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A&L Goodbody & Business to Arts celebrate 2 years of the A&L Goodbody Writer-in-Residence programme

A&L Goodbody and Business to Arts Writer in Residence at St Joseph's Co-ed Primary School in East Wall with Catherine Ann Cullen. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic

Picture by Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

On Monday May 29th, A&L Goodbody & Business to Arts hosted a Writer in Residence event at St.Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School in East Wall. Pupils, teachers, family members and A&L Goodbody employees were in attendance to celebrate two years of partnership with the A&L Goodbody Writer in Residence Catherine Ann Cullen under the Docklands Arts Fund. Music and songs composed during the programme by the students were performed by the students with Catherine Ann, accompanied by musician Imogen Gunner.

Catherine Ann has worked with the pupils at St. Joseph’s Co-ed Primary School in East Wall in Dublin with a view to improving their creativity and literacy skills. Each week the pupils ‘commissioned’ her to write a poem on a theme of their devising, and the following week’s session opened with that poem. Catherine Ann compiled her poems into books called ‘Themes for Third’, ‘Fourth Class Favourites’ and ‘Scribbles for Sixth’.

As well as working with the children to create poems and develop their creative writing, Catherine Ann has written songs together with each class, such as ‘East Wall Thank You Stew’ and ‘Jumper Justice’.

A&L Goodbody and Business to Arts Writer in Residence at St Joseph's Co-ed Primary School in East Wall with Catherine Ann Cullen. Pictured are Alisa Usacova and Alesia Tuca both aged 9. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic

Students from St Joseph’s Co-ed Primary School in East Wall, Alisa Usacova and Alesia Tuca both aged 9. Picture by Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

A specially commissioned artwork was presented to the school by Sinéad Smith, Corporate Responsibility Manager at A&L Goodbody. Catherine Ann composed a short poem, and Chris Judge added the visual characters, to represent the spirit of creative writing and poetry, which have been part of the Residency.

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