Winter/Spring Events Programme - January - April 2019 - - Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Winter/Spring Events Programme - January - April 2019 - - Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Events Programme
January - April

Winter/Spring Events Programme - January - April 2019 - - Seamus Heaney HomePlace
*Cover artwork designed by Donna Lynch, Creative Learning Officer at
 Seamus Heaney HomePlace and made by our visitors to the exhibition

Winter/Spring Events Programme - January - April 2019 - - Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Chair’s Foreword
With the New Year brings a new exciting Events Programme.
As we move into 2019 it is clear to see that the Winter /
Spring programme promises to entertain and inspire.

Looking through the programme, theatre         Our programme always reflects a strong
and film is a prominent theme in this           acknowledgment of the contribution
season’s line up of events. January kicks it   female writers are making to literature
all off with A Joycean Epiphany. This           and this one is no different; Female Lines:
evening will take inspiration from the         Women Writers and Post –Agreement
work of James Joyce and includes Molly, a      Northern Ireland features a special
45 minute show followed by a screening         appearance from Monica McWilliams.
of John Huston’s masterpiece, The Dead.        Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will join us
Moving on throughout January I’m               to read from her work, and to top it all off,
delighted to see the return of Mid Ulster’s    in April, Bronagh Gallagher and Susan
Anne Tracey and friends for More Music,        Lynch will read a selection of poems from
Poems and Songs for the Soul.                  Carol Ann Duffy’s most famous collection
                                               The World’s Wife.
February brings an event that speaks
volumes about what HomePlace holds at          Whatever you decide to attend this
its core; ‘Getting Started, Keeping Going’:    season we hope you enjoy your
Emerging Voices. Seamus Heaney was             experience at HomePlace.
always a keen supporter and champion of
new and emerging poets and this event          Is mise le meas.
will welcome four of the brightest new
poetic voices from Ireland to The Helicon
stage. Later in February, HomePlace will       Councillor Seán McPeake
host not one, but two Booker Prize             Chair
winners, Anne Enright and Roddy Doyle.         Mid Ulster District Council

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Donegal        Bellaghy



                 Only 45mins from
                 Belfast and Derry,
              2hr 30mins from Dublin
               54.8077° N, 6.5213° W
           Free car and coach parking.
              Café serving delicious,
               locally sourced food.
                      Gift shop.
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Step into HomePlace

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of
Seamus Heaney’s poetry, and explore through his
words and imagination the people and place that
so inspired him.
Described by Michael Longley as ‘an echo chamber for the poet’s beautiful
lines’, Seamus Heaney HomePlace features an interactive exhibition over
two floors, filled with personal stories, images and the voice of the poet
himself. An interpretation of his Dublin study will transport you back to
1995, when Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Previously unseen artefacts, transcripts and books kindly donated by the
Heaney family are also on display, ensuring a truly unique and illuminating
experience for all.

You can also explore our gift shop, featuring bespoke ranges by local craft-
makers influenced by the surrounding landscape and, of course, the work
of Seamus Heaney.

For more information and to book tickets contact the Box Office
on 028 7938 7444 or visit

Ticket Prices:
Adult £7, child £4.50, concession £4.50, family £19

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The HomePlace Café

    During your visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace,
    why not drop into the HomePlace Café?
    Open seven days a week, the HomePlace Café serves breakfast, lunch and
    afternoon treats, using locally sourced ingredients, making it the perfect
    spot to begin or end your visit.
    Serving everything from homemade quiche to Irish stew, the café also
    stocks speciality teas and coffees to have in or take away. The HomePlace
    Café can also cater for larger bookings and for groups of 15 people or more
    you can pre-book any refreshments to ensure a smooth and enjoyable
    The HomePlace Café is open for 30 minutes before and after our events in
    The Helicon, so why not enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine in relaxed
    surroundings before taking your seat.

Winter/Spring Events Programme - January - April 2019 - - Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Following on from the success of last year’s sell-out show, Anne Tracey
and friends return to The Helicon to start the New Year with words, wit
and warmth.
Saturday 12 January at 2pm I Tickets: £8

Join some of Mid-Ulster’s finest talent for an afternoon of song, music and
poetry exploring the emotional pull of home. Words and music that spring from
their home place promise nourishment for both heart and soul.

Singers Anne Tracey and Roy Arbuckle are supported by musicians Michael
Corey and Eddie O’Donnell and poetry will be read by Moneymore poet, Maura
Johnston. Brendan Corey, who lives in Long Island, will return to HomePlace this
year to share his songs of place.

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    An evening of events taking inspiration from
    the work of James Joyce
    On the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany, HomePlace is delighted to present an
    evening of theatre and cinema inspired by the work of James Joyce. At 7pm we
    will present Molly – a new piece of theatre from Tara Breathnach. This 45-minute
    show will be followed by an interval where the audience can enjoy traditional
    Epiphany cake Galette Des Rois before a screening of John Huston’s final
    masterpiece The Dead.
    Saturday 5 January at 7pm I Tickets: £12

    Adapted by Tara Breathnach                              ‘a beautiful piece
                                                            of performance...
                                                            a must see’
    from Ulysess by James Joyce

    Molly is a provocative new adaptation Reviews Hub
    of Joyce’s final soliloquy in Ulysses.
    Molly lies awake, plagued by insomnia,
    wind and her husband’s snoring, and
    bares her soul as she questions her
    life choices.

    This vibrant presentation reveals the
    woman behind the oft-misrepresented
    caricature; earthy and witty yet
    vulnerable and sensual. A caustic wit is
    matched with searing honesty in her
    night-time musings. Molly’s observations
    on relationships strike a chord with contemporary audiences and her unashamed
    sexuality is startlingly modern.

    Molly Bloom is here liberated from the weight of literature in a fresh and revealing

    Performed by IFTA-nominated actress Tara Breathnach (A Nightingale Falling, Jack Taylor)
    and directed by Petal Pilley (Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Footsbarn).
    Please note: this production contains strong language and is suitable for ages 16 and over.

Winter/Spring Events Programme - January - April 2019 - - Seamus Heaney HomePlace
The Dead is the final film from legendary director John Huston and is
considered his masterpiece. One of the finest literary adaptations in
cinema history, The Dead is based on the final story in James Joyce’s
collection Dubliners.

Starring Anjelica Huston and Donal McCann, The Dead focuses on Gabriel
Conroy and his wife Gretta who are attending an early January Epiphany dinner
with friends at the home of his spinster aunts. As the evening progresses,
Gretta reminisces on a long lost love which results in a very different kind of
epiphany for the couple.

Atmospheric, infused with a beautiful melancholy and featuring
career-best performances from McCann and Huston, this is a great opportunity
to see The Dead in a cinema setting.

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     Featuring David Torrans
     Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Willy Vlautin started playing guitar and
     writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music,
     founding the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. The band produced
     eleven studio albums, all driven by Vlautin’s dark, story-like song writing.
     Tuesday 22 January at 7.30pm I Tickets: £12
     ‘WillyVlautin is one of the bravest novelists writing…
     it takes real courage to write a novel about ordinary good people.’
     Ursula K LeGuin

     A Paul Kelly song, based on a Raymond Carver short story inspired him to start
     writing and to date he has published five novels: The Motel Life, Northline, Lean On
     Pete (now a critically acclaimed film starring Steve Buscemi), The Free and his
     latest, Don’t Skip Out On Me. Like Seamus Heaney, Vlautin is drawn to tales about
     ordinary people living tough, everyday lives and, like Heaney, his work shines
     with compassion.

     Join Willy as he chats to David Torrans from No Alibis Bookstore about his music
     and writing career and performs some of his best-loved tunes and the music
     that provides the soundtrack to his books.


Fresh from releasing his first solo album for nine years, David Kitt has a
new found sense of freedom bound up in themes of renewal, movement,
and a constant reshaping of his musical preoccupations.
Saturday 2 February at 8pm I Tickets: £15

His new album Yous is a finely wrought and elemental piece of work, folding in
electronic beats that ground carefully fingerpicked guitars and stirring violin,
weaving between glorious pop-kissed melodies and starker, poignant

Yous is one of Kitt’s best and most personal musical statements to date, and we
are delighted to welcome him to The Helicon, performing along with violinist
Margie Jean Lewis.

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Powerstone Entertainment presents
     THE SUITCASE by Jane Coyle
     ‘Or the abstract, lonely curve of distant trains
     As we entered history and ignorance.’
     ‘A Sofa in the Forties’, Seamus Heaney
     Seamus Heaney HomePlace is joining with Powerstone Entertainment to
     host a performance of The Suitcase by Jane Coyle in commemoration of
     Holocaust Memorial Day 2019.
     Friday 8 February at 7.30pm I Tickets: £10

     In Vienna, a young Jewish dancer dreams of her future. In Belfast, an elderly man
     revisits his painful past. At its centre is the discovery of a suitcase in the house of
     the late Leo Edelmann, a Holocaust survivor from Berlin, who settled and raised a
     family in Belfast.

     This is a moving examination of the small personal stories that collectively
     formed the Holocaust from the company that brought Both Sides to HomePlace
     last year.

     This performance will be followed by a post-show discussion, facilitated by the
     Institute for Conflict Research.

     This event is supported by The Executive Office through District Council Good Relations
     Programme supported by Mid Ulster District Council.

with Paul McVeigh
Booker Prize-winning novelist Anne Enright is one of the most celebrated
writers working in Ireland today. Her work is part of a great tradition of
Irish writing that explores themes of family life, relationships, love,
repression and memory.
Saturday 9 February at 3pm I Tickets: £15

Enright won the 2007 Booker Prize for her novel The Gathering, a story about the
pull of family and the lure of home. Her first novel was The Wig My Father Wore
and subsequent works have included What Are You Like?, The Forgotten Waltz and
her most recent The Green Road. Her awards also include the Rooney Prize for
Irish Literature, the Encore Award and the Irish Novel of the Year.

From 2015 to 2018 she was the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction and we are
delighted to welcome her to The Helicon where she will talk about her work and
career with novelist Paul McVeigh.

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‘The dragon began to belch out flames
                         and burn bright homesteads; there was a hot glow
                         that scared everyone, for the vile sky-winger
                         would leave nothing alive in its wake.’
                         Beowulf, Seamus Heaney

     Dragons from Beowulf to Game of Thrones
     With Dr Carolyne Larrington
     Friday 15 February at 7.30pm I Tickets: £8

     Fire-breathing dragons and their poison-spitting relatives are thankfully rare in
     Ireland. In this talk Carolyne Larrington uncovers the history and development
     of the British idea of the dragon, from its earliest appearance in Beowulf, to the
     dragons of folklore, via Tolkien's Smaug, and Daenerys’s monstrous children in
     Game of Thrones.

     In this fascinating talk, we’ll ask how do these fiery dragons differ from their
     serpentine cousins and what they signify for the poets and writers, including
     Seamus Heaney, who have given them life?
‘Getting started, keeping going, getting started again –
in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential
rhythm not only of achievement but of survival’
Seamus Heaney

A poetry reading with Matthew Rice, Shannon Kelly, Scott
McKendry and Caitlin Newby, introduced by Damian Smyth.
Saturday 16 February at 3pm I Tickets: £8

Seamus Heaney was always a keen supporter and champion of new and
emerging poets and in this special event we are delighted to welcome four of the
brightest new poetic voices currently based in Northern Ireland and Ireland and
working towards their debut collections.

Caitlin Newby was born in Los Angeles. She has had poems and translations
published in Ambit, Oxford Poetry, and Poetry Ireland Review and is the poetry editor
of The Tangerine.

Scott McKendry is currently studying towards a PhD in poetry at Queen’s
University, Belfast. His work was included in the future always makes me so thirsty:
New Poets from the North of Ireland (2016) and his poems have also been
published in The North, The Tangerine and Poetry Ireland Review.

Shannon Kelly’s writing and translation have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review,
Crannog and The Irish Times. She was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions
Series 2018, and was named one of the 50 best new Irish and British Poets in the
same year. She was the 2016 winner of the Allingham Festival poetry
competition and holds an MA in Creative Writing from NUI Galway.

Matthew Rice was born in Belfast. His poems have appeared on both sides of the
Atlantic, featuring in Poetry Ireland Review, The Tangerine and in the anthology The
Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear), edited by Luke Kennard. He was
awarded runner-up in the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2017, and
selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2017.

This will be a chance to catch these talented poets at the start of their
burgeoning careers, introduced by writer and poet Damian Smyth.

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     With Nadine O’Regan
     If Seamus Heaney has come to symbolise Bellaghy and its surrounds,
     then Roddy Doyle undoubtedly personifies his native city of Dublin.
     Saturday 23 February at 3pm I Tickets: £15

     In a career spanning three decades, Doyle has become one of the best-loved and
     most recognisable writers of his generation. He is the author of eleven novels for
     adults, eight books for children, seven plays and screenplays, and dozens of short
     stories, from The Barrytown Trilogy to The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, the
     Booker Prize-winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha to Smile. And with a new film, Rosie,
     and a new book, Charlie Savage, due for release in the coming year, he continues to
     be a writer at the peak of his creative powers.

     We are delighted to welcome Roddy to HomePlace where he will talk with
     journalist and broadcaster Nadine O’Regan about his work.


Players from the Ulster Orchestra return to Bellaghy with a programme
which mirrors a key theme of the full Orchestra for 2018/19, the pairing
of Richard Strauss and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Saturday 2 March at 8pm I Tickets: £12

We’ll hear Strauss’ virtuosic orchestral masterpiece Till Eulenspiegel in an
astonishing version for just five players, and Shostakovich’s own reduction for
quartet of two of his own pieces originally written for larger forces.

The programme is completed by Beethoven’s glorious Septet for strings,
clarinet and horn.

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the Orchestra’s principal players in the
truly intimate space of The Helicon.

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     With Theo Ingils, Eleanor Crow and Deborah Payne,
     chaired by Dr Ruth Brolly
     Thursday 7 March at 7.30pm I Tickets: £10

     When you think of Seamus Heaney’s Death of a Naturalist, one of the things that
     immediately springs to mind is that iconic cover to the original edition, designed
     by Bertholde Wolpe.

     A German-Jewish typographer recently returned from an Australian internment
     camp, Wolpe created the Albertus font and, due to financial constraints after the
     war, designed the Faber book covers by hand. His striking font and the simplicity
     of his designs gave these jackets a distinctive quality that became strongly
     identified with Faber’s brand and has continued to inspire generations of

     Join graphic designer and writer Theo Ingils; Eleanor Crow, Senior Designer at
     Faber & Faber and Donna Payne, Creative Director at Faber & Faber, as they
     discuss Wolpe’s work, the early Heaney covers and the evolving nature of book
     cover design.

Saturday 9 March at 3pm I Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance

Local poet Maura Johnston was born in Moneymore and has lived there for the
past forty-three years. Since her retirement from full-time employment in
education, she has worked with children in cross-community projects; on
writing projects with a variety of groups; has compiled a booklet with nine
schools for Seamus Heaney on his seventieth birthday, and with six schools
produced a book of poetry for the opening of the Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

She is writer-in-residence at the Palace Stables and at the Navan Centre,
Armagh. Her first collection of poetry, Just Suppose, was published in 2000, and
this, her second, The Whetstone, has been long awaited.

The Whetstone is a collection that is grounded in place and shines with integrity
and wisdom. Johnston’s poems have a startling honesty regarding intimacy and
relationships, and a lasting warmth for her own family in all their generations;
for neighbours and the mores of this particular part of the Sperrins. We at
HomePlace are delighted to host this launch along with Summer Palace Press.

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     guests MALOJIAN and CONOR MASON
     Join us in The Helicon for an evening showcasing the best of musical
     talent performing in Northern Ireland today.
     Saturday 16 March at 8pm I Tickets: £12.50

     Arborist released their debut album Home Burial in 2016 to critical acclaim.
     Featuring lush arrangements of strings and brass as well as the vocals of Kim
     Deal (Pixies), it was nominated for the NI Music Prize. Natives of Ballymena,
     Maghera, Bangor and Belfast, Arborist are returning with their follow-up album
     A Northern View which will be released in February 2019. Recorded in Peter
     Gabriel’s Real World Studios, A Northern View is an album of pastoral themes and
     curious love songs and is a worthy successor to their lauded debut.

     Joining Arborist on this St Patrick’s Eve will be three time NI Music Prize
     nominee Malojian and Conor Mason, making this a magical evening not to
     be missed.

A World Poetry Day Celebration with Frank Ormsby, Moyra
Donaldson and Alice Lyons, chaired by Paul Maddern
Thursday 21 March at 7.30pm I Tickets: £10

Picture the scene: you are stranded on a desert island with nothing but poetry to
sustain you. What three collections would you take with you if they were all you
had to read?

To celebrate World Poetry Day, three poets join Paul Maddern to talk about the
collections they would choose, what those collections mean to them and also, in
true desert island style, which single volume of Seamus Heaney’s poetry they
would also like to be stranded with!

Celebrated poets Frank Ormsby, Alice Lyons and Moyra Donaldson will be making
the hard decisions in this celebration of what poetry means to us on World Poetry

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•         Photo credit: Dominic Martella

     One of Ireland’s most respected and successful playwrights, Frank
     McGuinness has towered over Irish theatre for the last 30 years.
     Saturday 23 March at 3pm I Tickets: £12

     Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Someone Who’ll Watch Over
     Me and The Factory Girls have cemented his reputation as one of our greatest
     writers. Like Heaney, he has become known for his adaptations of literary classics
     such as Sophocles’ Electra and Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

     His latest novel, The Woodcutter and his Family, takes another famous writer, James
     Joyce, and imagines his last days as told from the point of view of his family. Frank
     will be in conversation with writer Nuala O’Connor, who has written fictionalised
     accounts of the lives of famous figures – Emily Dickinson and Isabel Bilton – to
     discuss his wide-ranging career and the lure of creating a new fiction out of a real

Ulster Theatre Company presents
THE LONG NOW By Sam Burnside
By Sam Burnside, Directed and designed by Michael Poyner
“Memory is general to all, while memories are unique to each of us.
Memory is shared, but my memories are mine, warmed or cooled,
sweetened or embittered with time’s passing.”
Friday 29 March at 8pm I Tickets: £10

‘I remember as a child being a passenger in a big black car on one dark evening.
I remember sitting low in the front passenger seat, looking up and out through
the windscreen, the passing world of tree tops and cloud-filled sky being cut like
scenes in a film with that mesmeric rhythm of the windscreen wipers. Do I
remember, or do I imagine the sound of the wipers, the warmth of the car, and
the smell of the smoke of my mother’s cigarette? I do not know but I imagine I
remember the truth of that experience.’

With two actors, projections, live music underscore and a soundscaped chorus,
The Long Now explores one man’s memories of growing up in County Antrim in
the 1950s set against the ripples of external political, economic and cultural
forces that were to impact so forcibly on life here during that time.

Featuring Sam Burnside’s poetic language, The Long Now is an evocative
exploration of memory, childhood and hope.

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     With Jan Carson, Anne Devlin, Dawn Miranda Sherratt-Bado,
     Colette Bryce, Susan McKay and special guest Monica
     McWilliams, chaired by Freya McClements
     Saturday 30 March at 7.30pm I Tickets: £10

     In 1985, The Female Line: Northern Irish Women Writers was published by the
     Northern Ireland Women’s Rights Movement. It was the first-ever anthology of
     literature by women writers from Northern Ireland, a remarkable feat as it was
     published amidst the Troubles. Now, over 30 years later, Female Lines: New
     Writing by Women from Northern Ireland – a stunning mosaic of work by some of
     the best contemporary women writers from Northern Ireland – acts as a sequel
     to its vibrant feminist predecessor.

     Female Lines showcases the work of 33 Northern women authors, and it
     explores what it means for women to write in a time of ‘post-conflict’. Published
     by New Island Books in 2017, Female Lines features work by some of the best
     contemporary women writers from Northern Ireland and its diaspora. Join us for
     a celebration of women writers and their role in post-Agreement Northern

     This event features guest speaker Monica McWilliams, co-founder of the
     Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, as well as a panel discussion led by
     journalist Freya McClements and including Female Lines co-editor Dawn
     Miranda Sherratt-Bado; poet Colette Bryce; fiction writer Jan Carson; playwright
     Anne Devlin and journalist Susan McKay.


Saturday 6 April at 11am (tour lasts approximately two and a half hours) I
Tickets: £12

This guided coach tour of the landscape made famous by Seamus Heaney’s
poetry is led by local man, accredited tour guide and Heaney specialist Eugene
Kielt. This is a wonderful way to explore the ‘home ground’ in which Heaney was
rooted and so influenced his poetry.

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     Long a leading voice in British literature, Carol Ann Duffy is the first female
     Poet Laureate in the role's 400 year history.
     Friday 5 April at 7.30pm I Tickets: £17.50

     Her combination of tenderness and toughness, humour and lyricism,
     unconventional attitudes and conventional forms, has won her a wide and
     devoted audience of readers and listeners.

     Throughout her life, Duffy has written for both children and adults, and her
     poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse,
     the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, as well as the Lannan Award and the E. M.
     Forster Prize in America.

     She became Poet Laureate in 2009 and was named a Dame Commander of the
     British Empire in 2015. We are honoured to welcome Carol Ann Duffy to The
     Helicon to read and talk about her work.

     'In the world of British poetry Carol Ann Duffy is a superstar'
     The Guardian

With Bronagh Gallagher, Susan Lynch plus special guests and
featuring original music performed by Ursula Burns.
In conjunction with the visit to HomePlace by Carol Ann Duffy, we are
delighted to present this staged reading of arguably her most famous
collection of poetry, The World’s Wife
Saturday 6 April at 7.30pm I Tickets: £20

Behind every famous man is a great woman, and from the quick-tongued Mrs
Darwin to the lascivious Frau Freud, from the adoring Queen Kong to the long-
suffering wife of the Devil himself, each one steps from her counterpart’s
shadow to tell her side of the story in this irresistible collection.

Original, subversive, full of imagination and quicksilver wit, The World’s Wife is
Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at her beguiling best.

A selection of poems from The World’s Wife will be read by two of Ireland’s best
actors – Bronagh Gallagher and Susan Lynch, with special guests to be
announced. The event will also feature specially commissioned original music
by Ursula Burns and promises to be an unmissable evening celebrating the
untold stories behind the greatest fairy tales, myths and legends.

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     With Kim Montgomery
     Paddington’s adventures in his new movie all stem from the secrets hidden
     within a pop-up book of his home-town of London.
     Easter Tuesday 23 April at 9.30am and 12.30pm I Cost: £20

     Come along to this fun workshop with Kim Montgomery and make your own
     pop-up picture of landmarks close to your home – you can even hide your
     secrets within your pop-up creation!

     Suitable for 8 to 12 years. All materials are provided.


Paddington, that loveable bear, has finally found his perfect home,
but for how long?
Easter Tuesday 23 April at 3pm I Tickets: £5/ £3 concession
Running Time: 103 mins, Certificate: PG

Now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local
community, he spots a beautiful pop-up book that he knows would make the
perfect birthday gift for his beloved Aunt Lucy. When a thief steals the prized
book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before
Aunt Lucy's big celebration.

Starring Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson and Sally Hawkins Paddington 2 is a
fun-filled sequel that will warm your heart.
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     Join us across a series of events on Friday 26 April and Saturday 27 April for a
     weekend filled with music and literature. From world-class literary star David
     Mitchell to home grown musical legend Luka Bloom, this is a weekend of events
     not to be missed.

     Friday 26 April / John Kelly with special guest Loah 8pm

     Saturday 27 April / David Mitchell in Conversation 2pm
     So Sing On with Luka Bloom 8pm

     To celebrate this special weekend, we are delighted to offer a weekend ticket with
     a 25% discount for £30. Simply book for all the three events at the same time to
     avail of the saving.

            Why not make a weekend of it and stay in the Mid-Ulster area?
            Visit where you will find information
            on one of the many local accommodation options.

JOHN KELLY with special guest LOAH
Join us for a very special evening of poetry and music as writer and
broadcaster John Kelly reads from his new poetry collection, Notions, in
the company of acclaimed musician Loah.
Friday 26 April at 8pm I Tickets: £10

For many years John has been at the forefront of music and arts broadcasting in
Ireland. Having presented The View on RTÉ television for 12 seasons, and
assorted programmes for BBC NI before that, he now fronts The Works Presents.
Known for his wide-ranging knowledge of music he has also presented some of
the best-loved and most critically acclaimed music programmes on the Irish
airwaves, including his current show, Mystery Train on RTÉ Lyric FM.

John’s deep love of music informs his writing. As a journalist he has written
extensively for many publications he is the author of three novels, The Little
Hammer, Sophisticated Boom Boom and From Out of the City, which was shortlisted
for Irish Novel of the Year at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards 2014. Notions is his
debut poetry collection, and was published in October 2017 by Dedalus Press.

Loah is Sallay Matu Garnett, an artist of Irish/ Sierra Leonean origin who grew
up between Maynooth and West Africa. She performs a unique blend of genre-
bending Afro-soul which she calls ‘ArtSoul’ and has released several stunning
singles and a debut EP, This Heart.

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     With John Kelly
     David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of The
     Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas,
     Number9Dream, Ghostwritten and The Bone Clocks.
     Saturday 27 April at 2pm I Tickets: £15

     Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100
     most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2007. With KA Yoshida,
     Mitchell co-translated from the Japanese the international bestselling memoir,
     The Reason I Jump.

     In 2018 he received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, given in
     recognition of a writer’s entire body of work, and which was previously won by
     Seamus Heaney. We are delighted to welcome David to HomePlace to talk about
     his career with writer and broadcaster John Kelly.

     ‘Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though
     at the helm of some perpetual dream machine.’
     The New York Times

A singer and songwriter whose music is defined by passion, lyricism,
and a respect of tradition coupled with a willingness to defy
expectations, Luka Bloom is one of Ireland's best-respected
contemporary folk artists.
Saturday 27 April at 8pm I Tickets: £15

He has been writing and recording now for almost 40 years and always returns
to the words and to the song. His latest album, Refuge, creates a home within
music and in 2013 he published a book of photos, essays and verse, aptly
called Homeplace. We will welcome Luka to our HomePlace in The Helicon as
he performs his best-loved songs in this intimate solo gig.

‘The very embodiment of the folk singer, Luka Bloom has that deep sense
of social justice with an uncanny ability to distil contemporary life into
the pithiest and most alluring combinations of lyrics and melody lines.’
The Irish Times

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     With Carol O’Doherty and Patricia Broderick
     Come along for some entertaining conversation and the shared love of a
     good book!
     Time: 3pm - 4.30pm I Cost: £3

     A story is always better if you have someone to share it with and what better
     spot to meet and share stories than HomePlace? Join Carol and Patricia for
     this relaxed and friendly book club. Meeting monthly, the club chooses
     accessible and entertaining books relating to themes found in Seamus
     Heaney’s work.
     Dates and books for the Winter/ Spring season are:
     Sunday 6 January – The Gathering by Anne Enright
     Sunday 3 February – Don’t Skip Out On Me by Willy Vlautin
     Sunday 3 March – The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
     Sunday 7 April – Slade House by David Mitchell

with Michelle Gibb
This fun and enlightening session will show
you how to create and keep positive lifestyle
habits using the power of words, whatever
your preferred form of creative expression.     WOVEN WILLOW IRISH HARES
This interactive session will discuss topics    with Clive Lyttle
such as how habits are formed through
words, subconscious programming, writing        ‘The man the hare has met
with coherence, the importance of gratitude
                                                will never be the better of it
                                                except he lay down on the land
and the impact of words. How do the words
                                                what he carries in his hand—’
we use define us? How do words impact us
physically and emotionally? Who is writing
your story?                                     ‘The Names of the Hare’,
                                                Seamus Heaney
Learn how simple changes to words and
habits can shift your mind-set to make a
happier, healthier and ultimately more          Join Clive Lyttle from Welig Heritage
relaxed and creative you. Bring your journal    Crafts as he leads this hands-on
and leave with a simple, practical toolkit      workshop where you will create your
packed full of positivity.                      very own willow hare for decorative use
                                                in your home or garden.
Michelle Gibb is a poet, life coach and yoga
teacher whose work has been published
locally by A New Ulster and nationally by       No experience is necessary, all
United Press. She is qualified in kinesiology,   materials will be provided and places
hatha yoga and energy medicine and has          on this course are limited to 8.
been practicing yoga, mindfulness and
meditation as well as facilitating groups for
                                                Saturday 2 March or
over ten years.
                                                Sunday 3 March
Saturday 16 February                            Time: 10am – 3pm
Time: 10am – 4pm                                Cost: £40
Cost: £20

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 READERS with Sheena Wilkinson

 Do you want to write a story set in the past?
 Where do you start? This course is for
 writers at all stages who are passionate
 about bringing the past to life. We’ll look at
 how to create characters who are of their
 time but accessible to today’s readers; how
 to conjure up vivid historical settings, and
 how to know when to stop researching and         CAPTURING THE LANDSCAPE
 start storytelling. The course is suitable for   with GEORGE GOURLEY
 those writing for adults and younger
 readers.                                         Join experienced watercolour tutor George
 Sheena Wilkinson, described in The Irish         Gourley in this hands-on one-day
 Times as ' one of our foremost writers ' has     watercolour course where you will explore
 won many awards for her fiction, most             the local area through art. Bring along a
 recently the CBI Honour Award for Fiction for    photograph of a home place or use one of
 Star By Star, published to commemorate the       George’s examples to create a stunning
 centenary of women’s suffrage. Her first           piece of watercolour art using limited
 historical novel, Name Upon Name (2015),         colours.
 considers the Easter Rising from a northern      This course is suitable for beginners or more
 perspective. Her historical short fiction has     experienced artists and is for participants
 been anthologised in The Great War (Walker,      aged 16 years and upwards. All materials will
 2014) and Female Lines (2017), as well as        be provided.
 winning and being shortlisted for several
                                                  Saturday 6 April
 Saturday 9 March                                 Time: 10am – 3pm
 Time: 11am – 5pm                                 Cost: £30
 Cost: £30

At a Glance

                               Saturday 5 January I 7pm
                               A Joycean Epiphany (Molly & The Dead)
                               £12 (including refreshments)

                               Saturday 12 January I 2pm
                               More Music, Poems and Songs for the Soul

                               Tuesday 22 January I 7.30pm
                               An Evening with Willy Vlautin


                               Saturday 2 February I 8pm
                               So Sing On with David Kitt

                               Friday 8 February I 7.30pm
                               The Suitcase

                               Saturday 9 February I 3pm
                               Anne Enright in Conversation

                               Friday 15 February I 7.30pm
                               ‘Fire Made Flesh’ with Dr Carolyne Larrington

                               Saturday 16 February I 3pm
                               ‘Getting Started, Keeping Going’: Emerging Voices

                               Saturday 16 February I 10am – 4pm
                               The Power of Words with Michelle Gibb

                               Saturday 23 February I 3pm
                               Roddy Doyle in Conversation
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Saturday 2 March I 10am – 3pm
Woven Willow Irish Hares

Saturday 2 March I 8pm
Ulster Orchestra

Sunday 3 March I 10am – 3pm
Woven Willow Irish Hares

Thursday 7 March I 7.30pm
The Iconic World of Faber Cover Design

Saturday 9 March I 11am – 5pm
Yesterday’s Stories, Today’s Readers

Saturday 9 March I 3pm
The Whetstone: Maura Johnston book Launch
Tickets free, but must be booked in advance

Saturday 16 March I 8pm
An Evening with Arborist & special guests Malojian
& Conor Mason

Thursday 21 March I 7.30pm
Desert Island Poems

Saturday 23 March I 3pm
Fictional Lives: Frank McGuinness
in conversation with Nuala O’Connor

Friday 29 March I 8pm
The Long Now

Saturday 30 March I 7.30pm
Female Lines: Women Writers and
Post-Agreement Northern Ireland

                                Friday 5 April I 7.30pm
                                An Evening with Carol Ann Duffy

                                Saturday 6 April I 10am – 3pm
                                Capturing the Landscape with George Gourley

                                Saturday 6 April I 11am
                                LifeCycle Tour with Eugene Kielt

                                Saturday 6 April I 7.30pm
                                The World’s Wife with bronagh Gallagher,
                                Susan Lynch and special guests

                                Tuesday 23 April I 9.30am & 12.30pm
                                Pop-Up Picture Workshops

                                Tuesday 23 April I 3pm
                                Paddington 2
                                £5/£3 concession

                                Friday 26 April I 8pm
                                John Kelly with special guest Loah

                                Saturday 27 April I 2pm
                                David Mitchell in Conversation with John Kelly

                                Saturday 27 April I 8pm
                                So Sing On with Luka bloom

          Special weekend ticket price for John Kelly/ David Mitchell/
          Luka bloom applies when all three events are booked together

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Bellaghy BT45 8HT
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