Fighting Words is a creative writing centre set up by Irish author Roddy Doyle and Sean Love. Inspired by 826 Valencia in San Francisco set up by Dave Eggers, Fighting Words is located on Behan Square, Russell Street, Dublin 1, very close to Croke Park. Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing, providing story-telling fieldtrips for primary school groups, creative writing workshops for secondary students, and seminars, workshops and tutoring for adults. In this interview with the Guardian Roddy Doyle explains the idea behind the project in depth.
In order to fund their amazing work Fighting Words have produced a book of short stories published by Stoney Road Press. The collection is edited by Roddy Doyle, and contains short stories by Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright, John Banville, David Mitchell, Joyce Carol Oates, Annie Proulx, Sam Shepard, Richard Bausch, Russell Banks and Salman Rushdie. Each of the ten stories has been specially written for this book. Each book is signed and numbered by the contributing authors and also includes a signed etching by the artist Sean Scully. The handmade books are limited to 150 copies and are hand bound in linen with a matching slipcase.
The price for the book is €1,950 so it ain’t cheap but whoever has the money to buy it will not only have a work of art in their library but also contribute towards a great cause.