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You’re invited to the ­Hillsborough Festival of Literacy & Ideas, a springtime festival with events taking place throughout the village including poetry, prose, music, fi­lm and talks plus events for families and young people.

The second Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas takes place Friday 26 – Sunday 29 April 2019, with a diverse line-up encompassing poetry, prose, music, film and talks.

Founded by The John Hewitt Society, the festival team have worked with local groups to ensure that community involvement is at the centre of this event, with participation and support from the Village Centre, Historic Royal Palaces, churches, bars and local retailers. The new three-day book festival promises to provide visitors and residents with a new perspective on the picturesque Georgian village.

Supported by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. The John Hewitt Society gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funder The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The full programme will shortly be available online at: www.johnhewittsociety.org

The John Hewitt Society provides opportunities for individuals across Northern Ireland to explore issues of difference of identity through literature and creative writing.  Inspired by the ideals and ideas of the poet and political writer John Hewitt, The Society was established in 1987 to promote Hewitt’s ethos of utilising literature and the arts as a medium for tackling prejudice, exclusive concepts of identity, and sectarian hostility.

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