Spring Festival

Spring Festival in Carnlough

Carnlough Harbour

Saturday 25th April 2015
Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough

This year’s festival celebrates debate and diversity with a day-long series of events exploring identity in contemporary Northern Ireland.

We’re introducing a great value Day Ticket which includes entry to all events plus refreshments and lunch on the day for just £25 + booking fee.

We’re also offering the option of a FREE return coach from Belfast to Carnlough for Day Ticket holders travelling from city centre. Once you’ve booked your ticket, we’ll email you with further details on coach travel. Or if you just want to attend part of the day, individual events are £6 + booking fee.

Enter below for a chance to win one night’s B&B with our accommodation & venue partners the Londonderry Arms Hotel. The Londonderry Arms are also offering special discounted rates for guests booking to stay for the Spring Festival – just call +44(0)28 2888 5255 and quote ‘Spring Festival’.

Double/Twin Room: £85.00 B&B
Single Room: £55.00

Eventbrite - The John Hewitt Society Spring Festival


Martina Devlin at Spring Festival

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin – The House Where It Happened

10.30am
The House Where It Happened is a chilling retelling of real-life events that took place in Islandmagee, Co Antrim in the 18th century. Martina Devlin examines how fear of difference fuels hysteria, when conflicts of class, gender and superstition devastates a community and the lives of eight women amongst them.

Ciaran Carson at Spring Festival

Ciaran Carson

Stephen Sexton at Spring Festival

Stephen Sexton

Ciaran Carson & Stephen Sexton

12pm
One of Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poets, Ciaran Carson reads alongside new writer Stephen Sexton, who presents his debut collection ‘Oils’. Two poets who explore their surroundings through language convey how a city is coming to terms with change, struggling to reconcile its past with the contemporary imaginations of its inhabitants.

Peter Osborne Spring Festival

Peter Osborne

Peter Osborne

2pm
‘Politicians do not exclusively own the peace process. As citizens we own it.’ Former Parades Commission chairman and current chair of the Community Relations Council Peter Osborne provides his take on tackling segregation in all aspects of contemporary civic society and explores how to empower communities to work towards reconciliation.

Vincent Creelan at Spring Festival

Vincent Creelan

Nisha Tandon at Spring Festival

Nisha Tandon

How are we learning to live with difference?

3.30pm
How is Northern Ireland engaging with diversity to promote social cohesion? Are old tribal divisions forming new patterns of behaviour that hold back progression towards a peaceful society? LGBT activist Vincent Creelan joins Peter Osborne and Nisha Tandon, chief executive of intercultural arts organisation Arts Ekta in this panel debate.

The Festival is part of the John Hewitt Society’s talks programme, with the aim of using literature to bring cultural debate and discussion to rural communities.

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