Patrick Magee Blue Plaque Unveiling

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 … Read More

Editing Your Manuscript

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Following the success of her workshop in 2016, editor Helen Wright returns to the Summer School to discuss how to (and how not to) best present your work to a potential publisher. Helen has worked … Read More

Mark Doty & Liz Lochhead

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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 … Read More

The Rule of the Land

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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 … Read More

Creative Writing Showcase

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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 … Read More

Michael Harding & Shane Connaughton

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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 … Read More

Tessa Hadley

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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 … Read More

Jean Bleakney & Lorna Shaughnessy

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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 … Read More

The Garlic Wall – Dominique Jan Searle

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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. … Read More