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Inventing the Myth: John Hewitt and Protestant Identity

15th November 2017 @ 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 most recent publication, ‘Inventing the Myth: Political Passions and the Ulster Protestant Imagination’ approaches Ulster Protestantism through its theatrical and cultural intersection with politics, re-establishing a forgotten history and engaging with contemporary debates.

Anchored by the perspectives of ten writers – some of whom have been notably active in political life – it uniquely examines tensions going on within.

Dr Connal Parr’s research emphasises the interconnectedness of history, politics, and culture. His doctoral thesis on Ulster Protestant working class politics and culture since 1960 viewed political developments and recent history through the prism of dramatists and writers from this background.

In addition, Connal has published articles in the Belfast Telegraph, Irish Times, Belfast News Letter, the Dublin Review of Books and Index on Censorship, and has appeared on BBC Radio Ulster’s Good Morning Ulster and Doubleband Film’s BBC-broadcast documentary In The Shadow of the Shipyard.


15th November 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


David Keir Building
18-30 Malone Road
Belfast, BT9 5 United Kingdom