PoetryIreland 2018Review21Dec - Page 17

Our diverse and dynamic programme
of residencies saw Sheena Wilkinson
facilitate a series of workshops in
Hydebank Wood College for Young
Offenders in Belfast, which
culminated with a book of work by
the young men published by the
College’s publishing press.
Poems and stories produced
through the Our Place Project were
showcased and celebrated at the Lyric
Theatre, Belfast on May 31st, with
performances by approximately 150
children and young people. The Our
Place project is supported by the
Reconciliation Fund (Department
of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and
saw residencies focusing on notions
of place and shared spaces in nine
schools across the North, including
two cross-community shared
With support from Foras na Gaeilge
our Irish-language series of
residencies reached counties
Waterford, Monaghan, Dublin,
Galway, Cork, Derry, Antrim, Tyrone,
Wicklow and Roscommon.
Thanks to support from Údarás
na Gaeltachta, our mentoring
programme allowed us to add four
new Irish language artists to the
Writers in Schools directory: Myra
Zepf, Darach Mac An Iomaire,
Jackie MacDonncha and Réaltán Ní
This year, students in 19
post-primary schools
throughout Ireland explored
global issues in a special
development education
project coordinated by Poetry
Ireland Writers in Schools
and funded by Irish Aid’s
WorldWise Global Schools.
The programme funded ten writers
to work with schools over a sixweek residency, during which time
they delivered weekly creative
writing workshops. The students
were given a chance to engage
imaginatively with the issues, and
work creatively in a range of genres,
including poetry, prose, art, film,
song and improvisation. Our hope
is that the participants will benefit
from an increased knowledge and
understanding of global justice issues,
becoming engaged and active global
Poetry Ireland, Creative Engagement
and WorldWise Global Schools

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