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Rhyming Weavers 50th Anniversary Celebration
The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre

Wednesday 24 July | 9.45am | £8

Panel Discussion

Dr Frank Ferguson, Chair of The John Hewitt Society, is joined by Dr Carol Baraniuk and Dr Kathryn White.

In 1974, John Hewitt edited and published Rhyming Weavers & other country poets of Antrim and Down. This collection was a seminal text in the rediscovery of generations of writers from Ulster who were connected with each other through the linen industry.

Born in North Belfast, John Hewitt (1907-1957) was regarded as the most significant Belfast poet to emerge before the 60’s Northern Irish generation of poets including Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Michael Longley. Appointed as the first QUB writer-in-residence in 1976, Belfast City Council made him a Freeman of the City of Belfast in 1983.

Dr Carol Baraniuk has published widely on the Rhyming Weavers, including a monograph, James Orr, Poet and Irish Radical. She is on the University of Glasgow team editing Robert Burns’s correspondence for publication by OUP and is authoring the Ulster-Scots entries for the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Scottish Literature.

Dr Kathryn White is the Associate Head of School of Arts & Humanities at Ulster University, where she specialises in Modern Irish Writing in English. She has a successful track record of collaboration and consultancy with arts festivals.

Dr Frank Ferguson is Research Director for English Language and Literature at Ulster University, with comprehensive experience in the management and delivery of Ulster-Scots and Irish literary, historical and cultural teaching projects.

In association with the Ulster Scots Agency and Ulster University.