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July 2017

Patrick Magee Blue Plaque Unveiling

29th July @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm BST
Armagh Armagh, United Kingdom

The Ulster History Circle will unveil a Blue Plaque in honour of the celebrated Armagh-born stage and screen actor, Patrick Magee (1922 - 1982) at the house of his birth, No 2 Edward Street, as part of the John Hewitt International Summer School, Saturday 29th July at 12pm. Refreshments and tributes will follow at The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Market Street, Armagh BT61 7BW. Patrick Magee was a Tony Award winning Northern Irish actor best known for his…

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September 2017

One Small Step Campaign Launch

19th September @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST
Belfast, United Kingdom Belfast, United Kingdom

The aim of the One Small Step campaign is to encourage people in Northern Ireland, and across the island of Ireland to promote a genuinely shared future by building constructive relationships for the benefit of us all. The One Small Step Campaign is an effort to recognise that people and groups have been breaking down barriers by taking small or larger steps to assist reconciliation. People involved want to make a difference and create a more inclusive - and genuinely…

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Launch of The Watch House by Bernie McGill

21st September @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST

Launch of The Watch House in conversation with Eimear O’Callaghan, author of Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary. It is summer, 1898, on the small Irish island of Rathlin and the place is alive with gossip. A pair of strangers has arrived from the mainland, laden with mysterious radio equipment, and the islanders are full of dread. Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, says of McGill, ‘ has the ability to enter into the brain and heart of her characters…

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Riddel’s Warehouse at Culture Night

22nd September @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST
Riddell’s Warehouse, 87 - 91 Ann Street
Belfast, BT1 3HH United Kingdom

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…

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Riddel’s Warehouse at Culture Night

22nd September @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST
Riddell’s Warehouse, 87 - 91 Ann Street
Belfast, BT1 3HH United Kingdom

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…

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Once Alien Here Showcase 2017

26th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST
EastSide Visitor Centre, 402 Newtownards Road
Belfast, BT4 1HH United Kingdom

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…

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Jonathan Swift: Poetic Ventriloquist

28th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST
Armagh Robinson Library & No 5, 43 Abbey Street
Armagh, BT61 7DY United Kingdom

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…

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October 2017

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

11th October @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm BST
David Keir Building, 18-30 Malone Road
Belfast, BT9 5 United Kingdom

Fintan O’Toole: The sore tooth and the broken umbrella Democracy and nationalism in a changed Ireland. Place: David Keir Building, QUB 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. Fintan O'Toole…

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Sasha Dugdale, Vona Groarke & Stephen Sexton

25th October @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm BST
The John Hewitt Bar, 51 Donegall Street
Belfast, BT1 2FH United Kingdom

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…

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November 2017

Inventing the Myth: John Hewitt and Protestant Identity

15th November @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm BST
David Keir Building, 18-30 Malone Road
Belfast, BT9 5 United Kingdom

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…

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