Writing workshop with Sheena Wilkinson
Apr
26
10:30 AM10:30

Writing workshop with Sheena Wilkinson

  • Barry Gallery, St Malachy’s Parish Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Admission: £10 | BOOK HERE

Sheena Wilkinson, described in The Irish Times as 'one of our foremost writers', writes contemporary and historical fiction for young people and adults. She has won many awards including the CBI Book of the Year in 2013 for Grounded. Her most recent novel, Star by Star, published to commemorate the centenary of female suffrage, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and won the CBI Honour Award for Fiction. Her short stories have also won awards, and a short story was recently included in the acclaimed anthology Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland.

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The Little Book of Co Down Book Launch with Doreen McBride
Apr
26
11:00 AM11:00

The Little Book of Co Down Book Launch with Doreen McBride

  • The Market Room, Hillsborough Courthouse (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Admission: Free | BOOK HERE

The Little Book of County Down is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this ancient county of Northern Ireland. Here you will find out about Co. Down’s history, its literary heritage, its churches and castles, its festivals and fairs, and its famous (and occasionally infamous) women and men. Author Doreen McBride has written many accounts of the history of Ireland and is fascinated by local history, folklore, and traditional stories. She has shared her stories in America, Canada and New Zealand, travelling the world an international storyteller.

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‘New Chapters’ by Women Aloud NI
Apr
26
2:00 PM14:00

‘New Chapters’ by Women Aloud NI

  • The Market Room, Hillsborough Courthouse (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Admission: Free | BOOK HERE

As the soil warms and buds burst through, Spring also sees the writing of a new chapter in the Women Aloud NI history book, as they open our membership doors and new members step through.  Join us at this exciting event, bursting with new writing, to listen to a selection of readings on the theme of migration from emerging and experienced writers. These ‘new chapters’ are guaranteed to be fresh and exciting!

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John Hewitt's Natural World with Seán Hewitt
Apr
26
3:30 PM15:30

John Hewitt's Natural World with Seán Hewitt

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

In this talk Seán Hewitt will introduce the work and life of John Hewitt and explore the politics of landscape in Hewitt’s poetry. Seán is a research fellow in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. He was selected as one of the Aldeburgh Eight in 2015, won a Northern Writers' Award in 2016, and the Resurgence Prize in 2017. He is a book critic for The Irish Times. His debut pamphlet is Lantern (Offord Road Books, 2019).

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The Great Hillsborough Book Hunt
Apr
26
4:00 PM16:00

The Great Hillsborough Book Hunt

Admission: Free | No Booking Required

Everyone is welcome at the Great Hillsborough Book Hunt. You don't have to be an avid reader to enjoy this fun, interactive treasure hunt. We've hidden books all around the village. Follow the clues, solve the riddles and meet us back at The Owl and the Pussycat for answers and prizes at 6.30pm sharp. Suitable for all ages.

This event starts from The Owl & The Pussycat Cafe

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The Ravenmaster: A Talk by Christopher Skaife
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

The Ravenmaster: A Talk by Christopher Skaife

Admission: £15 / £13 concession | BOOK HERE

For centuries the Tower of London has been home to a group of famous avian residents: the ravens. Each year they are seen by millions of visitors and have become as integral a part of the Tower as its ancient stones. Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife is the current Ravenmaster at the Tower of London and in his fascinating new book, he describes the ravens’ formidable intelligence, their idiosyncrasies, and their occasionally wicked sense of humour. Over the years in which he has cared for the physical and mental well-being of these remarkable birds, Christopher Skaife has come to know them like no one else. His book is an intimate behind-the-scenes account of life with the ravens of the Tower.

Supported by Historic Royal Palaces

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Literary Lives with James Runcie
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Literary Lives with James Runcie

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Meet James Runcie, the creator behind Sidney Chambers, Grantchester’s unconventional clergyman who can go where the police cannot. Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death was published in 2012, soon followed by five more in the treasured Grantchester Mysteries series. He has also written The Road to Grantchester, the captivating prequel to the Grantchester series. In 2014, ITV launched Grantchester, a prime-time series starring James Norton. The fourth series was broadcast earlier this year.

James Runcie is an award-winning film-maker, Commissioning Editor for Arts at BBC Radio 4, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of eleven novels which have been translated all over the world. He is formerly Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival and was Head of Literature at the Southbank Centre in London from 2013-2015. He lives in Edinburgh.

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Poetry Ireland Introductions
Apr
26
9:30 PM21:30

Poetry Ireland Introductions

Admission: Free | BOOK HERE

Relax with some poetry best served chilled over refreshments in The Hillside a charming, rustic pub which first opened its doors to patrons in 1752. Poetry Ireland Introductions is a programme which encourages excellence in the writing and performance of poetry in Ireland, by supporting emerging talented poets in the early stages of their careers. Three of the 2019 poets, who have been selected by Martina Evans, will read their work. 

 Supported by Poetry Ireland

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Mixed Veg with Seedhead Arts & Myra Zepf
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Mixed Veg with Seedhead Arts & Myra Zepf

Admission: Free | Drop In. No Booking Required

“The day Tom declared war on vegetables was a day he would never forget…”

Just like Tom, star of the beautifully illustrated book Mixed Veg, you too will encounter a crop of boisterous vegetable creatures as you explore the grounds of St Malachy’s Parish Church. There will be plenty of ‘thyme’ for craft activities from Seedhead Arts, writing your way through ‘The Story Patch’ with Myra Zepf and a short reading from Mixed Veg author Sybil Allen at 11am.

This drop-in event is suitable for children aged 3 – 10 years.

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Poetry and Plants with Jean Bleakney
Apr
27
10:30 AM10:30

Poetry and Plants with Jean Bleakney

Admission: £10/£8 concession (Ticket includes garden entry ticket) | BOOK HERE

Accompany Poet and Plantswoman, Jean Bleakney on a special morning walk through the beautiful gardens of Hillsborough Castle, pausing to admire and hear more about the plants and vistas whilst discovering how and why the garden remains a perennial inspiration for poets. 

Oh grant the muse with pausing step to press

Each sun-bright avenue, and green recess

 - ‘The Temple of Nature’, Erasmus Darwin

 Supported by Historic Royal Palaces

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Writing for the stage workshop with Rosemary Jenkinson
Apr
27
10:30 AM10:30

Writing for the stage workshop with Rosemary Jenkinson

  • Barry Gallery, St Malachy’s Parish Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Admission: £10 | BOOK HERE

Rosemary Jenkinson is an award-winning playwright and short story writer. She was Artist-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre in 2017 and received a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Her plays include The Bonefire (winner of the 2006 Stewart Parker BBC Radio Award), Basra Boy, White Star of the North, Planet Belfast, Here Comes the Night, Michelle and Arlene, Lives in Translation and I Shall Wear Purple. She has published three collections of short stories, most recently Catholic Boy (Doire Press, 2018).

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Poetry Reading with Seán Hewitt and Paul Maddern
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Poetry Reading with Seán Hewitt and Paul Maddern

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Despite the thorns of love and pain, the poems in Seán Hewitt’s debut pamphlet Lantern are unafraid to dive into the wilderness. Paul Maddern’s latest publication The Tipping Line, is part auto-biography, part exploration of artistic practice, and part historical record, moving between the beaches of Donegal and Bermuda, and through the cities of London, Leeds, and New York.

Seán Hewitt is a fiction reviewer for the Irish Times and a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin. Paul Maddern was born in Bermuda and lived in Canada, the USA, and England before moving to Co. Down in 2000. He is the proprietor of The River Mill writers retreat in Co Down.

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Darjeeling Express with Asma Khan
Apr
27
12:00 PM12:00

Darjeeling Express with Asma Khan

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Meet proprietor of acclaimed London restaurant Darjeeling Express Asma Khan, who has been making headlines: she hired an all-female kitchen team; she’s the founder of a charity for second daughters in India, who can require further support than other family members, and she is the first chef from Britain to appear on hit Netflix documentary show Chef's Table. We’re delighted to have Asma with us to share stories and some delicious food with our audience!

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Supported and facilitated by the Institute for Conflict Research (ICR).

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Whittrick Press: In Conversation with Sybil Allen & Anne Montgomery
Apr
27
12:30 PM12:30

Whittrick Press: In Conversation with Sybil Allen & Anne Montgomery

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Lifelong friends actress Sybil Allen and artist, illustrator and textile designer Anne Montgomery published their stunning children’s book, Mixed Veg with Whittrick Press in 2018. Like the best produce, Mixed Veg has taken its time to come into the world. Sybil and Anne will discuss how the initial manuscript and drawings that germinated in the 1970s flowered into a picture book 40 years later.

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Literary Lunchtime with Will Eaves
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Literary Lunchtime with Will Eaves

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Will Eaves’s novel Murmur takes as its starting point the conviction and chemical castration of brilliant Enigma Code-breaking mathematician Alan Turing. It’s an inventive imagining of the mind of a genius; a heart-breaking and thought-provoking dive into the human consciousness.

Will Eaves is the author of five novels and two collections of poetry. He was the Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011 and now teaches at the University of Warwick. Murmur was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2018.

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Publishing Panel with Tramp Press, Penguin Ireland & No Alibis Press
Apr
27
2:30 PM14:30

Publishing Panel with Tramp Press, Penguin Ireland & No Alibis Press

Admission: £10 | BOOK HERE

Wonder what a ‘slush pile’ is? What do literary agents really do? This panel of publishing experts can tell you how a book makes its way into print, offer tips to get on the route to publication, and provide insights on how the book industry works.

Emma Warnock attended Queen's University Belfast where she completed a PhD in contemporary fiction in 2006. She worked as a freelance editor before joining No Alibis Press as commissioning editor in 2018.

Brendan Barrington is an editorial director at Penguin Ireland, and editor and publisher of The Dublin Review.

Tramp Press was founded by Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff in 2014 with the aim of publishing exceptional work exceptionally well. Tramp's recent successes include Mike McCormack's Solar Bones and Emilie Pine's No. 1 Bestseller Notes to Self.

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Heritage Walking Tour with Judy Crawford
Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

Heritage Walking Tour with Judy Crawford

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Judy Crawford is a fully trained Blue Badge guide who has conducted walking tours around the entire village for over 20 years, and comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge. This walk will last approximately one hour, leaving and returning to the Visitor Information Centre, taking in the Castle, churches and Fort.

Please note the tour may include steps and crossing busy roads. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing suitable for all weathers!

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Reading with Wendy Erskine and June Caldwell
Apr
27
4:30 PM16:30

Reading with Wendy Erskine and June Caldwell

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Compellingly dark, with depictions of longing loneliness laced with dry humour, coupled with caustic takes on the state of society, this is an afternoon of fearless fiction from two startlingly talented short story writers. Perfect if you like your fiction on the far side of surreal.

Room Little Darker, June Caldwell's acclaimed collection of short stories, was published by New Island Books in 2017 and Head of Zeus in 2018. Her debut novel Little Town Moone is forthcoming from John Murray in 2020.

Wendy Erskine’s debut collection of short stories, Sweet Home, was published by The Stinging Fly Press in September 2018 and will be published by Picador in 2019.

Chaired by Susan Tomaselli.

Susan Tomaselli is founder and editor of gorse journal. She is former co-editor of 3:AM Magazine and editor at 3:AM Press. She has written for The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, Bookmunch, CultureNI, and contributed to Little Black Book of Books (Cassell 2007), The Beat Anthology (Blackheath Books 2010), and We’ll Never Have Paris (Repeater Books 2019), amongst others. She is currently working on a novel-in-essays, Traces, on memory, trauma, technology, and failure.

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Creating a Space with Esther Mogada, James Gitari and Macy Stewart
Apr
27
4:30 PM16:30

Creating a Space with Esther Mogada, James Gitari and Macy Stewart

Admission: £10 | BOOK HERE

Today’s world can seem like a hard place to make it as an artist. Hear first-hand how these creatives forged their own creative paths.

Creating a Space is a company run by Esther Mogada and James Gitari, based in Blick Studios, Belfast. Creating a Space works in film-making, photography, music production, video production and events management, showcasing creatives through interviews and film. They recently worked with Womenfolk for The Time is Now panel.

Macy Stewart is a fashion & portrait photographer based in Holywood. After leaving school she studied with Mastered: London, a 10-month accelerator course offering access to mentoring and personal insight from industry experts.

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The River Mill Readings with Janice Galloway
Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

The River Mill Readings with Janice Galloway

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Janice Galloway has authored award-winning novels, short stories and books of non-fiction, including Clara, All Made Up, and her ‘anti-memoir’ This is Not About Me. Her first novel, The Trick is to Keep Breathing is now widely regarded as a Scottish contemporary classic and was republished in 2018 as a Vintage Classic. Her collaborative work includes a range of texts for typographers, visual artists, sculptors, musicians and videographers. Her latest book, Jellyfish, is a collection of short stories inspired part by David Lodge’s statement that: “Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way round.”

She lives in Lanarkshire with her husband, best friend and other animals.

Supported by The River Mill

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Wuthering Night: An Ode to Kate Bush with LARKS and Alana Henderson
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Wuthering Night: An Ode to Kate Bush with LARKS and Alana Henderson

Admission: £10 | BOOK HERE

Kate Bush’s music and lyrics embrace silliness alongside seriousness, channelling literary allusions as diverse as Emily Brontë, Hans Christian Andersen and James Joyce, to pop-culture icons like Elvis and Houdini. In this celebratory event, marking 40 years from the release of The Kick Inside, the debut album that introduced the remarkable ‘Wuthering Heights’ to the world, writers and musicians offer personal responses to the influences that pepper Bush’s music. A tribute to the extraordinary and revolutionary musical icon, by artists and fans alike.

Cellist and singer Alana Henderson weaves pop, folk and classical elements to craft a sound which is strikingly unique. A two-year stint moonlighting as Hozier’s touring cellist saw Alana travelling the world, with a homecoming bringing the release of a single ‘Let This Remain’ in 2017. 2019 sees Alana back with a new EP, her trademark cello bolstered with shimmering electronics and slide guitar.

LARKS is the new project from Fiona O’Kane. She draws influences from rhythmic Electronic based beats, infused with Indie & Alternative sensibilities, all the while keeping her sincere, heartfelt lyrics as strong as ever. In February 2019 LARKS released a cover of the Kate Bush classic Running Up That Hill in her second collaboration with Arvo Party.

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Creaturely Poetry with Gail McConnell
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

Creaturely Poetry with Gail McConnell

Admission: £10 | BOOK HERE

Gail McConnell’s debut poetry pamphlet is Fourteen (Green Bottle Press, 2018). Her second pamphlet, Fothermather, explores the interaction between parenthood and queerness (Ink Sweat & Tears, forthcoming 2019). Gail is a lecturer in English at Queen’s University Belfast. She is the author of Northern Irish Poetry and Theology (Palgrave, 2014) and articles on modern Irish poetry. Gail is working on a book which features ‘Type Face’, a long poem published in Blackbox Manifold concerning the experience of reading a Historical Enquiries Team Report.

Participants are asked to please read the following short essay in advance of the workshop: ‘A Tremendous Fish’ by Mark Doty, available at http://poems.com/special_features/prose/essay_doty.php

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Myra Zepf -  Upcycling Irish Mythology: Rewriting Old Legends for New Times
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Myra Zepf - Upcycling Irish Mythology: Rewriting Old Legends for New Times

Admission: £10/£8 concession | BOOK HERE

In this brunch-time lecture author Myra Zepf will explore the rich tradition of Irish mythology and its ever-changing narratives and forms, charting how they evolve and renew with each new era. She will share her recent experiences and the challenges faced as she worked on a new rewriting of the story of ‘Midhir and Etaoin’ for an upcoming book, balancing the preservation of inherited tradition with the pressing need to re-stitch the ancient tale for contemporary gender-balance.

Supported by Historic Royal Palaces

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Diversity: Lisburn Writers Club
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Diversity: Lisburn Writers Club

Admission: Free | BOOK HERE

A showcase of this group which meets locally to share their writing of short stories, poetry, drama, autobiographical and non-fiction work. They come from all backgrounds and places and have been meeting for several years. Some members have been published and have won national poetry awards. Come along and share our words.

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Literary Lunchtime with Darach Ó Séaghdha
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Literary Lunchtime with Darach Ó Séaghdha

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Darach Ó Séaghdha is an Irish writer, podcaster and Irish language activist. He is the author of Motherfoclóir: Dispatches from a not so dead language, which won Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year in the 2017 Irish Book Awards. He runs the popular Irish-language-trivia Twitter account The Irish For.

'Motherfocloir' [focloir means 'dictionary' and is pronounced like a rather more vulgar English epithet] is a book based on the popular Twitter account @theirishfor. 'Motherfocloir' takes an irreverent, pun-friendly and contemporary approach to the Irish language. The author includes stories about his own relationship with Irish, and how it fits in with the most important events in his life. An event for all lovers of the quirks of language.

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Workshop: Writing to the Image with Malachi O’Doherty
Apr
28
1:30 PM13:30

Workshop: Writing to the Image with Malachi O’Doherty

Admission: £10 | BOOK HERE

How do you write for an image or a series of images? Digital media now commonly combine images and text and it is important for writers and photographers to understand each other’s media, whether to provide captions or commentary for a series of pictures or to select pictures to illustrate or complement text. In this workshop, Malachi O'Doherty will take you through the editing of image sequences in slideshows and work with you on how to write for the pictures in such a way that text and image work together.

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Migration: New to the Parish with Sorcha Pollak
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Migration: New to the Parish with Sorcha Pollak

Admission £8 | BOOK HERE

New to the Parish: Stories of Love, War and Adventure from Ireland’s Immigrants chronicles fourteen personal stories of people who have come to Ireland for work, education, retirement, love and in some cases, out of necessity, forced from their homes by death and destruction, given context by succinct analysis of how world events over the past decade have played a role in the migration crisis.

Author Sorcha Pollak is an Irish journalist based in Dublin working for The Irish Times with a specific focus on migration and immigrant communities in Ireland.

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Heritage Walking Tour with Judy Crawford
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Heritage Walking Tour with Judy Crawford

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Judy Crawford is a fully trained Blue Badge guide who has conducted walking tours around the entire village for over 20 years, and comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge. This walk will last approximately one hour, leaving and returning to the Visitor Information Centre, taking in the Castle, churches and Fort.

Please note the tour may include steps and crossing busy roads. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing suitable for all weathers!

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Afternoon with The Lifeboat
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Afternoon with The Lifeboat

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

The Lifeboat is a poetry reading series and small press based in Belfast, run by Stephen Connolly and Manuela Moser. In 2018 they released three pamphlets, Chords of Inquiry by Anna Loughran, Plot by Joe Lines and Genuine Human Values by Susannah Dickey.

Susannah Dickey's poetry has appeared in Ambit, The Scores, The White Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Tangerine, Hotel and the anthology Why Poetry? (Verve Poetry Press, 2018). Joe Lines recently received a PhD in English from Queen's University Belfast, and his research interests include eighteenth-century literature of crime. Anna Loughran's poetry has appeared in The Tangerine and the 'Hour by Hour' edition of the Poetry Jukebox. She is currently working towards an MA in Poetry at Queen's University Belfast.

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Be Our Guest: New Writing on Hillsborough’s Past
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Be Our Guest: New Writing on Hillsborough’s Past

Admission: £6 / £5 concession | BOOK HERE

This event launches a new collaborative publication produced by Hillsborough Castle and Gardens and The John Hewitt Society. Five prominent Northern Ireland based writers have been commissioned to respond to five historical figures from Hillsborough’s past and have created new pieces of writing to animate the lives of these former residents. The publication also includes additional contributions by participants from a range of community groups who took part in workshops with the writers. The launch will include readings from each of the writers and a selection of readings by community participants. The writers included are: Jan Carson, Emily DeDakis, Maeve O’Lynn, Ian Sansom and Myra Zepf.

This project is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Community Relations Council. We would like to thank the Institute for Conflict Research for their support for this project.

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'Happy Arrivals' with Housing4All
Apr
28
4:30 PM16:30

'Happy Arrivals' with Housing4All

Admission: Free | BOOK HERE

Housing4All is a group of asylum seekers trying to ensure that the human right to housing is realised for destitute asylum seekers in Northern Ireland. In the autumn of 2018, Housing4All designed their own human rights monitoring surveys to capture the experiences of asylum seekers in Belfast, monitoring the denial of their socio-economic rights. This short rehearsed reading that members of Housing4All will perform focuses on some of these issues in more detail, highlighting the difficult realities of the lives of people seeking asylum, safety, and sanctuary in Belfast.

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Sky You Are Too Big: Poetry Reading with Maria McManus, Viviana Fiorentino, Nandi Jola and Anesu Khanya Mtowa
Apr
28
5:30 PM17:30

Sky You Are Too Big: Poetry Reading with Maria McManus, Viviana Fiorentino, Nandi Jola and Anesu Khanya Mtowa

Admission: Free | BOOK HERE

Poets Maria McManus, Viviana Fiorentino, Nandi Jola and Anesu Khanya Mtowa present a special poetry reading exploring translations, language, cultural diversity and difference, inclusion, and the themes of belonging, dispossession, feeling lost, migration and seeking asylum. This reading was first staged in December 2018 to raise awareness of Larne House Visitors Group, a local volunteer group who visit detainees in the ‘Larne House’, here in Northern Ireland.

We will be raising money for two charities: Phone Credit for Refugees and Larne House Visitors Group.

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Evening with The Tangerine
Apr
28
5:30 PM17:30

Evening with The Tangerine

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

The Tangerine is a Belfast-based magazine of new writing. It covers culture and politics, and is published three times a year. The Tangerine includes features, reportage, commentary, fiction, poetry, illustration and photography. This showcase event includes a selection of readings from writers featured since the journal debuted in 2016.

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Home: with Jan Carson and Anthony Toner
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

Home: with Jan Carson and Anthony Toner

Admission: £10 | BOOK HERE

Jan Carson and Anthony Toner offer a personal, playful and insight-filled duet right on the crossroads where music and words meet. Expect readings and songs from the artists’ own catalogues, but with some favourite selections from other artists added for good measure.

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. She curated the inaugural Hillsborough Festival of Literature & Ideas in 2018. She specialises in running arts projects and events with older people, especially those living with dementia. The Fire Starters, her second novel, was published by Doubleday in April 2019.

Since the release of the hugely popular single Sailortown ten years ago, Anthony Toner has released a string of popular albums and played countless live performances, where his storytelling and engaging patter have become as much a part of the show as his music.

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St Patrick's Symposium on Migration
Mar
12
10:00 AM10:00

St Patrick's Symposium on Migration

Admission: Free | BOOK HERE

"The Lord...scattered us among many nations even to the ends of the earth"

- St Patrick's Confession

Following from last year's examination of Modern Slavery, this year's symposium will explore the theme of migration within a modern context. The 21st Century is witnessing unprecedented movement of peoples due to famine, war, economic deprivation and climate change. This symposium will examine what can be done, what is being done and, crucially, what should be done.

Hosted by BBC Broadcaster Karen Patterson, contributors include Deputy Director of Committee on the Administration of Justice Daniel Holder, Irish Times Journalist Sorcha Pollak, Maria McManus, and Housing4All.

Refreshments will be provided. Please indicate any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

This project is funded through the PEACE IV Programme of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council.

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Sky, you are too big
Dec
21
11:00 AM11:00

Sky, you are too big

Sky, you are too big... on the winter solstice; the turning of the year, a time when we can hope for better things, moving from the darkness into light again. Poets Maria McManus, Viviana Fiorentino & Nandi Jola will provide a special poetry reading exploring translations, language, cultural diversity and difference, inclusion, and the themes of belonging, dispossession, feeling lost, migration and seeking asylum. The reading is intended to raise awareness of Larne House Visitors Group.

We will be raising money for two charities: Phone Credit for Refugees and Larne House Visitors Group.

FREE. To book: RSVP by registering through Eventbrite here

Once registered, you will get a formal invitation

Booking essential

To donate: click here

This event is supported by The John Hewitt Society.

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Who was John Hewitt?
Nov
14
10:30 AM10:30

Who was John Hewitt?

FREE | To book, please email hello@johnhewittsociety.org to confirm a place

John Hewitt was born in 1907 at 96 Cliftonpark Avenue in the north of the city. Freeman of the City of Belfast, renowned poet, art historian and collector and political activist, Hewitt’s poetry addressed issues of identity in divided Northern Ireland, as well as his love for the Ulster countryside and landscape. Hewitt famously declared himself to be `Ulster, Irish, British, and European’, insisting an individual could embrace multiple forms of national identity.

Tony Kennedy, Chair of The John Hewitt Society, discusses John Hewitt’s life, work and ideals and Hewitt’s continuing relevance today.

Venue:
This lecture will take place in the Peter Froggatt Centre, Queens University Belfast.

The address is: 7-9 College Park East, Belfast BT7 1PS but you may also access the building through the quadrangle from the Lanyon Building - this is the main building for QUB facing University Road.

An accessible entrance is to the front of the Lanyon Building, accessed from University Road. Once in the gate, proceed past the main Lanyon building, and turn left at the end.

The Peter Froggatt Centre can also be accessed on foot via the steps from the staff car-park located at the corner of College Park and Botanic Avenue.

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Michael Longley & Paul Muldoon
Oct
31
8:00 PM20:00

Michael Longley & Paul Muldoon

Tickets: £8 or £7 concession | Book here

Part of the 2018 Belfast International Arts Festival

Marking the birth date of the Belfast-born poet and critic John Hewitt, The John Hewitt Society presents two of Ireland’s most renowned and celebrated poets as they themselves honour the 50th anniversary of their first meeting. 

Michael Longley has long been acknowledged as one of our greatest living poets. Having published 11 collections of poems, his awards include the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the PEN Pinter Prize for Poetry 2017.

One of Ireland’s leading contemporary poets, Paul Muldoon has published twelve major collections as well as innumerable smaller collections and song lyrics. Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1999 to 2004, his awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the TS Eliot Prize.

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Dr Caroline Magennis: Unsettling Intimacy
Oct
10
10:30 AM10:30

Dr Caroline Magennis: Unsettling Intimacy

FREE | To book, please email hello@johnhewittsociety.org to confirm a place

Northern Irish Short Fiction after the Agreement

Homes and domestic situations are private and intimate, but can also be contested and political spaces. This lecture looks at emotional, physical, intellectual intimacy in short fiction from the North of Ireland from the 20th & 21st century. 

Dr. Caroline Magennis is a Lecturer in 20th & 21st Century Literature at the University of Salford. She has held research and teaching positions at University College Dublin, the University of Limerick and Queen's University, Belfast, where she gained her PhD in 2007. Dr. Magennis has published widely on theoretical approaches to Contemporary Northern Irish Literature and Culture and organised an international conference on the cultural legacy of the Good Friday Agreement in April 2018. She is the Chair of the British Association for Irish Studies.

Venue:
This lecture will take place in the Peter Froggatt Centre, Queens University Belfast.

The address is: 7-9 College Park East, Belfast BT7 1PS but you may also access the building through the quadrangle from the Lanyon Building - this is the main building for QUB facing University Road.

An accessible entrance is to the front of the Lanyon Building, accessed from University Road. Once in the gate, proceed past the main Lanyon building, and turn left at the end.

The Peter Froggatt Centre can also be accessed on foot via the steps from the staff car-park located at the corner of College Park and Botanic Avenue.

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National Poetry Day with Gráinne Tobin & Mel McMahon
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

National Poetry Day with Gráinne Tobin & Mel McMahon

FREE |Admission is free with donations for The City Chapter welcome.

The City Chapter in association with The John Hewitt Society invites you to celebrate National Poetry Day with two acclaimed Co. Armagh poets Gráinne Tobin and Mel McMahon who will read from and talk about their work.

Gráinne Tobin grew up in Armagh. She taught for many years in further and adult education in Lurgan and in Shimna Integrated College in Newcastle, Co Down. She has published two books, Banjaxed and The Nervous Flyer’s Companion (Summer Palace Press). A third collection, The Uses of Silk, is due in November 2018. She has won poetry competitions and contributed to magazines and anthologies. Her work is included in Poetry Ireland’s archive and Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s online Troubles Archive, and one of her poems is on permanent display as a public sculpture in Down Arts Centre.

Mel McMahon was born in Lurgan and is currently Head of English at the Abbey Grammar School, Newry. His work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies and has been broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster. He has been shortlisted for several literary prizes and was a prize-winner in the Funeral Service of Northern Ireland Poetry Competition (2015). His work has been nominated twice for the Forward Prize for best individual poem. His first book of poems, Out of Breath, was published by Summer Palace Press in 2016. His second book of poems, Beneath Our Feet, was published in 2018.

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Walking Tours of Armagh
Jul
28
11:00 AM11:00

Walking Tours of Armagh

Time: 11am - 12noon & 1pm - 2pm
Venue:
Departing from Armagh Visitor Information Centre.

For those who want to explore everything the City has to offer, a guided walking tour is a must. You’ll walk through Armagh’s rich history as you hear stories and anecdotes about the area, learn about the City’s renowned Georgian architecture and unearth some hidden gems along the way.

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A Beginners Guide to Surviving as a Writer with Jan Carson
Jul
28
9:45 AM09:45

A Beginners Guide to Surviving as a Writer with Jan Carson

Time: 9.45am - 12.45pm
Venue: The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £15 | Book now

Join local novelist and short story writer Jan Carson for a masterclass in showcasing your writing and increasing your profile as a writer. This three-hour interactive workshop will cover useful topics such as how to get your manuscript published, finding the right agent, securing readings and festival bookings, increasing your online presence and knowing when to turn work down. With plenty of opportunity to ask questions and network with other writers, this event should leave you with some practical tips on how to increase your confidence and profile as a working writer.

All attendees are asked to bring paper, pen and a short piece of their writing along to the workshop.

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How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Journals with Tara McAvoy
Jul
28
9:45 AM09:45

How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Journals with Tara McAvoy

Time: 9.45am - 12.45pm
Venue: The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £15 | Book now

Literary Literary journals and magazine offer writers opportunities to develop ideas that may not otherwise find a publishing home. The past decade has seen a resurgence in small presses and journals, with 30+ publications across print and online media seeking submissions. Established in 2016, The Tangerine provides a platform for new writers of poetry and short fiction as well as long-form journalism, essays and criticism. Editor and founder of The Tangerine Tara McAvoy talks about establishing the Belfast print magazine and what editors are looking for from writers.

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I Hear You and Rejoice
Jul
27
8:30 PM20:30

I Hear You and Rejoice

Time: 8.30pm - 10pm
Venue: Auditorium, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £13 | Book now

Written and performed by Mikel Murfi

Following the universally acclaimed The Man In The Woman’s Shoes, Mikel Murfi returns with his follow-up, a new tale of the indomitable Pat Farnon. Later in life, this cobbler and all-round contented man embarks on a journey he had not quite planned and finds that every twist in the road can bring its own surprises. Returning to the characters of Pat and Kitsey Rainey, this is a tender account of a most unlikely union: you may never look at life in quite the same way again!

Duration: 80 minutes. No interval

"A masterclass in the art of the monologue" Time Out

"Murfi is a magical performer" The Times

 *Double Bill Ticket Offer: £20 for both Mikel Murfi shows on Thursday & Friday*

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Creative Writing Showcase
Jul
27
4:30 PM16:30

Creative Writing Showcase

Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: Free | Book now

Always a highlight of the week, our annual showcase provides an opportunity for some of those attending the Summer School’s creative writing workshops to read their new work for you.

Followed by The Lord Mayor’s Reception.

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Crimes, Cultures and Courtrooms with Stuart Neville, Abir Mukherjee and Steve Cavanagh
Jul
27
2:45 PM14:45

Crimes, Cultures and Courtrooms with Stuart Neville, Abir Mukherjee and Steve Cavanagh

Time: 2.45pm - 3.45pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £8 | Book now

David Torrans, owner of No Alibis Bookstore, in conversation with three of the most popular crime fiction authors. Each author will read and discuss their work.

Stuart Neville is a multi-award winning author from Armagh. His Jack Lennon and DCI Serena Flanagan series have won him vast critical acclaim. Stuart also writes under a pseudonym , Haylen Beck, these books are set in the US and are inspired by his love of American crime writing.

Abir Mukherjee, is an award winning author and rising star of historical crime fiction. He is the writer of the best-selling Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee novels, set in Calcutta in the early 1920s.

Steve Cavanagh is a critically acclaimed award-winning crime writer from Belfast. His Eddie Flynn novels have been published in over twenty countries. His novel The Plea won the Prix Polar Award for Best International Novel and his latest, Thirteen, is to be published in paperback this Summer.

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Michael Hughes in conversation
Jul
27
1:30 PM13:30

Michael Hughes in conversation

Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £7 | Book now

Michael Hughes was born and raised in County Armagh and is now based in London. He read English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before training in theatre at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris and he worked for many years as an actor on stage and screen, under the professional name of Michael Colgan. Michael’s first novel The Countenance Divine, described in TLS as "wonderfully ambitious", was well received when it was published by John Murray in 2016. His powerful new novel, Country, is a vivid and brutal reimagining of Homer’s Iliad, the oldest war story of them all, set in the Troubles of late twentieth century County Armagh.

"There is real pleasure to be derived from Hughes's imagination, especially his instinct for tactile description." TLS

"Michael Hughes writes like a brilliant cross between David Mitchell and Hilary Mantel." Toby Litt

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Ruth Carr & Maria McManus
Jul
27
11:15 AM11:15

Ruth Carr & Maria McManus

Time: 11.15am - 12.15pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £7 | Book now

Introduced by Paul Maddern

Ruth Carr was born in Belfast where she lives and works as a freelance tutor and editor, concerned with raising the profile of women in literature. In 1985 she edited The Female Line, the first anthology of women’s writing to come out of Northern Ireland, which relaunched as an e-book with herpress in 2016). She has published three collections: There is a House and The Airing Cupboard (Summer Palace Press, 1999 & 2008) and most recently, Feather and Bone (Arlen House, December 2017).

Maria McManus has collaborated extensively with others to put poetry into public space in projects such as Quotidian-Word on the Street, Cirque des Oiseaux, DUST,and Label Lit. She is curator of Ireland’s first Poetry Jukebox, currently situated at The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. She is author of Available Light (Arlen House, 2017), We are Bone (2013), The Cello Suites (2009) and Reading the Dog (2006) (Lagan Press).

Supported by Poetry Ireland

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Women Waging Peace: The Challenges Encountered in Making and Implementing the Good Friday Peace Agreement
Jul
27
9:45 AM09:45

Women Waging Peace: The Challenges Encountered in Making and Implementing the Good Friday Peace Agreement

Time: 9.45am - 10.45am
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £7 | Book now


When the Northern Ireland peace talks concluded on Good Friday 1998, Senator Mitchell told the signatories to the agreement that ‘the hard work starts now’. The Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition was one of the parties involved in making and implementing the agreement and can testify to the hard work that this involved. This talk will focus on the challenges faced over those years and the difference it makes when women become involved in a peace process.

Monica McWilliams was a delegate to the multi-party peace negotiations leading to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. She co-founded the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and was elected to the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly from 1998-2003. As Emeritus Professor at UU, she has recently completed a large-scale research project on the impact of conflict on women’s lives spanning the past twenty-five years.

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The Man in the Woman’s Shoes
Jul
26
8:30 PM20:30

The Man in the Woman’s Shoes

Time: 8.30pm - 9.45pm
Venue: Auditorium, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £13 | Book now

Written and performed by Mikel Murfi

Returning to Summer School in Armagh in response to much demand, don’t miss out on this extraordinary, hilarious solo performance which has played to sold out houses wherever it goes, touching critics and audiences worldwide. Set in 1978, the play features Pat Farnon who has ‘some business’ to do in town. We follow him as he walks to town and back, meeting unforgettable characters including the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. A beautifully observed piece, utterly simple, with Mikel Murfi’s ‘astonishing acting’ being universally praised.

Duration: 75 minutes – no interval

“A miniature masterpiece.” The Times

“One of the most delightful theatrical experiences I’ve had in a long time.” Gay Byrne

*Double Bill Ticket Offer: £20 for both Mikel Murfi shows on Thursday & Friday*

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The Man From God Knows Where | The Life and Times of Thomas Russell in Words and Music
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Man From God Knows Where | The Life and Times of Thomas Russell in Words and Music

Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £9 | Book now

With Jane Cassidy & Maurice Leyden

‘The man from God knows where’ was a figure of mystery and awe to the tenant farmers of Ulster in the 1790s. Today many still know Florence Wilson’s poem, but few could tell you his name. Thomas Russell, soldier, revolutionary and first librarian of the Linen Hall Library, played a major part in the Irish Risings of 1798 and 1803. Folk-singers, writers & broadcasters, Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden, tell the story of this remarkable man, through eye-witness accounts of his life and times, extracts from Russell’s diary, woven together with local traditional songs, expressing the drama and pathos of that ‘time of the hurry’, when Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter combined to fight for a reform of parliamentary representation.

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'Unfinished Business? The Women’s Sector Speaks Out
Jul
26
4:30 PM16:30

'Unfinished Business? The Women’s Sector Speaks Out

Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £7 | Book now


2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement, and the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time. Establishing equal rights between women and men is an ongoing issue, and continuing inequalities have been the focus of many challenging current affairs including the #metoo movement, Times Up campaign, and the rising statistics of gendered crimes such as domestic homicide. The panel discussing these issues will include Kelly Andrews, Chief Executive of Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid; Kellie Turtle, Women’s Resource and Development Agency, and Betty Carlisle, Shankill Women’s Centre.

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Northern Ireland political collection at Linen Hall Library
Jul
26
2:45 PM14:45

Northern Ireland political collection at Linen Hall Library

Time: 2.45pm - 3.45pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £7 | Book now

The Northern Ireland Political Collection (NIPC) documents the activities and views of all parties to the conflict and subsequent Peace Process, from paramilitaries to government. It covers publications by organisations on the margins of the direct political process, as well as by those chiefly concerned with social issues. A large proportion of these items are held by the NIPC in Linen Hall Library alone. This will be an illustrated presentation of the history behind this unique resource.

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Sheila Llewellyn in conversation with Malachi O’Doherty
Jul
26
1:30 PM13:30

Sheila Llewellyn in conversation with Malachi O’Doherty

Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £7 | Book now

Sheila Llewellyn’s debut novel Walking Wounded is a work of fiction, set in the context of real events which took place in 1940s psychiatry. It is based on extensive medical research by the author, and her own experience of treating sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2011, Sheila won the P J O'Connor RTÉ Radio One Drama Award and the New York International Radio Silver award. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Bridport, Seán Ó Faoláin, and Hilary Mantel Prize, and twice for the Costa Award. Publications include The Glass Shore, and Irish Pages. She has a Ph.D from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University, Belfast.

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Ailbhe Darcy and David Wheatley
Jul
26
11:15 AM11:15

Ailbhe Darcy and David Wheatley

Time: 11.15am - 12.00pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £7 | Book now

Introduced by Paul Maddern

Ailbhe Darcy is an Irish poet living in Wales. Her most recent book is Insistence (Bloodaxe 2018). She is also the author of A Fictional Dress (Tall Lighthouse 2009), Imaginary Menagerie (Bloodaxe 2011) and a collaboration with S.J. Fowler, Subcritical Tests (Gorse Editions 2017). Her work has appeared in various anthologies including Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century, Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets, and The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry.

David Wheatley is the author of five collections of poetry, his most recent is The President of Planet Earth (Carcanet/Wake Forest UP, 2017). His critical study Contemporary British Poetry was published by Palgrave in 2015. His writing has won various prizes, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Vincent Buckley Prize, and the Friends Provident (Irish) National Irish Poetry Competition. He was a judge of the 2015 National Poetry Competition, and lives with his wife and son in rural Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Supported by Poetry Ireland

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Challenging the Two Traditions: Women, Literature & Memory
Jul
26
9:45 AM09:45

Challenging the Two Traditions: Women, Literature & Memory

Time: 9.45am - 10.45am
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £7 | Book now

Eli Davies is a writer and PhD researcher at Ulster University, exploring the relationship between gender, memory, literature and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. She completed an M.Phil in Irish Literature at Trinity College Dublin in 2003 and between then and 2016 worked as an adult education teacher, writer and editor. She has written on popular culture, literature and politics for various publications and is co-editor of Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women and The Women Who Love Them, an anthology of women's music writing published by Repeater. She is also one of the writers selected for this year's Irish Writers' Centre XBorders: Accord project

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Edges of Light
Jul
25
8:30 PM20:30

Edges of Light

Time: 8pm - 10.30pm
Venue: Auditorium, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £12 | Book now

With iconic dancer Colin Dunne and celebrated musicians Tóla Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power

The John Hewitt Society is thrilled to present Edges of Light, an exciting new collaboration between the prodigiously talented dancer and former star of Riverdance, Colin Dunne, award-winning Co Clare fiddler Tola Custy, New York-based harpist Maeve Gilchrist and renowned uilleann piper David Power, a regular collaborator with Martin Hayes. This newly-commissioned work is a sparkling kaleidoscope of melody and rhythm inspired by the sights and sounds of an Irish dawn, a mix of contemporary and traditional music with dance not only as a visual element but part of the sound-scape of the whole piece.

Mixing contemporary and traditional music with dance, this theatrical show is an exciting celebration of melody and rhythm. The combined talent of these hugely talented artists is an experience not to be missed.

Commissioned by Music Network

“It was an absolutely beautiful, moving and joyous experience tonight. Loved it.” - Helen Daly, The Sugar Club

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Exhibition Launch: Daily Lives: Asylum Seekers in Italy and Ireland
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Exhibition Launch: Daily Lives: Asylum Seekers in Italy and Ireland

Time: 6pm - 6.30pm
Venue: The Foyer Walls (Upper), The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Free. No Booking Required

A Photographic Exhibition by Mariusz Smiejek

Mariusz Smiejek is an award-winning photojournalist from Poland where he was professionally trained by the National Geographic. His work at the Institute for Conflict Research in Belfast is dedicated to exposing issues related to conflict transformation in its many guises including working with former combatants, families affected by conflict and those seeking a haven in Northern Ireland from conflict elsewhere. 

Supported by the Institute for Conflict Research

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The Institute for Conflict Research Panel Discussion | Writing & Refugees
Jul
25
4:30 PM16:30

The Institute for Conflict Research Panel Discussion | Writing & Refugees

Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Price: £7 | Book now


The Institute for Conflict Research is a local charity working internationally on research, training and community development programmes addressing the impact and legacy of conflict, identity and social exclusion. Using the arts as a primary methodology, their programmes support participants as they build resilience, recovery and reconciliation.

Ian Duhig has written seven books of poetry; his work has been shortlisted for the Roehampton, Forward Best Collection and TS Eliot Prizes. A former homelessness worker, Duhig still works with socially excluded and immigrant groups, recently editing ‘Any Change: Poetry in a Hostile Environment’, an anthology of work from Leeds’ different immigrant communities.

Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh is Registrar and Deputy President of NUI Galway, and a former President of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland. He has worked on the legacy of the Holocaust, the German involvement in Celtic Studies and, more recently, on Jews in Irish literature and history.

Supported by the Institute for Conflict Research

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Mary O’Donnell in conversation with Jan Carson
Jul
25
1:30 PM13:30

Mary O’Donnell in conversation with Jan Carson

Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £7 | Book now


Mary O’Donnell’s four novels include Where They Lie (2014) and The Elysium Testament (1999). Her best-selling debut novel The Light Makers was recently reissued by 451 Editions. Poetry includes Unlegendary Heroes (Salmon), The Place of Miracles (New Island) and Those April Fevers (Ark Publications). A full critical volume of essays on her work, Giving Shape to the Moment: the Art of Mary O’Donnell, Poet, Short-story Writer, Novelist, has just been published by Peter Lang Publishing. Her collection of linked short stories, Empire, was recently released by Arlen House.

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Raymond Antrobus & Rachel Long
Jul
25
11:15 AM11:15

Raymond Antrobus & Rachel Long

Time: 11.15am - 12.15pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £7 | Book now


Introduced by Anne-Marie Fyfe


Raymond Antrobus is a Hackney-born British Jamaican poet, educator, editor and curator of spoken word collective Chill Pill. His pamphlet, To Sweeten Bitter (2017) was published by Out-Spoken Press and his forth-coming debut collection is The Perseverance (October 2018). He is a Complete Works III fellow and one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education (Goldsmith’s University). He is also one of three current recipients of the Jerwood Compton Poetry fellowship.

“Culturally inquisitive, direct, energetic, sanguine, thoughtful, articulate, focused, creative and passionate. His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted.” Kwame Dawes

Rachel Long is a poet and leader of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Women of Colour, which is housed at Southbank Centre, London. She was shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London in 2014, and awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Foundation mentorship in 2015 and was mentored for one year by Caroline Bird. Her poems have featured in Magma, The Honest Ulsterman and The London Magazine. She is Assistant Tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme 2015-present.

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