The John Hewitt
International Summer School
2017


Monday 24th July to Sat 29th Jul 2017


The aim of the Summer School is to explore political and cultural issues through literature and the arts, and to encourage residents of Northern Ireland to think critically about the world around them.

Through lectures, discussions and debate, the Summer School raises issues of relevance to the divided society in Northern Ireland, providing a platform for audiences to engage with speakers from different backgrounds, experiences, and points of view.

The Society encourages the use of the arts as a means to explore sensitive issues, and offers opportunities for engagement with high-profile, high-quality artists and writers; our creative writing classes develop the confidence of individuals and help aid their contributions within their own communities.

Community Bursary Scheme

The bursary scheme is a key element of the Summer School that increases access and is a core element of the Summer School. The bursary scheme creates opportunities for those who would not otherwise be able to attend the Summer School to participate in discussions and debates around building a stronger shred community in post-conflict NI.

The main beneficiaries of all bursaries are people of socio-economic disadvantage from throughout Northern Ireland. Applicants often would not otherwise be in a position to attend due to variety of reasons including financial hardship, socio-economic background, perceived societal obstacles etc.

The bursary scheme provides residential accommodation for participants to engage in a six-day opportunity for learning and sharing in a creative environment. Places are allocated following advertisement and awarded to those who demonstrate how they will use the experience of the event to benefit their local community as well as personal development. Preference is given to those who have not previously secured a bursary. This criteria tends to benefit a more diverse economically deprived demographic, e.g. this has seen an increase in a younger age profile of attendees in recent years.

All residential bursary recipients take part in a creative writing workshop, with seven workshops available to choose from. The workshops cover a wide range of genres and writing styles, including short stories, poetry, crime, children’s fiction and playwriting.

The Society successfully made available more non-residential bursaries, to give flexible options for those whose lifestyles do not allow them to reside from home for five nights (e.g. carers, those with dependents, etc).

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July 2017

Official Opening

24th July @ 10:45 am - 11:15 am BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom

The official opening of The John Hewitt International Summer School.

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Helena Kennedy QC – Summer School Opening Address

24th July @ 11:15 am - 12:30 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom

Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, QC, FRSA, is one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. A highly regarded barrister and human rights and civil liberties campaigner, she has also been a TV presenter, an author and founded the Helena Kennedy Foundation which provides bursaries to help the most disadvantaged in society move into Higher Education.

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A Reading with Novelist Bernard MacLaverty

24th July @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom

Bernard MacLaverty was born in Belfast (14.9.42) and lived there until 1975 when he moved to Scotland with his wife, Madeline, and four children. He has been a Medical Laboratory Technician, a mature student, a teacher of English and occasionally a Writer-in-Residence (Universities of Aberdeen, Augsburg, Liverpool John Moore’s and Iowa State). After living for a time in Edinburgh and the Isle of Islay he now lives in Glasgow. He is a member of Aosdana in Ireland. He has published…

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Creative writing workshop with Mary O’Donnell: Fiction

24th July @ 2:45 pm - 26th July @ 5:15 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom

Creative Writing Workshops at the John Hewitt International Summer School Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th July 2017 2.45pm £50 for three-day workshop course Duration: 90 minutes each Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 minutes. Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential. Mary O’Donnell: Fiction Mary O’Donnell is an award-winning…

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Creative writing workshop with Nessa O’Mahony: Getting Started

24th July @ 2:45 pm - 26th July @ 5:15 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom

Creative Writing Workshops at the John Hewitt International Summer School Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th July 2017 2.45pm £50 for three-day workshop course Duration: 90 minutes each Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 minutes. Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential. Nessa O'Mahony: Getting Started This workshop will not…

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Creative writing workshop with Katie Donovan: Poetry

24th July @ 2:45 pm - 26th July @ 5:15 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom

Creative Writing Workshops at the John Hewitt International Summer School Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th July 2017 2.45pm £50 for three-day workshop course Duration: 90 minutes each Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 minutes. Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential. Katie Donovan: Poetry Katie was winner of 2017…

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Creative writing workshop with Siobhán Campbell: Poetry

24th July @ 2:45 pm - 26th July @ 5:15 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom

Creative Writing Workshops at the John Hewitt International Summer School Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th July 2017 2.45pm £50 for three-day workshop course Duration: 90 minutes each Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 minutes. Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential. Siobhán Campbell: Poetry Siobhán Campbell is an award-winning…

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Creative writing workshop with Emily DeDakis: Radio Drama

24th July @ 2:45 pm - 26th July @ 5:15 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom

Creative Writing Workshops at the John Hewitt International Summer School Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th July 2017 2.45pm £50 for three-day workshop course Duration: 90 minutes each Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 minutes. Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential. Emily DeDakis: Radio Drama Emily DeDakis has taught…

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Creative writing workshop with Jan Carson: Short Stories

24th July @ 2:45 pm - 26th July @ 5:15 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom

Creative Writing Workshops at the John Hewitt International Summer School Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th July 2017 2.45pm £50 for three-day workshop course Duration: 90 minutes each Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 minutes. Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential. Jan Carson: Short Stories A writer and arts…

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Creative writing workshop with Maureen Boyle: Creative Reading

24th July @ 2:45 pm - 26th July @ 5:15 pm BST
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, Market Street
Armagh, BT61 7BW United Kingdom

Creative Writing Workshops at the John Hewitt International Summer School Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th July 2017 2.45pm £50 for three-day workshop course Duration: 90 minutes each Develop your writing skills under the direction of one of our eight tutors who are all experienced facilitators and published authors. Each workshop runs over three days, and each intensive session lasts for 90 minutes. Spaces are limited – advance booking is essential. Maureen Boyle: Creative Reading Maureen Boyle is a…

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