Blood Horses by Paddy Lennon & Moyra Donaldson
Jul
22
to Sep 7

Blood Horses by Paddy Lennon & Moyra Donaldson

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Admission: Free | No booking required

Poet Moyra Donaldson has had a lifelong involvement with horses, and on encountering the horse paintings of Wexford artist Paddy Lennon, proposed a collaboration. The result is the stunning Blood Horses exhibition and limited-edition book.

Blood Horses tells the stories of The Byerley Turk, Darley Arabian and Godolphin Barb, the earliest three stallions that were the founders of the modern Thoroughbred horse racing bloodstock. Words and images combine to evoke the history of our human relationship with these beautiful creatures, the glories and tragedies of our partnership with them and their effect on us.

Moyra Donaldson is an award-winning and critically acclaimed poet from Co. Down who has published six collections of poetry. Dublin-born artist Paddy Lennon received a Diploma in Fine Art from the City & Guilds Art School in London. He has lived and worked in Ireland, England and Spain and his works are in private and corporate collections worldwide.

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India: Faces & Scenes by Malachi O’Doherty
Jul
22
to Sep 7

India: Faces & Scenes by Malachi O’Doherty

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Admission: Free | No booking required

Malachi O'Doherty returned to India in 2018, his first trip back after spending four years there in the 1970s. He travelled round the north of India with a camera, stopping to talk to people, snapping images of strangers: those living on the street in Delhi to labourers in Kolkata and farmers in the Punjab.

Malachi O'Doherty is a writer, broadcaster and photographer living in Belfast. His books cover works of memoir and discussions on politics and culture. He is the author of Fifty Years On’ published this year by Atlantic Books and of a novel to be published early next year by Merrion Press. Dr O'Doherty is a current recipient of a Major Artist award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This award funded his trip to India for research for another book and the photographs featured in this exhibition are a by-product of that research.

 This exhibition is supported by Andras Hotels.

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JHISS Opening Address: Judith Thompson
Jul
22
11:15 AM11:15

JHISS Opening Address: Judith Thompson

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Admission: £7 | BOOK HERE

Judith Thompson is Commissioner for Victims and Survivors of the conflict in Northern Ireland. Her commitment to promoting the interests of victims and survivors of conflict and trauma is based on over 30 years working within justice organisations and in communities.

Judith will discuss her role as an advocate for progress on legacy issues, delivering advice to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the Irish government on ‘Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past’ (January 2019) and her work internationally to promote shared learning amongst post-conflict societies.

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Sarah Moss in conversation with Michael Hughes
Jul
22
1:30 PM13:30

Sarah Moss in conversation with Michael Hughes

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Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Sarah Moss is one of the UK’s very best contemporary novelists. Her latest stunningly good novel Ghost Wall, with its evocation of ancestry and the natural world, was chosen as a Book of the Year by the Guardian, The Sunday Times, Spectator & Financial Times. She is the author of five other critically acclaimed novels and a memoir of her year living in Iceland, Names for the Sea, shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize.

Sarah will be in conversation with Co Armagh-born author of The Countenance Divine and Country, Michael Hughes.

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Workshop: Bernie McGill | Novel Writing: First Chapters
Jul
22
2:45 PM14:45

Workshop: Bernie McGill | Novel Writing: First Chapters

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Admission: £60 (Three day workshop) | BOOK HERE

Bernie McGill’s publications include novels The Butterfly Cabinet (2011) and The Watch House (2017) and a short story collection, Sleepwalkers (2013). Her short fiction has been shortlisted for numerous awards and in 2008 she won the Zoetrope All-Story Award in the US. Her work has been anthologised in the award-winning collections, The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines.

In response to audience feedback, we have extended the duration of our popular creative writing workshops to two hours per class and provided space in the Summer School programme for workshop participants to work on their creative writing outside of class time.

Each workshop runs over three sessions and class sizes are kept to 15 or fewer to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate. Participants should attend all three workshop sessions.

Our seven tutors are all experienced facilitators and published authors.

Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential.

 

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Workshop: Heather Richardson | Short Story
Jul
22
to Jul 25

Workshop: Heather Richardson | Short Story

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Admission: £60 | BOOK HERE

Heather Richardson is a novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. She has written two historical novels, Madgeburg and Doubting Thomas, as well as numerous short stories and poems that have appeared in journals and anthologies in Ireland, the UK and Australia. She is currently completing a creative nonfiction project called A dress for Kathleen, combining text and textiles.

In response to audience feedback, we have extended the duration of our popular creative writing workshops to two hours per class and provided space in the Summer School programme for workshop participants to work on their creative writing outside of class time.

Each workshop runs over three sessions and class sizes are kept to 15 or fewer to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate. Participants should attend all three workshop sessions.

Our seven tutors are all experienced facilitators and published authors.

Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential.

Supported by the Open University.

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Workshop: Jan Carson | Flash Fiction
Jul
22
2:45 PM14:45

Workshop: Jan Carson | Flash Fiction

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Admission: £60 (Three day workshop) | BOOK NOW

Jan Carson is the author of two novels and two books of short stories including the micro-fiction collection, Postcard Series (2017). Her work has appeared in numerous journals and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. In 2016 she won the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition and was shortlisted for the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize.

In response to audience feedback, we have extended the duration of our popular creative writing workshops to two hours per class and provided space in the Summer School programme for workshop participants to work on their creative writing outside of class time.

Each workshop runs over three sessions and class sizes are kept to 15 or fewer to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate. Participants should attend all three workshop sessions.

Our seven tutors are all experienced facilitators and published authors.

Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential.

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Workshop: Ferdia Mac Anna | Memoir
Jul
22
2:45 PM14:45

Workshop: Ferdia Mac Anna | Memoir

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Admission: £60 (Three day workshop) | BOOK HERE

Ferdia Mac Anna is a novelist, playwright, film & television director and musician, who has published three novels and two memoirs, Bald Head, A Cancer Story and The Rocky Years: The Story of an (Almost) Punk Legend. He has just completed his latest feature film, Danny Boy. He has taught Creative Writing, Screenwriting and Scriptwriting for over twenty years.

In response to audience feedback, we have extended the duration of our popular creative writing workshops to two hours per class and provided space in the Summer School programme for workshop participants to work on their creative writing outside of class time.

Each workshop runs over three sessions and class sizes are kept to 15 or fewer to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate. Participants should attend all three workshop sessions.

Our seven tutors are all experienced facilitators and published authors.

Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential.

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Workshop: Siobhán Campbell | Poetry
Jul
22
2:45 PM14:45

Workshop: Siobhán Campbell | Poetry

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Admission: £60 (Three day workshop) | BOOK HERE

Siobhán Campbell has published widely in the UK, Ireland and the USA. Author of six books of poetry and co-editor of Eavan Boland: Inside History, Siobhan’s work has received awards in the National Poetry Competition and the Troubadour International Competition and is the recipient of an Arts Council award and the Templar Poetry Prize.

In response to audience feedback, we have extended the duration of our popular creative writing workshops to two hours per class and provided space in the Summer School programme for workshop participants to work on their creative writing outside of class time.

Each workshop runs over three sessions and class sizes are kept to 15 or fewer to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate. Participants should attend all three workshop sessions.

Our seven tutors are all experienced facilitators and published authors.

Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential.

Supported by the Open University.

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Workshop: Nessa O’Mahony | Getting Started
Jul
22
to Jul 25

Workshop: Nessa O’Mahony | Getting Started

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Admission: £60 (Three day workshop) | BOOK HERE

Ideal for those new to creative writing, this course is not genre-specific and will focus on developing the creative impulse. Nessa O’Mahony has had critical acclaim for her four books of poetry and for her crime fiction novel, The Branchman (2018). She produces the regular literary podcast The Attic Sessions with her husband Peter Salisbury.

In response to audience feedback, we have extended the duration of our popular creative writing workshops to two hours per class and provided space in the Summer School programme for workshop participants to work on their creative writing outside of class time.

 Each workshop runs over three sessions and class sizes are kept to 15 or fewer to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate. Participants should attend all three workshop sessions.

 Our seven tutors are all experienced facilitators and published authors.

 Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential.

Supported by the Open University.

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Workshop: Kathryn Maris | Poetry
Jul
22
to Jul 25

Workshop: Kathryn Maris | Poetry

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Admission: £60 (Three day workshop) | BOOK HERE

Kathryn Maris was born and raised in USA and now lives in London. Her full-length collections include God Loves You (2013) and The House With Only an Attic and a Basement (2018). Her work was included in Penguin Poets 5. Kathryn has taught poetry at colleges in USA and at the Poetry School in London.

In response to audience feedback, we have extended the duration of our popular creative writing workshops to two hours per class and provided space in the Summer School programme for workshop participants to work on their creative writing outside of class time.

Each workshop runs over three sessions and class sizes are kept to 15 or fewer to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate. Participants should attend all three workshop sessions.

 Our seven tutors are all experienced facilitators and published authors.

 Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential.

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How does the media speak to the wider NI public?
Jul
22
6:30 PM18:30

How does the media speak to the wider NI public?

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Slugger TV escapes the Belfast studio and brings their regular NVTV discussion show on the road with a panel and a live audience in Armagh. How can journalism help or hinder the promotion of shared conversations? Hosted by deputy editor of Slugger O'Toole David McCann, the panel includes: Mick Fealty, editor of Slugger O'Toole; Allison Morris, crime and security correspondent with the Irish News; Sam McBride, political editor of the News Letter and the Northern Ireland political editor for the i newspaper, and Kellie Turtle, activist with Belfast Feminist Network and Alliance for Choice and Women's Sector Lobbyist for Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA).

Supported by Slugger O’Toole

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Brendan Galileo for Europe: One-person show with Fionn Foley
Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

Brendan Galileo for Europe: One-person show with Fionn Foley

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A high-energy, satirical comedy that uses the Eurovision as a zany but poignant allegory for Ireland’s relationship with Europe. This hilarious new play by Fionn Foley is about keeping your integrity at the world’s foremost convention of kitsch.

Brendan Galileo is determined to make his mark on Irish political life by joining the ranks of the European Parliament. But with his voice lost in a sea of tribal bureaucracy, he must take drastic action to improve his public profile. Brendan decides he must represent his country in the most vicious diplomatic catfight in the continent: the Eurovision Song Contest.

Winner of the ‘Best Performer’ and ‘Bewley’s Little Gem’ awards at Dublin Fringe Festival 2018, the show travels to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August.

"Foley's performance is irresistible" The Irish Times

Foley brings both energy and charm to a finely-honed solo performance” The Sunday Times

Double Bill Ticket offer: £22 for both plays on 22 & 23 July when booked at the same time. Contact The Market Place Box Office for details.

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Jul
22
9:30 PM21:30

Book Quiz

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Admission: Free | No booking required

Our sociable, informal late-night events are a great way to meet other people attending the Summer School.

Trivia, conundrums, opening lines, and a few other literary treats are lined up, as we bring our popular quiz back to the Summer School. Get to know some new people, find some team members and enjoy some healthy competition. All proceeds go towards The John Hewitt Society.

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The John Hewitt Lecture:  Hewitt as Example with Terence Brown
Jul
23
9:45 AM09:45

The John Hewitt Lecture: Hewitt as Example with Terence Brown

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Terence Brown, Fellow Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, where he was formerly Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature, will explore how the act of translation can serve as a paradigm for poetics in a divided society. Dr Brown is a distinguished scholar, teacher and literary critic in the area of Anglo-Irish literature. His research interests and teaching topics are reflected in his book titles and include Tradition and Influence in Anglo-Irish Poetry, Cultural Nationalism, 1880-1930, and Northern Voices: Poets from Ulster.

Introduced by C.L Dallat

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Mona Arshi & Zaffar Kunial
Jul
23
11:15 AM11:15

Mona Arshi & Zaffar Kunial

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Mona Arshi worked as a human rights lawyer for a decade before she started writing poetry. Her debut collection, Small Hands (Pavilion Poetry, Liverpool University Press) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2015. Her second collection Dear Big Gods, was published by Pavilion Poetry in April 2019.

Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and currently lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. He won third prize in the National Poetry Competition in 2011 with ‘Hill Speak’, a Northern Writers’ Award, and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2015. His first full poetry collection, Us, was published by Faber & Faber in 2018 and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize.

 

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Ann Cleeves in conversation with Brian McGilloway
Jul
23
1:30 PM13:30

Ann Cleeves in conversation with Brian McGilloway

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Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Ann Cleeves is the author behind ITV's Vera and BBC One's Shetland. She has written over twenty-five novels which have sold over five million copies worldwide. She is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez: both the Vera Stanhope and Shetland series of novels have become major TV adaptations, starring Brenda Blethyn on ITV and Douglas Henshall on BBC One respectively.

Her latest book, Wildlife, is the eighth and final book in the Shetland series. Her next book is the Long Call, the first in a brand-new series of books featuring Detective Matthew Venn. Ann will talk about her extraordinary career in crime fiction with Brian McGilloway, one of Ireland’s best-known crime writers.

"Nobody does unsettling undercurrents better than Ann Cleeves." Val McDermid

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Robert Ballagh in conversation with J.B. Vallely
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

Robert Ballagh in conversation with J.B. Vallely

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Dublin born artist, painter and designer Robert Ballagh’s series of realistic portraits of writers, politicians and fellow artists – including Brian Friel. Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney and Fidel Castro – have won him lasting fame.

His painting career began in 1966 and three years later he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale. A full-scale retrospective of his work was held at the RHA Gallery, Dublin in 2006, as well as solo shows abroad in Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria and Poland. He published his autobiography A Reluctant Memoir in 2018.

Robert will be in conversation with another of Ireland’s best-known artists, J.B. Vallely.

"One of Ireland’s most versatile artists."  Irish Times

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To Hell in A Handbag: The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism
Jul
23
8:00 PM20:00

To Hell in A Handbag: The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism

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Admission: £14 | BOOK HERE

Written & Performed by Helen Norton & Jonathan White

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private? This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, embezzlement and false identity. A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic. To Hell in a Handbag comes to JHISS in Armagh after a highly successful Edinburgh Fringe run and English tour in 2018.

“To Hell in a Handbag is a delight – beautifully written and acted with exquisite comic timing.”  The Mail On Sunday

“Wickedly, side-splittingly funny …a joyous romp not to be missed”– Sunday Independent

 Double Bill Ticket offer: £22 for both plays on 22 & 23 July when booked at the same time. Contact The Market Place Box Office for details.

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Flash Fiction Armagh
Jul
23
9:30 PM21:30

Flash Fiction Armagh

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Byddi Lee and Réamonn Ó Ciaráin will be Masters of Ceremonies at this curated event featuring Flash Fiction writers reading their work to an audience and allowing them to experience immediate audience reaction to their work. The aim is to entertain and offer the opportunity for writers to build community both locally and further afield. Writers, readers and listeners welcome! The Bramley – An Anthology of Flash Fiction Armagh, Volume 1 was published earlier this year.

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The Contribution of Multilingualism in a Global Society with Dr Thomas H. Bak
Jul
24
9:45 AM09:45

The Contribution of Multilingualism in a Global Society with Dr Thomas H. Bak

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Admission: £7 | BOOK HERE

How to encourage people to develop the necessary sensitivity towards the cultural and linguistic needs of their fellow citizens? 

Dr Thomas H. Bak is a Polish born cognitive neuroscientist whose work at the University of Edinburgh centres on the impact of bilingualism on cognitive functions. His research shows that the benefits of bilingualism are not confined to those who learned a second language early in their childhood. A talk not just of interest to those working with more than one language, such as the Irish language in Ireland, and translating to and from other languages, but also contributing to wider conversations about how to prepare people with the language skills they need for a multilingual society.

Introduced by Réamonn Ó Ciaráin of Gael Linn.

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Fiona Benson & Mary Jean Chan
Jul
24
11:15 AM11:15

Fiona Benson & Mary Jean Chan

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Fiona Benson lives in rural Devon with her husband James Meredith and their daughters, Isla and Rose. Her pamphlet was Faber New Poets 1 in the Faber New Poets series, and her full-length collection Bright Travellers (Jonathan Cape, 2014), received the Seamus Heaney Prize for first collection and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her second book is Vertigo & Ghost (Cape, 2019)

Mary Jean Chan is a poet, editor and academic from Hong Kong. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and came second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition. Her debut pamphlet, A Hurry of English, was selected as the 2018 Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. Her debut poetry collection Flèche is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in July 2019.

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in conversation with Maureen Boyle
Jul
24
1:30 PM13:30

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in conversation with Maureen Boyle

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Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani Manuscript Project 2013 and was published by Oneworld in 2018. She was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story Let's Tell This Story Properly. Jennifer was a recipient of the prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize in 2018 and her first full story collection, Manchester Happened, has just been published. Jennifer will be in conversation with Maureen Boyle, prizewinning poet, memoirist and teacher.

Kintu “seethes with energy and teems with memorable characters.” - Sunday Times Books of the Year

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Billy Collins: Poetry Masterclass
Jul
24
2:45 PM14:45

Billy Collins: Poetry Masterclass

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'The most popular poet in America', according to the New York Times, Billy Collins, born in New York City, has been awarded major prizes, fellowships & distinguished professorships by a number of universities as well as having served two terms as US Poet Laureate. The Rain in Portugal (Random House, 2016) continues to enjoy the popularity and sales success of his previous 14 collections of poetry, all of which have met with increasing critical acclaim.

This event presents an exciting opportunity to work closely with the prize-winning poet.

 Submissions:

  • To be considered for the Masterclass, please send three poems that you feel best represent your current artistic practice.

  • Poems should be emailed to projects@johnhewittsociety.org by 5pm on Friday 21st June.

  • The subject of the email should read: COLLINS MASTERCLASS.

  • Do not include the poems in the body of the email. Instead, include the poems in a Word or PDF attachment. 

  • Applications will be anonymised: do not include your name anywhere on the attached submission. Biographical information or publication history is not required.

  • Applicants will be selected purely on the merits and potential of the poems they submit, demonstrating clear engagement with contemporary poetic practice.

  • ESSENTIAL: indicate within the Word or PDF document which one of the three poems you would like to be considered for the workshop. Billy Collins will receive this poem in advance and only this poem can be presented in the workshop.

  • Applicants will be notified by Friday 28th June as to the success of their submission.

  • Masterclass admission fee: £30

  • Confirmation of attendance will be required by Wednesday 3rd July.

  • Reserve candidates will be notified after this date if places become available.

  • Maximum of 12 participants.

 * Please note that due to limited places available the masterclass is not included in the Weekly Ticket or Bursary.

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Reporting the Troubles
Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

Reporting the Troubles

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In Reporting the Troubles (Blackstaff, 2018) over 65 renowned journalists, including Kate Adie, Bill Neely, Gloria Hunniford and Martin Bell, tell their own compelling stories of working in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. A landmark book – a history of the Troubles told by the journalists who were on the ground from the beginning and including many of the biggest names in journalism from the last fifty years.

Editor Ivan Little will be joined by journalist Susan McKay.

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The Wonders of the Wake with Kevin Toolis
Jul
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Wonders of the Wake with Kevin Toolis

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Admission: £14 | BOOK HERE

The Wonders of the Wake is a unique celebration of one of the oldest rites of humanity, the Irish Wake: in song, music, bardic poetry and story-telling. From the ancient Neolithic graves on Achill Island on the Atlantic seaboard, to the plains of Troy and Homer’s Iliad, to yesterday’s funeral, the Irish Wake still teaches us all how to live, love and die. The Wonders of the Wake in keening, music, song and word celebrates the craic, the joy, the prumsái, and the haunting lament of a traditional Irish Wake.

Wonders of the Wake is based on acclaimed writer Kevin Toolis’ bestselling book My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die and is an artistic collaboration with the beloved Monaghan-born Irish singer Mags Gallen and Mayo harpist Fred Hatton.

Mags Gallen is an actress and sings, plays piano and fiddle with the Irish Trad band Arcanadh and has widely toured in America and Europe. She lives in Westport, Co Mayo.

Freda Hatton Freda is originally from Athlone, Co. Westmeath, and is a graduate of Music and Irish from University College Cork. She won the Senior All-Ireland Harp Competitions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and at the O’Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue.  She has toured extensively all over the world.

Kevin Toolis is a film maker, a writer, a bardic poet and former war correspondent who reported on wars, famines and plagues across the world. Kevin shares his time between London and  the same oceanside village on Achill Island where his family have lived for the last 250 years.

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NI Century of Women
Jul
25
9:45 AM09:45

NI Century of Women

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Admission: £7 | BOOK HERE

2018 saw the launch of a website which highlights more than 60 women who shaped Northern Ireland in the 20th century. Leading academics Dr Myrtle Hill, Dr Margaret Ward and Lynda Walker have compiled acenturyofwomen.com which includes biographies, photos and videos of women who contributed to the cultural, economic and political life from the 1900s to the 1990s. Many of the women profiled were involved in politics in Northern Ireland and beyond. They range from former Irish President Mary McAleese, to Baroness May Blood, Professor Monica McWilliams, and Bernadette Devlin. Dr Myrtle Hill will talk about the research involved and how the site was developed in response to the invisibility of women across historical narratives.

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Billy Ramsell and Tamar Yoseloff
Jul
25
11:15 AM11:15

Billy Ramsell and Tamar Yoseloff

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Billy Ramsell has published two collections with Dedalus Press, Complicated Pleasures in 2007 and The Architect’s Dream of Winter in 2013, which was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and was recently published in Italian translation. He was awarded the Chair of Ireland Bursary for 2013 and the Poetry Ireland Residency Bursary for 2015. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company.

Tamar Yoseloff’s fifth collection, A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems, was published by Seren in 2015. She is also the author of Formerly, a chapbook incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald (Hercules Editions, 2012) shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award; two collaborative editions with the artist Linda Karshan; and a book with the artist Charlotte Harker. Her sixth collection, The Black Place, is due from Seren in November 2019.

Supported by Poetry Ireland

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Kevin Barry in conversation with Jan Carson
Jul
25
1:30 PM13:30

Kevin Barry in conversation with Jan Carson

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Kevin Barry’s debut novel, City of Bohane, won the IMPAC award as well as the EU Prize for Literature, and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award; his second novel, Beatlebone, won the Goldsmiths Prize. He earned much acclaim for his collections of short stories, There Are Little Kingdoms and Dark Lies the Island.

Kevin will be in conversation with novelist Jan Carson, critically acclaimed author of The Fire Starters, about his darkly comic new novel, Night Boat to Tangier, selected as One To Watch for 2019 by both the Guardian and New Statesman

“Barry blends glorious voluptuous prose with entrancing storytelling” Tessa Hadley

‘If prose were gold and diamonds there’d be thousands of hell-bent prospectors heading for the Black Hills of Kevin Barry’s glistening, sparkling novel’ - Sebastian Barry

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Still Worlds Turning Book Launch | No Alibis Press
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Still Worlds Turning Book Launch | No Alibis Press

Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Join No Alibis Press to celebrate the launch of Still Worlds Turning, a collection of twenty original stories by celebrated and emerging writers from the UK, Ireland and beyond. Three contributing authors will read from and discuss their work, chaired by June Caldwell.

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

Gerard McKeown’s work has been featured in The Moth, 3:AM, and Litro, among others. In 2017 he was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and in 2018 he was longlisted for the Irish Book Awards’ Short Story of the Year.

Joanna Walsh is the author of seven books including the digital work, seed-story.com. Her latest book, Break.up, was published by Semiotext(e) and Tuskar Rock in 2018. Her work has appeared in The Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction, Granta Magazine, gorse, The Stinging Fly, The Guardian, The New Statesman, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Eley Williams’ Attrib. and other stories (Influx Press, 2017) was awarded the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2018. With stories anthologised in The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story (Penguin Classics, 2018) and Liberating the Canon (Dostoevsky Wannabe, 2018), she is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the Royal Society of Literature.

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Gala Poetry Reading with Billy Collins & Kathryn Maris
Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

Gala Poetry Reading with Billy Collins & Kathryn Maris

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Admission: £12 | BOOK HERE

Billy Collins, twice US Poet Laureate and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and famously described as ‘the most popular poet in America’ by the New York Times, explores complicated contemporary lives and thoughts in engaging, humorous, often quirky poems. He has published over a dozen poetry collections including The Rain in Portugal (Random House, 2016). Billy Collins won many new admirers when he appeared at JHISS, with Seamus Heaney, in 2008.

Kathryn Maris, an American poet based in London, and author of three poetry collections, has been praised by the Times Literary Supplement for her ‘Deadpan humour and cool dissection of domestic dysfunction in poetry that is playful, obsessive, irreverent’. A selection of her work appears in Penguin Modern Poets 5 and her third collection is The House With Only An Attic And A Basement (Penguin, 2018). 

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The Problem Child Nobody Wants: The Irish Border 1919-2019
Jul
26
9:45 AM09:45

The Problem Child Nobody Wants: The Irish Border 1919-2019

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Admission: £7 | BOOK HERE

Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009), Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s (2012), A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23 (2015), On The Edge: Ireland’s Offshore Islands, A Modern History (2018) and The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish History (2019). He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times.

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Sarah Clancy & Kerrie Hardie
Jul
26
11:15 AM11:15

Sarah Clancy & Kerrie Hardie

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Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Kerry Hardie’s most recent poetry collection The Zebra Stood in The Night, (Bloodaxe Books UK), was shortlisted for the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award. She has published six previous collections with the Gallery Press, and her Selected Poems appeared in 2011 from the Gallery Press and Bloodaxe Books. A radio play, To Find a Heathen Place and Sound a Bell, was broadcast by RTE in 2015. Another collection, Where Now Begins is forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books.

Sarah Clancy is the author of three collections of poetry, including The Truth and Other Stories (Salmon Poetry, 2014), and Stacey and the Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press, Belfast, 2011). She has been placed or shortlisted in several of Ireland’s well-known poetry competitions; as a performance poet Sarah has won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championship and was runner up in the All- Ireland Grand Slam Championship. She has another collection due out this year from Salmon Poetry.

Supported by Poetry Ireland

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Jo Baker in conversation with Dr. Tess Maginess
Jul
26
1:30 PM13:30

Jo Baker in conversation with Dr. Tess Maginess

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Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Jo Baker is the celebrated author of five novels including the critically acclaimed and bestselling Longbourn, which is due for release as a feature film in 2020, and A Country Road, A Tree. Her new book, The Body Lies, is a thrilling suspense novel that grapples with how to live as a woman in the modern world - or in a book - when the stakes are dangerously high.

“A novelist with a gift for intimate and atmospheric storytelling.” - Financial Times

“Beautiful words wrapped around brutal truths - The Body Lies is a novel for now. An outstanding story.” - Clare Mackintosh

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Mick Herron & Jo Spain in Conversation with Stuart Neville
Jul
26
2:45 PM14:45

Mick Herron & Jo Spain in Conversation with Stuart Neville

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Admission: £8 | BOOK HERE

Mick Herron's first Jackson Lamb novel, Slow Horses, was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and picked as one of the best twenty spy novels of all time by the Daily Telegraph. The multi-award-winning author of the acclaimed Jackson Lamb series of thrillers will be talking about the brilliant new novel, Joe Country, the sixth in his witty and thrilling Slough House spy series,

Jo Spain is a best-selling Dublin author and co-creator of RTÉ’s hit thriller series, Taken Down. Her first novel, With our Blessing, was named as an Irish Times crime fiction book of the year and three more novels in the DI Tom Reynolds series followed, to further critical acclaim. Her standalone thriller, The Confession (January 2018), became a number one bestseller and a new standalone, Dirty Little Secrets, has just been published. Mick and Jo will be in conversation with Armagh crime novelist and screenwriter, Stuart Neville. Stuart has won many international awards for his novels in the Jack Lennon and DCI Serena Flanagan series. Writing as Haylen Beck, his recent highly acclaimed novels are set in the US and are inspired by his love of American crime writing.

 “Mick Herron is the John le Carré of our generation” Val McDermid

"Absolutely my comfort reading" Ann Cleeves on Jo Spain

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Karan Casey Band
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Karan Casey Band

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Admission: £15 | BOOK HERE

Karan Casey has long been recognised as one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Singing songs charged with a sense of social responsibility in a career spanning over 25 years, Karan has released 7 solo albums and numerous contributions to other artists' projects. No stranger to Armagh audiences, she has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan, performing with her own band as well as collaborating with such diverse musicians as James Taylor, Boston Pops Orchestra, The Chieftains, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Solas and Lúnasa.

Karan will be joined for this concert by Niamh Dunne (fiddle) and and Sean Óg Graham (guitar) from Beoga (noted for their collaborations with Ed Sheeran).

“Casey’s voice is among the loveliest in folk music and she’s a wonderful interpreter of both contemporary and traditional material.” Boston Globe

"The most soulful singer to emerge in Irish traditional music in the past decade." The Glasgow Herald

“Karan Casey has no vocal peer.” Irish Echo

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The Power of the Pen with Cat Hogan
Jul
27
9:45 AM09:45

The Power of the Pen with Cat Hogan

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Admission: £15 | BOOK HERE

Join seasoned facilitator Cat Hogan for a creative writing session focused on creativity and mental health. During the morning, you will explore the benefit of Bibliotherapy – creative arts therapies with the purpose of healing – and the therapeutic value of writing. Imagination, self-awareness, empathy and conflict resolution will be some of the themes explored through fiction, free writing, literature and poetry.

Cat Hogan is an Irish novelist and screenwriter based in Co. Wexford. She has published two fiction novels, They All Fall Down (2016) and the Bord Gais Energy nominated Crime Fiction of the Year Novel, There Was A Crooked Man (2017). Cat lectures in Adult Literacy and Further Education and teaches Creative Writing for Positive Mental Health in secondary schools.

*The facilitator of this course will explore the therapeutic benefits of creativity and writing from the perspective of a professional writer. She is not a mental health professional.

Please note this workshop is not included in a bursary and should be booked separately.

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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 | SOLD OUT

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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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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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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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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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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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 | TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR

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

Literary Lunchtime with Will Eaves

Admission: £8 | TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR

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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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 | TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR

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

Darjeeling Express with Asma Khan

Admission: £8 | TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR

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

Poetry Reading with Seán Hewitt and Paul Maddern

Admission: £8 | TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR

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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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)
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Admission: £10 | TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR

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 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) | SOLD OUT

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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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 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. 

The poets reading on the night are Emily S Cooper, Jim McElroy and Andrew Rahal

 Supported by Poetry Ireland

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

Literary Lives with James Runcie

Admission: £8 | TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR

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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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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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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