My Favourite John Hewitt Poem

Watch video of Seamus Heaney, Sinéad Morrissey and others reading their favourite verses ahead of the 2012 John Hewitt International Summer School

The John Hewitt Society's International Summer School regularly attracts the best Irish and international writers to Armagh for a week-long celebration of one of Belfast's most famous poets.

Now in its 25th year, this year John Hewitt International Summer School will be held for the tenth year running in Armagh's Market Place Theatre, from July 23 - 27.

The theme of the festival is 'The State of Hope', inspired by John Hewitt's poem 'An Irishman in Coventry', and the lines: 'I took this eager city,/the tolerance that laced the blatant roar,/its famous steeples and its web of girders,/as image of the state hope argued for…'

In anticipation of the 2012 Summer School, several well-known and emerging poets, including Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney, read their favourite John Hewitt Poems. Above Heaney reads 'The Watcher', while Moyra Donaldson, Frank Ormsby and others read their favourite Hewitt verses below.

Book your tickets for the Summer School at the Market Place Theatre website.

Jean Bleakney reads 'Palimpsest', Moyra Donaldson reads 'Ellendene' and Emma Must reads 'Frost'

Sinéad Morrissey reads 'Domestic Help' and Frank Ormsby reads 'The Searcher'

Ben Maier reads 'The Ballad' and Tony Kennedy reads 'An Irishman in Coventry'