Just stumbled across this news on the guardian blog
Roddy Doyle and Sean Love are involved in establishing new centre for writing for children and interested adults.
We have found premises, in the courtyard of an apartment/retail development, construction of which is nearly completed. The courtyard will be called Brendan Behan Square. We’re currently working with an architect, designers, the builder – getting ready to move in during the summer, and opening for writing business in January 09. We want the Fighting Words centre to be a local landmark, or ‘event’; we want the local community to feel that it is theirs.
It sounds like a brilliant idea- you can find out more here and see some more of the Projects that inspired it. In fact it seems like that staggering genius Dave Eggers got this movement started in the US.
Edited to add -
Eggers has a brilliant presentation about the projects over on TED.com. highly entertaining and inspiring. Watch out for the out-of-order slushy machine in the Time Travel store. Now there’s a sentence that I never thought I would write!