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July 2017

JB Vallely In Conversation With Eamonn Mallie

27th July @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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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 JB Vallely appear in the collection of galleries and universities in over thirteen countries. A keen musician, he founded the Armagh PipersClub 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 had a passionate interest in the visual…

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Two Angry Men Screening & Discussion

27th July @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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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…

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A Time to Speak

27th July @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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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…

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The Garlic Wall – Dominique Jan Searle

28th July @ 9:45 am - 10:45 am BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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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…

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Jean Bleakney & Lorna Shaughnessy

28th July @ 11:15 am - 12:00 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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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.…

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Tessa Hadley

28th July @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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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…

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Michael Harding & Shane Connaughton

28th July @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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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.…

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Creative Writing Showcase

28th July @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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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

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The Rule of the Land

28th July @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border by Garrett Carr is the story of Ireland’s frontier and a portrait of its landscape and people. It was adapted for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 earlier this year and read by John Paul Connolly. Connolly will once again take on Carr's work in this reading, although this time joined by the author. The reading surveys some of the border's turbulent history, changing the way we look at nationhood, land and power.…

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Mark Doty & Liz Lochhead

28th July @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom
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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,…

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