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The Shadow of a Gunman

The Shadow of a Gunman

03 May - 06 June, Belfast

The first of Sean O'Casey's Dublin plays, The Shadow of a Gunman is set during Ireland's War of Independence.

Michael Longley

Michael Longley

12 March, Lisburn

Michael Longley has long been acknowledged as one of our greatest living poets: Seamus Heaney once described him as 'a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders'.

Poems on a Sunday Afternoon

Poems on a Sunday Afternoon

22 February - 26 April, Co Down

We invite budding readers, writers and singers to join us in celebrating the written word in all its forms. Offering a friendly space to read, we hope that as before, those gathered will join in by sharing a piece of their own work, or perhaps a favourite poem.

On 22 February we are delighted to welcome local author, Damian Smyth to our featured reader spot. Damien was born in Downpatrick and his five full collections focus on the town and the surrounding areas.

On 26 April members of the ‘Words for Castle Ward’ monthly writing group, part of the Castle Ward Arts and Craft Initiative, will share their work with us.

Please join us for what are sure to be entertaining and inspiring afternoons of words, music and a friendly space to share your work.

Literary Lunchtimes - The Bedford Street Letter Writing Club

Literary Lunchtimes - The Bedford Street Letter Writing Club

18 March, Belfast

Liven up lunchtime with bookish adventures in the Group Space featuring readings by popular writers and specially themed literary events.

Discover the lost art of letter writing and spend an uninterrupted hour corresponding the old-fashioned way.

In The Footsteps of Saint Patrick

A Touch of the Green with Randall Stephen Hall

14 March, Belfast

A special performance with music and readings.  Family event, celebrating St. Patrick's Day, with Randall Stephen Hall, storyteller, artist, writer and musician.

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Northern Ireland has a world-renowned reputation in poetry and prose. From the works of Seamus Heaney, CS Lewis and Samuel Beckett - for such a small country, our influence is mighty. If you enjoy reading and losing yourself in a good book, writing poetry or experiencing the magic of where some of the world’s finest stories, and poetry comes from, then look no further than Northern Ireland.

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