Friday 21 July 2017

Fighting talk, fighting words

Two books of short stories have been published as part of Oberstown's Fighting Words programme. Photo: Mark Condren
Two books of short stories have been published as part of Oberstown's Fighting Words programme. Photo: Mark Condren
John Meagher

John Meagher

It is the creative writing initiative dreamt up, in part, by The Commitments author Roddy Doyle, and the Fighting Words programme is now part and parcel of school life at Oberstown.

Principal Martin Treacy says it helps to fuel the imaginations of boys who may have struggled in the regular school curriculum, assuming they have been to school.

Sean Love, who founded Fighting Words with Doyle, says there has been a strong response at Oberstown. "It's completely voluntary, but the students have embraced it," he says.

"It's been run out there for the past three years and, thus far, two books of their work has been published. It's not just about writing and literacy, but about boosting their self-esteem and restoring their confidence."

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