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Annual Events

Enjoy a great day out in Northern Ireland at many of our literary events and festivals.

Out to Lunch Festival (January) - Belfast’s brightest, boldest boutique bespoke arts festival returns to invigorate the extremities with its welcoming, warming stew of music, comedy, theatre and literature. Taking place every January, the Black Box on Hill Street will extend new year celebrations in a gloriously unseemly fashion and illuminate the darkest month of the year with a programme to stimulate, delight and entertain audiences.

Belfast Book Festival (June) offers a great mix of literature, debates, reading and music, as well as a fabulous programme of kids’ events.

John Hewitt Summer School, Armagh (July) – Featuring lecturers, seminars and readings with local and international writers. This year’s event included lectures former Ireland president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson and former hostage John McCarthy, poetry readings with Roger McGough, Stephen Rea performing the Third Policeman, and readings with celebrated writers John Banville, Kevin Barry and Glenn Patterson.

Happy Days – International Beckett Festival (August) - The beautiful town of Enniskillen, where Beckett was educated at Portora Royal School, provides the backdrop to the world’s first Beckett Festival. Offering an intriguing mix of drama, poetry, visual arts and sports; all interests and facets of the Nobel Laureate are explored and celebrated in this exciting new event.

Aspects Literary Festival, Bangor (September) – Boutique literary festival showcasing the very best of Irish literature and poetry.

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The Bard of Armagh Annual Festival of Humorous Verse, Armagh

The Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse has become a national phenomenon with bards from all over Ireland coming to Armagh to take part in the ancient Irish art of satirical versification.

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, Enniskillen

This year, Happy Days – Enniskillen International Beckett Festival has new and extended dates: JULY 31 - AUGUST 10 2014.

The Ardhowen Theatre is hosting two major international theatre events this August as part of the Festival.

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