Project Type:
Artist in the Community, Youth Engagement

Sept–Nov 2018

Participant Group:
Young people from Letterkenny and Strathfoyle (aged 12–15)

Mary Branley

Donegal County Library Service; Libraries NI

Reconciliation Fund (Department of Foreign Affairs

Young Writers

In our contemporary society, the realities and lived experiences of young people often go unnoticed or are misrepresented within our mainstream culture.

This project offered a developmental framework for two groups of young people from Derry and Donegal to develop authentic and meaningful stories and youth narratives through poetry, prose and spoken word. Through a series of workshops with writer Mary Branley in autumn/winter 2018, the young people were encouraged to develop their individual voices in response to their cultural landscape and as a reflection of their own ideas and interests.

Participant during a workshop at Strathfoyle Library with writer Mary Branley

As an output of the project, Kids’ Own published a broadsheet containing a selection of the young people’s work, which draws on strong social concerns as well as imagined narratives that sometimes delve into science fiction or futuristic possibilities.

The project culminated in a special performance and launch event in November 2018, at which both groups of young people came together to share their work with a public audience.

Read more about the event.

Read the Young Writers Broadsheet publication here.

Participants at the Launch Event | Young Writers Project | Kids Own Publishing Partnership