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    Book Review: The Skelper and Me

    Tony Doherty completes his trilogy of Troubles memoirs with more accessible and authentic storytelling, spanning his time as an IRA prisoner to his long journey for justice after his father's death on Bloody Sunday

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    Derry: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23

    Historian Adrian Grant delves a century into the city's past and, with new facts and parallels to today, manages to makes a gripping read from events we already know the outcomes of

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    Her Name Was Rose

    Claire Allan leaves 'Chick Lit' behind in favour of a dark thriller which, for the Derry-based author, signals a bright new chapter

  • Eamonn Magee

    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

  • The Dead Beside Us

    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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    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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    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

  • Rule of the Land Garrett Carr

    The Rule of the Land

    With eloquence and tact, Garrett Carr charts a timely expedition along the line that divides and defines Ireland, its history and its people

  • Heaney Young

    Heaney, Sir! St Columb's Remembered

    One-time peers including Phil Coulter recall the poet's college years with revealing anecdotes, recitals and an audience panel

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    The Way We Were

    Dublin author Sinéad Moriarty gives shelter to fiction fans in Bangor with an intimate discussion around her latest novel and writing career

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    This Man's Wee Boy

    Debut author Tony Doherty lends a vital human voice to Derry's darkest period with a childhood portrait of life in the city

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    The Wing Orderly’s Tales

    Carlo Gébler’s new collection of short stories is an authoritative portrayal of life and death in a Northern Ireland jail

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    The Musical Life of Nineteenth-Century Belfast

    Roy Johnston's posthumous chronicle of the formative period is an unprecedented work. Claire Savage reports from its launch at the Linen Hall Library

  • Once Upon a Time in the North West

    Once Upon a Time in the North West

    Garbhan Downey's transatlantic newsroom thriller characterises the resilient role of Derry through some of the last century's darkest days

  • James Ellis Troubles Over the Bridge

    Troubles Over the Bridge

    James Ellis's memoir raises questions of the times that deprived the late actor of his true off-stage potential as well as the wider barriers art must often overcome

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    An Evening with Ian Rankin

    The acclaimed author on why his latest release isn't 'really a Rebus novel', as the retired detective moves out on his own in the Scottish capital

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    Sam Burnside Book Launch

    Playwright Frank McGuinness and more mark the release of the poet's newest publications with recitals tinged with the significance of recent world events

  • Connolly McGilloway

    Brian McGilloway and John Connolly

    Two of Ireland's most accomplished crime authors trade literary lessons to mark the double launch of their latest books

  • Wheels

    The Wheels of the World: 300 Years of Uilleann Pipers

    From the Famine to the Fureys, Colin Harper leaves few stones unturned in his quest to trace the fortunes of Ireland's 'only' true indigenous instrument

  • Carlo Gebler and Ian Sansom

    My Writing Life; Why Bother?

    Authors Carlo Gébler and Ian Sansom share their views and experiences of the literary world with a sold-out crowd at Aspects Festival

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    House of Small Absences

    Anne-Marie Fyfe reflects on places past and present in her fifth poetry collection

  • Ciaran Carson

    Ciaran Carson and Stephen Sexton

    Teacher and pupil read from their work at the 2014 John Hewitt Society Spring Festival in Carnlough: 'Everything I do in English, there’s always the shadow of another language'

  • Paul McVeigh

    The Good Son

    Belfast author Paul McVeigh’s debut novel may be set during the Troubles but is a charming coming-of-age story with a refreshingly complex young narrator at its heart

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    Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2015

    Community Arts Partnership reward Stephanie Conn for her poem 'Lavender Fields' at a busy evening in Belfast's Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts

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    The Squat Pen

    Ballycastle Writers Group host the fortnightly showcase of poetry and music on tour from its usual home of Belfast's No Alibis Bookshop

  • Oils

    Oils

    Stephen Sexton is inspired by classic works of art in a captivating poetry collection that leaves the reader to 'create their own metaphorical trail of breadcrumbs'

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    Northern Noir

    Three of Northern Ireland's finest crime authors, Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville and Steve Cavanagh, share literary insights at Libraries NI Catch a Crime Writer event

  • Martina Devlin

    Martina Devlin

    Out To Lunch festival goers come out in force to hear the story of Ireland's final conviction for witchcraft

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    The House Where It Happened

    Martina Devlin spins an eerie tale around Ireland's last witchcraft trail

  • Colin Bateman

    Crime writer, screenwriter, children's author – Bangor's finest delivers words of wisdom in Ballycastle

  • Lines of Vision

    Writers respond to paintings in the National Gallery and reveal true value of the arts

  • Mickey Finn's Air

    Gerald Dawe's new collection takes the reader on flights of nostalgic fancy

  • Poetry Ireland Review

    Latest issue sees a range of contemporary poets writing about their favourite Seamus Heaney poems

  • Belfast Days

    Excerpts from Eimear O'Callaghan's teenage diary written at the height of the Troubles in 1972 

  • The Stairwell

    Michael Longley considers mortality in his new collection shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize

  • Stewart Parker Memorial Lecture

    Award-winning actor Adrian Dunbar commemorates the late playwright at the Belfast Festival

  • The Goose Tree

    Moyra Donaldson takes stock of a life in letters and finds solace in nature

  • Where They Lie

    Mary O'Donnell's fourth novel is a darkly passionate tribute to the Disappeared

  • Martin Bell

    Acclaimed war correspondent on learning his craft in Troubles-era Northern Ireland

  • Bangor Literary Tour

    Kenneth Irvine traverses the 'Cradle of Modern Irish Literature' with poetry, song and not a few tenuous links

  • My Heaney

    'When terrible things happen, we go to the poets.' Broadcaster Seamus McKee reads at On Home Ground

  • On Home Ground

    Claire Savage takes in poetry, music and the debut public reading by children's author DD Everest  

  • Tom Hartley

    Milltown Cemetery

    Tom Hartley writes a richly complex history of the Belfast graveyard

  • The Blame

    Michael Nolan's novella in and about modern Belfast is satisfyingly ambiguous and hints at greater things

  • War Words

    Genevieve Swift and Andrew Eaton read original compositions and archived material at PRONI

  • Bathed In Lightning

    The life and legacy of guitarist John McLaughlin explored in Colin Harper's monumental new biography

  • John Hewitt

    Maureen Boyle attends a range of events at the International Summer School in Armagh

  • Creggan Writers' Showcase

    Guildhall Press invite a diverse range of writers to read in Derry~Londonderry

  • Home Words

    The Public Record Office celebrate the life and work of poet, activist and mentor John Hewitt

  • Malcolm Orange Disappears

    Jan Carson's debut novel is a magical realist adventure that fizzes with life

  • Romancing Ireland

    Paul Clements' biography of Richard Hayward reveals a forgotten renaissance man

  • Breaking the Silence

    Former Israeli soldier turned peace campaigner Yehuda Shaul speaks from the heart at the Black Box

  • Jonathan Meades

    The inimitable architecture and food critic revels in language and sardonic wit at the Crescent Arts Centre

  • The Pigeon Men

    Felicity McCall bravely tackles the subject of child abuse in this compelling but disturbing novella

  • The Incubator

    New literary journal launches at the Black Box in Belfast with readings from featured writers

  • PJ O'Rourke

    American conservative satirist holds court on the baby boom generation at Ulster Museum for the Hay Festival of Literature

  • From Out of the City

    John Kelly imagines a future Dublin lorded over by porn stars, dead presidents and not-so-starry skies

  • Writers on Writers

    Poet Martin Mooney and playwright Martin Lynch discuss their influences at the Linen Hall Library

  • Poets in the City

    Poetry, music and the movies meet as One City One Book Belfast visits Movie House Cinemas

  • Still

    Community Arts Partnership publish 52 poems informed by the word and its various connotations

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