Together Project
The Together ProjectConnecting Generations through Creativity is a new initiative by Kerry Writers’ Museum and Fighting Words Kerry bringing young and older members of the community together in a programme of creative workshops including:

1. Storytelling – You will share your stories and life experiences with each other.

2. Creative writing – From the shared stories, you will work on creating a piece of written work. For example, you may create a short story, poem or theatrical piece. You will be supported by our professional workshop directors in developing your work.

3. Traditional music & song – Working with professional musicians and singers you will develop an intergenerational performance of traditional Irish music and song.

4. Digital Media/Film – Finally, you will use digital media to record the work recorded. Professional film makers will help you to produce a documentary production on your participation in the project. You will learn new technical skills in digital media and film.

Workshops will be provided free of charge and our workshop directors include storyteller Godfrey Coppinger, writers Gabriel Fitzmaurice & Eileen Sheehan, traditional musician Matt Dean and film maker Chris Fitzgerald.

If you are between the ages of 8 to 16 and 55+ and would like to get involved in The Together Project please call us at Kerry Writers’ Museum on 068 22212 or email thetogetherprojectkerry@gmail.com.

The Together Project is supported by Creative Ireland and Creative Kerry through Kerry County Council Arts Office.

Stories from the Past

Stories from the Past
Did you know that in the 1930s thousands of stories were collected from school children throughout Ireland by the Irish Folklore Commission?

For the duration of the project, more than 50,000 schoolchildren from 5,000 schools in the 26 counties of Ireland were enlisted to collect folklore in their home districts. This included oral history, topographical information, folktales and legends, riddles and proverbs, games and pastimes, trades and crafts. The children recorded this material from their parents, grandparents, and neighbours.

WE NOW ARE LOOKING FOR STORIES FROM YOUR AREA

The Together Project at Kerry Writers’ Museum is launching a project to gather together local folklore stories from today’s generation of school children.

If you are aged 7 to 12 years, your are invited to document the folklore of your community by way of written story and illustration. To help you with this we are encouraging you to write your story with a grandparent or older neighbour.

Your stories will be published on our website for the wider public to read. A selection of stories will also be read online at Listowel International Storytelling & Folklore Festival which takes place from September 18th to 20th.

Key information

• We welcome submissions from all over the island of Ireland
• Submissions can be in English or in Irish
• While there is no maximum word count requirement we recommend a maximum of 1,000 words per story
• We also welcome illustrations to accompany your story
• Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis for the foreseeable future
• Send your stories in an editable format (e.g. Microsoft Word). Illustrations should be sent as JPEGs.

How to submit your story

Email your submissions to thetogetherprojectkerry@gmail.com with STORIES FROM THE PAST SUBMISSION in the subject line, with the following information included:
• Name of author
• Age of author
• County where you live
• Title of story
• Parent/Guardian name
• Parent/Guardian contact telephone number

Kerry Writers’ Museum reserves the right not to publish any story whose content is deemed inappropriate for publication.