Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen heads line-up at The John Hewitt International Summer School

Hosted by RTE’s Olivia O’Leary, performers and readers on the evening will include Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen, singer Brian Kennedy, musician Neil Martin and poet Colette Bryce.

Poetry Ireland and the John Hewitt Society Summer School will present In Dreams Begin Responsibilities on Monday 24 July, 7.30pm at The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre in Armagh. 

A celebration of reconciliation on the island of Ireland over the last 100 years and the approaching 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities will illuminate the island’s unique history from the evocative and intriguing perspective of its major artists.

The event is the Gala Event opening of the John Hewitt International Summer School, a week-long festival of literature, politics, culture & creativity which this year is marking the 30th anniversary since the death of the Belfast poet John Hewitt and the first Summer School.

John Hewitt International Summer School Programme

Introduced by Olivia O’Leary and including poets Colette Bryce and Siobhán Campbell, actors Eleanor Methven, Cathy Belton and John Paul Connolly, musicians Brian Kennedy, Neil Martin and Iarla O’Lionáird, the evening will feature a selection of this island’s finest and most respected artists as they look back over the last century and chart the journey of reconciliation from 1916 to the current day through poetry, music, drama and imagery.

Weaving together powerful texts by internationally renowned poets from the island of Ireland, readings will include work by Eavan Boland, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley and John Hewitt.

First presented by Poetry Ireland in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in April 2016 as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities was then staged in Belfast to open the Belfast International Arts Festival, in October 2016.

Supported by The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Reconciliation Fund & Gael Linn. Poetry Ireland gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funders The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.



In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

Monday 24 July, 7.30pm
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
Tickets: £12

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