Introducing Hilary Copeland as the IWC Acting Director

We are very pleased to welcome Hilary Copeland to our team! Hilary will act as our new Acting Director, in Valerie Bistany's stead during her partial sabbatical year.

Hilary Copeland has worked in arts management for over ten years, for festivals, arts and theatre companies and nonprofits in Edinburgh and Belfast. She has worked across business management, strategic planning, creative programming and event delivery. Hilary started her career in literature at the Stanza Poetry Festival and The Byre Theatre before joining the Programming Team at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. She has worked for clients including NI Science Festival, Kabosh, Culture Northern Ireland, Whittrick Press, Belfast Book Festival and Young at Art. Hilary led long-standing arts and cultural institution The John Hewitt Society from 2013 - 2019, where she ran the John Hewitt International Summer School and established the Hillsborough Festival of Literature & Ideas. She is Literary Advisor for the Belfast International Arts Festival, a board member of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, and trustee of Integrated AlumNI.


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  • Maria McGilly on

    Best wishes Hilary on your new role!! X

  • anne odling-smee on

    Hilary every possible good wish in this new departure. Happy days !

  • Matt Hegarty on

    Hello Hilary,

    Congratulations on becoming IWC’s Acting Director! I have had the pleasure of working with Valerie over the past few years in support of the annual Bualadh BOSton festival. I look forward to supporting you in a similar way. Best wishes on your success, and glad to see your triad of cities are my favorite in the UK, i.e. Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh!

    Best wishes,

    Matt Hegarty
    President, Harvard Club of Boston

  • Patricia O'Reilly on

    Congratulations on your appointment, Hilary. IWC is a wonderful organisation and I have happy memories of doing a little with them over the years.
    I wish you the best and look forward to meeting you at some stage.

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