The Book Thing

Young at Art

Tue 10 Mar 2015

Queen's University Belfast

Performance times

  • Tue 10 Mar 2015 - 9:30 am to 3.00pm


Free (inc. sandwich lunch)

Professionals will discuss what can be achieved when we move children's experiences of literature & literacy beyond the classroom.

In association with Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast

In a recent report by Save the Children, literacy and reading for under 11s was highlighted as one of the key priorities in changing the future prospects of children living in high deprivation in the UK.  At the same time, the canon of Northern Irish writers in fiction, poetry, film and stage is recognized as one of our greatest international calling cards.  How do we connect the two? How do we encourage children and young people to tell stories and love literature?  How we do we harness the power of telling stories in different forms? 

These issues will be addressed by a panel of distinguished writers, academics and educators including Garrett Carr, Roddy Doyle, Bruce Ingman, David Lucas, Rory O’Connor, Liam O’Hare, Louise O’Neill, Glenn Patterson, Axel Scheffler, Damian Smyth, Pádraic Whyte and Sheena Wilkinson.

The launch of Fighting Words Belfast will take place following these discussions. Fighting Words Belfast is a new creative writing project for children and young people. The project is a partnership between Young at Art, Skainos and 174 Trust. 


9.30am Registration

10.00am Session One: Writing as Power

11.30am Session Two: Reading to Find Your Place

12.15pm Lunch (a light lunch will be provided)

1.00pm Session Three: The Story Behind or Within The Picture

1.45pm Closing remarks 

2.45pm Launch of Fighting Words Belfast


*Limited Capacity - booking required.


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