in the 1920s, the present and into the future, engaging with key ideas and looking at all aspects of life in the Ireland of the past in a social context, not forgetting about the fun and excitement of creating new stories! We use a multimedia time capsule as a tool to transport the class through time and bring the past - and the future - to life.

Time Travel Workshops - Secondary School

Students in secondary schools are encouraged to think and write about life for young people in Ireland in the 1920s, and how it compares with the present and into the future, engaging with key ideas and looking at all aspects of life in a social context. Using time travel as a device to start the conversation, we engage with the past and the future to create original pieces of writing. 

Other Initiatives

  • Book Project - Teen writers in Northern Ireland will be working with volunteer mentors from Fighting Words NI on a collection of short stories on the theme of the 100 Years Project.
  • Write Club - Joint sessions of Write Club in Ireland and Northern Ireland will be provided with special prompts to address the themes of the 100 Years Project in a variety of formats.                                                                  
  • Online Project - A call for submissions from from writers of all ages coming in May 2022

Sharing Stories and Ideas

Fighting Words 100 Years Creative Writing Project will also see participating primary and secondary schools from across the island partake in joint workshops, where stories and ideas can be shared.

The project is delivered in Irish and English, and sees children and young people encouraged to bring their own rich and diverse histories, stories and cultural traditions to this initiative. Any schools who have not yet registered but would like to participate in this project are invited to contact us at the email addresses below. We'd love to hear from you.

The new stories generated will be delivered in a number of formats including graphic fiction, film, film animation and podcast and will be published by Fighting Words, with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.


“It is a great opportunity for children and young people to participate in this story-writing experience as part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme" - Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media


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