Fighting Words Kerry


Fighting Words

At Fighting Words Kerry we organise workshops for primary schools throughout the County. Workshops take place twice monthly on Wednesday mornings from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. The programme is most suitable for pupils from 3rd to 6th class. Our workshops are delivered free of charge and each student will take away a personalised book of their story. We will soon be commencing secondary school creative writing workshops. If your school is interested in being involved in Fighting Words Kerry please contact us here.

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Primary School Workshops

Working together, with the help of our volunteer mentors, children write an original story in a fun and interactive way. They create the characters and plot together, making group decisions and editing as they go. Throughout the session, a volunteer artist is also on hand to provide illustrations and bring their imaginative stories to life.

The class writes the first part of the story together then each child has the opportunity to write their own individual ending to the story, with the assistance and encouragement of our volunteer tutors. Each child leaves the session with a printed book of the story they have just created. Fighting Words workshops encourage literacy, inspires creativity, build creative confidence and recognises the importance of each child’s voice. It’s also GREAT FUN!

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Our workshops are delivered by volunteer mentors who donate their time to help students of all ages to tell their stories. Anyone who enjoys working in a creative environment with the individuals and groups that come to our museum – and is a good listener – is welcome to volunteer. You don’t need to be a writer or a teacher to be a Fighting Words volunteer writing mentor. To find out more about volunteering and how to apply click here.

Story Gallery

Read a selection of stories created by participants at Fighting Words Kerry Workshops



What people are saying about us
  • Popped in here to escape the rain and get a cup of tea and cake. Very reasonable prices and great service. Then noticed the little hare jumping around on the wall when I used the toilets! Looked very intriguing and prompted us all to buy tickets to the museum. Wow! So worth it as the exhibits and the way it was presented was lovely, really unusual. So informative and so different to other museums. Really good value for money and a real highlight to the town.

    Great Service (Trip Advisor Review)

    – March, 2023

  • Most impressive is how ingrained in both The Creative & local communities The Seanchaí is, from the workshops, coffee mornings & plain old drop ins, To Book launches, poetry recitals, projects & engagements with the local schools. The Seanchaí is a much loved and universally treasured cultural icon. By the inhabitants of Listowel, most of Co. Kerry and West Limerick.

    Mark Ollerhead (Google Review)

    – March, 2023

  • We had requested the 30-minute tour, but happily lingered for an hour longer than we had planned. As we exited, we looked at each other and laughed out loud at our good fortune. We could have so easily missed this experience that left us feeling moved, intrigued and a bit more educated about the Kerry writers. In our delight, we failed to tip our guide but I will be going to your donations page to make a modest pledge in gratitude for our host whose name we did not record to memory.

    Jane Braswell (Google Review)

    – March, 2023

  • Our visit to the Kerry Writers Museum was a very memorable experience from beginning to end. Cara, who was working at the centre that day, was very welcoming and most helpful. The exhibition of the Kerry writers was imaginative and most engaging. The seanchai relating the background stories each writer was magic! A wonderful experience all round.

    Cara (Google Review)

    – May, 2021

  • This museum has been developed with great care and meticulous attention to detail. The audio elements are matched perfectly to the installations which are beautifully presented. The option to activate the audio guides in each room without resorting to the use of handheld devices worked very well. This is a must see/hear for anyone with an interest in Irish writing. There is also a little coffee shop and gifts on sale.

    Beautifully Curated (Trip Advisor Review)

    – July, 2019


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