New Literary Journal for children and youth from Youth Voices at the Museum of Childhood Ireland. Following on from the experiences of our previous and ongoing creative writing initiatives, and our popular teen writing club, this is a new platform celebrating and promoting diverse writing from young people at home and abroad. This will be online, and in paper format, published twice a year. Our aim is to host workshops and exhibitions of youth and children’s work.
It will be moderated by guest writers.
Open for submissions from 2022
email Pen: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Cara age 9
My Granny uses a stick some days
She finds it hard to get up from a chair some days
She leans on me some days
I will need a grandchild to lean on someday.
By Dáithi age 6
Beidh mé ag tabhairt cuairte ar mo Mhaimeo agus Dhaido
Beidh ann spraoi againn, beidh muid saor
Nuair a bhfuil gach rud ceart go leor ar domhan aris
Tá an praghas ar gach duine an-daor.
By Agneskia age 10
The invitations were passed around
Excited and hushed
I wasn’t invited
My face was flushed
Mum asked me if I felt well
I walked on fast
I didn’t tell
I was so embarrassed
I met Anna from my class crying close to home
I said, do you want to sleep over?
Now since we are best friends
We’re never alone.
Bedtime stories for my little brother
By Thomas age 8
He’s 3 now
I’ve to check for ghosts and zombies and monsters
Even for wolves and sharks and bears
So he won’t be scared and have a bad dream
I always say I’m here for you
I’m on your team.
That’s What Friends Are For
By Antoinette. Age 7.
When I get in trouble with mum
Even when It takes me ages and ages to say I’m sorry
I know she’ll put her hand out and pull me to her and hug me.
Inspired by Absent Friends.
By Anna age 10
My best friend went home to Poland
We cried night and day
But her dad was a builder and
There wasn’t work
But it was okay they say
We’d see each other on holiday
Then the Corona virus came
So they can’t get on a plane
And we can’t visit soon
Instead we’ve learned together to do Zooms
We do online classes at the museum and listen to tunes
She in her room. Me in my room.
Together but apart.
Then looking out at the stars and moon.
With one heart. ❤️
Le Tomás age 5
Bhí peata alainn agam
Bán agus donn
Anois tá se imithe
Agus tá mé trom
This Love Will Help Us See
By Chloe age 12
I love the world
I love the people
That we are all connected
This love will help us see.
Fingers Crossed/ Red Cross
By Ben age 11.
We found the vaccine,
Trump went away
I thought the world was getting better ( except for Boris)
but then…I watched the news today.
Ukraine invaded by their Russian neighbour
Just innocent people like you and me
Have had to flee
Or stay and fight a terrible war.