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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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    'Absorbing' Troubles Art exhibition reflects decades of tension and turmoil

    Over 40 works from National Museums NI's collections create an account of the conflict that's heartbreaking and hard to forget

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    Peter Pan given a dazzling Derry makeover at the Millennium Forum

    Big musical numbers, pyrotechnics and pixie dust-like sprinklings of the city's trademark sense of humour takes the age-old panto to a magical new place

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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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    Myra's Story

    A play so good they named it twice, Fionna Hewitt-Twamley not only fills Carmel McCafferty's shoes comfortably, but is bewitching as the rock bottom title character once known as Maire

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    Hear My Voice: film inspired by Colin Davidson exhibition 'offers a tribute to the human spirit'

    Brendan J Byrne manages to further enrich the moving source material of Silent Testimony while extending the experience for those unable to see its portraits in person

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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

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    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

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

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    Celtic Fusion

    Frankie Gavin and the New De Dannan headline the traditional music festival in Castlewellan

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    Sculptures and paintings by Maurice Harron and Brian Ferran are perfectly placed in the London Street Gallery

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    Q-Con XX

    Peter McCaughan visits the annual gaming event at Queen's University

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    Before Midnight

    The final instalment in Richard Linklater's Before trilogy focuses on the travails of family life

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    Rod Stewart

    The veteran singer dusts off the cobwebs with a hit-heavy set at the Oydssey Arena in Belfast

  • Giselle

    Principle dancers Jenna Roberts and Iain Mackay lead this faithful retelling of Theophile Gautier's Romantic ballet

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    Art of Conflict

    Vince Vaughan's unlikely documentary about the history of Belfast's political murals descends into reality TV territory

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    Bangor Castle Walled Garden is invaded by an army of unusual sculptures in this hands-on exhibition

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    Big Belfast Choir

    Musical director Aoife Cormacain gets the best of her newly formed ensemble at the Grand Opera House

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    Music City

    Terry Blain wanders around Derry~Londonderry as acts from around the world unite in song for City of Culture

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    Picturing Derry

    This 'comprehensive and enthralling' photographic exhibition shows how Derry~Londonderry was affected by the Troubles

  • Celine Byrne

    A 'delightfully informal' performance from the soprano is the highlight of the latest Newry Chamber Music concert

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    Texaco Children’s Art Competition

    Derry~Londonderry's Gordon Gallery hosts a stunning exhibition of art works by 126 young people

  • The Meal

    Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre and dramaturg Emma Jordon explore issues of ideology and masculinity at The MAC

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    Jay Rayner

    The restaurant critic holds court in Belfast's Crescent Arts Centre. His style is not to Fionola Meredith's taste

  • Love For Sale

    A Charles Bukowski short story is relocated to Belfast, where blow-up dolls remains taboo

  • All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference

    A plethora of informed speakers consider the theme of change

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    Pull My Daisy, Shadows

    Two Beat Generation films screen at Queen's Film Theatre as part of the Belfast Book Festival

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    The Who

    Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey perform their classic album, Quadrophenia, in its entirety at the Odyssey Arena

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    The Bookseller of Belfast

    Alessandra Celesia's unorthodox documentary captures the weird and wonderful life of bibliophile John Clancy

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    Enturbulation = No Challenge

    Desert Hearts remain charmingly unfamiliar with the zeitgeist as they release their 'beguiling' third album

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    Desert Hearts

    The Belfast four-piece launch their third album in Voodoo, Belfast with a blistering set of the old and the new

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    30 years of Photography

    Belfast Exposed and The MAC show how fine art photographers have captured Northern Ireland

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    Sheena Wilkinson's award-winning novel is 'devastating and beautifully written'

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    Catholic Blood

    Derry~Londonderry's Void gallery hosts Russian Andrei Molodkin's controversial exhibition until June 28

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    Behind the Candelabra

    Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star as Liberace and his put upon lover in Steven Soderbergh's final feature

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    AJ Small Projects

    A small-scale yet undeniably interesting little exhibition at Belfast's PLACE architecture centre

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    Piano Classics

    David Quigley's debut recording as a solo artist is a vivid advertisement of how winningly he is playing at present

  • Can't Forget About You

    David Ireland's 'raucous sexual comedy' has the Lyric audience in stitches, but there's more to it than simple innuendo

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    Jon Ronson

    The acclaimed author and 'chronicler of the human condition' waxes lyrical in Derry~Londonderry

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    Underneath the Night of Stars

    Robyn G Shiels ventures into the blue with five new tales of loss and regret

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    Portaferry Proms

    Portaferry Presbyterian Church resonates to the elegant sounds of the Endellion String Quartet

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    Colm McCann's epic new novel spans generations, focusing on historic crossings between Ireland the USA

  • Dancing at Lughnasa

    Newtownstewart Theatre Company do justice to Brian Friel's beloved play at the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh

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    Endless Life

    Michael MacBroom's understated second feature shows what can be done on a miniscule budget

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    Alive For Your Pleasure

    Zerelda Sinclair and Andrea Blood, aka The Girls, bring the macabre to the Naughton Gallery at Queen's

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    One City One Book

    Composer Philip Hammond struggles to relate as Glenn Patterson spins vinyl from the Good Vibrations soundtrack

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    Linen Hall Library 225

    New Neil Martin composition is the highlight of this anniversary concert at the Ulster Hall

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    Lucinda Williams

    Belfast's Real Music Club celebrates 15 years of roots music with performances from Malojian and Austin's finest

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    Frank Turner

    Limelight 1 resembles an aerobics class as Frank Turner, the man with the plan, gets the Belfast crowd bouncing

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    Love & Other Nonsense

    The National Chamber Choir of Ireland show their chops at St Thomas's Parish Church

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    The Fall

    There are no histrionics this time around, as Mark E Smith arrives promptly to tear up the Custom House Marquee

  • Bravo Figaro!

    Firebrand comic Mark Thomas turns inward in this moving one-man show about strained family relationships and opera

  • Love, Billy

    Graham Reid's latest Billy play is uncomfortable viewing for Malachi O'Doherty, who sympathises with the returning hero's familial struggles

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    Splash Area

    His slasher double-bill fails to materialise, but maverick filmmaker George Clarke wins over the mob regardless

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    Thee Oh Sees

    If they once sounded anything like Neil Young, Fionola Meredith finds it hard to tell – she's too busy dancing

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    John Grant

    Malojian provides the sunshine, John Grant the expletives, as CQAF celebrates the songwriter

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    Will Self

    Absurdist jokes, ruminations on rambling and 'dizzying, synaesthetic' descriptions of London are the order of the day

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    Kevin Rowland and co play through their latest album in full at Custom House Square Marquee

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    Neil Cowley Trio

    The UK City of Culture musician-in-residence brings his own brand of exhilarating jazz fusion to the Black Box

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    Kerry Hardie

    County Down poet confronts death and embraces nature in a prose and poetry reading at the Crescent Arts Centre

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    Derry~Londonderry has never looked so beautiful as in Keiron J Walsh's high-octane new feature set in the City of Culture

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    Nikolai Demidenko

    Philip Hammond admires the Russian pianist's individual take on works by Chopin and Rakhmaninov at the Ulster Hall

  • Soul Sister

    The Ike and Tina Turner story comes to Belfast, replete with hilarious wigs and a crowd-pleasing set of classic songs

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    The Other North

    Life in Northern Ireland is 'the same, but different' in Jesse Jones' video work, currently on show Derry~Londonderry

  • The Factory Girls

    Caitríona McLaughlin's adaptation of Frank McGuinness's play is a City of Culture highlight

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    Can't Keep Up

    Shauna Tohill uses the Silhouette moniker to pursue her own musical path – this four-track collection was worth the wait

  • Tillies

    Patsy Durnin's authentic recollection of factory life in Derry~Londonderry is, nevertheless, light on darkness

  • Mick Foley

    The former professional wrestler embraces his past and makes choreographed violence seem all warm and fuzzy

  • Brian Friel Lecture

    At Queen's University, Professor Shaun Richards reveals how Irish playwrights have moved on from the cottage kitchen