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John Hewitt Society

30 years


International Summer School

Join us for 35+ events from over 50 writers, artists and speakers.

Monday 24th ~ Saturday 29th July 2017 The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh

Striding Forward: 30 years of The John Hewitt Society The first John Hewitt Summer School took place in St. MacNissi’s College, Garron Tower, Co. Antrim, in August 1987. Jack McCann, Hewitt’s friend of many years, conceived of Northern Ireland’s first ever summer school within weeks of the death of Hewitt, saying “I wanted to have something which would serve as a living memorial to the man”. The theme of the Summer School was “An Ulster Poet and his Quest”. 30 years later, the organisation founded to honour Hewitt’s memory and his place in the literary and cultural tradition of this island continues to promote his ideas and ideals. To celebrate its anniversary, the Society has organised a special programme of events throughout the year also on the theme of this year’s Summer School, “Striding forward”, inspired by the John Hewitt poem ‘Jacob and the Angel’:

“I will not pause to struggle with my past locked in an angry posture with a ghost but striding forward…”. The Society would like to thank our principal funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, as well as our sponsors, supporters and audiences for their continued support. The Society continues to stride forward, offering more opportunities for readers and writers of all ages to explore and celebrate literature and creative writing.

30 years


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GALA EVENT Poetry Ireland & The John Hewitt Society present: In Dreams Begin Responsibilities: A Journey in Words & Music Monday 24th July 7.30pm – 9.30pm £12 A celebration of reconciliation on the island of Ireland over the last 100 years and the approaching 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

GALA EVENT First presented by Poetry Ireland / Éigse Éireann in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in April 2016 as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, 'In Dreams Begin Responsibilities: Rising to Reconciliation' was then staged in Belfast to open the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival, in October 2016. Introduced by Olivia O’Leary and including Iarla O’Lionáird and Colette Bryce, the evening will feature a selection of this island’s finest and most respected artists as they look back over the last century and chart the journey of reconciliation from 1916 to the present day through poetry, music, drama and imagery. Weaving together powerful texts by internationally renowned poets from the island of Ireland, readings will include work by Eavan Boland, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley and John Hewitt. This moving and evocative evening will illuminate our unique history from the surprising and intriguing perspective of its major artists. Supported by The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Reconciliation Fund & Gael Linn

EXHIBITION Laoch Na Laochra An exhibition of paintings by Dara Vallely The Gallery Monday 24th July – Saturday 2nd September A textual, visual and theatrical exploration of the story of Cú Chulainn This exhibition of Ulster legend is comprised of a series of paintings specially commissioned as part of the Belfast-based Irish language festival, Féile An Droichead. The exhibition sees Armagh artist and musician Dara Vallely capture Cú Chulainn’s cultural legacy in a series of vast paintings, with text from Gael Linn’s Réamonn Ó Ciaráin. Ó Ciaráin’s translations tread the fine line between precision and nuance to give descriptions of Vallely’s visual interpretations of the warrior hero. The exhibition will be launched on Monday 24th July at 6pm, followed by a reception supported by the North South Ministerial Council.

EXHIBITION Poetry & Place: A Photographic Exhibition The Foyer Walls Monday 24th July – Saturday 2nd September The Institute for Conflict Research presents a photographic exhibition by Ards Peninsula Women's Group. The members have been working under the tutelage of community artist, Jane McComb, to produce an exhibition of photography on the theme of ‘Poetry & Place’. The exhibition will include interpretations of the work of Louis MacNiece, who is buried in the Ards Peninsula. Jane McComb is a photographer living in Holywood, Co Down. Since her original training in France 35 years ago, she has worked in many areas of commercial and art photography, including sports and portraiture work. Jane is a member of the Blackbird Book Club at Queen’s University, Belfast which studies the work of Irish authors, poets and dramatists.

POETRY MASTERCLASS Mark Doty: Poetry Masterclass Thursday 27th July 2.45pm £30

Recognised as one of the most accomplished poets in America, Mark Doty has won a number of prestigious literary awards, including the Whiting Writer’s Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the National Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first non-fiction, and the National Book Award. This event presents an exciting opportunity to work closely with the prize-winning poet.

POETRY MASTERCLASS 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 by 5pm on Friday 23rd June. • The subject of the email should read: DOTY 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. Mark Doty will receive this poem in advance and only this poem can be presented in the workshop. Applicants will be notified by Friday 30th June as to the success of their submission. Confirmation of attendance will be required by Wednesday 5th 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.

Supported by Poetry Ireland

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th July 2.45pm | 90mins £50 for three-day workshop

Jan Carson: Short Stories

Katie Donovan: Poetry

Siobhán Campbell: Poetry

Nessa O'Mahony: Getting Started

A writer and arts facilitator based in Belfast, Jan is the author of a novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears and two short story collections. She was shortlisted for the Sean O’Faolain short story prize in 2016 and won the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition in 2016. This workshop will focus on how to structure and write short stories.

Katie was winner of 2017 Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award & shortlisted for the 2017 Irish Times/Poetry Now Prize. She was Writer-inResidence for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown 2006-8 and has taught courses in Media & Contemporary Irish Literature, as well as Creative Writing in IADT Dun Laoghaire and poetry at NUI Maynooth.

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.

This workshop will not be genre-specific and will focus on developing the creative impulse. Nessa O’Mahony is a Dublin-born poet. She has published four books of poetry and produces the regular literary podcast, The Attic Sessions, with her husband, Peter Salisbury. She lectures in Creative Writing with the Open University.

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS 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. Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential.

Supported by the Open University

Brian McGilloway: Crime Fiction

Maureen Boyle: Creative Reading

Eoin McNamee: Radio Drama

Mary O’Donnell: Fiction

Brian McGilloway is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Benedict Devlin and DS Lucy Black series. In 2014, Brian won BBC NI's Tony Doyle Award for his screenplay, Little Emperors, an award which saw him become Writer In Residence with BBC NI. He has a number of screen projects in development with BBC NI.

This workshop will involve reading examples of the work of the writers who are attending the Summer School this year. The group will use these extracts to talk about reading and writing, to learn something about the writer involved and to understand the context of the work. Maureen lectures with the Open University.

Eoin McNamee is an Irish novelist and screenwriter. Eoin has taught workshops as part of the BBC NI 360 Writers Festival. He’s a former Imison Award Winner for his first radio drama The Road Wife and has written Afternoon Dramas, 15 Minute Dramas and Afternoon Readings for BBC Radio 4.

Mary O’Donnell’s previous publications include Where They Lie, The Light-Makers, Virgin and the Boy and The Elysium Testament. She has taught creative writing at NUI Maynooth, and has worked on the faculty of Carlow University Pittsburgh's MFA programme in creative writing, as well as on the faculty of the University of Iowa's summer writing programme at Trinity College Dublin.

Monday 24th July

FIcTIOn Bernard MacLaverty

OPenInG ADDReSS Helena Kennedy QC Introduction by Lord Rana MBE, Baron of Malone 11:15am £8 Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, QC, FRSA, is one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. A highly regarded barrister and human rights and civil liberties campaigner, she has also been a TV presenter, an author and founded the Helena Kennedy Foundation which provides bursaries to help the most disadvantaged in society move into Higher Education.

1.30pm £7 The award-winning author of Cal, Lamb and Grace Notes, MacLaverty’s brand new publication is Midwinter Break (Jonathan Cape). Sixteen years on from his last novel, Bernard MacLaverty reminds us why he is regarded as one of the greatest living Irish writers. Midwinter Break is accurate, compassionate observation, effortlessly elegant writing and a tender, intimate, heartrending story – but it is also a profound examination of human love and how we live together, a chamber piece of real resonance and power.

PAneL DIScUSSIOn 30 Years On: Where are we now? 4.30pm ÂŁ7 Chaired by Peter Osborne Seamus Mallon was the ďŹ rst deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2001. He was also the Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) from 1979 to 2001. Steve Aiken was elected to the Assembly in 2016 to represent South Antrim for the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP). He is Party spokesperson on the Economy. Steven Agnew is the leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland. He was elected as an MLA to the Northern Ireland Assembly in May 2011. Naomi Long is leader of the Alliance Party. She represented Belfast East in the United Kingdom House of Commons from 2010 to 2015, and previously represented the same constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. Peter Osborne was formerly chair of the Parades Commission, and currently chairs the Community Relations Council.

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Tuesday 25th July

POeTRY Katie Donovan & Denise Riley

TALK Seán Hewitt John Hewitt's natural World 9:45am £6 In this talk Seán Hewitt will explore the politics of landscape in Hewitt’s poetry. Seán Hewitt read English at Girton College, Cambridge, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool. In 2014, he was awarded Arts Council England funding for a series of poems, and in 2015 was selected as one of the Poetry Trust's Aldeburgh Eight. He won a Northern Writers' Award in 2016.

11.15am £7 Katie Donovan worked for The Irish Times for 13 years as a journalist in the Features Department. She has published five books of poetry, all with Bloodaxe Books. Her most recent, Off-Duty appeared in September 2016. In 2017 she was named as the recipient of the 21st Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry. She has read her work on RTE Radio 1 and on BBC. Denise Riley lives in London and is a critically acclaimed writer of both philosophy and poetry. She wrote War in the Nursery (1983); Am I that Name? (1988); The Words of Selves (2000); Denise Riley: Selected Poems (2000); The Force of Language (with Jean-Jacques Lecercle) (2004); Impersonal Passion (2005), Time Lived, Without Its Flow (2012) and Say Something Back (2016). Penguin Modern Poets 6 is due out this autumn, with Maggie Nelson and Claudia Rankine.

FIcTIOn John Boyne 1.30pm £7 From the New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne’s highly anticipated new novel is The Heart’s Invisible Furies, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man’s life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland. John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John’s other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers.

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Tuesday 25th July

PAneL DIScUSSIOn The Art of conflict Transformation 4.30pm £7 With Katy Radford, Paula McFetridge, Marguerite Nugent & Oliver Sears 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. Dr Katy Radford is an anthropologist working at the Institute for Conflict Research in Belfast. She is vice-chair of the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and a ministerial appointment to the Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition. Paula McFetridge has been Artistic Director of Belfast-based Kabosh since August 2006. She was the recipient of the Belfast Ambassador Award 2014 for her work in using the arts to tackle difficult social issues and is a fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar Session 532 ‘Conflict Transformation through Culture: Peace-building and the Arts’. Marguerite Nugent is Director of Culture and Arts Wolverhampton Council and curator of the Northern Ireland Collection at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Oliver Sears has an international client portfolio and, along with Jane Norton, he runs the Oliver Sears Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery based in Dublin. Supported by the Institute for conflict Research

POeTRY Open University Poetry with Maureen Boyle, Siobhán Campbell & Nessa O’Mahony 7pm Free Open University creative writing facilitators and poets Maureen Boyle, Siobhán Campbell and Nessa O'Mahony read from recent and forthcoming poetry collections. Maureen Boyle is a writer and teacher. Her work has appeared in a range of magazines. She has just been awarded the inaugural Ireland Chair of Poetry Travel Bursary and her first collection is due in the autumn, Incunabula (Arlen House Press). Siobhán Campbell is a recent winner of the Oxford Brooks International Poetry Competition. Her collection, Heat Signature, was published by Seren Press earlier this year. She is co-editor, with Nessa O’Mahony, of Eavan Boland: Inside History (Arlen House 2016). Nessa O'Mahony has published four books of poetry – Bar Talk (1999), Trapping a Ghost (2005), In Sight of Home (2009) and her most recent collection, Her Father's Daughter (Salmon Poetry 2014). Supported by The Open University

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Tuesday 25th July

THeATRe Kabosh presents: Green & Blue 8.30pm £12 Lawrence McKeown’s much-acclaimed play explores the painful and humorous realities faced by individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict. Based on an oral archive of serving RUC and An Garda Síochána officers, collected by Diversity Challenges, this new production fuses theatre and film to look at the person behind the uniform and the different experiences of two individuals on either side of a line in the ground. Directed by Paula McFetridge and performed by James Doran and Vincent Higgins, the production challenges assumptions about policing in our heritage and opens a discussion on the future of policing in Ireland. “What is striking is the power of the play to engage the audience with reflections on the border and on identities” – northern Ireland Foundation.

Wednesday 26th July

POeTRY Malika Booker & Luke Kennard

TALK Dr Katy Hayward The future of national borders across these islands: A philosophical reflection on 'frictionless borders' 9.45am £6 Katy Hayward is a political sociologist with a particular focus on conflict/post-conflict transitions. Her research is actively interdisciplinary, traversing fields of border studies, conflict studies, European studies, and Irish studies. She is wellplaced to speak to the implications of Brexit for the island of Ireland, and Northern Ireland in particular. Katy's topic of discussion will be the future of borders on and around the island of Ireland after Brexit.

11.15am £7 Malika Booker is the founder of Malika's Poetry Kitchen, a writer’s collective for beginning and emerging poets. She has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths University. Her pamphlet Breadfruit (flippedeye, 2007) was recommended by the Poetry Society and her poetry collection Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press, 2013) was longlisted for the OCM Bocas 2014 prize & shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry prize 2014. Luke Kennard is a poet, critic and novelist. He is currently a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. His fifth collection of poetry, Cain (Penned in the Margins), was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017 and his first novel, The Transition (4th Estate) was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott First Novel Award.


FIcTIOn Jan Carson 1.30pm £7 Jan Carson’s debut novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears was published by Liberties Press in 2014, followed by a short story collection, Children’s Children in 2016. A flash fiction pamphlet, Postcard Stories, was published with The Emma Press in May 2017. Her stories have appeared in journals such as Storm Cellar, Banshee and The Honest Ulsterman. In 2014 she received an Arts Council NI Artist’s Career Enhancement Bursary. She was shortlisted for the Sean O’Faolain short story prize in 2016 and won the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition in 2016.

4:30pm £7 John Hewitt is remembered as the 'father figure' and prophetic precursor of the current generation of Ulster poets. 30 years after the death of the poet, writer and art critic, friends and contemporaries reflect on the man they knew and Hewitt’s legacy on culture, arts and heritage in Ireland. Broadcaster and former Head of RTE Radio, Adrian Moynes, will introduce a short reading of a script of a John Hewitt interview with David Hammond. The panel will include poet, Frank Ormsby, actor Vincent Higgins and Brian Kennedy, former Head of Art at The Ulster Museum.

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Wednesday 26th July

mUSIc Frankie Gavin & De Danann 8.30pm £15 Founded in 2015 by one of the most celebrated Irish fiddle players of all time, Frankie Gavin and De Dannan bring something different and unique to their audiences. The band’s repertoire includes their trademark sets of lively, sometimes furious jigs and reels – but their choice of material, arrangements and playing style combine to set traditional Irish music in a wider musical and cultural context. This 21st century line-up infuses the band’s inherited music with a bewildering range of influences – from gypsy jazz to contemporary pop music, and from mainstream European classical music to sentimental IrishAmerican ballads. Band line-up: Frankie Gavin: Fiddle, Viola, Flute and Whistle, Barry Brady: Accordion, Colm O’Caoimh: guitar and Vocals, Dan Bodwell: Double bass, Bernadine Casserly: Vocals

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Thursday 27th July

POeTRY Dedalus Press with Pat Boran, Enda Coyle-Greene and Jessica Traynor

TALK Dr Caroline Magennis Unsettling Intimacy - northern Irish Short Fiction after the Agreement

9.45am £6 Caroline Magennis is a Lecturer in 20th & 21st Century Literature at the University of Salford. She has held research and teaching positions at University College Dublin, the University of Limerick and Queen's University, Belfast, where she gained her PhD in 2007. She has published widely on theoretical approaches to Contemporary Northern Irish Literature and Culture and is currently organising an international conference on the cultural legacy of the Good Friday Agreement, to be held in Manchester in April 2018.

11.15am £7 Pat Boran is an editor and broadcaster. He has held a number of posts as Writer-in-Residence and has published five full-length collections of poetry. With Eugene O’Connell, he is co-editor of The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem. Enda Coyle-Greene has published widely and is a frequent contributor to programmes on RTE Radio. Her debut collection, Snow Negatives (2007) won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2006. Her most recent collection is Map of the Last (2013). Jessica Traynor’s first collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award. Poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Hallelujah for Fifty Foot Women (Bloodaxe, 2015), Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly. Supported by Poetry Ireland

ARTS TALK J.B. Vallely in conversation with Eamonn Mallie

FIcTIOn Lisa McInerney 1.30pm £7 Lisa McInerney’s work has featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta and BBC Radio 4 and in the anthologies The Long Gaze Back (New Island), Beyond The Centre (New Island) and Town and Country (Faber). Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies (John Murray) won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Lisa’s new novel, The Blood Miracles was published in April 2017.

2:45pm £7 Born in Armagh, J.B. Vallely is one of Ireland's foremost painters. With over forty solo exhibitions spanning his career to date, paintings of J.B. Vallely appear in the collection of galleries and universities in over thirteen countries. A keen musician, he founded the Armagh Pipers' Club in 1966 and is today heavily involved with Armagh Athletics Club. J.B. will be in conversation with well-known author, broadcaster, journalist, and editor Eamonn Mallie, who has always has a passionate interest in the visual arts.

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Thursday 27th July

FILm ScReenInG & DIScUSSIOn Two Angry Men 4.30pm £9 Toto Ellis, film maker and son of the legendary Ulster actor, James Ellis, has won acclaim for his recent short film, 'Two Angry Men', which portrays the battle of his father and playwright, Sam Thompson to stage the groundbreaking play Over The Bridge in the face of censorship in 1950s Belfast. Following a screening of the film which stars Adrian Dunbar and Conleth Hill, Toto Ellis will take part in a discussion on ‘Two Angry Men’ and on events surrounding the staging of the play. Included on the panel will be Brian Garrett, Sam Thompson's literary executor, and Denis Tuohy, former broadcaster and actor who appeared in the original production of Over the Bridge.

THeATRe Two-for One Productions present A Time to Speak 8.30pm £12 Born in 1917, Helen Lewis was forced to live in a Jewish ghetto in her native Czechoslovakia before being deported to Auschwitz during the Second World War. She managed to survive the horrors of the camp, and after the war she came to Belfast where she started a new life. A noted dancer and choreographer, she taught and inspired many dancers in her adopted city. Helen told her remarkable story in a memoir, A Time To Speak, before her death in Belfast in 2009. Now Sam McCready has adapted for stage the dancer, choreographer and Holocaust survivor’s remarkable story of courage and survival in the Nazi Concentration Camps. This award-winning production is being performed by Joan McCready to mark the centenary of Helen’s birth. "A Time to Speak is a remarkable story and Joan mccready’s performance conveys both the horror and humanity of those dreadful days." – belfast Telegraph

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Friday 28th July

POeTRY Jean Bleakney & Lorna Shaughnessy

TALK Dominique Jan Searle The Garlic Wall 9.45am £6 The border between Spain and Gibraltar closed between 1969 and 1985. Used as a device to pressure Gibraltarians the border continues to be a key factor in the life of the Rock and its hinterland. This lecture will look at the human and political factors of the dispute with Spain and how the future management of the frontier is critical for more than the 32,000 strong population. Dominique Searle is Chief Minister’s Special Representative (HM Government of Gibraltar), based between London and Gibraltar and since July 2016, Gibraltar Representative to the UK.

11.15am £7 Jean Bleakney’s first collection of poems, The Ripple Tank Experiment, was published in 1999, followed by The Poet’s Ivy (2003) and Ions (2011). Her poems have appeared in various magazines including Poetry Ireland Review, The Rialto, Metre, TLS and The Yellow Nib. Jean's poetry is also featured as set text on the GCE A Level English syllabus in Northern Ireland. Lorna Shaughnessy was born in Belfast and lives in County Galway. She lectures in the Department of Spanish, NUI Galway. She has published two collections of her own poems, Torching the Brown River and Witness Trees (Salmon Poetry) as well as two translations of contemporary Mexican poets: Mother Tongue: Selected Poems by Pura López Colomé and If We Have Lost Our Oldest Tales by María Baranda (Arden House).

ReADInG Michael Harding & Shane Connaughton

FIcTIOn Tessa Hadley 1.30pm £7 Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels, including Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and Everything Will Be All Right, and two collections of short stories. Her latest novel, The Past, (2016), was awarded the Hawthornden Prize and the Windham–Campbell Literature Prize. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker, Granta and other magazines. Tessa reviews for the Guardian and the London Review of Books, and is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

2:45pm £9 Michael Harding has received numerous awards for his work in theatre, fiction and memoir and has been writer-in-residence in numerous institutions, including Trinity College and the Abbey Theatre. His Chronicle of the Midlands (2006-2016), a personal meta-fiction, has appeared as a weekly column in the Irish Times for almost a decade. Most recently he has authored three volumes of memoir, Staring at Lakes, Hanging with the Elephant, and Talking to Strangers. Shane Connaughton is an acclaimed novelist, screenwriter and actor. His screenplay for 'My Left Foot' was shortlisted for an Academy Award and he won an Oscar for Best Short Film for 'The Dollar Bottom' in 1980. Shane’s latest novel, Married Quarters, is a long-awaited sequel to his best-selling A Border Station, which has recently been republished.

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Friday 28th July

cReATIve WRITInG SHOWcASe 4.00pm – 5.30pm Free 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

ReADInG The Rule of the Land with Garrett Carr & John Paul Connolly 7pm £9 The Rule of the Land is the story of Ireland’s border and a portrait of its landscape and people. The book was adapted for broadcast on Radio 4 earlier this year and read by John Paul Connolly. John Paul Connolly will join author Garrett Carr in this event looking at the turbulent history of this landscape and changes the way we look at nationhood, land and power. "It is Garrett carr's contention that Ireland is more divided than any of us suspected - not in two but in three: north, south and borderland. The third state is opened up in this marvellous book." – Daily Telegraph

POeTRY Mark Doty & Liz Lochhead 8:30pm £10 A not-to-be-missed double bill of poetry with an awardwinning American poet and one of the UK’s most popular writers. Since the publication of his first collection, Turtle, Swan, in 1987, Mark Doty has been recognized as one of the most accomplished poets in America. Hailed for his elegant, intelligent verse, he is the highly acclaimed author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (April 2015), Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was the first American to win the TS Eliot Prize in the UK. Lanarkshire-born Liz Lochhead has lived mostly in Glasgow since studying painting at Glasgow School of Art (1965-70). The first work to bring Lochhead to notice was Memo for Spring, published in 1972 at a time when the Scottish poetry scene was largely male-dominated. Subsequent poetry collections include Dreaming Frankenstein (1984), The Colour of Black & White (2003), A Choosing, Selected Poems (2011) and Fugitive Colours (2016). In January 2011 she began her 5 year stint as the second Scottish Makar, or National Poet. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2015.

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Saturday 29th July


Paintings by J.B. Vallely at The Primate's Palace

Luring Readers to your Best Ideas with Manchán Magan

10am - 11.30am An opportunity to visit the offices of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council at The Palace Demesne, within walking distance of Armagh City centre, to view the stunning exhibition of paintings by renowned Armagh Artist in Residence, J.B. Vallely, following his interview with Eamonn Mallie earlier in the week.

9.45am – 12.15pm £15 This workshop focuses on how to craft informative and entertaining prose to lure a publisher/ commissioning editor and to woo readers. Participants will learn about good storytelling and about writing from the heart to create gripping narrative with believable characters, powerful ideas and an evocative sense of place. Manchán Magan has written novels and books on his travels in Africa, India and South America. He has been published by the Guardian, LA Times and Washington Post, and writes regularly for The Irish Times. In partnership with the Irish Writers centre

Editing Your Manuscript with Helen Wright 9.45am – 12.15pm £15 Following the success of her workshop in 2016, editor Helen Wright returns to the Summer School to discuss how to (and how not to) best present your work to a potential publisher. Helen has worked in publishing for almost seventeen years in editorial roles with publishing houses Harper Collins and Ebury Press. Helen is currently senior editor at Blackstaff Press.

Walking Tours of Armagh 11am-12noon & 1pm-2pm 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. Departing sharp from Armagh Visitor Information Centre.

The Ulster History Circle 12pm The Unveiling of the Blue Plaque in honour, of the celebrated Armagh-born stage and screen actor, Patrick Magee (1922 - 1982) at the house of his birth in Edward Street. In association with Armagh, city, banbridge and craigavon borough council.

AFTER HOURS Relax at the end of the Summer School day with one of our informal late night events.

bOOK QUIz Monday 24th July 10pm The Market Place Bar 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.

LIve mUSIc Tuesday 25th July 10pm The Market Place Bar A pleasure to hear from local musicians and relax after the day’s Summer School events.

THe LIFebOAT Thursday 27th July 10pm The Market Place Theatre Bar Stephen Connolly and Manuela Moser’s highly influential and popular Lifeboat poetry reading series returns to the Hewitt for the third year. The evening will see an established poet paired with a promising new talent.

ARmAGH THeATRe GROUP PReSenTS Friday 28th July 10pm £5 Abbey Lane Theatre, off Thomas Street (Tickets at venue) An Open Mic Night - JHISS Special Poetry, Songs & Yarns All proceeds go directly to Armagh Theatre Group. Refreshments provided.

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Booking Information Book online: Book by phone: The Market Place Theatre Box Office: 028 3752 1821 Book in person: The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BW Box Office Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm. Open until 7pm on performance nights. Tickets: Individual events:

£7, or otherwise specified

Day ticket: (Entrance to all events on any specified day, except workshops)

£40 includes tea/coffee/refreshments

Weekly ticket: including Creative Writing Workshop

£225 includes tea/coffee/refreshments

Weekly ticket: excluding Creative Writing Workshop

£175 includes tea/coffee/refreshments

Creative writing workshop programme


Publishing Workshops

£15 each

Events run for approximately 60 minutes unless otherwise stated.Creative writing workshops run for 90 minutes.The Theatre operates a ‘Carers Go Free’ scheme – contact Box Office for details. Stay in touch:

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Access The Market Place Theatre are delighted to provide special assistance, if required, to all theatregoers. Should any member of your group require the use of any of these facilities, please contact The Box Office 028 3752 1821 in advance of your visit if possible. Auditorium The Market Place Theatre Main Auditorium is situated on three levels: Stalls | Mid Gallery | Upper Gallery. There is space reserved for wheelchair users. Studio Theatre The Studio Theatre has unreserved seating. Patrons may choose their own seats when the doors open for a performance in the Studio and seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. There is space reserved for wheelchair users. There is wheelchair access to the building from the top level of the rear car park. A wheelchair is also available on site. There is a lift which serves all levels of the building. An Infra Red Loop system is available in the Main Auditorium and Studio Theatre. A Copper Wire Loop system is available in Workshop Room 1 and Workshop Room 2. Facilities include lifts to all levels of the building, an infra-red system to assist patrons with hearing difficulties, spaces for wheelchairs, disabled toilets, and street-level access to the building for wheelchair users. Detailed access & venue information is available at Parking Parking may be available to patrons on performance evenings in Saint Patrick's Trian car park. Simply follow signs for The Market Place Theatre, Saint Patrick's Trian or The Visitor Information Centre. Please note that the car park is a Paying Car Park. The Theatre is situated at the top level of the car park, although parking is available on all levels. There are disabled spaces on each level of the car park. On-street parking is also available nearby, at The Mall and Sainsbury's Car Park.


Tuesday 25th

Wednesday 26th

Thursday 27th

Friday 28th

Saturday 29th


10.45am Official Opening

Talk Sean Hewitt

Talk Dr Katy Hayward

Talk Dr Caroline Magennis

Talk Dominique Searle

Publishing Workshops 9.45am-10.45am 10am Tour of The Primate’s Palace


Opening Address Baroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws QC

Poetry Denise Riley & Katie Donovan

Poetry Luke Kennard & Malika Booker

Poetry Pat Boran, Enda CoyleGreen & Jessica Traynor

Poetry Jean Bleakney & Lorna Shaughnessy


Fiction Bernard MacLaverty

Fiction John Boyne

Fiction Jan Carson

Fiction Lisa McInerney

Fiction Tessa Hadley


Creative Writing Workshops

Creative Writing Workshops

Creative Writing Workshops

Talk J.B. Vallely in conversation with Eamon Mallie Poetry Masterclass Mark Doty

Reading Michael Harding & Shane Connaughton

Panel Discussion 30 Years On: Where are we now?

Panel Discussion The art of conflict transformation

Panel Discussion Remembering John Hewitt

6pm Exhibition launch followed by North South Ministerial Council Reception

Paula McFetridge Marguerite Taylor Oliver Sears

Adrian Moynes Frank Ormsby Brian Kennedy Vincent Higgins

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

Poetry Open University Poetry



Film Screening & Discussion Two Angry Men Toto Ellis Brian Garrett Denis Tuohy

Theatre Kabosh presents Green & Blue


Book Quiz

Music in The Market Place Theatre Bar

Lord Mayor’s Reception 5.30pm

Reading Garrett Carr & John Paul Connolly The Rule of the Land

7.30pm – 9.30pm 8.30pm

Creative Writing Showcase 4.00pm-5.30pm

Music De Danann

Theatre A Time to Speak with Joan McCready

Event Mark Doty & Liz Lochhead

The Lifeboat

9pm Open Mic Night Abbey Lane Theatre

Publishing Workshops 11am-12.15am 12pm Ulster History Circle Walking Tours of Armagh 11am-12noon 1pm-2pm Close of Summer School

The John Hewitt International Summer School 2017  

The full programme for The 30th John Hewitt International Summer School, Monday 24th - Saturday 29th July 2017. For more information see www...

The John Hewitt International Summer School 2017  

The full programme for The 30th John Hewitt International Summer School, Monday 24th - Saturday 29th July 2017. For more information see www...