UB Students Explore Northern Ireland
July 7, 2016
Contact: University Relations
The eight members of the University of Baltimore community who are now in Northern Ireland as part of the Armagh Project—a month-long creative writing residency—have settled in nicely and are spending their days and nights as writers, cultural explorers and more, according to Kimberley Lynne, affiliate assistant professor and arts and theater manager and the leader of the annual trip.
The project, which serves as an immersive learning experience for young writers, culminates in performance in the John Hewitt Summer School, an international writing festival that draws not only writers from across Western Europe but also Northern Irish politicians, musicians, economists, and educators.
Pictured during a recent excursion to Navan Fort, a Bronze Age site not far from the project's home base, are (from left): Rayne McAndrews (UB), Brandy McCluskey (UB), Lexi Wright (back row, from left), Alex Kaiser (UB), Grace Perrotta, Marian de Almeida (UB), Ellen Stevenson-Cerasuolo (UB), Kerrin Smith (UB), Kimberley Lynne (UB) (first row right to left), Armagh Project faculty member Nessa O'Mahony, faculty member Terri Ciofalo, Montez Jennings (UB), Amber Conklin (UB), Jennifer Hussein, and Samantha Pineau.
(Wright, Perrotta, Hussein and Pineau are students from other American and Canadian institutions studying at Armagh.)
For the month-long residency, students live in the tiny and historic town of Armagh, where locals now mark the month of July with the Americans' arrival. The students will visit Dublin and Belfast, and are culturally immersed through museums, theatre and libraries.
This fall, UB students from the 2016 Armagh Project will showcase their creative work in Arts and Ideas classes and at the Maryland Irish Festival in November. The Armagh Project trip is partially funded by the University of Baltimore Foundation Fund for Excellence, the Helen P. Denit Honors program, and the UB Student Government Association.
Learn more about the Armagh Project and other performing arts opportunities through Spotlight UB.
Follow the Armagh Project 2016 blog.