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Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87)An Irish writer, his world, and his times$
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W. J. McCormack

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.001.0001

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The War Years, including Cold War Preliminaries

The War Years, including Cold War Preliminaries

(p.68) 4 The War Years, including Cold War Preliminaries
Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87)

W. J. McCormack

Oxford University Press

Hewitt’s immediately pre-war journalism is considered, following by an account of the war-time rationed party scene at his Mount Charles flat. Roberta Hewitt’s health deteriorated, but the end of hostilities brought a re-engagement in Labour politics. The long poem ‘Conacre’ (1943, privately printed) was a significant publication. Establishment of a local Committee for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts gave Hewitt a further outlet for propagating his views. His trips to (neutral) Southern Ireland provided welcome literary contacts, but aroused suspicions in Belfast. He wrote a play for the BBC. Hewitt’s father died in 1945. With peace, he and Roberta chose to find a holiday home in the Glens of Antrim, leading to sympathetic explorations of local Catholicism and composition of ‘The Colony’ (1948). He completed an MA dissertation on Ulster Weaver Poets.

Keywords:   Hewitt, rationing, Labour, Conacre, neutral Ireland, BBC, Glens of Antrim, Catholicism, The Colony, weaver poets

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