Sunday 11 May 2014

12th Hewitt/Glens-of-Antrim Spring Festival

Fri 16th & Sat 17th May 2014 at The Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough
Spring programme includes: 
  • bestselling Chocolat author Joanne Harris with her new book; poet & controversial critic, 
  • Robert Crawford; theatre critic & journalist, 
  • Joyce McMillan; poets from around the UK; 
  • the usual book-panel but with a different focus 
  • creative-writing class; 
  • all-day bookstall from No Alibis; 
& the familiar Glens hospitality & literary ambiance of the coast road's Londonderry-Arms Hotel. 

Friday 16th May

Creative Writing with John Glenday 
7pm £12  

Writer's Block vs Reader's Block: John Glenday leads this intimate writing workshop, looking at strategies for increasing creativity and output & how to hone their poetry to appeal to readers. No advanced preparation is required.

Saturday 17th May 

The Great Scottish Novel 
11.15am £8 

Our annual Great Northern Novel panel debate takes on a Scottish flavour in light of the upcoming Scottish Independence referendum. Poet John Glenday, theatre critic & cultural observer Joyce McMillan and Lagan Press poet Damian Smyth debate the merits of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, James Hogg's Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Alexander Trocchi's Young Adam.

Tae Think Again! With Robert Crawford & Joyce McMillan 2.15pm £8 
Have Scotland's writers signed-up to cultural independence? Or like Scotland's footballers, are they playing on a UK-wide pitch? Join Joyce McMillan, theatre critic for The Scotsman, and Robert Crawford, author of  

Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and the Literary Imagination, 1314-2014 in discussion with poet and broadcaster C.L. Dallat
Children of the Devolution! 4pm £8 

Poetry from across the dis-United Kingdom, representing nations that have defined their own political & imaginative independence. John Glenday (Scotland) will be joined by Paula Cunningham (Northern Ireland) and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch (Wales).
Joanne Harris & Robert Crawford 5.30pm £8 

A poet with a strong regional voice , followed by a best-selling novelist who has made provincial France her fictional heartland.
Introduced by Anne-Marie Fyfe 

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