Fighting Words at Expo
As a key partner for Ireland’s programme at Expo, creative writing organisation and registered charity, Fighting Words, delivered a programme of story-writing workshops to groups of Emirati and International children and teachers at Expo 2020 Dubai from the 2nd-4th of March. Local Dubai schools, Sunmarke School, Hartland International School, and Sukainah High School joined Fighting Words at Ireland’s Pavilion and locations across Dubai to partake in a series of workshops designed to promote creativity and writing as a fun and powerful means of self-expression. The overlap of the Fighting Words workshop and World Book Day on 3 March made for fantastic synergy. Fighting Words has published an academic evidence base for its practice methodologies in partnership with Dublin City University. It is also developing an online teacher training module to help drive the process., which was introduced to our fantastic group of Dubai-based teachers. The Ireland pavilion were proud to host the writing mentors who brought the best of Irish creativity to the young people and teachers of Dubai.
About Fighting Words
Fighting Words was set up by Booker Prize winning author Roddy Doyle and Sean Love to help children and young people, and adults who did not have the opportunity as children, to discover and harness the power of their own imaginations and creative writing skills. It provides free tutoring and mentoring in creative writing and related arts to as many children, young adults and adults with special needs as it can reach. At its core, Fighting Words is also about something much broader and more inclusive. It is about using the creative practice of writing and storytelling to strengthen our children and teenagers, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, to be resilient, creative and successful shapers of their own lives. Fighting Words has been acclaimed by development educationalists worldwide. The organisation runs programmes throughout the island of Ireland and has also delivered in several countries around the world.