Resources for young people who are staying at home, easily accessible from their phones or home computers:
We have put together a short list of podcasts, film, photography, visual art, creative writing and reading resources and book recommendations for young people aged 12+ for young people who find themselves stuck indoors for the coming weeks. We will be updating this list, and, if you have found a resource that you’re enjoying and you think other teenagers would too – do send it on to us in the National Youth Arts Programme to firstname.lastname@example.org
While there are lots of interesting things to do online, it’s important that you still also get out for some exercise and fresh air (while observing social distancing rules and only if you are not self isolating). Don’t spend too much time on social media and try and find other ways of staying in touch with your friends. Together, we can get through this and keep our loved ones and our community safe.
Easily accessible wherever you get your podcasts and apps – google play, itunes etc, just enter the names:
What’s Good Games: Described by its three female hosts as ‘a weekly video games podcast for the nerd-inclined’. (Some of the video games discussed are rated 18)
The Mortified Podcast is a storytelling series where adults share the embarrassing things they created as kids – diaries, letters, lyrics and beyond – infront of total strangers
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel is a high quality serial mystery story for early adolescents, performed by young people. Listen along as 11 year old Mars Patel and his pals set out on an audacious adventure in search of two missing friends.
If you are making your own films at home or on your phone, these software apps are free and can help. Recommended by our good friends at Young Irish Filmmakers:
OpenShot Video Editor www.openshot.org
Youtube Studio Creator: Create your own channel and browse their creator studio free music and video assets youtube.com
Will Sliney, Irish artist for Marvel’s Star Wars, Spider-man and for Everton is hosting a daily drawing challenge on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. Search #WeWillDraw
Paper by WeTransfer is a free drawing and sketch app that says it will ‘bring your ideas to life in all their messy glory. Paper’s perfectly-tuned tools make it easy to sketch, type, paint, draw — wherever your thoughts take you’ Find it where you usually download apps.
National Gallery Online Collection: You can view the whole collection of the National Gallery of Ireland online… hopefully it won’t be too long until you’ll be able to visit your favourites in the real world! http://onlinecollection.nationalgallery.ie/categories
SnapSeed is a free powerful app that lets you edit the photos on your phone or tablet (Recommended by photography facilitator and family resource worker, Aislinn Delaney).
Take a Photography Class in New York! by signing up for one of the free online photography classes at the Museum of Modern Art (Moma) https://www.moma.org/research-and-learning/classes
Be a photojournalist: We’ve never lived through anything like this – take photos of what your life is like during these weeks, what you’re doing, how you’re spending your time – it’s going to be part of history!
Sarah Crossan, Laureate na nOg and writer is offering ‘poetry workshops and bookish chats’ on Instagram Monday-Friday at noon for children/young people aged 11+
Search #poetrychallenge and #wearethepoets
Sarah Webb, award winning Irish writer and writing programmer, is leading creative writing workshops every weekday at 1pm, hosted on the Museum of Literature Ireland’s website. https://moli.ie/category/bright-sparks-creative-bursts/
The Blank Page is a blog created by Kelly McCaughrain, Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland. She has compiled a list of online creative resources for teen writers. https://theblankpage.kellymccaughrain.com/blog/
Follow @kidsbooksirel and @poetryireland for the continually updated list of writers and illustrators offering support and activities to children and young people – this community has particularly done a blinder!
BorrowBox is the online app for Irish Libraries, allowing you to join the library, download and borrow ebooks, magazines and other resources for free! https://www.librariesireland.ie/elibrary/ebooks
Some Recommended Reads from our good friends in Childrens Books Ireland can be found here: https://childrensbooksireland.ie/reading-guides/