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Fighting Words NI receives grant of £9000 from the Shared History Fund to mark the Centenary of Northern Ireland  

Fighting Words NI receives grant of £9000 from the Shared History Fund to mark the Centenary of Northern Ireland  

• 39 projects have been awarded a grant through the Shared History Fund  

• The Shared History Fund is a £1million fund which The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office to mark the Centenary of Northern Ireland.   

Investing in Joy

*This piece was first published in the new quarterly Arts & Business NI magazine 'The Spark'.

Throughout the pandemic, one purely selfish loss I’ve felt has been what a colleague terms ‘happenstance’ – the unexpected bumping into someone you know, and standing around shooting the breeze for too long until you’re late for your next appointment. Belfast lends itself incredibly well to this sort of random encounter. Over the past decade that I’ve worked in the arts in NI, this has long been my favourite thing about working in a small, interconnected place, and I’ve missed it terribly.

SHC X Fighting Words

Students and staff at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University together with Kelly McCaughrain (Children's Writing Fellow and great friend of Fighting Words NI) have made these wonderful ‘tiny masterclasses’ which focus on all aspects of creative writing, to help and inspire young writers.  

Flash Fiction with Kelly McCaughrain 

Kelly McCaughrain shows us how we can tell stories in just a few words, that leave our readers wanting more. 

Job Opportunity: Fighting Words NI is recruiting a Community Engagement Officer

In response to the recent expansion of our creative writing programme on-line, reaching children and young people all across Northern Ireland, and engaging with new partners and projects, Fighting Words Northern Ireland is recruiting a Community Engagement Officer.

Supported by the Tomar Trust and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Fighting Words NI seeks a Community Engagement Officer to co-ordinate Writing the Future: an exciting creative-engagement project working with young people across the region.

Cathleen Young Announced as Inaugural Fighting Words Writing Fellow with Queen's University Belfast

Picture of Cathleen Young, Fighting Words Writing Fellow in association with The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University.  Cathleen is wearing glasses and has short blonde hair.  She is looking directly at the camera and smiling.Fighting Words Northern Ireland and Fighting Words are delighted to welcome Cathleen Young as our inaugural Fighting Words Writing Fellow in association with The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University Belfast. 

Cathleen comes to us by way of the HUMANITAS Prize in Hollywood, California where she was the Executive Director from 2007-2021. She is an award-winning television writer as well as a children’s author. Her debut novel, The Pumpkin War, won The Christopher Award in 2020.

Fighting Words Northern Ireland appoints new Director

Image of Hilary Copeland, Director of Fighting Words in Northern Ireland8th February 2021

 Fighting Words Northern Ireland, the creative writing network for children and young people has announced the appointment of Hilary Copeland as Director.   

 Ms Copeland will take up the role in March 2021 and is currently Deputy Director at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, having joined the team as Acting Director in July 2019. She has worked in literature and arts management since 2008, delivering expertise across business management, strategic planning, creative programming and event delivery for festivals, arts and theatre companies and nonprofits in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin.

Fighting Words NI is Hiring!

Fighting Words NI seeks a Cross-Community Officer to manage Write the Future: an exciting creative-engagement project addressing reconciliation & disadvantage. Full-time, 18-month contract. Closing date is 22 January 2021.

Write the Future is an exciting new creative engagement project with young people across the region. We are recruiting a Cross-Community Officer to project manage this initiative, and leading this work as Fighting Words NI is extending our reach across Northern Ireland and the border counties, enhancing our work in the areas of reconciliation and disadvantage.

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