Poetry and Plants with Jean Bleakney


  • Start date: 27 April 2019

Ticketing information

Adult: £10
Concession: £8 (seniors and under 25s, students and Historic Royal Palaces members)

This includes garden entry ticket.


Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

Enjoy a morning of poetry and plants in the gardens of Hillsborough Castle

Accompany poet and plantswoman, Jean Bleakney, on a special morning walk through the beautiful gardens of Hillsborough Castle.

Pause to admire the flowers and foliage and hear more about the plants and vistas, whilst discovering how and why the garden remains a perennial inspiration for poets.

This event is part of the John Hewitt Festival of Literature and Ideas.

Important information

Please meet at the Weston Pavilion.  

About the speaker

Jean Bleakney was born in 1956 in Newry where her father was a Border Customs Officer. She studied Biochemistry at Queen’s University and has worked in medical research and horticulture. Her first three collections were published by Lagan Press. Selected Poems was released by Templar Poetry in 2016 to coincide with the appearance of her work on the GCE Advanced Level syllabus in Northern Ireland. Her most recent collection is No Remedy (2017), also published by Templar Poetry.

Poet Jean Blakeney
Hillsborough Castle gardens

Oh grant the muse with pausing step to press. Each sun-bright avenue, and green recess

‘The Temple of Nature’, Erasmus Darwin