• Eamonn Magee

    Literature

    The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee

    While his wasted sporting potential is a source of frustration, the ex-world champion boxer's remarkable, still unfinished story makes for an absorbing read with as much tragedy as it has triumph

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    Performing Arts

    Hansel and Gretel

    Featuring a role call of fictional favourites, the MAC's fairytale production places a feast of Northern Irish theatre talent firmly in the (sweet) shop window

  • Junebug

    Dance

    WICCA

    The fifth Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement bows out with an entrancing multinational exploration of the female bond

  • The Dead Beside Us

    Literature

    The Dead Beside Us

    Tony Doherty wastes no time in following up his 'important' debut with a 'profound' adolescent account of conflict continuing to tear through 1970s Derry

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    Film

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Kenneth Branagh keeps Agatha Christie's detective tale on the right track as both director and lead amidst a cast bristling with star power

  • Ulster Scots James and Philip

    Literature

    This is Hame: Two Modern Ulster-Scots Poets

    James Fenton and Philip Robinson have been recently re-published by Ullans Press. Their books offer a window into that world – its language, humour, culture, religion and politics

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    Visual Arts

    Eddie Rafferty: The Pursuit of Happiness

    South Africa's people and places are captured with colour and invention in this career-spanning showcase bringing intrigued masses to Banbridge

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    Literature

    Hopdance

    Against a pre-Troubles Belfast, Stewart Parker's posthumous novel shows one of the city's favourite sons discovering what would become a seminal writing voice

  • Waves Review

    Performing Arts

    Waves

    Gentle movement and vivid storytelling make more than a few ripples in this poignant and understated play about one woman's remarkable resilience

  • The Train Review

    Performing Arts

    The Train

    While some elements lack steam, Rough Magic's musical has audiences on board for its retelling of a momentous, reproductive rights-fuelled journey

  • ReviewLiterature

    Tom Paulin

    Initially hesitant, the once 'notoriously combative' critic, essayist and poet eventually finds his voice on a return visit to Belfast

  • The Pharaoh's Daughter

    Recorded live in 2012, this screening of the Bolshoi Ballet's latest production features an interview with artistic director Sergei Filin

  • ReviewMusic

    Sons & Daughters

    A bright, brand new day for Derry~Londonderry as the UK City of Culture 2013 celebrations begin with a plethora of stars performing at The Venue

  • ReviewMusic

    Grosvenor Plays Britten

    At a time of uncertainty for the Ulster Orchestra, this 'outstanding classical programme' kickstarts 2013

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Shadow of a Doubt

    Multi-disciplinary artist Sandra Johnston poses more questions than she provides answers with an intriguing exhibition at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • 50 Shades of Red, White and Blue

    GBL Productions' adaptation of Leesa Harker’s mommy-porn pastiche is an x-rated antidote to good taste

  • One Rogue Reporter

    Former tabloid hack Rich Peppiatt lampoons the industry he was once a part of and ingeniously confronts its worst offenders

  • ReviewLiterature

    Scroobius Pip

    The Poetry Chicks' Abby Oliveira supports the London-based poet and hip hop artist at Out To Lunch. 'Think Hemingway in a hoodie'

  • Sean Hughes

    The Irish comedian whittles out the jokes in his father's demise, and entrances the Black Box with his 'energic and involving style'

  • ReviewMusic

    Tundra

    Inspired by American new wave, Before Machines are outsiders looking in. Will their debut album win them more fans at home?

  • Rob Newman

    Much oil has flowed under the bridge, and into the hands of Western businessmen, since Rob Newman filled Wembley Stadium with David Baddiel

  • ReviewMusic

    Geno Washington

    Gonzo hits, a manic roar and stories of Van Morrison in the 60s – the legendary blues singer sets the Black Box alight

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    An experimental adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Gothic masterpiece is undermined by a spinning disco ball

  • ReviewLiterature

    Changing Times

    Peter Smyth fails to confront the political inequalities that characterised our wee country during the 1950s

  • ReviewMusic

    Your Pet is Dead

    Eatenbybears leave their math-rock days behind them in favour of an indie aesthetic, but does their new sound add up?

  • ReviewFilm

    Valtari Mystery Film Experiment

    Icelandic outift Sigur Rós commission 12 filmmakers to visualise their latest album. The results are always engrossing

  • ReviewLiterature

    Stewart Parker A Life

    Marilynn Richtarik's definitive biography pays tribute to the 'greatest playwright the city of Belfast has ever produced'

  • ReviewMusic

    Farriers

    Having recently released their debut album, everyone's favourite folk act round off the year in stompin' style on the Belfast Barge

  • Forget Turkey!

    Writers Dan Gordon, Gary Mitchell and Colin Murphy raise a fleg for tasteless topical satire with the Lyric Theatre's end of year review show

  • ReviewLiterature

    Ciaran Carson

    The multilingual poet, author and musician describes surviving a stray bullet as 'happenstance' and muses on aislings, Asimov and other worlds

  • A Christmas Night with George

    A rumination on love, life and Long Kesh – Donna O'Connor shows how the Troubles affected Belfast's women

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Belfast Retrospective

    The 'hardiness and wit' of Belfast's inhabitants comes across in this collection of harrowing and hilarious photographs at Belfast Exposed

  • ReviewMusic

    Return of the Pin

    Ambiguity is everything for anonymous duo Pinner as they release their debut album

  • ReviewLiterature

    Belfast The Emerging City

    15 academics explain the city's rise to industrial prominence, but author Glenn Patterson's contribution wins out

  • ReviewMusic

    Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra

    The Class of 2012/13 show remarkable maturity, eclecticism and togetherness in this, their first full concert as a unit

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A Contemporary Sublime

    Photographer Mary McIntyre finds beauty in the most desolate of rural landscapes in a comprehensive exhibition at The MAC

  • ReviewLiterature

    A Verse to Murder

    Belfast's salacious literary scene provides the backdrop for Tony Bailie's latest crime story, which is short, sharp and sleazy

  • ReviewFilm

    Foyle Film Festival Shorts

    Bigger isn't always better, as this 'stunning, charming, creepy' selection of national and international shorts demonstrates

  • ReviewMusic

    RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet

    Terry Blain is impressed by a rarely performed Beethoven quintet and an appearance by viola maestro Nobuku Imai

  • Sleeping Beauty

    'Overly garrish, flapping, whimsical and foolish' – Ivan Little leaves his broadcasting days behind him to play the dame at the Waterfront Hall

  • ReviewFilm

    What Richard Did

    Irish director Lenny Abrahamson returns with 'his second great feature' and the story of one young man's life destroyed by violence

  • ReviewMusic

    Richard Hawley

    Sheffield's finest is not amused with Belfast's indifference – and produces a late contender for gig of the year in response

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Gone to Seed

    Belfast artist Claire Morgan's stunning installation at The MAC, on show until January 2013, elevates the Sunken Gallery to new heights

  • Quietly

    Owen McCafferty's new play, premiered in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, explores 'the hurt, the carnage and the consequences' of the Troubles

  • ReviewFilm

    Amour

    Two-time Palme d'Or winner Michael Haneke is not one for optimism, as this 'gruelling, unsentimental and undeniably excellent' film shows

  • ReviewMusic

    Jesus Rodriguez

    After being left out in the cold by an indifferent Western music industry, the anti-establishment hero returns thanks to his fans

  • ReviewFilm

    You've Been Trumped

    Scotland loves its golf, but does it love it enough to hand over a Site of Special Scientific Interest to the US billionaire with the dodgy syrup?

  • ReviewFilm

    Sightseers

    Kill List director Ben Wheatley's latest wool-loving creations kill and maim with impunity whilst enjoying 'the most spectacular scenery British has to offer'

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    Bourne Davis Kane

    The free jazz trio, featuring two of Northern Ireland's finest performers, 'play until they run out of ideas' at The MAC

  • The Visteon/Ford Occupation

    The true story of a workers' revolt in Belfast, written by first-time playwright John Maguire, is ferociously authentic

  • ReviewMusic

    The North Sea Scrolls

    Luke Haines and Cathal Coughlan devise a new occult history of Britain in this 'startling and truly unique' album

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Everyday Selves

    Social media and ideas of domesticity are timely themes for the photographers currently featured at Belfast Exposed

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Imaginary Places

    Once the most expensive living painter, Peter Doig's 'difficult and complicated' paintings brighten up The MAC

  • Michael McHale ReviewMusic

    The Irish Piano

    'A triumph of outstandingly alert and sensitive artistry' from Belfast pianist Michael McHale features original takes on old classics

  • ReviewMusic

    Boss Level

    Rap metallers Team Fresh are very angry about things. Steven Rainey ignores the outdated polemics and appreciates a 'confident, inspired' sound

  • Release

    Real stories told and acted by the men who experienced them 'illuminate the fragile nature of Northern Ireland's tentative peace'

  • ReviewFilm

    Trevor Anderson Shorts

    A program of films by the Canadian auteur is a highlight of the 2012 Outburst Queer Arts Festival

  • ReviewMusic

    Bystanders

    After a swift rise and fall in the 1980s, Belfast's original indie act St. Vitus Dance return with a third album worth listening to

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Trace and Transfer

    Family artifacts recovered from an empty property provide inspiration for Omagh artist Claire McLaughlin

  • ReviewMusic

    Ben Howard

    The poster boy for the UK alt-folk movement is upgraded to the Waterfront Hall. Ria Maguire squints through the smartphones

  • ReviewLiterature

    A Sudden Sun

    A 'poignant and powerful' examination of bereavement in a changing Derry City by author Dave Duggan

  • ReviewMusic

    The Deer's Cry

    Malojian justify the hype with an accomplished debut album that draws from their back catalogue and features classic alt-folk influences

  • Patrick Kielty

    Cat Deeley, red wine and the Pavarotti Provo – Northern Ireland's finest returns to the Empire Comedy Club 20 years later

  • ReviewLiterature

    Be My Enemy

    The second instalment in Ian McDonald's Infundibulum series for young adults is a riveting ride through time and space

  • Minsk 2011

    Belarus Free Theatre shed light on the suppression of human rights in Europe's last dictatorship

  • Jon Richardson

    How does the 'reliably sophisticated font of witticisms' as featured on 8 Out of 10 Cats transfer to the stage?

  • Ulysses

    Dermot Bolger's adaptation of James Joyce's famous novel is 'a tribute to Joyce's own curious imagination'

  • The Scarlet WWWeb

    Admirable acting and direction cannot save a weak script, as Big Telly fall victim to cliché and hungry hens

  • ReviewLiterature

    Kicking the Black Mamba

    Robert Welch's moving account of his alcoholic son's death 'should be on every school curriculum'

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    RUA Exhibition

    The Royal Ulster Academy's 131st annual showcase is a joyous compendium of Northern Irish talent

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