100 Years Creative Writing Project Launched for Children and Young People

Fighting Words have launched a creative writing project for children and young people to mark the decade of centenaries.

The 100 Years’ Creative Writing Project is an all-island initiative, with Fighting Words and Fighting Words Northern Ireland working together to engage children and young people from all backgrounds. Participants will use creative writing to explore some of the social and cultural aspects of children’s lives over the past century, and how they compare to children’s lives today.

Primary and secondary schools from across the island of Ireland will take part in joint workshops to share stories and ideas. The project will be delivered in English and Irish, and will encourage participants to write about their diverse histories, stories and cultural traditions.

The stories will be told in different formats, including graphic fiction, film, animations and podcasts, and will be published by Fighting Words.

The project is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, as part of the Irish government’s Decade of Centenaries programme.

Announcing the scheme, Catherine Martin TD said:

I am delighted with the announcement by Fighting Words of their 100 Years Creative Writing Project. It is a great opportunity for children and young people to participate in this story-writing experience as part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme. By harnessing their imaginations, creative skills, history and ideas, our children and young people will capture the social and cultural aspects of children’s lives in Ireland in 1921 and how it might compare a century later.

I encourage all primary and secondary schools to register with Fighting Words and Fighting Words Northern Ireland to take part in this important project.

Roddy Doyle, Fighting Words Co-founder and Chairman, said:

This is a hugely exciting project and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the country’s young writers do with our big history.

Seán Love, Co-founder and Executive Director added that:

Young people always bring unexpected and intriguing ideas to our story-writing sessions at Fighting Words, and I’m certain this project will be no different.


To register your school in Ireland, contact: 100years@fightingwords.ie

To register your school in Northern Ireland, contact: 100years@fightingwords.co.uk