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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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    Visual Arts

    '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

  • Pan forum

    Performing Arts

    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

  • Myra review

    Performing Arts

    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

  • Hear My Voice review


    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

  • Junebug



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

  • Lisa Gingles ReviewVisual Arts

    Myths, Memories and Mentiras

    Lisa Gingles uses collage and pencil to explore issues of beauty with a fantastical exhibition at the Waterfront Hall

  • Whiplash ReviewFilm


    JK Simmons is the drum tutor from Hell in Damien Chazelle's scorching jazz opus

  • Metropolis ReviewClassical


    Dmytro Morykit performs an empathetic modern score to Fritz Lang's classic silent movie in the Waterside Theatre

  • The Art of Superstition ReviewVisual Arts

    The Art of Superstition

    A range of Illustrators approach the brief with Python-esque wit, skill and vision at Ards Art Centre

  • Coppelia ReviewDance


    Russian State Ballet of Siberia perform Léo Delibes's fantastical, folksy story during a tiring run at the Grand Opera House

  • Martina Devlin ReviewLiterature

    Martina Devlin

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

  • Paddy Nash and Paul Casey ReviewMusic

    Homegrown '15

    A wealth of Derry's finest acts perform in the Millennium Forum in tangible legacy from City of Culture 2013

  • Agloe ReviewVisual Arts


    Sara Morrison creates a visual history of a dead town at the new Framewerk gallery

  • Martina Devlin ReviewLiterature

    The House Where It Happened

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

  • Inon Barnatan ReviewClassical

    Music From The Heart

    Domingo Hindoyan stands in to conduct pianist Inon Barnatan at the Ulster Hall

  • Taken 3 ReviewFilm

    Taken 3

    Liam Neeson runs out of steam in Olivier Megaton's excruciating pay off to a high-earning trilogy

  • Testament of Youth ReviewFilm

    Testament of Youth

    Vera Brittain's war memoir makes for an intense cinematic experience

  • Christine Bovill ReviewMusic


    Christine Bovill's emotional tribute to the famous French chanteuse leaves the Black Box in tears

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    Niamh McGlinchey

    The country singer entertains at Out To Lunch

  • The Theory of Everything ReviewFilm

    The Theory of Everything

    Eddie Redmayne becomes scientist Stephen Hawking in revealing biopic

  • ReviewMusic

    By Any Means

    Two of Northern Ireland's most promising metal acts get the New Year under way at Voodoo in Belfast

  • ReviewFilm

    The Hobbit

    Peter Jackson's unrecognisable The Battle of the Five Armies is a triumph of style over substance

  • Thank F*ck It's Christmas

    Jude Quinn's one-man show sees Santa in mischievous mood

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Nomad Kyrgyz People

    Turkish academic Yavuz Ozer reveals a fascinating insight into the lives of Central Asia's nomads

  • ReviewLiterature

    Colin Bateman

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

  • Slimmer for Christmas

    Leesa Harker updates Pride and Prejudice for the 80s generation

  • ReviewLiterature

    Lines of Vision

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

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Exploring Spaces

    Group show at the Roe Valley Arts Centre inspires new perspectives

  • Messiah ReviewClassical


    Ulster Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir perform together for what could be the last time

  • Cappella Caeciliana ReviewClassical

    Reflecting Light

    Cappella Caeciliana record contemporary pieces and festive classics

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Terry Blain discovers that for all our technological advances nothing much changes in Pantoland

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A New Chapter

    Former female prisoners open their hearts with hand bound book exhibition at the Linen Hall Library

  • Murray Christmas ReviewFilm

    Xmas Movies

    Ralph McLean reviews his top ten festive favourites to make the season of goodwill go a little bit faster

  • ReviewFilm

    Black Sea

    Michael Smiley joins an ensemble crew searching for Nazi gold in Kevin MacDonald's tense thriller

  • ReviewLiterature

    Mickey Finn's Air

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

  • ReviewFilm

    St. Vincent

    Bill Murray is an unlikely babysitter in Theodore Melfi's quirky comedy also starring Chris O'Dowd

  • Tinseltown

    Paul Boyd pits belief against world-weary cynicism in what is sure to be a smash hit musical

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Civil Rights

    Void's timely and pertinent exhibition shows that racial equality is yet but a dream in modern America

  • Lisaire String Quartet ReviewClassical

    Ode to Sting

    Lisaire String Quartet interpret classic Police and Sting tracks – watch a live performance

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    MAC International

    Joanne Savage appreciates flashes of brilliance at The MAC but hopes for greater thrills in future

  • ReviewFilm

    The Drop

    James Gandolfini's final film is a gripping ensemble adaptation of the gritty Dennis Lehane novel 

  • ReviewLiterature

    Poetry Ireland Review

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

  • The Imitation Game ReviewFilm

    The Imitation Game

    Benedict Cumberbatch is extraordinary in Morten Tyldum's flawed biopic of Enigma breaker Alan Turing

  • An Evening with CS Lewis

    David Payne's play is heavy on anecdote but light on the good stuff – the books

  • ReviewMusic

    The Lost Brothers

    Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech channel the finest songwriters in Derry

  • Unhome

    Jim McAleavey's house of horrors bulges with invention and endless witty subversions at The MAC

  • ReviewMusic

    Lit Up Inside

    Van Morrison launches a book of his lyrics in London joined by Michael Longley, Edna O'Brien and Ian Rankin

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    World Press Photo

    Famine, war, family and more – Belfast hosts the international photojournalist exhibit for the first time

  • ReviewFilm

    I Am Ali

    Claire Lewins uses exclusive audio journals to tell at least part of the legendary boxer's life story

  • ReviewFilm

    The Fall

    With episode two of series two set to air tonight, we look back at the slow-burning opener

  • Jacques Brel is Alive...

    Blunt Fringe reanimate the husky Belgian songwriter and 'matador of emotion'

  • Damage

    A suppressed emotion will do anything to survive in Patrick J O'Reilly's gay conversion therapy drama

  • ReviewMusic

    NI Music Prize

    Robyn G Shiels scoops album of the year, while alt-metal icons Therapy? perform Troublegum

  • ReviewLiterature

    Belfast Days

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

  • ReviewFilm

    Third Person

    Liam Neeson is an author struggling with a failing narrative in Paul Haggis' similarly unsuccessful ensemble piece

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    From Bolshoi to Belfast

    The evolving aesthetics of Russian theatre revealed at Crumlin Road Gaol

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Stairwell

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

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    Derry's finest returns home after a year in the spotlight

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    Royal Ulster Academy

    After 133 years, the annual exhibit of art by members and non-members continues to astonish

  • Rafael Payare ReviewClassical

    Ulster Orchestra

    Philip Hammond enjoys the youthful energy of principal conductor Rafael Payare 

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    Ludo Lusi Lusum

    Animals metamorphose and interact in Echo Echo's delightful new piece for children

  • ReviewMusic

    Lost Domain

    Ash frontman Tim Wheeler produces a cathartic solo album following his father's battle with dementia

  • ReviewMusic

    The Gloaming

    Trad supergroup play out the 2014 Belfast Festival at Queen's with support from Hannah McPhillimy

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    Remembering Gerry

    A host of musicians indebted to the late Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson perform in Belfast

  • Neither Either

    Two of Ireland's finest companies are inspired by the work of poet Seamus Heaney