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The John Hewitt Lecture | John Hewitt and the Irish in Coventry

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


In 1957, John Hewitt left Belfast to become director of Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. By the late 1950s, Coventry had recovered from the ravages of the Second World War to become an industrial powerhouse. During this period, many Irish people migrated to Coventry to work in factories, hospitals and schools. Hewitt was part of this wave of migration, but he was set apart from the Coventry-Irish community due to his contrasting background and political beliefs. This talk will explore the role that Hewitt played in Coventry’s cultural scene and examine his complex relationship with other Irish people in the city. Project Officer Ciaran Davis attended the John Hewitt International Summer School in 2017 to interview people who knew John Hewitt and this footage will be shown in the talk.

Earlier Event: July 23
Book Quiz
Later Event: July 24
Philip Gross & Kim Moore