Fighting Words Kerry

Fighting Words Kerry is now up and running!  Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel is the first centre in Kerry to take on the Fighting Words creative writing programme.  Our team of volunteers help students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. Fighting Words Kerry is organized in association with Kerry County Council Arts Office as part of the Creative Ireland Programme.

We organise workshops for primary schools throughout the County, which take place on the middle Tuesday of every month from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Workshops are delivered free of charge. Our programme is most suitable for pupils from 3rd to 6th class. We provide each student with a personalised book of their story.

If your school is interested in being involved in Fighting Words Kerry please email Maria at


Fighting Words is a free creative writing programme co-founded by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love in January 2009. It operates on the premise that creative writing is an essential part of every child’s education. We believe that giving children a real dedicated chance and space to explore the limitlessness of their imaginations, does great things. The raw skills that are passed on here are some of the key ingredients for succeeding in life with marked improvements in self–‐expression, literacy, self‐esteem and self-confidence. Therefore, we have no purpose other than providing opportunities to be creative for as many children as possible. To this end, we provide free workshops and programmes.

Workshops are created and run by volunteer writing tutors, who are trained in child protection and Garda vetted. The volunteers include professional writers, aspiring writers, students, retired teachers and many more people who are just keen to be involved in creative work.