PoetryIreland 2019Review - Page 16



Education
Wicklow, Louth and Dublin visited
the exhibition and then attended a
Heaney-inspired writing workshop
at Poetry Ireland, facilitated by poet
Martin Dyar. On Poetry Day Ireland,
children from North Dublin Muslim
National School attended a poetry
workshop with poet and children’s
writer, Lucinda Jacob, at Poetry
Ireland.
The Our Place project is supported by
the Reconciliation Fund (Department
of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and sees
children and young people in schools
across Northern Ireland explore
notions of place and shared spaces.
Residencies so far this year include:
Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí, Magherafelt
(with children’s writer Myra Zepf), St
Mary’s Primary School, Draperstown
(with poet Denise Blake), Cloughoge
Primary School (with YA fiction
writer Sheena Wilkinson), John Paul
II Primary School, Belfast, (with
Denise Blake), and St Colmcille’s
Primary School, Ballymena, (with
storyteller Pat Ryan).
Thanks to continued support from
Foras na Gaeilge, our Irish-language
series of residencies allowed us
to hold workshops in counties
Waterford, Donegal, Galway, Tyrone
and Dublin.
A partnership with Wicklow Arts
Office made possible a programme
of visits and workshops in schools
across the county. More than 1,300
children and young people enjoyed
meeting or working with writers
and storytellers including Caroline
Busher, Kevin McDermott, and
Marita Conlon McKenna. As part of
the Féile Lon Dubh in Ashford, poet
Catherine Ann Cullen delivered a
series of workshops to some of the
children in St Coen’s National School.
Our professional development
programme also included a Child
Safeguarding Considerations in
Arts Settings Seminar in March, in
partnership with the Youth Council
of Ireland. As well as including talks
on Children First Legislation, Garda
Vetting and Child Safeguarding
Statements, it also produced findings
from discussions about concerns
and needs of cultural organisations
working with children and young
people.
Students in 19 post-primary
schools throughout Ireland
explored global issues in
a development education
project funded by Irish Aid’s
WorldWise Global Schools.





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