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Poetry Clips

An Archive Of John Hewitt Society Contributors

The John Hewitt Society is both proud and fortunate to be associated with a diverse range of international poets. Each week we share poetry clips from two more poets associated with the society.
November 30, 2020
Paul Batchelor

In this Poetry Clip Paul Batchelor reads for The John Hewitt Society.

Paul is a freelance writer and teacher, and regularly reviews for the Guardian, The Times and the Times Literary Supplement. He is Director of Creative Writing at Durham University.

November 30, 2020
Maurice Riordan

This week's poetry clip is from Maurice Riordan.

Maurice was born in Co. Cork. He is published by Faber and in 2004 he was selected as one of the Poetry Society's 'Next Generation' poets. His first collection, “A Word from the Loki” (1995), was nominated for the T. S. Eliot Prize, as was “The Water Stealer” (2013). “Floods” (2000) was a Book of the Year in the Sunday Times and Irish Times. “The Holy Land” (2007) won the Michael Hartnett Award and his new collection, “The Shoulder Tap”, is forthcoming in 2021.

Maurice read at the 2008 John Hewitt International Summer School,

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July 4, 2020
After Lockdown

Can the Arts return to health without a vaccine? Watch Live on Youtube Slugger O’Toole makes its annual pilgrimage out of Belfast to record an episode of its monthly Slugger TV discussion show for NvTv at the John Hewitt International Summer School, albeit virtually this year! Hosted by political and arts commentator Alan Meban, the panel […]

July 6, 2020
Donal Ryan in conversation with Michael Hughes

Replay available from 21st August 20 Donal Ryan is from Nenagh in County Tipperary. His first four novels, The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December, All We Shall Know and From a Low and Quiet Sea have all been published to major acclaim. The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize […]

July 6, 2020
Eimear McBride in conversation with Jan Carson

Eimear McBride is one of Ireland’s most exciting novelists. Her debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing received a number of awards - the Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and Irish Novel of the Year. Her second book, The Lesser Bohemians (2017) was equally well-received, winning the 2017 James Tait Black Memorial Prize, […]

July 6, 2020
Gallery Goes with…

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Tom French and Vona Groarke, introduced and interviewed by Nessa O’Mahony. Watch Live on Youtube Biographies Eiléan Ní ChuilleanáinEiléan Ní Chuilleanáin was born in Cork City, educated in Cork and at Oxford before spending her working life as an academic in Trinity College, Dublin. A founder member of Cyphers, a literary journal, […]

July 6, 2020
Going Equipped with a Pen - A recording of poems written by students from the Prison Arts Foundation

Join us for a unique event as we explore poetry written by students participating in creative writing programmes through the Prison Arts Foundation. (PAF). Creative writing allows us to communicate our interests, our stories and our experiences. The PAF residency classes not only give the student a creative learning experience but the atmosphere of the […]

July 6, 2020
Marita Conlon-McKenna in conversation with Martina Devlin

Marita Conlon-McKenna is an award winning writer of fiction whose novels regularly top the best-seller list.  Her first book, Under the Hawthorn Tree, set in Ireland’s Great Famine, has become a children’s classic, widely translated and published. Marita also writes for adults and her other fiction works include The Magdalen, The Stone House and Rebel […]

July 6, 2020
Misha Glenny in conversation with Cahal Dallat

The Four Horsemen of the Modern Apocalypse… a talk by Misha Glenny, award winning writer, broadcaster, and commentator. In it he addresses the most pressing issues facing the international order today, and considers the capacity of governments to tackle them. Followed by discussion with Cahal Dallat. Biographies Misha Glenny is an award-winning journalist and historian […]

July 6, 2020
Out of My Time: John Hewitt on Brexit, COVID, shifting borders and altered identities?

John Hewitt’s radical vision for the region and its relationships - with the rest of Ireland and with the rest of the United Kingdom - was ahead of its time: Dublin-based Belfast poet and academic, Gerald Dawe, Belfast novelist and lecturer Heather Richardson, and London-based Ballycastle-born poet and critic, Cahal Dallat, discuss Hewitt’s poetry and […]

July 6, 2020
Poetry Gala with Terrance Hayes & Mona Arshi

Leading poets Terrance Hayes (USA) and Mona Arshi (England) join host Paul Maddern (JHS committee member) to read their work and answer questions posed by those subscribed to the broadcast. Supported by Poetry Ireland. Biographies Terrance Hayes is one of America’s foremost poets and his seven collections have met with widespread critical acclaim, earning him […]

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