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Creative writing

Ireland has a rich history of great writers and writing.

We have a rich tradition of writing in Ireland. Many famous writers have become well known worldwide. But also the tradition of ordinary people writing for themselves is a very important tradition in Ireland. Many people write to express themselves and their ideas and come to the writers group to benefit from the writer who facilitates the group. In an atmosphere of support and confidentiality the group learn the skills from our writer, Shirley. Last year the group did a project and produced pieces of work about themselves and their town. These were printed onto A4 posters and had been exhibited in various parts of the town for all to see. Some of the expectations for the group have been to – create, explore, challenge myself, find myself and to learn. Each participant is totally different in their storytelling which encourages others to express themselves too.  

 Project Details

The motivation behind this project is to promote community involvement and cohesion including an increased awareness of positive actions within the community and the communities own power in determining what is best for them. As a result of previous actions including literacy, creative writing and IT, local people have shown an appetite for creative projects to reflect their own personal views of their lives and their community. Promoting a positive image of the community is very important as there are many negative aspects highlighted by the media and this would

The project involved local people coming together as a group and exploring their memories and attitudes to their local environment. The group were led through the stages of creating written and visual responses to their home town, coordinating the presentation of the work and liaising with venues, organising the launch, readings, radio presentation and displays. . After the creation of the writings within the group, the second part of the project involved the creation of framed posters shown in a variety of community /public locations in the Bray area, displaying participants’ creative responses to their environment.

The group met weekly and developed trust in each other and improved their written and communication skills. Many people in the area are affected by disadvantage and lack of opportunity and this project offered the opportunity to engage in a project that increased their confidence, self-esteem and personal development. The project supported participants to explore the impact of their local environment on shaping their individual autobiographical paths. This included personal memories, artistic responses to aspects of the town and historical figures and events which took place here. The writings have been displayed on posters in A2 format, framed and in full colour. In some cases the literature is illustrated by photographs. The creative aspect of the project took approximately six months to complete, culminating in an exhibition in September 2014 of the work at Signal Art Gallery, Bray, where the writers launched their work to the community. This was promoted via local print media and local radio. The exhibition then moved over the following months to a series of venues in the town, for example- Little Bray Family Resource Centre, St Fergal's Resource centre, the local library. The exhibition is currently being displayed in the local Dart station which has a daily footfall of 8,000 commuters.

Some parts of the exhibition may be displayed in the future in smaller venues. As part of the exhibition, the local community are encouraged to respond to the work with memories, poems and reflections of their own written on postcards and displayed alongside the work

We have attached a 2 minute video of the opening of the creative writers exhibition in Signal Arts Gallery in Bray. This video was produced by and copyrighted by Dave Byrne@ Bray Tube 2014 

Creative writing

Ireland has a rich history of great writers and writing.

We have a rich tradition of writing in Ireland. Many famous writers have become well known worldwide. But also the tradition of ordinary people writing for themselves is a very important tradition in Ireland. Many people write to express themselves and their ideas and come to the writers group to benefit from the writer who facilitates the group. In an atmosphere of support and confidentiality the group learn the skills from our writer, Shirley. Last year the group did a project and produced pieces of work about themselves and their town. These were printed onto A4 posters and had been exhibited in various parts of the town for all to see. Some of the expectations for the group have been to – create, explore, challenge myself, find myself and to learn. Each participant is totally different in their storytelling which encourages others to express themselves too.  

 Project Details

The motivation behind this project is to promote community involvement and cohesion including an increased awareness of positive actions within the community and the communities own power in determining what is best for them. As a result of previous actions including literacy, creative writing and IT, local people have shown an appetite for creative projects to reflect their own personal views of their lives and their community. Promoting a positive image of the community is very important as there are many negative aspects highlighted by the media and this would

The project involved local people coming together as a group and exploring their memories and attitudes to their local environment. The group were led through the stages of creating written and visual responses to their home town, coordinating the presentation of the work and liaising with venues, organising the launch, readings, radio presentation and displays. . After the creation of the writings within the group, the second part of the project involved the creation of framed posters shown in a variety of community /public locations in the Bray area, displaying participants’ creative responses to their environment.

The group met weekly and developed trust in each other and improved their written and communication skills. Many people in the area are affected by disadvantage and lack of opportunity and this project offered the opportunity to engage in a project that increased their confidence, self-esteem and personal development. The project supported participants to explore the impact of their local environment on shaping their individual autobiographical paths. This included personal memories, artistic responses to aspects of the town and historical figures and events which took place here. The writings have been displayed on posters in A2 format, framed and in full colour. In some cases the literature is illustrated by photographs. The creative aspect of the project took approximately six months to complete, culminating in an exhibition in September 2014 of the work at Signal Art Gallery, Bray, where the writers launched their work to the community. This was promoted via local print media and local radio. The exhibition then moved over the following months to a series of venues in the town, for example- Little Bray Family Resource Centre, St Fergal's Resource centre, the local library. The exhibition is currently being displayed in the local Dart station which has a daily footfall of 8,000 commuters.

Some parts of the exhibition may be displayed in the future in smaller venues. As part of the exhibition, the local community are encouraged to respond to the work with memories, poems and reflections of their own written on postcards and displayed alongside the work

We have attached a 2 minute video of the opening of the creative writers exhibition in Signal Arts Gallery in Bray. This video was produced by and copyrighted by Dave Byrne@ Bray Tube 2014 


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