It has been a busy year thus far for 6th year Donabate Community College student Elizabeth Akinwande.
The talented writer started the year with a performance of one of her pieces 'For the Sake of Melanin' at a conference in DCU and a writing workshop for children.
This led to a radio interview and a request from Fighting Words to write a piece for 'The Irish Times' as part of an initiative to provide a sustained focus on child welfare and children's issues.
Elizabeth wrote a powerful article which was published earlier this year.
Since then, interest in her work has been sustained.
She has now joined the Fighting Words, Abbey Playwrights Project which will continue throughout the winter and lead to the performance of the script she creates next year.
Elizabeth is the second DCC student to participate in this prestigious project. Past pupil Sean Farrelly also took part in it and it is fair to say that it encouraged his writing talents.
Elizabeth's work is to be included in an anthology of writing, ' What You Need to Know About Me' (published by The Hawkins Project, co-founded by Dave Eggers) that highlights the experiences of young people who have immigrated from one country to another.
In the words of The Hawkins Project: 'This anthology endeavours to create a platform for some of the most important stories of our time. As such, it would be our honour to amplify these voices, and all of the hopes, fears, and dreams tied to our contributors' unique stories.'
Elizabeth has also been awarded a prize for one of her pieces in the Ken Saro-Wiwa School Poetry competition.