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Annual Events

Enjoy a great day out in Northern Ireland at many of our literary events and festivals, below is just a flavour.

Out to Lunch Festival (January) – Belfast’s brightest, boldest boutique bespoke arts festival invigorates 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 island 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.

C.S. Lewis Festival (November) - The CS Lewis Festival, taking place over five days, will recognise and celebrate both his life and his legacy to the world.

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