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School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen's University
69-71 University Street, BT7 1HL Belfast
Fighting Words Belfast invites you to a panel discussion and very special book launch.
Kindly hosted by the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's, with keynote speaker Koulla Yiasouma,the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children & Young People.
Fighting Words Belfast is Northern Ireland's creative writing centre for children and young people at Skainos Square, Newtownards Road, providing free creative writing workshops and after-schools activities for children and young people. In a Fighting Words Belfast workshop participants engage with volunteer mentors who encourage and support the young writers on their creative journeys.
In 2017 Fighting Words Belfast was proud to pilot two innovative programmes:
• A creative writing programme for children on the autism spectrum and their parents, developed in partnership with Speech and Language clinicians and BHSCT Arts in Health
• A multi-sensory programme for Glenveagh Special School students leading to a unique publication, Inner Peace, a young person's coping companion in times of stress
Fighting Words Belfast is keen to share the learning from these initiatives with a wider audience. The panel discussion will debate the role that community-led initiatives such as Fighting Words Belfast can play in supporting the development of creativity in young people with additional needs, bringing together practitioners from different disciplines who share a common interest in this field with parents and volunteers.
Following the panel discussion students from Glenveagh Special School will be in attendance for a launch and book signing of Inner Peace.
Age Recommendation: Adults
Cost: Free, booking essential
Performance Times: Wednesday 14th March: 10am
‘Sharing Creativity in Autism, Special Needs & Fighting Words Belfast’ is part of the 20th Belfast Children’s Festival. Visit the Young at Art website to see the full programme youngatart.co.uk/festival