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The English Society

The English Society at Queen's University Belfast is a student led society for students throughout Queen's University and beyond who have an interest in World Literature. We organise readings, quizzes and other events for members and non-members. In the traditions of great writers coming from Queen's University, the Society is dedicated to the development of creative writing across all levels of Queen's University life, from undergraduates to postgraduates and beyond. The Society has established an Undergraduate Writers' Forum as an initiative to start to develop undergraduate creative written work. The Society is one of the largest non-sporting, non-political societies at Queen's and one of the most active.

Visitors to the English Society over the past ten years have included Ciaran Carson, Cairns Craig, Robert Crawford, Robert Creeley, Seamus Deane, Denis Donoghue, Ian Duhig, Carol Anne Duffy, James Fenton, Mark Ford, Allen Ginsberg, Alasdair Gray, Kerrie Hardie, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell, Kenneth Koch, Doris Lessing, Medbh McGuckian, John Montague, Chris Morash, Andrew Motion, Paul Muldoon, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Camille Paglia, Jo Shapcott, Alan Sinfield, Jon Stallworthy, Graham Swift, Sinead Morrissey, Ian Sansom and many others.

If you would like to be put on the Society mailing list to be keep up to date on events or to find out how to join the Society feel free to e-mail

The Writers' Forum

The Writers' Forum has been set up to facilitate undergraduates who are interested in creative writing. It meets weekly for an hour in the seminar room of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, at 4 pm on Mondays. Access to the Seamus Heaney Centre is through Building 2 of the School of English. Ask at Reception if you are unsure of directions. The Forum was set up for writers to get constructive feedback on their own work in a friendly environment. Those wishing to have work discussed should e-mail it to several days before a meeting.

Poetry and Pints

A monthly event currently held in Whites Tavern, one of Belfast's oldest bars located at 3-4 Winecellar Entry, High Street, in Belfast City Centre. These events are a chance for local writers to read their own work or have their work read for them. They cover works of Poetry, Prose and Dramatic pieces. All readers are welcome, contact if you wish to read at one of these events.

The Social Space

The School of English encourages all students to become fully involved in the culture of the School. The School contains a dedicated Social Space, where you can read, relax, study, and discuss your work with other students and (by arrangement) with peer mentors. The Social Space contains a range of seating areas, a small kitchen, a library of books for student use (mainly modern paperbacks), and a suite of 10 computers, also for the use of students within the School. The Social Space is located on the ground floor at the back of House 1 in the School – please ask in the School Office (ground floor, House 2) if you require directions. The Space is open from 9am – 5pm every weekday.

Culture and Arts in the University at Large

Queen's University Belfast provides a wide range of cultural and artistic events for Queen's staff, students and the wider community. It not only provides the opportunity to study subjects such as drama, film studies and history of art, but is also responsible for the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's, the largest arts festival of its kind in Ireland, the Queen's Film Theatre (QFT), Northern Ireland's only art house cinema, and the Naughton Gallery, one of the best known features of the visual arts scene in Belfast.