St Patrick's Symposium on Reminiscence

15 March 2021
10:00 am
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In March of every year, people across the globe come together to celebrate and commemorate the life and works of the patron saint, St. Patrick. Often, however, these celebrations can neglect to examine the true impact and importance of St. Patrick within current society.

At Home with St. Patrick in Armagh aims to differ from other St. Patrick’s festivals by examining and celebrating who St. Patrick was, his values, his life and his legacy. This holistic approach aims to offer insights that can reflect on life in the contemporary world.

After the extremely positive impacts of previous symposia examining the themes of modern slavery, migration and peace-making within a modern context, 2021’s Symposium will be exploring the theme of reminiscence – its importance in society, its healing power, its intrinsic dangers and its restorative capacity.

Contributors include Jo Berry, Prof Brandon Hamber, Nandi Jolie, Seán Hewitt & Anthony Toner. The host for the morning is broadcaster Karen Patterson.

This event will take place via Zoom, which can be downloaded, for free, on Windows, MAC OS, iOS and Android. Further details can be found at

Jo Berry

Jo Berry works to resolve conflict. Sixteen years after her father was killed by an IRA bomb, Jo met the man responsible, Patrick Magee. This initial meeting led to them sharing a platform together internationally, on over three hundred occasions.

Through her charity ‘Building Bridges for Peace,’ Jo demonstrates how empathy can resolve and end conflict, by delivering workshops to young people on conflict transformation, positive change making, and challenging violent extremism. Jo is an advocate for Restorative Justice, and a Restorative Justice facilitator.

Professor Brandon Hamber

Professor Brandon Hamber is the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE). He is also a member of the Transitional Justice Institute. He trained as a Clinical Psychologist in South Africa. He has undertaken consulting and research work, and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Liberia, Mozambique, Bosnia, Colombia, the Basque Country and Sierra Leone, among others.

Seán Hewitt

Seán Hewitt is a poet, lecturer and literary critic. His debut collection, Tongues of Fire (Cape, 2020), was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. In 2019, he won an Eric Gregory Award, and he is also the winner of the Resurgence Prize, 2017. His memoir, All Down Darkness Wide, will be published in 2022.

Nandi Jola

Nandi is originally from South Africa has been active in the NI arts community as a writer, artist and facilitator. She has been involved with the Irish Writers Centre XBorders project; Same/Difference project and Poetry Jukebox. Nandi managed the ‘Home neither here nor there’ exhibition at Stormont in May 2013. Nandi's show opened the International Literature Festival in Dublin in October 2020.

Anthony Toner

Famed for his engaging between-songs patter and his accomplished guitar playing, Anthony Toner is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular live acts, chalking up dozens of live shows a year as a solo acoustic artist.


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John Hewitt Society

The John Hewitt Society is a not-for-profit, charitable status, limited liability company | Charity Reg No NIC102629 Company No NI041294


The John Hewitt Society, The MAC - level 3, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ | 028 9032 4522 |

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