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Fighting Words and Libraries NI challenge primary school pupils to create ‘Fantastic Fictions’

Thursday 15th October 2020 at 4pm 0 Comments Literature

Mylie and Luke from Wheatfield Primary School Belfast pictured with Jim O’ Hagan, Chief Executive of Libraries NI, Glenn Patterson, author, patron & founder of Fighting Words NI and Gilly Campbell, Head of Community Arts & Education at the Arts Council Image: Mylie and Luke from Wheatfield Primary School Belfast pictured with Jim O’ Hagan, Chief Executive of Libraries NI, Glenn Patterson, author, patron & founder of Fighting Words NI and Gilly Campbell, Head of Community Arts & Education at the Arts Council

Fighting Words NI and Libraries NI are partnering for the first time this Autumn to deliver a creative writing initiative to up to 20 primary schools across Northern Ireland.

The initiative titled, ‘Fantastic Fictions – new writing inspired by books we love’ invites Primaries 5, 6 and 7 children to write short stories sparked by their favourite books, with the aim of encouraging teachers and pupils to engage with creative writing and reading. New characters, unexpected plots and surprises are anticipated!

Welcoming the initiative, Damian Smyth, Head of Literature, Arts Council Northern Ireland said:

“It is important that funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland is supporting new collaborations like this one between Fighting Words NI and Libraries NI.  It is all about increasing access to reading and to creative writing for our young children, a top priority for the Arts Council and Fighting Words is just the organisation to support. It’s a pleasure to know that this programme, aided by first class authors like Glenn Patterson, will reach primary pupils in up to twenty schools across the region. I am really looking forward to reading their fantastic fiction when it’s published this autumn, what a treat!”

Glenn Patterson, author, patron and founder of Fighting Words NI commented;

“I just love seeing how Fighting Words constantly evolves and innovates to forge new collaborative relationships.  Thanks to Libraries NI for the opportunity to work with them.  We’re all really looking forward to reading the stories which will no doubt be bursting with originality and imagination and every single one of them will be published on our website.  I’m so excited to see where ‘Fantastic Fictions’ takes us.”

Libraries NI Chief Executive, Jim O’ Hagan said;

“I am very pleased to be partnering with Fighting Words and local primary schools to deliver the Fantastic Fiction creative writing project over the coming months. This initiative is the perfect opportunity for young people to use their imaginations and develop their creativity and writing skills. Reading and writing for pleasure can have an important impact on children’s literacy and their creativity. I am very much looking forward to reading the short stories the children create inspired by their favourite books or literary characters.”

The online submissions portal will be open until 31st October 2020. Every young person's work will be published online and Fighting Words and Libraries NI will showcase Fantastic Fictions throughout October with a selection of the young writers' readings posted online at www.fightingwords.co.uk

This initiative is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland (Exchequer) and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland through the New Needs Fund.

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