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“Brain Storms”  A book of Short Stories by 25 Transition Year Students from CBC Monkstown

The renowned Irish novelist, screenwriter and dramatist Roddy Doyle has been busy fostering the talent of aspiring teenage authors. As part of the “Fighting Words” programme, Roddy and his team have helped 25 Transition Year students from CBC Monkstown Park write, edit, develop and launch a book of their short stories entitled “Brain Storms” that will now be available nationwide. 

Founded in 2009, Fighting Words believes that creative writing is an essential part of every child's education. They wanted to provide a free dedicated opportunity to let children explore the vast potential of their imagination and as a result inspire self-expression, literacy and self-confidence in young people.

The Transition Year students of CBC Monkstown Park were the lucky participants of a unique year long programme run by Fighting Words which offered them a weekly space to come and write short stories in the presence of the volunteer writing team. Each week they worked on creating, developing and enhancing their individual short stories with the view to putting them together as a collection.

In his Introduction, IMPAC award winning novelist Kevin Barry says "This is a fantastic collection and it's one to be savoured – don't gorge on all the stories at once. Spread them out over a long while, like delicacies. I think we'll be hearing from many of these new voices again and again and again."

CBC Monkstown English Teacher Hugh Fitzmaurice says: “The students loved every minute of this process. They got to learn everything needed to publish their own book from the experts at Fighting Words. They created the stories, came up with the book title, created the book cover and learned about marketing their book. It was a great experience both for the students and for me as their teacher to see the student’s blossom and grow through the process” 

The official book launch took place in the school on Monday 18th May 2015 with Roddy Doyle and past pupil and playwright Bernard Farrell invited as special guests. The night was a great success with readings, music and reflections. Brainstorms is now available nationwide in Easons, Dubray book shop and on Amazon.

 

TY Students with Roddy Doyle and past pupil and playwright Bernard Farrell at the launch of "Brain Storms"

 

Roddy Doyle

 

TY Students at the printing press for "Brain Storms"

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