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School workshops in Illustration and Creative Writing
Evening events in Laurel Villa
Stanzas and Scones with guest poets
Exhibition by Colin Davidson
Laureate na nÓg visit Eoin Colfer
Discussions and poetry readings
Reading Rooms
Illustration and Creative Writing workshops open to the public
Music performance by Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol
Closing event Liam O'Flynn and guests








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Friday 12th September

In conversation

Poetry & the Planter

Join the Poet & the Planter in Conversation with BBC Radio Ulster's Cherrie McIlwaine from Gardener's Corner. Hear how they come to co-create the Heaney Poetry Trail at Laurel Villa.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 1pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Thursday 11th September

In conversation, Readings

Colin Davidson in Conversation with Glenn Patterson

Colin Davidson is in conversation with the writer Glenn Patterson who also has recently sat for Colin, and brings his own insight into being a Davidson subject


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 7 pm


Paid event

Admission £10.00

Thursday 11th September

In conversation, Readings

Peter Fallon In Conversation with Heaney commentator Professor Bernard O' Donoghue

The Gallery Press publisher and poet Peter Fallon talks to leading Heaney critic, poet & Oxford academic, Prof. Bernard O'Donoghue about his long & unique relationship with Seamus Heaney. From being one of the Seamus' first readers to Seamus being best man at Peter's wedding, it is a story of two friends who, in Peter's words, "rode shotgun for each other".

Expect an intimate evening of words & wit in celebration of a singular and deep reaching friendship forged in poetry, people and place.

Peter will also be reading from "Strong, My Love", his first collection in seven years, a series of prayer like poems for family & old friends.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 8pm


Paid event

Admission £7.50

Friday 12th September

In conversation

Eoin Colfer in conversation with Oliver Jeffers

HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish Oliver's picture books, now translated into over 30 languages, including The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Stuck & This Moose Belongs to Me. The Day The Crayons Quit, illustrated by Jeffers, was a New York Times #1 bestseller.

Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 2pm


Paid event

Admission £7.50

Saturday 13th September

In conversation

Belfast Noir

Earlier this year the Guardian newspaper ran an article on what it referred to as a striking new cltural phenomenon in Northern Ireland, the rise of Ulster Noir.

Ahead of the publication of a new anthology of crime fiction writing, Belfast Noir, Bafta award winning investigative reporter Darragh McIntyre talks to three crime fiction writer, Stuart Neville, Brian McGilloway and Gerard Brennan.

Why is such a strong wave of new crime fiction emerging now? What do these writers have to say about a Post Conflict society?

Darragh's own recent investigation into the Disappeared, coupled with the parallels with Seamus Heaney's Bog poetry, show crime fiction here has only just begun to dig at the surface of our society.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 2pm


Paid event

Admission £10.00

Saturday 13th September

In conversation

The Invisible Tribe - Gary Lightbody In Conversation with Marie-Louise Muir

Snow Patrol's front man, Gary Lightbody, pays his first public performance tribute to the man he describes as making him want to be a writer. From being published as a poet at 15 to winning an Ivor Novello award & penning some of the biggest anthemic hits of our times, Gary okaces Seamus as a central force in his creative life.

Writing in response to the news of Seamus' death, he wrote about an invisible tribe of people who act as creative touchstones.

"People of profound light, love and kindness that simply and maybe even without their knowledge make us and the world around them better. Stephen Fry is one. Guy Garvey another. to see them on the stage, screen or on the page makes us feel safer, happier, stronger, more centred and less confused by life and what the hell we're doing here. I would make Heaney chieftain of that 'invisible tribe'".

Gary will be in conversation with the On Home Ground curator Marie-Louise Muir.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 8pm


Paid event

Admission £25.00