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Summer 2018 Events Programme

The Summer Events Programme is out now running from May to August.

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Barry Douglas opens the new Summer Programme in May as he performs a selection of pieces from Schubert, whose work featured in Seamus Heaney’s choices for Desert Island Discs and the Ulster Orchestra make a very welcome return to The Helicon. Also in May participants from Maria McManus’s creative writing course will read from the work they have produced exploring the theme of ‘Silence’.

Barry Douglas, Saturday 5 May at 3pm
Ulster Orchestra: On Your Doorstep, Saturday 12 May at 8pm
Under The Skin: Silence, Saturday 19 May at 3pm

Opening June with a more literary focus, crime writer and former tabloid reporter Val McDermid will be in conversation with Declan Burke. Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009, will be discussing his new collection Essex Clay. We will have live musical performances from Eliza and Martin Carthy and Kieran Goss as well as poet, journalist and dancer Tishani Doshi in conversation.
Towards the end of the month we will be joined by some of the world’s leading voices in economics at “Dig With It”: The Changing Nature of Work.
Val McDermid In Conversation, Saturday 2 June at 2pm
Essex Clay: Andrew Motion, Monday 4 June at 7.30pm
Ground Work: Writings On Place, Saturday 16 June at 3pm
So Sing On with Eliza and Martin Carthy, Wednesday 20 June at 8pm
The Wonder Tales, Friday 22 June at 7.30pm
So Sing On with Kieran Goss, Saturday 23 June at 8pm
“Dig With It”: The Changing Nature of Work, Friday 29 June at 7.30pm
Girls Are Coming Out Of The Woods, Saturday 30 June at 2pm

The three new fellows from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s will also make their first visit to HomePlace - Peter Wilson (who performs as Duke Special), Jo Baker and Doireann Ní Ghríofa. This programme reaches a national and international dimension with a group of Santa Barbara’s Poets Laureate also visiting in July. Lastly, Emily Wilson will be in conversation with Dr Martine Cuypers to discuss her critically acclaimed version of The Odyssey, a poem about violence and the aftermath of war.

Meet The Fellow, Friday 6 July at 7.30pm
Seamus Heaney and the Hellenic Connection, Saturday 7 July at 3pm
What Breathes Us: Santa Barbara’s Poets Laureate, Saturday 21 July at 3pm
The Odyssey: ‘Find The Beginning’ Emily Wilson In Conversation, Sunday 22 July at 3pm

In August visitors will experience ‘About The Place’ - a series of events inspired by the work of Seamus Heaney and WB Yeats, combining music, conversation, books and theatre.
 What To Bring When We Leave, Thursday 2 August at 7.30pm
Time: Tell Excavations In The Recorded Sound of Seamus Heaney and WB Yeats, Friday 3 August at 7.30pm
Seamus Heaney Lifecycle Tour, Saturday 4 August at 11am
Viv Albertine In Conversation, Saturday 4 August at 7.30pm
The Iliad, Irish Wake Games And How The Irish Teach Us To Live, Love And Die, Sunday 5 August at 7.30pm
The Man In The Woman’s Shoes, Friday 10
August at 8pm
‘About The Place’ Poetry Brunch, Saturday 11 August, 12 noon

So Sing On with Declan O’Rourke, Saturday 11 August at 8pm