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July 2016
£12

Percy French: Melodies of Unforgotten Years (Friday)

29th July 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Market Street
Armagh, Armagh BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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Percy French

Written & performed by Sam McCready & directed by Joan McCready. Musician: Kyle Riley. Percy French is brought to life in Sam McCready’s witty & lively one-man show, which celebrates the music & life of one of Ireland’s best loved entertainers. McCready is joined by singer/guitarist Kyle Riley who brings a fresh interpretation to the songs. The show premiered in 2015 to sell out audiences in Northern Ireland.

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£15

How to Build an Audience and Sell More Books

30th July 2016 @ 9:45 am - 12:15 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Market Street
Armagh, Armagh BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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How to Build an Audience and Sell More Books

How to Build an Audience and Sell More Books with Stephen Gordon. Tim O'Reilly famously said 'The problem for most artists is obscurity.' Many new writers feel social media cures that problem for them but thousands of followers, likes, shares, or retweets doesn't pay the bills, and working only for exposure will not put you on the best-seller lists. No matter how you plan on making your money as a writer — self-publishing, crowdfunding, signing to a small press, joining…

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£15

Getting Past the Blank Page Workshop with Martin Tyrrell

30th July 2016 @ 9:45 am - 12:15 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Market Street
Armagh, Armagh BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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Martin Tyrrell Workshop

Getting Past the Blank Page Workshop with Martin Tyrrell A creative writing workshop for beginners and improvers. Martin is a published and prize winning author with an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. His Writing Fiction class is a regular and popular feature of the Queen’s University, Belfast Open Learning Programme and he has twice received an award under the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Support for the Individual Artist Programme.

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£15

Editing Your Manuscript for Submission Workshop with Helen Wright

30th July 2016 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 am BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Market Street
Armagh, Armagh BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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Helen Wright Editing Workshop

Saturday Morning Workshop - Editing Your Manuscript for Submission with Helen Wright Helen has worked in publishing for almost sixteen years in editorial roles, with publishing houses such as Harper Collins and Ebury Press. Helen is Senior Editor at Blackstaff Press (Belfast), and will be discussing how to (and how not to!) best present your work to a potential publisher.

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October 2016
Free

National Poetry Day with Armagh City Chapter

6th October 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST
Armagh City Library, 2 Market Street
Armagh, Armagh BT61 7BU United Kingdom
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National Poetry Day with Armagh City Chapter: Iggy McGovern & Kate Newmann Among Kate’s awards are the Allingham Poetry Prize, the Swansea Roundyhouse Poetry Competition and the Listowel Poetry Prize in 2009, and she has been commended in the UK National Poetry competition. Well-known for his witty, playful yet emotionally engaged poems, Iggy is the recipient of the McCrae Literary Award, the Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry, and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. His most recent publication is A…

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£10

NatureWatch with Simon King

8th October 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm BST
Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, 24 Main Street
Limavady, County Londonderry BT49 0FJ United Kingdom
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Simon King

Simon’s passion for the natural world is well known to television viewers worldwide through his work as a presenter and award-winning cameraman. He has been instrumental in some of the best known award-winning natural history television of recent years, including presenting Springwatch, Big Cat Diary, Planet Earth, Blue Planet and the Life series plus more recently African Cats for Disney. For the first time, Simon’s profound knowledge of the techniques and tricks needed to find and watch our most beautiful…

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£5

JHS Bookish Pub Quiz

12th October 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm BST
The John Hewitt Bar, 51 Donegall Street
Belfast, Antrim BT1 2FH United Kingdom
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JHS Bookish Pub Quiz - In association with Belfast City Council’s Positive Ageing Month The second annual Hewitt bookish quiz returns, hosted by the irrepressible Bill Jeffrey. Trivia, conundrums, opening lines, and a few other treats we’ll keep up to ourselves for now are all bring lined up. We’ll have some raffle prizes on the night and snacks to keep your brain fuelled.

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April 2017
Free

Sectarianism – The Ghost of the Peace Process

26th April @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm BST
Canada Room, Queen’s University, University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom
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Marianne Elliott

The first of the anniversary talks will take place in the Canada Room, Queens University from 10.30am to 12 Noon on Wednesday 26th April 2017. Professor Marianne Elliott will speak on the topic “Sectarianism - The Ghost of the Peace Process.”

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June 2017
Free

The Great Escape – And Why It’s Still Unfinished Business

13th June @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm BST
Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NH United Kingdom
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  With Sir George Bain and Martina Devlin 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. The Belfast Book Festival is delighted to partner with The Society in presenting this event in which Martina Devlin will discuss how the position of women in Ireland, both North and South, have changed and the…

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Strengthening The Northern Bridge

16th June @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST
Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NH United Kingdom
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With Sinéad Morrissey, Jacob Polley and Tara Bergin Sinéad Morrissey’s departure for Newcastle University is imminent and, together with The John Hewitt Society, we have invited two of Sinéad’s new colleagues to read with her; Tara Bergin and Jacob Polley. Tara Bergin was the recipient of the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for her debut collection, This is Yarrow (Carcanet, 2013) and Jacob Polley’s most recent accolade is the 2016 T S Eliot Award for Jackself (Picador). The readers will be…

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