Opening Address | Dr. Martin Mansergh - Transcending Boundaries of the Past and of the Future
Jul
23
11:15 AM11:15

Opening Address | Dr. Martin Mansergh - Transcending Boundaries of the Past and of the Future

Time: 11.15am - 12pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £8 | Book now


Transcending Boundaries of the Past and of the Future

Dr. Martin Mansergh is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Minister of State for the Arts from 2008 to 2011. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Tipperary South constituency from 2007 to 2011. He was a Senator for the Agricultural Panel from 2002 to 2007. He played a leading role in formulating Fianna Fáil policy on Northern Ireland. He is a recently elected member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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Patrick Gale in conversation with C.L Dallat
Jul
23
1:30 PM13:30

Patrick Gale in conversation with C.L Dallat

Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £8 | Book here


From the author of BBC drama Man in an Orange Shirt and of novels including the Richard and Judy Book Club bestsellers Notes From An Exhibition and A Perfectly Good Man. Patrick Gale’s latest novel is a bittersweet comedy about resilience and survival. Take Nothing With You is the conflicted story of Londoner Eustace who realises his hopeless love for a man he has never met on the same week that he discovers that he has thyroid cancer. Patrick’s novels offer an irresistible insight into love, relationships, intimacy and betrayal.

“Just a wonderful, wonderful read. Couldn’t bear the sight of the pages on the left thickening up and the pages on the right thinning out as I came to the end.” Stephen Fry on Take Nothing With You.
 

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Creative Writing Workshop | Getting Started with Nessa O’Mahony
Jul
23
to Jul 25

Creative Writing Workshop | Getting Started with Nessa O’Mahony

Time: 90 mins
Tickets: £50 for three day writing workshop | Book now

Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 mins.

This course is not genre-specific but will focus on developing the creative impulse. Nessa O’Mahony has published a verse novel and three collections of poetry, most recently Her Father’s Daughter, and produces the regular literary podcast The Attic Sessions with her husband Peter Salisbury. Nessa lectures in creative writing with the Open University.

Supported by the Open University.

 

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Creative Writing Workshop | David Wheatley Poetry
Jul
23
to Jul 25

Creative Writing Workshop | David Wheatley Poetry

Time: 90 mins
Tickets: £50 for three day writing workshop | Book now

Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 mins.

Dublin-born and now based in Scotland, where he teaches at the University of Aberdeen, David Wheatley is the author of four poetry collections, including Mocker (2006) and A Nest on the Waves (2010) (both Gallery Press). He is the translator of the bilingual collection Foreign News by Aifric Mac Aodha (2017).

 

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Creative Writing Workshop | Siobhán Campbell Poetry
Jul
23
to Jul 25

Creative Writing Workshop | Siobhán Campbell Poetry

Time: 90 mins
Tickets: £50 for three day writing workshop | Book now

Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 mins.

Siobhán Campbell is an award-winning poet, the author of four collections. Her new collection Heat Signature (Seren Press), was published earlier this year. Siobhán received the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Prize 2016 and is the winner of the Templar poetry prize. She lectures in Creative Writing with the Open University.

Supported by the Open University

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Creative Writing Workshop | Mary O’Donnell Short Story
Jul
23
to Jul 25

Creative Writing Workshop | Mary O’Donnell Short Story

Time: 90 mins
Tickets: £50 for three day writing workshop | Book now

Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 mins.

Mary O’Donnell’s previous publications include Where They Lie (2014), The Elysium Testament (1999) and her best-selling debut novel The Light Makers. Her collection of linked short stories, Empire, was launched in May 2018 by Arlen House. Giving Shape to the Moment: The Art of Mary O’Donnell, Poet, Short-story writer, Novelist, has just been published by Peter Lang Publishing.

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Creative Writing Workshop | Ferdia Mac Anna Memoir
Jul
23
to Jul 25

Creative Writing Workshop | Ferdia Mac Anna Memoir

Time: 90 mins
Tickets: £50 for three day writing workshop | Book now

Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 mins.

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. Now an Open University tutor, he has taught Creative Writing, Screenwriting and Scriptwriting for over twenty years.

Supported by the Open University.

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Creative Writing Workshop | Bernie McGill Fiction
Jul
23
to Jul 25

Creative Writing Workshop | Bernie McGill Fiction

Time: 90 mins
Tickets: £50 for three day writing workshop | Book now

Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 mins.

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.

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Creative Writing Workshop | Eoin McNamee Radio Drama
Jul
23
to Jul 25

Creative Writing Workshop | Eoin McNamee Radio Drama

Time: 90 mins
Tickets: £50 for three day writing workshop | Book now

Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 mins.

The author of seventeen novels, including The Ultras, 12:23, Resurrection Man and the Blue Trilogy (The Blue Tango, Blue Orchid and Blue is the Night), Eoin McNamee also writes for TV and for BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Plays and 15 Minute Dramas, and is a former Imison Award Winner for his first radio play, The Road Wife.

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What Went Wrong? 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement
Jul
23
4:30 PM16:30

What Went Wrong? 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement

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


Hosted by Peter Osborne, Chair of the Community Relations Council, the panel will discuss why the Civil Rights movement was replaced by the violent conflict. The panel discussing these issues will include Brid Rodgers, founding member of the SDLP; Gregory Campbell MP, Democratic Unionist Party Member of Parliament for East Londonderry, Colm Gildernew MLA, Sinn Féin representative for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, and Trevor Ringland, solicitor and founder of the One Small Step campaign.

Supported by Stratagem

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Travelling in a Strange Land with David Park & Sonya Whitefield in conversation with Malachi O’Doherty
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Travelling in a Strange Land with David Park & Sonya Whitefield in conversation with Malachi O’Doherty

Time: 7pm - 8pm
Venue: Studio, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £7 | Book now


Award-winning author, David Park, one of the most important voices in contemporary Irish writing, has written nine previous books including The Light of Amsterdam, which was shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Prize, and, most recently, The Poets' Wives, selected as Belfast's Choice for One City One Book 2014. David’s new novel, Travelling in a Strange Land, is a psychologically astute, expertly crafted portrait of a father's inner life and a family in crisis.

David will be joined by photographer, Sonya Whitefield, whose exhibition gives us her personal response to Travelling a Strange Land.

In conversation with Malachi O’Doherty

“An extraordinary novel, at once startling and quietly brilliant. David Park is a one of Ireland's great novelists and this is, perhaps, his best.” Roddy Doyle

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Michael Longley & Imtiaz Dharker
Jul
23
8:30 PM20:30

Michael Longley & Imtiaz Dharker

Time: 8.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Auditorium, The Market Place & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £10 | Book now

Michael Longley has long been acknowledged as one of our greatest living poets, “a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders” according to Seamus Heaney.

Among Michael’s honours are the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and, most recently, the PEN Pinter Prize for Poetry in 2017. He has published 11 collections of poems, the latest of which, Angel Hill, was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize.

Acclaimed poet, artist and documentary film-maker Imtiaz Dharker was born in Pakistan, raised in Glasgow and now lives between London and Mumbai. Awarded the Queen’s Medal for Poetry in 2014, her collections include The Terrorist at My Table, Leaving Fingerprints, Over the Moon and her latest, Luck is the Hook, all published by Bloodaxe Press.

“If there were to be a World Laureate, then for me the role could only be filled by Imtiaz Dharker.” Carol Ann Duffy

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Book Quiz
Jul
23
9:45 PM21:45

Book Quiz

Time: 9.30pm - Late
Venue: The Market Place Bar
Tickets: Free. No Booking Required

Trivia, conundrums, opening lines, bookish musical queries and a few other literary treats we’ll keep up to ourselves for now are all being lined up, as we bring our popular quiz to the Summer School for the first time.

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The John Hewitt Lecture | John Hewitt and the Irish in Coventry
Jul
24
9:45 AM09:45

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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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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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Small Town Stories with Joshua Burnside & Damian Smyth & Bernie McGill
Apr
29
8:00 PM20:00

Small Town Stories with Joshua Burnside & Damian Smyth & Bernie McGill

Time: 8pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Market Room, The Courthouse
Tickets: £7 | book now

This very special evening of words and music features three artists of exceptional talent presenting poetry, songs and story on the theme of small town living. This will be an intimate and memorable performance not to be missed.

Joshua Burnside was born in Ireland, but cites the music of Colombia, Eastern Europe and North America as the greatest influences on his unique sound. Deftly blending folk textures and melodies with elements of electronica, he has made it difficult for pundits to put him in a box.  

Bernie McGill’s novel, The Watch House, was published in 2017 by Tinder Press. She is also the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories short-listed in 2014 for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, and The Butterfly Cabinet. Her work has been placed in the Seán Ó Faoláin, the Bridport, and the Michael McLaverty Short Story Prizes and she won the Zoetrope:All-Story Award in 2008.

Damian Smyth’s five collections are Downpatrick Races (2000), The Down Recorder (2004), Lamentations (2010), Market Street (2010) and Mesopotamia (2014). English Street is due later this year. He is Head of Literature & Drama at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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English Pen Readings
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

English Pen Readings

Time: 6pm – 7pm 
Venue: Market Room, The Courthouse
Tickets: Free | book here

In solidarity of writers who are in prison or otherwise at risk around the world, five Northern Irish writers will read from the work of some of the incredible individuals supported by English PEN’s Writers at Risk Programme. The event will be introduced by Hannah Trevarthen, Events and Development Manager at English PEN.

English PEN supports the freedom to write and the freedom to read in the UK and around the world. 

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Faith & Fiction: Padraig O'Tuama and Phil Harrison
Apr
29
4:30 PM16:30

Faith & Fiction: Padraig O'Tuama and Phil Harrison

Time: 4.30pm
Venue: Quaker Meeting House
Tickets: £6 | Book here

Padraig O’Tuama is the leader of the Corrymeela Community and founder of the Tenx9 storytelling movement. He is the author of several books including In The Shelter, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2015. Phil Harrison is a Belfast-based filmmaker, writer and creative. His debut novel, The First Day was published by Fleet in 2017. They will be reading and talking about faith, doubt and the importance of artistic community.

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Film Hub NI screenings
Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

Film Hub NI screenings

Time: 3pm
Venue: Village Centre
Tickets: £3 | Book here

"You are my tenth Prime Minister, Mr. Blair. My first, of course, was Winston Churchill."

'Film Hub NI in association with the Hillsborough Festival present The Queen (2006) directed by Stepen Frears and starring Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen. A fascinating, funny, wicked and to the point, this is an excellent film about a week every Briton over the age of 25 will remember vividly. Following the death of Princess Diana in an auto accident, Queen Elizabeth II (Mirren) and Prime Minister Tony Blair (Sheen) struggle to decide how the royal family should publicly respond to the tragedy.

This screening will be accompanied by highlights of royal visits to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive. For more information go to https://digitalfilmarchive.net/

Film Hub NI is part of the BFI Film Audience Network and is supported by National Lottery Funds through the British Film Institute. For more information go to: http://www.filmhubni.org/

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Hodges and Figgis Anthology event
Apr
29
1:30 PM13:30

Hodges and Figgis Anthology event

Time: 1.30pm
Venue: Quaker Meeting House
Tickets: Free | book here

Reading the Future is the largest anthology of new Irish writing ever, and contains fiction, poetry, drama, Irish language, crime, young adult and children’s writing by over 250 Irish writers. These writers have sold millions of books and have won many awards, including the Oscar, Booker, BAFTA, Kavanagh, Costa and the Dublin Literary Award. While there has long been a debate on the poor representation of women writers in Irish literature, it is a particular pleasure that in this anthology 55% of the contributors are women – the first time this has ever happened in Irish writing. Including readings by Ruth Carr and Medbh McGuckian.

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Literary Knittery with Emily DeDakis
Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

Literary Knittery with Emily DeDakis

Time: 12 noon 
Venue: The Barn Gallery, 7 Main Street
Tickets: Free | book here

Literary Knittery is a fantastic opportunity for all you knitters, crafters and artists to enjoy a relaxing hour, working on a project whilst being read to. Bring your knitting, crocheting, sketch pad or whatever you're working on, relax with a cup of tea and listen to a selection of handpicked readings and stories.

Emily De Dakis grew up in Atlanta and attended university in New Orleans and Edinburgh. Emily moved to Belfast in 2005 where she studied and taught creative writing at Queen’s University and now works in theatre. As dramaturg & producer for Accidental Theatre, Emily has developed dozens of scripts & performances.

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Young Adult writing workshop with Kelly McCaughrain
Apr
29
10:30 AM10:30

Young Adult writing workshop with Kelly McCaughrain

Venue: Scout Hall
Time: 10.30am – 12pm
Tickets: £6 | Book here

A story-writing workshop for 13-17s on using character development and dialogue to create plot. We’ll use writing exercises, discussion and feedback, and there will be the opportunity to share your work aloud (only if you want to). Suitable for beginners or more experienced young writers.

Kelly McCaughrain is a YA writer from Belfast. She studied creative writing at Queens University Belfast and her novel, Flying Tips for Flightless Birds, is published by Walker Books. Visit her website at kellymccaughrain.com

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Sonnets & Scones with Paula Cunningham
Apr
29
10:30 AM10:30

Sonnets & Scones with Paula Cunningham

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

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

Paula Cunningham lives in Belfast.  Her books, ‘A Dog called Chance’, 1999, and ‘Heimlich's Manoeuvre’, 2013, are both from Smith/Doorstop.  ‘Heimlich’s Manoeuvre’ was shortlisted for the Fenton-Aldeburgh, Seamus Heaney Centre, and Strong Shine First Collection Prizes. In 2015 she won second prize in the Costa Short Story Award.

 

 

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

Masterclass with Stephen Sexton

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

10am – 1pm

Workshop

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

2pm – 3pm

Discussion of participants’ work (to be sent ahead)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tenx9
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

Tenx9

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

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

This evening's theme is Village Life.

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

A celebration of Hamilton Harty

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

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

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

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

Mary Morrissy in conversation with Jan Carson

Time: 4.30pm
Venue: Quaker Meeting House

Tickets: £6 | Book here

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heritage Walking Tour with Judy Crawford

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

Judy Crawford is a fully trained Blue Badge guide who has guided around the entire village and inside the castle for a number of years, and comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge. This walk will last approximately one hour, leaving and returning to the Visitor Information Centre taking in the Castle, Church and Fort. Please note the tour may include steps and crossing busy roads. Please wear appropriate footwear.

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