Masterclass with Mia Gallagher
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Masterclass with Mia Gallagher

Venue: Barry Gallery, St Malachy’s Parish Church
Time: 10am – 1pm
Tickets: £10 | Book here

The novel

Mia will explore what goes into making a novel. She will discuss the most common challenges (and misconceptions) around novel-writing and offer tools to help participants move forward in their process. This workshop is targeted primarily at people currently writing a novel, so please bring lots of questions, ideally from your own writing practice.

Mia is an experienced workshop facilitator and mentors emerging writers. Her award-winning short fiction has been widely published and anthologised. Shift, a collection of Mia’s stories, will be published by New Island in spring 2018.

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Community Reading With Jan Carson & Jean Bleakney
Apr
27
10:30 AM10:30

Community Reading With Jan Carson & Jean Bleakney

Venue: Main Hall, St Malachy’s Parish Church
Time: 10:30am
Tickets: Free | book here

Join festival curator, Jan Carson and much-loved local poet Jean Bleakney for an informal hour of readings and chat. The perfect opportunity to discover a little more about Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas and plan your route through the weekend.

Jean Bleakney was born in 1956 in Newry. Her selected Poems was published in 2016 to coincide with the appearance of her work on the GCE Advanced Level syllabus. Her most recent collection No Remedy was published by Templar in 2017. Jan Carson is based in East Belfast. Her books include, “Malcolm Orange Disappears” and “Children’s Children” (Liberties Press), and a microfiction collection, “Postcard Stories” (Emma Press). Her next novel will be published in spring 2019.

 

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Literary Lunchtime with Mia Gallagher & Kerry Hudson
Apr
27
2:00 PM14:00

Literary Lunchtime with Mia Gallagher & Kerry Hudson

Venue: Quaker Meeting House
Time: 2pm
Tickets: £6 | Book here

Our Literary Lunchtimes will give you an opportunity to hear great, International writers read and talk about their work in a relaxed, informal setting. They'll be a chance to ask questions and find out a little more about their journey as writers.

Mia Gallagher was born in Dublin, where she lives and works as a novelist, short-story writer and professional actor. Her novels are HellFire (Penguin, 2006), and Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (New Island, 2016).

Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Her novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE-CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA was published in 2012 by Chatto & Windus (Penguin Random House) and won the Scottish First Book Award. Kerry founded The WoMentoring Project and has written for Grazia, Guardian Review, Observer New Review and the Metro newspaper.

 

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Who was John Hewitt?
Apr
27
3:30 PM15:30

Who was John Hewitt?

Venue: The Market Room, The Courthouse
Time: 3.30pm
Tickets: Free | book here

A Freeman of the City of Belfast, John Hewitt was born in 1907 at 96 Cliftonpark Avenue. A 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 their continuing relevance today.

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Home Words | Exhibition Launch
Apr
27
5:00 PM17:00

Home Words | Exhibition Launch

Venue: The Market Room, The Courthouse
Time: 5:00pm
Tickets: Free | book here

The revival of this exhibition details the life and legacy of John Hewitt, the Ulster poet, author, lecturer, broadcaster and journalist. His body of work engages with the complex relationship between Ulster people and their country, landscape and fellow citizens. A leading figure of Ulster's cultural life, Hewitt was 'father-figure' to the new generation of Northern Irish poets, which included the likes of Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Michael Longley, among others.

The Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will officially launch the exhibition.

Supported by Ulster University.

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Great Hillsborough Book Hunt
Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

Great Hillsborough Book Hunt

Venue: Starts from The Owl and the Pussycat
Time 6pm – 8pm
Tickets: Drop-in | 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 7:30pm. Suitable for all ages.

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Literary Lives with Donal Ryan
Apr
27
8:30 PM20:30

Literary Lives with Donal Ryan

Venue: The Market Room, The Courthouse
Time: 8.30pm
Tickets: £7 | Book here

Donal Ryan is one of Ireland's most prolific and accomplished prose writers. His short stories and novels offer an unflinching and beautifully written snapshot of life in 21st century Ireland. This evening festival curator, Jan Carson will be in conversations with Donal, chatting about his journey from Civil Servant to novelist, exploring how his writing has progressed from book to book and what life now looks like for this exceptionally talented writer.

Donal Ryan's first three novels, The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December and All We Shall Know, and his short story collection A Slanting of the Sun, were all published to major acclaim and won an impressive collection of awards. His fourth novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea was published in March 2018. Donal lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. 

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After Hours Poetry
Apr
27
9:30 PM21:30

After Hours Poetry

Venue: The Hillside Bar
Time: 9.30pm
Tickets: Drop-in | no booking required

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 hopes to encourage 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 2018 selected poets will read their work in this informal event with a scheduled short break for guests to refill their glasses at the bar.

Dawn Watson was born in Belfast, and won the 2018 Doolin Writers’ Poetry Award.

Toby Buckley’s work has previously been published in The Open Ear, The Tangerine and HCE Review.

Milena Williamson’s poetry has been included in the Poetry Jukebox installation at Crescent Arts Centre, and in The Tangerine.

Supported by Poetry Ireland.

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Masterclass with Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Masterclass with Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Barry Gallery, St Malachy’s Parish Church
Tickets: £10 | Book here

Chisel - Poet as Sculptor

This session will consider brevity, whittling our poems to a luminous core. Participants will bring a tricky poem in progress, or an abandoned draft, and set to sculpting it. A class for the brave, participants will leave with a new short poem, as well as a newly-sculpted draft of an older poem.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer whose books explore birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Among her awards are the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a Seamus Heaney Centre ellowship. She frequently participates in cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film, dance, music, and visual art. 

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Sonnets & Scones with Ray Givans
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

Sonnets & Scones with Ray Givans

Venue: The Owl and The Pussy Cat Cafe
Time: 10:30am – 11am
Tickets: Drop-in | no booking required

Drop in for morning coffee and enjoy a bite-size reading from a local poet, the perfect way to start your weekend. We’d recommend arriving in plenty of time to this busy restaurant.

Ray Givans was born in Portadown, Co Armagh, and grew up in Castlecaulfield, Co. Tyrone. His collection is Tolstoy in Love (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 2009), which was shortlisted for the Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish poet in 2010.

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Here be Dragons with Myra Zepf & Ali Fell
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

Here be Dragons with Myra Zepf & Ali Fell

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Parish Room, St Malachy’s Parish Church
Tickets: Drop-in | no booking required

Join local children's writer Myra Zepf for a castle themed adventure morning suitable for children aged 3-10. Drop in for our crafty workshop where you'll make your own dragon, then head out on a wild, dragon hunt and finish up with some dragon themed bookish fun back at basecamp. NB. Please wear suitable outdoors clothes.

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Linen Yarns Lisburn
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Linen Yarns Lisburn

Time: 11am – 2pm
Venue: Main Hall, St Malachy’s Parish Church
Tickets: Free, register in advance

A 4 hour creative writing and recording session dedicated to individuals and groups from Lisburn focussing on memories of the Hilden Mill and other local spaces connected to the area’s Linen heritage.

Due to limited numbers, tickets will be allocated on a first come basis and groups and individuals must pre-register their phone number and email with info@conflictresearch.org.uk to be contacted with further details.  Lunch will be provided. This workshop is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and facilitated by the Institute for Conflict Research (ICR). In association with Big Telly Theatre Company.

 

  • For further information on Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council including the PEACE IV Partnership visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk
  • The financial allocations for all of the local authority funding awards under the PEACE IV Programme are based on per capita (Census) and deprivation (NI Multiple Deprivation Measure and Trutz Haase Deprivation Index).

SEUPB

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.

The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.

The PEACE IV Programme has a value of €270 million and aims to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders.

 

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Book Doctors
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Book Doctors

Venue: The Market Room, The Courthouse
Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm
Tickets: Free | book here

Are your reading habits stuck in a rut? Would you like some new book recommendations? Join our extremely well-read panel of book doctors for a special, interactive book surgery. Audience members will be invited to ask the panel of writers to recommend books and they'll do their best to prescribe something appropriate.

Our esteemed panel of writers ready to prescribe the right tonic for your reading ailment includes:             

-          Kerry Hudson is a writer and novelist. She founded The WoMentoring Project and has written for Grazia, Guardian Review, Observer New Review and the Metro newspaper. She is currently working on a non-fiction book, LOWBORN, and a series of columns for he Pool what it means to be poor in Britain today.

-          Paul Maddern was born in Bermuda and lived in Canada, the USA, and England before moving to Co Down in 2000. He is author of three poetry collections, and has taught Creative Writing at the University of Leeds and the Seamus Heaney Centre (Queen’s University). In 2017 Paul founded The River Mill, a writers’ retreat in South Down.

-          Niall McArdle is a writer and critic from Dublin. In 2016 he was nominated for the Hennessy Literary Awards and the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. His work has appeared in “The Irish Times”, “Banshee”, “Spontaneity”, “Honest Ulsterman”, “Phoenix Irish Short Stories”, and has been broadcast on RTÉ Radio.

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Botanical Drawing Workshop
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Botanical Drawing Workshop

Time: 1pm-4pm
Venue: The Barn Gallery, 7 Main Street

Tickets: £10 | Book here

A Tropical Glen, a Florilegium was produced as a Millennium project by Belfast City Council Parks department. The plants illustrated in this book are housed in Belfast Botanic Gardens glasshouses including the newly restored Tropical Ravine.

To celebrate the restoration of the Tropical Ravine and conservation of the plants housed within it, join the Irish Society of Botanical Artists for this hands-on workshop with specimens selected from the Ravines plant collection. This is an opportunity to work alongside an experienced artist to build new skills or develop existing skills in Botanical art.

All levels of experience welcome, materials provided.

Dawn Mitchell’s "Barn Gallery" is tucked away in the courtyard of her Georgian home on 7 Main Street, where she exhibits and sells innovative and unique arts and crafts.

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Literary Lunchtime with Maureen Boyle & Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Literary Lunchtime with Maureen Boyle & Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Time: 2pm
Venue: Quaker Meeting House

Tickets: £6 | Book here

Our Literary Lunchtimes will give you an opportunity to hear great, International writers read and talk about their work in an informal, relaxed environment. They'll be a chance to ask questions and find out a little more about their journey as writers.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer whose books explore birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Among her awards are the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a Seamus Heaney Centre ellowship.

Maureen Boyle’s debut poetry collection, ‘The Work of a Winter’ is published by Arlen House. She won the Ireland Chair of Poetry Prize; the Fish Short Memoir Prize and the inaugural Ireland Chair of Poetry Travel Bursary. She teaches English in St Dominic’s Grammar School, Belfast. 

 

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

Heritage Walking Tour with Judy Crawford

Time: 3pm
Venue: Departs from Visitor's Information Centre, The Courthouse
Tickets: £7 | Book here

Judy Crawford is a fully trained Blue Badge guide who has guided around the entire village and inside the castle for a number of 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, Church and Fort. Please note the tour may include steps and crossing busy roads. Please wear appropriate footwear.

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'Winning the Vote - the suffrage campaign in Ulster' with Dr Margaret Ward
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

'Winning the Vote - the suffrage campaign in Ulster' with Dr Margaret Ward

Time: 3pm
Venue: Scout Hall
Tickets: £6 | Book here

An engaging and informative illustrated presentation on the history of Women's suffrage in the North of Ireland.

Dr Margaret Ward is the author of a number of books, including 'Unmanageable Revolutionaries: women and Irish nationalism', biographies of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Maud Gonne and most recently 'Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: suffragette and Sinn Feiner, her memoirs and political writings', UCD Press, 2017.  Margaret is currently Visiting Fellow in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen's University, Belfast.

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Mary Morrissy in conversation with Jan Carson
Apr
28
4:30 PM16:30

Mary Morrissy in conversation with Jan Carson

Time: 4.30pm
Venue: Quaker Meeting House

Tickets: £6 | Book here

 

Cork-based novelist and short story writer Mary Morrissy joins us to talk about a literary career now spanning three decades. Mary will read from some of her award-winning novels and short story collections, answer your questions and chat to festival curator Jan Carson about her writing process.

 

Mary Morrissy is the author of three novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey and two collections of stories, A Lazy Eye and Prosperity Drive. Mother of Pearl, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award (now Costa). Her other novels were both nominated for the Dublin Impac International Literary Award. She is Associate Director of Creative Writing at University College Cork and a member of Aosdána.

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A celebration of Hamilton Harty
Apr
28
6:00 PM18:00

A celebration of Hamilton Harty

Time: 6:00pm
Venue: St Malachy’s Parish Church
Tickets: £7 | Book here

Join us for an evening of song and discussion as we celebrate the life and music of the great accompanist, composer and conductor Sir Herbert Hamilton Harty.

With specialist insight into the life of the Hillsborough-born composer from renowned Harty expert Simon Walker, this illustrated talk will also feature performances of some of Harty’s most famous songs by Soprano Megan Mooney

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Tenx9
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

Tenx9

Time: 8:00pm
Venue: The Market Room, The Courthouse
Tickets: Free | Book here

Tenx9 was started in Belfast by Paul Doran and Pádraig Ó Tuama in 2011 and has now spread to cities in Britain, North America, the Netherlands and Australia. It's a straightforward concept - nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a true story from their lives thus - tenx9. If you have a story you'd like to share get in touch via our website tenx9.com or email us at Tenx9Belfast@gmail.com.

This evening's theme is Village Life.

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Foraging for Images: forest walk and poetry writing workshop with Emma Must
Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Foraging for Images: forest walk and poetry writing workshop with Emma Must

Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: Village Centre
Tickets: £10 | book here

Join poet Emma Must for a spring walk in Hillsborough Forest Park* followed by a writing workshop. No previous writing experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and willingness to have a go. The walk will last about an hour; the workshop will be guided step by step. Please wear shoes suitable for walking and bring a notebook and pen.

Formerly an environmental campaigner, Emma Must’s debut poetry pamphlet, Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe, won the Templar Portfolio Award and was published by Templar in 2015. In 2016 she was named as one of the ‘Rising Generation’ by Poetry Ireland Review. Her poems have featured in several recent anthologies.

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Masterclass with Stephen Sexton
Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Masterclass with Stephen Sexton

Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Village Centre
Tickets: £10 | Book here

10am – 1pm

Workshop

This workshop will provide an outline of some of the principles and procedures of ‘found poetry’, discussing its origins in early 20th century art, and considering the implications of collaging, repurposing and reshaping other texts into poems. Kenneth Goldsmith said “Context is the new content”, and we will explore that statement and the ways in which a found poem is framed and how that contributes to its meaning and reception.

2pm – 3pm

Discussion of participants’ work (to be sent ahead)

We will conclude the day’s session with a structured discussion of participants’ work.

Stephen Sexton is working towards a PhD at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. He was the winner of the inaugural Funeral Services Northern Ireland National Poetry Competition. Stephen’s poem ‘The Curfew’ was selected as Winner of the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2017.

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