114 students publish poems and stories on the theme of “gathering”
More than 130 people celebrated the publication of the 2019 book of student writings by participants in the Ballymun Adult Read and Write Scheme on the 11th June 2019. Brendan Courtney, celebrity, TV personality and fashion designer launched the book in the presence of the newly elected Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Paul McAuliffe. Deputy Dessie Ellis TD and the newly elected Councillor Keith Connolly also attended the event.
The guests included board members, tutors and students from the Ballymun Adult Read and Write Scheme; representatives from the DEASP and the local Intreo office; the Ballymun Jobs Centre; DCU and local community groups.
The collection of stories, “Let’s Get Together” showcases the work of 114 students who, supported by their tutors, wrote poems and stories on the theme of “gathering” for publication. The Adult Education Centre in Ballymun bring together adults of all ages from local communities to engage in a range of learning programmes. Some of the writers in the book wrote about gatherings in the centre for classes. They describe the centre as being a place where “everybody is treated equally and there is no judgement” or where “the richness, diversity and unique characteristics of each individual is recognised and cherished.” Another student writes about going to classes being, “the start of an amazing time in my life.” She tells of the various gatherings associated with attending classes, “We had a tea break and we would gather around the table and sit and have a great chat, it was great. We had gatherings when we went on days out. We went to the Dail, we have gatherings at the museum, and we even had a day trip to Kilkenny on the train.”
While the event celebrates the work of the students and the tutors it is also an opportunity to raise awareness locally about the range of tuition options available to adults in the Ballymun area. Brendan Courtney graciously posed for numerous “selfies” with students and guests and signed copious amounts of books. All our invited guests indicated that they would be delighted to be invited to any future events as they thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Adult Education Centre in Ballymun.
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