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Creative Ireland Launches Series 2 of My Creative Life

Date: 29-07-2020

Sometimes, when we think of creativity, we picture an artist’s studio, or perhaps a row of paintings hanging in a gallery. But creativity is everywhere, and this is especially true amongst the young people of Ireland. Whether jotting poetic ideas into a notepad at the kitchen table, or playing music in the garden, these young people are nurturing skills and interests that will influence the rest of their lives.

 In a celebration of the artistic and creative talents of the country’s children and young people, a new podcast series is being launched on 28th  July 2020.  It is Series 2 of My Creative Life, which is made by Grey Heron Media for Creative Ireland and RTÉ Jr Radio. The podcast is made in celebration of Cruinniu na nÓg.

In the first episode in the new series, we meet 15 year old Colman Frank. He loves drawing, and he always keeps his art folder close by . He needs to be organised because he shares a room with both his mother and his brother, and there isn’t a lot of space for art materials. As asylum seekers, they live in an accommodation centre in Macroom, Co. Cork, having moved to Ireland just one year ago. They look forward to the day when they will have their own house again, but for now, Colman is learning to live with people from many different countries, all of whom are seeking protection from the Irish Government.

With his preferred materials of pencil and paper at hand, Colman documents his thoughts, dreams, and experiences in his imaginative sketches. He feels it is important that every picture holds a hidden message. Sometimes, he draws scenes from his memory. Other days, he creates a magical world, where dragons fly and islands float past under moonlight.

Colman’s episode is just one of six in this new sound-rich podcast series. In the other episodes, we meet Daniel from Monaghan- a flamboyant Youth Theatre member with a new-found love of directing, Aoibheann a young woman from Mayo whose passion is coding, Carlow born Kate who enjoys the creativity of traditional Irish music from , Meath native Louise who loves devising theatre work, and Joshua, from Kilkenny who shares  his gentle insights into the powerful art of poetry.

Each Episode will be broadcast on RTE Jr each Tuesday evening at 7pm for the following weeks starting with Colman (the young visual artist in direct provision in Millstreet) Tuesday 28thJuly 2020.

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