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The LIT is a brand new festival of reading and writing created by young people for young people.

The LIT Festival of Reading and Writing for Young People is the brainchild of WYA's 14-19 years creative writing group (Érin O'Hanlon, Amber Dowling, Daisy Drohan, Heather Eogan, Isabel Tiernan, Joy Curtis, Keeva O'Neill, Dylan O'Hare, Libby Marchant, Mary O'Donoghue, Nicola Cooney, Seán Dunne, Nicole Burke and Alana Daly Mulligan) who felt they would love to have, in Waterford (and for Ireland at large) A Festival that encouraged people of their own age to actively engage with literature and the wonderful world of words. Once they had escaped the confines of their respective classrooms during the week, the upstairs room in Waterford Central Library became a sanctuary for the young writers who soon began plotting their #LitRevolution under the guidance of their Creative Writing mentor, Eimear Cheasty. Grants were attained and the fun began as the young writers looked into the finer details, organising the writers to appear, events to be held, designing web sites and logos.

The LIT will run from the 10TH to 11TH November 2017 with lots of events and workshops for young readers and writers to get stuck into from Open-mic Poetry to Writers Block workshops with some of the most exciting writers in Irish literature, there is sure to be something for every budding young writer. The Festival is designed for young people aged 15-19 years of age.

Together with Irish Rail, the LIT team have put together probably one of the most innovative events of the Festival. On the 11th November, on the 10.15 am train from Heuston, Dublin to Waterford hosts a dedicated carriage to The LIT's WRITERS IN TRAINing, a carriage dedicated to writing with celebrated writers Stephen James Smith and Colm Keegan. Colm Keegan is a writer and performance poet from Dublin, Ireland; He has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, for both poetry and fiction and won the All Ireland Poetry Slam in 2010. In 2015 he was awarded a residency in the LexIcon, Ireland's largest public library. He is a creative writing teacher and co-founder of the Inklinks Project, a creative writing initiative for young writers. Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the Irish spoken word scene. His poetry videos have amassed over 1 million views online, including 'My Ireland', a short poetry film commissioned by St. Patrick's Festival.

Together they lead the journey to Waterford with the WRITERS in TRAINing carriage.

The LIT was made possible by the funding and support from The Arts Council, Irish Writers Centre, Waterford City and County Council, Poetry Ireland, Irish Rail and Waterford Youth Arts and supported by Waterford Library Services.

For more information on The LIT please visit: http://www.thelit.eu

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