The John Hewitt Birthday Reading, with Cahal Dallat, Rachael Hegarty and Annemarie Ní Churreáin.

The John Hewitt Society marks the birth date of the celebrated Belfast-born poet, John Hewitt with the annual The John Hewitt Birthday Reading.

The John Hewitt Society will once again mark the birth date of the celebrated Belfast-born poet with The John Hewitt Birthday Reading. Acclaimed Irish poets Cahal Dallat, Rachael Hegarty and Annemarie Ní Churreáin will read from recent work in this annual Birthday Reading.

Presented in association with Poetry Ireland and the Belfast International Arts Festival.

Cahal Dallat, poet, musician and  critic, was born in  Ballycastle, Co Antrim and now lives in London. Winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize and Strokestown International Poetry Prize, he was the founder of the WB Yeats Bedford Park Project. Poetry collections include The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff) and his latest, Beautiful Lofty Things (Salmon Poetry, 2022).

Rachael Hegarty is a Dubliner whose debut collection Flight Paths Over Finglas, won the Shine Strong Award in 2018. A child survivor of the Talbot Street Bomb, her collection May Day 1974 (Salmon, 2019) has received international acclaim. Her third collection, Dancing with Memory (Salmon, 2021) is a ballroom of memory for her mother who lived with Alzheimer’s.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Bloodroot, published by Doire Press in 2017, was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award and the Julie Suk Award. Other collections include Town (The Salvage Press, 2018) and The Poison Glen (Gallery Press, 2021). She is a recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award and co-recipient of the Markievicz Award.

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