An innovative project for LGBT young people in Dublin, beginning 4 May

Inverse is an exciting new project for LGBT young people, kicking off on the 4 May: a 6-week programme of creative writing workshops, activities, a theatre trip, and talks by high-profile guest LGBT writers.

A group of LGBT young people will, over the course of these 6 weeks, create original pieces of creative writing, and have the opportunity to present them in a public spoken word event in June, 2013.  They will also have the opportunity to publish their work on the project blog at

The project will include a series of talks by prominent LGBT writers.  Speakers at the series will include novelists Denis Kehoe and Brian Finnegan, also the editor of GCN; feature journalist Una Mullally; and playwright Sonya Kelly, author of the acclaimed The Wheelchair on My Face.

Inverse is an initiative which aims to provide young people, facing new and sometimes challenging realities, with the creative tools to negotiate them.  It aims to generate positive narratives for LGBT young people, and to empower and strengthen LGBT identities.  It is being run on voluntary energy,

Inverse has been devised by two writers, Nicole Rourke and Nathan O’Donnell, in conjunction with the Dublin arts organisation, Big Smoke Writing Factory.

WHEN: Saturdays, 4 May – 8 June (6 weeks)
WHERE: Big Smoke Writing Factory, Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2
AGE RANGE: 16 – 19

For further information please contact:

Nathan O’Donnell

t: 086 6622671


Inverse is a literary arts project for LGBT young people.  It will take place over six weeks in Spring 2013, during which a group of LGBT young people will take part in creative writing workshops, theatre trips, and tours in Dublin City Centre, create original written pieces of their own, and be given the opportunity to present them as part of a public spoken word event in June 2013.

Big Smoke Writing Factory is a centre for creative writing in Dublin.  Hosting creative writing workshops, live literature events, off-site literary cafes, and outreach writing projects, Big Smoke is committed to accessibility, encouraging and enabling beginners and new writers as well as those with more writing and publishing experience.  Run by writers for writers, Big Smoke provides a platform for writers to not only improve their work, but to share it with others.

Nathan O’Donnell is a Dublin-based LGBT writer, whose stories have appeared in The Manchester Review, Chroma Queer Literary Journal, The South Circular and College Green, and were included in an anthology of emerging LGBT writers, Whoosh!  He completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex in 2007 and is currently studying toward a PhD and teaching English Literature in Trinity College Dublin.  He was worked in the literary arts – running workshops and live literature events, managing creative writing projects and working with literary festivals – for the past six years, both in Brighton and Dublin.  He has performed his own work at a number of readings and spoken word events and is currently working on a blog-novel project,

Nicole Rourke trained in theatre and workshop facilitation in the Middle East. She has written, performed and directed several pieces for theatre. Her work has received critical acclaim at festivals in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Israel, Poland and Singapore.  In 2002 Nicole received an Arts Council Travel and Training Award enabling her to travel to Buenos Aires to research and write.  Nicole is a highly experienced facilitator and conducts a wide variety of creative workshops including Creative Writing and Storytelling at the Chester Beatty library, Drama and Creativity at the Gaiety school of acting, as well as Teambuilding Through Creativity for various organisations.  She worked as a creative writing facilitator at the Irish Writers Centre from 2006 to 2009 and from 2010-11 was the resident Artist in the Community at St Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin.  This position was funded under the Artist in the Community scheme run by create and funded by the Arts Council. The project, entitled ‘Spears of Daylight’, culminated in an exhibition of site-specific contemporary art inspired by the creative writing of patients.  In 2009 Nicole co-founded Big Smoke Writing Factory and is currently co-director and one of the principle facilitators there.