for May, 2017

Nation Creation on RTE

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Lots of fun this week creating nations with RTE’s News2day. New countries included Dolphin Island, where everyone owns a dolphin from the age of 12, to Siciliene where an underwater tunnel gives safe passage to refugees arriving on the island. See the RTE New2day report, 4 minutes into the link: The Nation Creation workshops have […]

Creative righting

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One of the best things about running writing workshops is watching young imaginations slice through status, stick out their tongues at competition and kick privilege in the butt. In the last couple of months, I’ve worked with children in one of Ireland’s most expensive schools; a direct provision centre; a hospital, and libraries in different […]

Take Heart

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The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason. It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. But I think that the most likely reason of all, May have been that his heart […]


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Hooray for the heroes of Clondalkin! Once a week for the last four months I’ve been working with nine wonderful children in direct provision to write their ‘Handbook of Heroes.’ They’ve worked so hard, imagining themselves as superheroes, inventing superschools and superpets, writing about their real-life heroes and, best of all, deciding how they will be […]