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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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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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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The Centre For Cross Border Studies Lecture
Jul
25
9:45 AM09:45

The Centre For Cross Border Studies Lecture

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


The Centre for Cross Border Studies, based in Armagh and Dublin, researches and develops cooperation across the Irish border in a wide range of practical areas, notably education, health, the economy, technology and information for citizens. The Centre for Cross Border Studies also engages in a range of practical activities with the intention of facilitating cross-border cooperation. The centre cooperates extensively with the North/South Ministerial Council and other all-island bodies created under the Good Friday Agreement.

www.crossborder.ie

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Ulaid & Duke Special
Jul
24
8:30 PM20:30

Ulaid & Duke Special

Time: 8.30pm - 10pm
Venue: Auditorium, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £15 | Book now

When contemporary songwriting and traditional music meet, the results can be something to be treasured. Such is the case with the collaboration between folk super-group, Ulaid (Dónal O’Connor, John McSherry and Seán Óg Graham), and singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Duke Special. This project draws on Duke Special's songwriting skills, from pre-rock'n'roll to modern acoustic pop. He injects drama and theatricality, bringing storytelling to the fore with meditative twists and turns amid the melodic architecture.  Ulaid's mixture of skills in arrangement, interpretation, composition and stunning musicianship lend a peculiarly folk-but-modern air to this special collaboration.

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Facing Change: The Identity Perspective
Jul
24
4:30 PM16:30

Facing Change: The Identity Perspective

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


Nabeel Goheer specialises in the development of diplomacy and strategy of international organisations; reform of the international governance architecture; civil paths to peace and management of change in complex and exponential times.

Nabeel Goheer is Assistant Secretary General at the Commonwealth Secretariat. The Commonwealth of Nations is an inter-governmental organisation of 54 member countries aimed at promoting peace, democracy, human rights and development. It has more than 100 constituent organisations.

www.thecommonwealth.org/

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Liz Nugent in conversation with Claire Allan
Jul
24
1:30 PM13:30

Liz Nugent in conversation with Claire Allan

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


Before becoming a full-time writer, Liz Nugent worked in theatre and more recently has written extensively for radio and television drama including RTÉ’s Fair City. In 2014 her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, was a Number One bestseller and won the Crime Fiction Prize in the 2014 Irish Book Awards. Her second novel, Lying in Wait, went straight to Number One in the Irish bestseller charts, remained there for nearly two months and won her a second IBA. Liz will be discussing her latest novel Skin Deep, a sinister thriller set on the French Riviera, with crime fiction novelist Claire Allan.

“Monumentally good. Liz Nugent is a beautiful writer and among the very best storytellers in the world.” Donal Ryan

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Philip Gross & Kim Moore
Jul
24
11:15 AM11:15

Philip Gross & Kim Moore

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

Introduced by Anne-Marie Fyfe

Philip Gross has published some twenty collections of poetry, most recently A Bright Acoustic (Bloodaxe, 2017). He received a Cholmondeley Award in 2017. The Water Table won the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009, and Love Songs of Carbon the Roland Mathias Award (Wales Book of The Year) 2016. A new science-based collection for young people, Dark Sky Park, comes from Otter-Barry Books in July 2018.

Kim Moore’s first full-length collection The Art of Falling was published by Seren in 2015 and won the 2016 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, and went on to be shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award and named in The Independent as a Book of the Year. 

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