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Narrative 4 launches new publication to amplify the voices of young women

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Narrative 4 launched a new publication dedicated to empowering migrant teenagers in Limerick. Sheila Richardson (Visual Artist, Creative Therapist and Girls Stories Project Coordinator) with Girls Stories participants.

Girls Stories, a youth project dedicated to empowering migrant teenagers in Limerick launched a new publication this week through Narrative 4

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Katrina Morgan (Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation), Rachel Gleeson (Narrative 4), Sheila Richardson, Girls Stories project participants, Laura Duff (Narrative 4)

The publication, titled “Girls Stories Annual” is a collection of personal essays, poetry, and artwork which documents the experiences of a group of young migrants living in Limerick city. 

The publication aims to provide a platform for young women to share their stories and experiences, and to amplify their voices. 

“We are thrilled to launch the Girls Stories Annual and to give young women a platform to share their stories,” said Sheila Richardson (visual artist and creative arts therapist), Project Coordinator of Girls Stories. “We believe that it’s important to provide a space for young migrant women in our community to connect over their shared experiences of struggles and triumphs.”


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“Every Wednesday the group of teenagers would meet at Narrative 4, 58 O’ Connell Street, and work on new art and language skills. We aimed to create a safe space for the participants to grow their confidence. The participants came from Syria, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Croatia and Latvia.” 

“We are so proud of the young women who contributed to this publication,” said Dr James Lawlor, Director of Narrative 4 Ireland. “Their writing and artwork are powerful, insightful, and inspiring. Thank you to the Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation who funded this project even during lockdown, when we worked remotely and mailed art supplies to the participants.” 

The annual is available for purchase from Narrative 4, 58 O’Connell Street for €5. 

About Narrative 4: Narrative 4 is a registered charity. Its programmes teach social and emotional skills such as empathy, listening, and compassion skills to young people. Founded in New York, the Irish Narrative 4 headquarters is on Limerick’s Connell Street.  

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.