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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.
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.