Events

'Plays That Just Won't Go Away'

All Weclome. Thursday, 1 May at 8 pm in the Crescent Arts Centre.

Jimmy McAleavey and Owen McCafferty.

Jimmy McAleavey has written numerous plays for stage and radio. His Sign of the Whale won the Stewart Parker Major Bursary and was nominated for the Meyer-Whitworth. His BBC Radio 3 play Moonmen was described by The Daily Mail as ‘the perfect radio play’. He is currently under commission with the Abbey Theatre and Tinderbox. Jimmy is a lecturer in the Seamus Heaney Centre, where he teaches scriptwriting for stage, radio and screen.

Owen McCafferty is one of Ireland’s most celebrated playwrights. His work has been produced by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, the National Theatre in London and every major theatre company in Northern Ireland. His play Scenes from the Big Picture (2003) earned him the John Whiting Award, The Charles Wintour Award for New Playwriting and the Meyer-Whitworth Award: the first time a playwright had won all three awards in one year.

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Fulbright Scholars Reading

All welcome. Thursday, 8 May at 8 pm in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Every Spring semester the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry welcomes two Fulbright Scholars, giving us the opportunity to benefit from the presence of the finest writers from the U.S.A.

Liz Rosenberg is Professor of Comparative Literature and Creative Writing in the Department of English and Creative Writing, College of Arts and Sciences, State University of New York at Binghamton. She has published numerous highly commended novels, including Home Repair (Harper Collins, 2009) and Heart and Soul (Harcourt Brace, 1996), and numerous collections of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Demon Love (Mammoth Press, 2008).

Elisabeth Sheffield is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing in the Department of English and Creative Writing, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder. She has held teaching appointments at various institutions in the USA, Germany and Cyprus and is the author of the critical monograph Joyce’s Abandoned Female Costumes, Gratefully Received (Associated University Presses, 1998) as well as two well-reviewed experimental novels Gone (2003) and Fort Da: A Report (2009).

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M.A. showcase

29 May. M.A. showcase, at 8 pm in the Crescent Arts Centre. This is one of the most popular events in our programme, featuring readings by our Creative Writing students.

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