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Small Town Stories with Joshua Burnside, Damian Smyth & Bernie McGill

29. April 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


This very special evening of words and music features three artists of exceptional talent presenting poetry, songs and story on the theme of small town living. This will be an intimate and memorable performance not to be missed.

Joshua Burnside was born in Ireland, but cites the music of Colombia, Eastern Europe and North America as the greatest influences on his unique sound. Deftly blending folk textures and melodies with elements of electronica, he has made it difficult for pundits to put him in a box.

Bernie McGill’s novel, The Watch House, was published in 2017 by Tinder Press. She is also the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories short-listed in 2014 for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, and The Butterfly Cabinet. Her work has been placed in the Seán Ó Faoláin, the Bridport, and the Michael McLaverty Short Story Prizes and she won the Zoetrope:All-Story Award in 2008.

Damian Smyth’s five collections are Downpatrick Races (2000), The Down Recorder(2004), Lamentations (2010), Market Street (2010) and Mesopotamia (2014). English Street is due later this year. He is Head of Literature & Drama at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

This event is part of the first ever Hillsborough Festival of Literature & Ideas, a springtime festival with more than 30 events taking place throughout the village including poetry, prose, music, film and talks plus events for families and young people.

Join us for: The Great Hillsborough Book Hunt, Book Doctors, Donal Ryan, Kerry Hudson, Doireann Ní Ghríofa  & lots more. Full programme of events and online booking on the John Hewitt Society website.




John Hewitt Society
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Market Room, The Courthouse, Hillsborough
The Square
Hillsborough, Co Down BT26 6AG United Kingdom
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(028) 9268 9717
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