James Butler

County
Dublin
Genre
Dramatist, Teen Fiction Writer, Children's Writer
Sessions
Reading and Q&A, Discussion with Writer, Creative Writing Workshop
Age Group
7 - 10, 11-15, 16 - 18
Level
Primary, Post Primary
Languages
Works in English ONLY
Availability
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Mornings, Afternoons
Travel
Yes

Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience

Dangerous Games – a novel for teens/young adults published by Little Island (2019)

The Carpet Clown – a radio play produced by R.T.E. (2014)

Stuck in The Mud – a play for children produced by Barnstorm Theatre (2005)

Poem published in The Caterpillar magazine (Autumn 2020)

Drama facilitator and writer with teenage members of ‘Stage 51 Theatre School.’ (2008 – 2020)

Facilitator and writer with F-Troupe Community Drama Group (1990 – 2005)

Drama, poetry and creative writing workshops during my teaching years.

Visits to secondary schools to talk about Dangerous Games and the writing process.

Session Details

Initial discussion about the ingredients that are part of a novel, like setting, character, plot, dialogue, theme, conflict and resolution of conflict.  Using Dangerous Games, I would discuss how I combined all the ingredients in telling the story.  I would also spend time looking at examples of good openings to novels that draw on some of those ingredients to pull the reader very quickly into the story (Holes, Lord of The Flies, Goodnight Mister Tom, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan).

For a creative writing workshop, I would use a pupil generated piece of dialogue as an easy way to stimulate a group into creating their own pieces of writing.  

For a poetry class in a primary school setting I would introduce a poem and discuss how and why it works before using it as a jump off point for pupils to write their own poems.  I would also like to introduce poems that can be dramatized or used to inspire a piece of art so that the poetry experience can be enhanced.

I am also very open to discussing with teachers any particular area of the English curriculum that they might like my input on.

Age Group Details

3rd class primary to 6th year secondary

Telephone
087 6504212
Email
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