Malcolm Orange Disappears at Brussels Platforms

Novelist Jan Carson and singer-songwriter Hannah McPhillimy collaborate for Arts Council of Northern Ireland showcase

Novelist Jan Carson and singer-songwriter Hannah McPhillimy are the latest in home-grown talent to represent the arts and culture of Northern Ireland in Europe as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform this February. Read a review of Malcolm Orange Disappears, and listen to 'Hold Still' and 'Sinking' below.

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The Belfast based artists have combined talents to produce a captivating performance of live music and reading. Inspired by Carson’s debut novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears – published by Liberties Press in 2014 – McPhillimy has penned a series of songs which she will perform in Brussels from February 9 – 11 following a reading by Carson from her widely acclaimed work. 

Hosted by the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels, the events will attract an audience that includes MEPs and key opinion formers amongst EU representatives, and are the latest in the Brussels Platform series. A collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive Office, the Brussels Platform involves local musicians, writers, dancers, theatre practitioners and visual artists showcasing their talents in the city of the European Institutions, with the aim of promoting the culture and creativity of Northern Ireland in Europe.

Damian Smyth, Head of Drama and Literature with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: 'Both Jan Carson and Hannah McPhillimy are wonderful ambassadors for the arts and culture of Northern Ireland. The Brussels Platform is all about providing a stage for our local musicians, writers, dancers, theatre practitioners and visual artists to showcase their immense talent and to convey the culture and creativity that is inherent to Northern Ireland.'

https://soundcloud.com/cultureni/hannah-mcphillimy-sinking?in=cultureni/sets/malcolm-orange-disappears

Gerry Mulligan, Head of Office in Brussels, added: 'The Brussels Platform continues to provide the ideal opportunity to showcase our talent on a European stage and to highlight the region's ever-growing reputation as a centre of excellence in the arts. I look forward to welcoming Jan and Hannah to Brussels this February.'

For more information, visit the Arts Council of Northern Ireland website.