Literary Lunchtimes Continue

The Ulster Hall plays host to a wide variety of authors in the run up to Christmas 2013

The Ulster Hall’s Literary Lunchtimes series is set to continue in November and December 2013, with more readings by popular writers and specially-themed events in the Group Space, all beginning at 1pm, with tickets priced at £4/5.

Short Cuts: New Prose Picks – Wednesday, November 13

Belfast’s Carolyn Healy, Sheila McWade and Sheila Llewellyn read from their short story collections Anticipate an eclectic array of challenging, thought provoking and entertaining stories in the company of three of Belfast’s most exciting up and coming prose writers.

Carolyn Healy is author of the much-praised collection A Stitch-In-Time. Sheila McWade is currently working on her PHD in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University. Sheila Llewellyn was recently shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Prize.

Emma Darwin – Wednesday, November 27

Highly respected author Emma Darwin drops in to the Ulster Hall to talk about her acclaimed novels. Published in 2006, Darwin’s début novel, The Mathematics of Love, was described by The Times as 'that rare thing, a book that works on every conceivable level'. Her second novel, A Secret Alchemy, became a best seller and was named as one of the newspaper’s Top 50 Paperbacks of 2009.

Roisin McAuley – Wednesday, December 11

Presented in association with The John Hewitt Society, former BBC NI newsreader, reporter and broadcaster Roisin McAuley reads from, and talks about her novels, Singing Bird, Meeting Point, Finding Home and French Secrets.

McAuley grew up in County Tyrone but has lived and worked in England since 1984. She joined the BBC in Northern Ireland as a newsreader, announcer and reporter, and worked on programmes such as Spotlight, Newsnight and Panorama. She has also produced and directed television documentaries for ITV and Channel 4 and written and presented programmes on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Poetry Picnic: Christmas Cracker – Wednesday, December 18

Bring your own lunch to Poetry Picnic – Christmas Cracker, which will be packed with literary festive treats. Award-winning poet Emma Must plunders the cannon of Christmas poetry, Tom Clarke reads aloud from Charles Dickens’s Christmas tales and Hannah McPhillimy treats us to a selection of festive songs.

Tickets are available online, from the Ulster Hall box office, and by calling 028 9033 4455.