Literature, poetry and our own creativity can provide great solace and respite in these anxious times of self-isolation and social distancing. Although our cultural institutions have closed their doors to the public for the sake of the common good, they are embracing digital technologies to continue to engage and inspire us.
Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) – a creative alliance between the National Library of Ireland and UCD, housed in the historic Newman House on St Stephen’s Green – is responding to the current challenging circumstances with positivity and fun, offering Bright Sparks Creative Bursts via their website and social media. Through videos and downloadable worksheets, award-winning children’s book writer and creative writing teacher Sarah Webb is providing daily inspiration in the form of story prompts and word games. With schools closed and children isolated from their friends, this is a brilliant resource to engage young (and not so young!) minds, spark creativity and feed the imagination.