Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dance group and Dance film project:

For boys and girls ages 13 +

Wednesdays from 5 – 7pm

Come join the fun at

Griffeen Youth Centre

Griffeen Glen, Lucan

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Another from our one line each exercise....

Colours, colours, all around me. They feel estranged to me.

They felt familiar like I belonged.

They danced around, almost unaware of my presence.

“They’re alive” was all I could say, “The colours are alive”

“Yes, that’s what they all say Mrs Cuckoo,” said the psychiatrist.

Then I could see the colour blue sneaking up behind him, he’ll be sorry, I thought.

“What is it?” he asked, annoyed.

“They’re going to get you!”

Then blue grabbed him from behind.

“Blue, sit!” he said, and so it did.

“Sorry, this is my dog, blue”

The psychiatrist said “Joe, there’s no dog in this room”

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Get your Art on the LUAS!

The 3rd RPA-Luas Art Competition is now open for entries. We’re looking for the best art form using the theme of Luas Docklands (Bus├íras – The Point). The competition is open to anyone aged 16 years or over and any art form is acceptable. Make sure you read the Rules of Entry in the competition information booklet before submitting your work.

The closing date for entries is Friday 30th October 2009. This competition is run in conjunction with Dublin Culture Night on 25th September 2009 organised by Temple Bar Cultural Trust.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009


The girl’s face hurt from smiling but she just couldn’t stop,

because she was suffering from the after effects of laughing gas.

Her brother wondered when it would wear off and she’d feel the full effects of her visit to the dentist.

The sharp objects on the table made her feel scared, she shouted “Ah, Gawd save me”

She wanted to take them.

She wanted to run away, she wanted to leave this place,

but she couldn’t, because she was strapped to the chair with dental floss.

“Let me out! Let me out! I’ll drink a full bottle of diet coke every day if you don’t let me out!”

“Aha” said the dentist, “I knew it! You’ll have to stay with me now!”

“You pervert, your socks don’t match”

Like his personalities.

She was thinking that her life made no sense at all.

Just then she woke up.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bubblegum Club Book Bash – Monster Book Fun!

Saturday 3rd October 2009 (During the Children’s Book Festival)

At the Kingston Hotel, Dun Laoghaire

12pm to 3.30pm

The first ever Irish literary lunch for children and teens. An author or book guru at every table! Come along and meet:

Derek Landy, Mr Skulduggery Pleasant himself! Winner of this year’s Irish Book Awards.

Marita Conlon McKenna, much loved and multi award winning author of Under the Hawthorne Tree

Sarah Webb, author of the hugely popular Amy Green series and bestselling author for mums and big sisters too!

Don Conroy, writer, artist and much loved Uncle Don from Den TV

Joe O’Brien, author of the Alfie Green series and other brilliant books

Judi Curtin, creator of the mega cool Alice and Megan books (TBC)

Celine Kiernan, author of the Moorhawk fantasy/adventure trilogy

Claire Hennessy, teen writing sensation who started her career at age 13!

Alison Walsh, uber experienced editor Ivan O’Brien, publisher, O’Brien Press

Plus more amazing writers - David Maybury, Maeve Friel, Jane Mitchell, Roisin Meaney, and Sarah Rees Brennan. And David O’Callaghan, book guru from Eason.

A fantastic, once in a lifetime chance to talk to these amazingly talented authors.

Plus Derek Landy will entertain you with tales from the depths of his wickedly creative mind. And our crack team of book trade professionals will answer all your questions on how a book is created and how you too can get published.

It gets even more exciting – every young reader will go home with a goody bag, and there will also be an Author Auction - win a writer to visit your school, or signed books by Darren Shan and other cool writers, plus a bookshop on site.

Please note tickets are limited and early demand has been unprecedented, so please book now to avoid disappointment. Children e20, adults e25 (child and adult tickets both include lunch – and child tickets include free goody bags)

All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Booking: email - bubblegumclubbookbash@gmail.com

Tel: 01 2360456 or 086 2628888 or check out www.bubblegumclub.ie for details

Children’s Book Festival info: www.childrensbooksireland.ie

Monday, September 21, 2009


They were all sitting in a room squashed together.

They were all waiting for it to come into the room.

But what was it? They weren’t exactly sure yet.

A dog walked in and out. “Was that it?” someone asked.

There was an old man asleep on the bench, he woke up and said “Did I miss it?”

“Nope, not at all, go back to counting those sheep of yours Joe”

Everyone was anxious waiting for it, Jenny had a glimpse of it, she thought.

“I wonder if it will come at all” whispered Jenny.

“Yes, it will. In fact, it’s already here” said the giant flying mouse.

“Hi, I’m the GFM, but you can call me Bob!”

“Bob” said Jenny timidly “Are you it?”

“Of course, the wonderful Bob, not the builder”

“Haha,” everyone laughed anxiously.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


“It’s nothing but glass” said Joe

Shattered pieces in front of me. I didn’t trust Joe.

I felt like they would harm me, they somehow reminded me of Joe.

Why was I following Joe? He scared me and proved time and time again that he was untrustworthy.

And so am I, otherwise I would have told him I was stalking him, but that would have ruined the fun.

I have one complaint as a stalker. I walk pretty fast. HURRY UP JOE!

Joe was lagging behind, about 30 feet, this would never do, I had to stop and wait for him.

Then as usual what do I do next, I collapse. The same clutz.

I get back up in time to see him running towards me in a hurry.

I turn around and run away.

He pursued me and I panicked and ran into the candy shop.

Then everything stopped.

“I’ll have some sherbet and some bullseyes please!” I was in a rush.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


The water was totally calm and nothing was really happening.
Susie hadn't been swimming for such a long time.
She saw the water flowing in all directions in ripples.
She was attracted to it like she needed to be there, in it.
She stepped into it, wanting to swim in it,
but knew that once you went in there was no coming back,
for there was a shark in the water. Some of the smaller, vegetarian sharks tried to fight him off, but to no avail.
He was heading straight for Susie's toe.
"A Shark, run run! I mean swim swim, you fool!"
But should she?
She turned about and tried to swim back.
But failed and was devoured.

Another from our one line each series - we will be posting more of these over the next few days.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Poetry Aloud Competition

Applications have opened for the Poetry Aloud Poetry Speaking Competition. Organised by Poetry Ireland and the National Library of Ireland, the competition is open to all post-primary students across the island of Ireland and is in its fifth year.

The entry form is here