Fighting Words

Various Authors & Sean Scully, 2012

Fighting Words is a short story collection published in collaboration with Roddy Doyle’s Dublin writing centre.

The book is signed by all of the contributing authors and includes a signed etching by Sean Scully. Each of the ten stories has been specially written for this book by:

Russell Banks, John Banville, Richard Bausch, Anne Enright, David Mitchell, Joyce Carol Oates, Annie Proulx, Salman Rushdie, Sam Shepard, Colm Toibin.

Published by Stoney Road Press and limited to 150 copies, each numbered copy is letterpress printed on 250gsm BFK Rives paper measuring 350 x 280mm and hand bound in linen with a matching slipcase.

Fighting Words
Various Authors
Edition of 150


Sean Scully


Fighting Words book display frame

Fighting Words is a writing centre for children and young people. It was founded, here in Dublin, by myself and Sean Love. Since we opened in early 2009, thousands of children have been through the door, getting them to go home again has often been a problem. Everything we do is free.
The ten writers in this book – ten of the best, and best-loved, writers in the world – were like those children and young people once. They too felt the urge to shout, on the page. They felt the same exhilaration and anxiety, the same love of words and stories, the same excitement at starting, the determination to finish. That is why they are in this book.

Roddy Doyle, 2009

All proceeds go to the Fighting Words charity. For enquiries contact

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