Written by Irish author Kevin Mc Dermott in collaboration with teenagers in Dublin schools, this story of life in the city reflects the true lives and experience of young Irish people today.
In 2013 Kevin Mc Dermott undertook a project in Trinity Comprehensive, the secondary school in Ballymun, Dublin, to write a short novel that would be of interest to students who were not regular or confident readers. What they produced was a brilliant short novel entitled In Pieces, published by the Junior Cycle Schools Project (JCSP), a Department of Education initiative. After its great success in reaching young, reluctant readers around the country, Kevin was appointed as the Writer-in-Residence for the City of Dublin Education and Training Board, and set out to produce a second book.
This time around, Kevin worked with schools all over Dublin – for the most part in working-class areas including Crumlin, Ballyfermot, Ringsend, Coolock, Marino, Finglas, Whitehall, and the North Inner City. These writing workshops were open and conversational, and took place mostly in JCSP libraries within the schools. They provided a space that was creative, free, and a place for the teenagers to explore their identities as writers as well as their place in the world.
After working with these young writers for many weeks, Kevin Mc Dermott produced Mary’s Shadow – a short novel inspired by the ideas, lives and voices of these teenagers.
Mary’s Shadow is funded by JCSP libraries and the City of Dublin Education and Training Board, and also supported by Poetry Ireland, the PDST and the Curriculum Development Unit. It is published by the JCSP Libraries in collaboration with Little Island Books.
Every penny of the cost price goes back into the JCSP libraries and future writing and reading projects for young people in Ireland. Thank you for supporting this brilliant initiative!
Kevin Mc Dermott is an award-winning author from Crumlin in Dublin City. Mary’s Shadow is his fifth novel. For the last two years Kevin has worked as the Writer-in-residence in schools under the management of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board. Kevin is also one of the writers on Poetry Ireland’s Writers-in-Schools scheme. Kevin is passionate about the importance of the arts in education. He believes in the creative potential of every child, and loves working with young writers.