History Bus takes a journey through writing and rhyme

History bus starts Broadisland Gathering events in Ballycarry


BALLYCARRY’S Broadisland Gathering gets underway next weekend, with a trip through the literary past of the Larne area.

Each year the Gathering has a history bus run and this year the theme will be Writing and Rhyme, and those taking part will be hearing about writers and artists from the local area.

Well-known historian and folklorist Liam Kelly will be joined by local author and historian Dr. David Hume for the event, which takes place next Friday evening, August 26, at 7pm.

The bus will visit locations associated with James Orr, Bard of Ballycarry, as well as other local poets from the village including William Calwell, William Hume and Crawford Jenkins.

The bus will then come to Larne with a scheduled stop at the grave of 19th century author Dr. James McHenry who wrote a novel based on his observations during the 1798 Rebellion. The party will also hear of others including poet John o’ the North (Harry Browne), actors Whitford Kane and Valerie Hobson and author and antiquarian Rev. Classon Porter before visiting the Carnegie Arts Centre for readings and refreshments. It is hoped there will also be the opportunity to sit in on a conversation with Amanda McKittrick Ros, Larne’s rather eccentric author and poetess from the past.

“There will be a lot to see and hear on this year’s history bus and Liam Kelly makes an excellent choice for main guide on the tour,” said Dr. Hume, who is Festival Director of the Broadisland Gathering.

Tickets for the Broadisland History Bus are on sale priced £10.00 from C F Beattie, Main Street, Ballycarry, the Gobbins information centre and Larne Tourist Information Centre. 

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