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Roddy Doyle proves his commitment to Queen's University writing project

By Amanda Ferguson

Fighting Words Belfast is all about "the exhilaration and creative power of writing".

This is how renowned Irish author Roddy Doyle has described a new writing project for children and young people which was launched at Queen's University yesterday.

Doyle was at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry alongside German illustrator Axel Schffler and east Belfast novelist Glenn Patterson to celebrate the iniative now available to children in Northern Ireland.

So far more than 50,000 schoolchildren have enjoyed Fighting Words Dublin and now Fighting Words Belfast is expected to inspire a new generation of writers here too.

The project, funded by The Ireland Funds and the Department of Foreign Affairs, is also a partnership with Young at Art, Skainos and 174 Trust.

Doyle, who co-founded Fighting Words Dublin in 2009, said: "The possibility of a Fighting Words in Belfast and the prospect of witnessing children there being introduced to the power of their own creative writing excites me greatly."

Fighting Words Belfast is part of a network developed out of 826 Valencia, founded in San Francisco in 2002.

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