Wandering Words: Youth Animation Project

During the last six weeks in the run up to Writers’ Week, students from St. Michael’s College and the Presentation Secondary School Listowel, have been busy collaborating on a creative animation project.

Organised by The Happy Artist as part of a residency programme for Listowel Writer’s Week, this is a unique experience which once again shows the diversity and versatility of Writers’ Week and its dedication to fostering new talent in people of all ages.

Lisa Fingleton, the coordinator of The Happy Artist project and Louise Lyons from the Xistance Youth Café worked with the students to develop ideas for animated films. “The idea was to encourage teenagers to engage with books and reading through film, animation and new technology”. According to Louise; “It was amazing to see how the group were able to bring literature to life through film and animation.

The boys developed a short animation about the life cycle of a book while the girls based their animation on an interview with Mary Keane and a poem written for her by her late husband John B Keane.

The end result was spectacular; if you don’t believe me, you can see for yourself by clicking on the links below.

Life Cycle of a Book / Interview with Mary Keane