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Belfast - Lyric Theatre, 55 Ridgeway St, Belfast BT9 5FB

Jamie Dornan, Oliver Jeffers and Baroness May Blood in Conversation

Talks & Discussions
Location Belfast - Lyric Theatre, 55 Ridgeway St, Belfast BT9 5FB
Date 1 July 2022
Time 4:30PM
Age 12+


Join actor Jamie Dornan, artist Oliver Jeffers, Baroness May Blood and Hugh Odling Smee for a candid discussion of how integrated education has shaped them and how they see it shaping the future of our young people.

This year sees the 40th anniversary of the first integrated secondary school in Northern Ireland: such a short time for something so critical to Northern Ireland’s political past, present and future.

This panel draws together some of the Northern Irish art world's most passionate advocates for integrated education, along with one of its most tireless campaigners - Women’s Coalition co-founder and grass roots participant of the peace process, Baroness May Blood.






Meet Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan is an award-winning actor, model and musician from Northern Ireland, best known for The Fall, A Private War, and hit TV show, Once Upon A Time. Jamie has delivered impassioned support for integrated education.

Meet Baroness May Blood

Baroness May Blood is an activist who from an early age was involved in the Trade Union movement promoting equality for women at work and is the founding member of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition May is the Campaign Chair of the Integrated Education Fund in Northern Ireland and was appointed a MBE for her work around Integrated Education.

Meet Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers is a visual artist and author and lead artist behind Our Place in Space. In 2019, The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) announced Oliver as an Integrated Education patron and supporter.

Meet Hugh Odling-Smee

Currently Manager of Film Hub NI, part of the BFI Film Audience Network based at the Queen’s Film Theatre, Hugh Odling-Smee has over 20 years’ experience working in Belfast's arts and heritage sectors for organisations as diverse as the Linen Hall Library, Kabosh Theatre Company, Belfast Book Festival and Belfast Festival at Queen's.

Getting Here

  • The Lyric Theatre is at the junction of Ridgeway Street and Stranmillis Embankment, 50m from the Kings Bridge. From Belfast City Centre it is a 30 minute walk (2.5km) at an average pace.

  • There is no car park at the theatre, however, on-street parking is available along the Stranmillis Embankment. There’s also an 100-vehicle car park at the junction of Stranmillis Road and Stranmillis Embankment (400m walk away).

  • The closest bus stop is at the junction of the Stranmillis Road and Ridgeway Street, 200m from the Lyric. The stop is served by the Translink Metro Bus Service 8a and 8d, which depart from Donegall Square East at the side of Belfast City Hall (outside Ulster Bank headquarters). The nearest train station is Botanic Avenue, 0.9 miles away (a 17 minute walk). Plan your journey with Translink here.