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Riddel’s Warehouse at Culture Night

22nd September @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST

The John Hewitt Society is back in the epic setting of Riddel's Warehouse for this year's Culture Night, providing some short poetic interludes to the musical renditions of Studio Symphony Orchestra. In this informal event, poets will read some of their work and talk to audience members passing through the warehouse about the making of their work. This will be one of a number of events at the extraordinary Riddel's Warehouse. See Culture Night Belfast 2017 for the full line…

Riddel’s Warehouse at Culture Night

22nd September @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST

The John Hewitt Society is back in the epic setting of Riddel's Warehouse for this year's Culture Night, providing some short poetic interludes to the musical renditions of Studio Symphony Orchestra. In this informal event, poets will read some of their work and talk to audience members passing through the warehouse about the making of their work. This will be one of a number of events at the extraordinary Riddel's Warehouse. See Culture Night Belfast 2017 for the full line…

Once Alien Here Showcase 2017

26th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST

An opportunity for participants of the 2017 Once Alien Here creative writing programme to reconnect, hear work produced by participants during the programme, and receive a complimentary copy of a pamphlet including poetry and prose produced from the workshops. This event is also open to the public - everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be supplied. Reserve a place by emailing hello@johnhewittsociety.org About Once Alien Here Once Alien Here is a cross-community creative writing programme. The programme has taken place…

Jonathan Swift: Poetic Ventriloquist

28th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST

THE CITY CHAPTER In association with the John Hewitt Society invites you to celebrate NATIONAL POETRY DAY with a talk ‘Jonathan Swift: Poetic Ventriloquist’ by Professor Andrew Carpenter Thursday 28th September 2017 7.30 p.m. Armagh Robinson Library **Admission is free but please email hello@johnhewittsociety.org to reserve a place** Donations for The City Chapter welcome. Andrew Carpenter’s main scholarly interest is in poetry written in English in Ireland between 1550 and 1830 and he is a recognized expert on the work…

Fintan O’Toole: The sore tooth and the broken umbrella

11th October @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm BST

Fintan O’Toole: The sore tooth and the broken umbrella Democracy and nationalism in a changed Ireland. Place: David Keir Building, QUB, Stranmillis Road Date: 11th October 2017 Time: 10:30 to 12:00 Free Admission ***Tickets are free but please email hello@johnhewittsociety.org to reserve a place*** To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, The John Hewitt Society is hosting a series of talks chaired by Sir George Bain, which review how society has changed in that time and considers what further changes are needed.…

Sasha Dugdale, Vona Groarke & Stephen Sexton

25th October @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm BST

JOHN HEWITT BIRTHDAY READING with Sasha Dugdale, Vona Groarke & Stephen Sexton £8/£7 concession The John Hewitt Society presents three award-winning poets in the annual reading to mark the birth date of John Hewitt, the celebrated Belfast-born poet, in the pub named after him. Sasha Dugdale is a poet, translator and editor who has published three collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Red House (Carcanet, 2011). Her long poem Joy won the Forward Prize for Best Single…

Inventing the Myth: John Hewitt and Protestant Identity

15th November @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm BST

Dr Connal Parr - Inventing the Myth: John Hewitt and Protestant Identity. ***Tickets are free but please email hello@johnhewittsociety.org to reserve a place*** To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, The John Hewitt Society is hosting a series of talks chaired by Sir George Bain, which review how society has changed in that time and considers what further changes are needed. Dr Connal Parr’s research emphasises the interconnectedness of history, politics, and culture. His doctoral thesis on Ulster Protestant working class politics…

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Once alien here my fathers built their house, claimed, drained, and gave the land the shapes of use

Once Alien Here by John Hewitt