The Rhyme Rag has been featuring the work of young Kilkenny writers since it was initiated in 2005. Initially Rhyme Rag was a physical publication of young people’s work. Since 2017 Rhyme Rag has made its home online via the Rhyme Rag website and Instagram page making it more accessible to young people and how they engage with content.
Over the years Rhyme Rag poetry workshops have been offered to young people in both school and youth centre settings by highly skilled and accomplished writers. Poetry submitted is reviewed by renowned Irish writers who offer valuable feedback and encouragement to all those who submit work. Each issue of the Rhyme Rag whether printed or online has continuously received high calibre work from young people who are adept at exploring the full range of emotion and producing skilfully crafted poetry.
Rhyme Rag has gone from strength to strength over the years and after a hiatus that has enabled us to review the programme and redesign the model, it is back. 2024 will see us run workshops in schools. These will be facilitated by writers Jessica Traynor and Anna Jordan, with Colm Keegan as editor. This new programme model offers young people rich engagement with professional writers. Each class will receive three workshops with their poet, with each young writer receiving feedback on their writing from Editor Colm Keegan. This new approach will allow the young people more time delve into the artform and gain more support from professional writers.