Inspireland’s Summer Camps will bring together some of Ireland’s most talented artists to mentor and nurture the creativity of children and teens aged 8 to 16 in what promises to be one of the most magical and creative experiences of their lives.

Participants will learn about creativity and the art of storytelling through shadow art, puppetry, illustration, film, graffiti, animation, model and mask making, stencil, comic art, drama, poetry and craft art book making.


Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Poetry, Storytelling and Creative Writing

Based on the Inspireland school workshops, these are without a shadow of a doubt the most fun young people will ever have putting pen to paper. We teach the skills of storytelling, creating a worlds, characters and plots through writing and performing poetry. These workshops have featured on RTE TwoTube, RTE 1’s Nationwide, RTE Arena, RTE Radio 1’s Poetry Programme, The Irish Times, the Independent, The Journal and the Irish Examiner.

Animation, Puppetry & Shadow Art

Drawing from the worlds and characters created in the Creative Writing Workshops, worlds are conjured and paper is brought to life, sparked by the imagination to dance with the darkness and light. The characters, both heroes and monsters created on day one. are brought to life in dramatic fashion. Heroes rise from the shadows, creatures leap from the light. Tales are told of bravery and adventure in ways never experienced before.

Urban Art, Illustration and Stencils

Students will learn the tricks of the trade with some of Ireland’s most talented young artists. They will cover a variety of styles including graphic novel, cartoon and still life. Students will use pencil, ink and charcoal, developing their drawing and painting skills. We will also look at the history of street art, and students will make their own stencils creating exhibits of the poetry produced on day one.

Film, Drama & Performance

This is all about confidence building and helping young people come out of their shells. Learning the basic techniques of acting, performance and public speaking, the first part of the day is spent acting out scenes from each of the stories they have written, illustrated and cast as shadows. They then make short films of their shadow puppetry plays using iPads, creative lighting and their new-found performance techniques.

Craft Book, Print and Portfolio

To wrap up the week students make a stunning Inspireland Accordion Craft Book, which will serve as a memento and souvenir that they will want to keep with them forever. They will also receive their Inspireland Souvenir Pack, which includes a tote bag jam- packed with their poetry, stories, illustrations, photographs, Inspireland T-Shirts, badges, pens and memorabilia.

Check out this video created by some of last year’s students:


Stephen Murray Summer Camp CEO

Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray is an award winning poet and the founder of Inspireland. He has published two collections of poetry with Salmon Poetry to widespread critical acclaim. He is regarded as Ireland’s leading poetry workshop provider for young people and has delivered workshops to over 50,000 young people in Ireland. His work has featured on Nationwide, RTE TwoTube, TV3, Arena, BBC 2, The Irish Times, the Independent and Hot Press.

anastasia pappas summer camps curator

Anastasia Pappas

Anastasia Pappas is an award-winning television writer, producer and director. She has written for Sesame Street, MTV and HBO. At HBO she packaged, directed, and branded “Entourage.” In 2002 she produced and directed Eddie Izzard’s stand-up concert, “Circle.” She left television in 2010 to take a writing sabbatical. Her 2013 screenplay adaptation of Victor Pevelin’s “V Empire” is slated for pre-production in May 2016.

Martin Shannon Limerick Summer Camps 2017

Martin Shannon

Martin Shannon is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker. He holds degrees in both Fine Art Sculpture and Printmaking, and a Master’s degree in Fine Art from the Limerick School of Art and Design. He was selected for Ev+A in 2005, has had a residency in 411 Galleries in China, and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. His most recent venture has seen him with 3 Others set up Lumen Street Theatre in Limerick city. He has been engaged with street theatre and workshops with young people for many years in both Limerick and Clare. Their entry in Limerick’s 2016 parade won them the Martin Folan Creative award and they won the 2017 Tidy Towns award.

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