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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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Admission: £13 | BOOK HERE

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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St Patrick's Symposium on Migration
Mar
12
10:00 AM10:00

St Patrick's Symposium on Migration

Admission: Free | BOOK HERE

"The Lord...scattered us among many nations even to the ends of the earth"

- St Patrick's Confession

Following from last year's examination of Modern Slavery, this year's symposium will explore the theme of migration within a modern context. The 21st Century is witnessing unprecedented movement of peoples due to famine, war, economic deprivation and climate change. This symposium will examine what can be done, what is being done and, crucially, what should be done.

Hosted by BBC Broadcaster Karen Patterson, contributors include Deputy Director of Committee on the Administration of Justice Daniel Holder, Irish Times Journalist Sorcha Pollak, Maria McManus, and Housing4All.

Refreshments will be provided. Please indicate any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

This project is funded through the PEACE IV Programme of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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