In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

Poetry Ireland and the John Hewitt Society Summer School present In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, a celebration of reconciliation on the island of Ireland over the last 100 years and the approaching 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

First presented by Poetry Ireland / Éigse Éireann in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in April 2016 as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities: Rising to Reconciliation was then staged in Belfast to open the Belfast International Arts Festival, in October 2016.

Introduced by Olivia O’Leary and including poet Colette Bryce, actors Eleanor Methven and Cathy Belton, and musicians Neil Martin and Iarla O’Lionáird, the evening will feature a selection of this island’s finest and most respected artists as they look back over the last century and chart the journey of reconciliation from 1916 to the current day through poetry, music, drama and imagery.

Weaving together powerful texts by internationally renowned poets from the island of Ireland, readings will include work by Eavan Boland, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley and John Hewitt. This moving and evocative evening will illuminate our unique history from the surprising and intriguing perspective of its major artists.

Supported by The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Reconciliation Fund & Gael Linn.

Event Partners

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • John Hewitt Society
  • Gael Linn