PoetryIreland 2018Review21Dec - Page 16

Writers in Schools presented a lively programme of events this
year, with thousands of children and young people across the
island enjoying encounters with all kinds of writers.
Above: Poet Frank Galligan and Poetry Ireland’s Anna Bonner are pictured with students
Isobella McCrudden (9) from St Theresa’s P.S , Belfast and Jonathan Graham (10),
Antertaine.P.S, Maghera at the closing event of the Our Place Project in Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.
Highlights of our WIS programme
of single visits included writers
and storytellers delivering sessions
to children in direct provision
and emergency centres in Galway,
Monaghan, Ballaghadereen and
Tralee on and around Poetry Day
Ireland in late April. We were
delighted to partner with Narrative4
for the first time and to work in five
primary schools across Limerick
City. Our programme in the North
included a series of visits to libraries
across Co. Armagh, as well as to
schools in partnership with the
Hillsborough Festival and writing
workshops in the Mourne Museum,
Newry. Paul Muldoon presented
a workshop for teenage poets in
Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy
in November, and the young people
in Glenveagh Special School, for
children with severe learning
difficulties, enjoyed a Writers in
Schools residency for the first time,
with storyteller, Pat Ryan.

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