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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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    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

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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

  • 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

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    Wise Women & Witches

    Bob Curran delves into the facts behind the folklore at the Roe Valley Arts Centre

  • Female Gothic

    Rebecca Vaughan's medley of classic ghoulish tales is a tricky treat at The MAC

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    Black Stone Cherry

    American purveyors of backwoods rock chug their way through an impressive set at Mandela Hall

  • An Enemy of the People

    Schaubühne Berlin get Belfast fired up for change

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    Neil Cowley Trio

    Jazz meets classical at the City of Derry Choral Festival with suitable support from Codetta choir

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    Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper make it three for three in Susanne Bier's long-in-the-making English language debut

  • ReviewFilm


    Jack O'Connell excels in this taut Troubles-era thriller by director Yann Demange and writer Gregory Burke

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    Guide Gods

    A profound and thought-provoking piece from disabled artist, singer, choreographer and thinker Claire Cunningham

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    Trio Rafale

    Swiss three-piece conjure the spirit of their classical forebears in a buoyant performance at Queen's

  • ReviewLiterature

    Stewart Parker Memorial Lecture

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

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    The Goose Tree

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

  • ReviewLiterature

    Where They Lie

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

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Make Every Show...

    Endlessly inventive conceptual artist Ryan Gander exhibits in Derry~Londonderry

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    Virtuoso trad group are supported by emerging act Cúig in Belfast

  • Sive

    JB Keane's 1956 play set in rural Ireland abounds with dark themes familiar to 21st century audiences

  • ReviewMusic

    Dillon & Tyminski

    One of Ireland's finest vocalists is supported by American bluegrass legend at the Waterfront Hall

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    Southpaw Niños

    Mick McCullagh's trad debut features songwriting worthy of The Waterboys

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    Ulster Society of Women Artists

    Lisburn's Island Arts Centre hosts annual mixed media exhibition

  • ReviewFilm

    Dracula Untold

    Northern Ireland provides a dramatic backdrop to Gary Shore's largely superficial blockbuster 

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    Ó Raghallaigh & Trueman

    Composers conjure hypnotic soundscapes in north Belfast

  • ReviewVisual Arts


    Peter Liversidge's Symbolist exhibition at The MAC is a psychosexual Where's Wally?

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    Barry Douglas

    Jenny Cathcart takes a trip down memory lane at Fermanagh Live thanks to the virtuoso pianist

  • Foil, Arms & Hog

    Dublin-based trio perform a short but sweet set at the Belly Laughs Comedy Festival in Belfast

  • ReviewLiterature

    Martin Bell

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

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    Bangor Literary Tour

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

  • ReviewFilm

    A Most Wanted Man

    Philip Seymour Hoffman is every inch the jaded spook in his final film directed by Anton Corbijn

  • Pentecost

    Lyric Theatre's latest production is beautifully written, directed with brio and perfectly performed

  • Jonathan Harker and Dracula

    Gerard McCarthy plays a plethora of characters in Ulster Theatre Company's game adaptation

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Crossing the Water

    Jeffrey Morgan exhibits 40 years' worth of canvases capturing his wife, author Patricia Craig, in thought

  • Cabaret ReviewDance


    Bruiser's confident, sassy and perfectly judged musical is a must see show at The MAC

  • ReviewFilm

    A Walk Among the Tombstones

    Liam Neeson stars in this stylish, lean adaptation of the Lawrence Block novel

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Starry Messenger

    Derry's Void gallery exhibits a cross-section of video works shot on 16mm film

  • ReviewMusic

    First Aid Kit

    Swedish sister act show themselves to be shining lights of the nu-folk scene at Mandela Hall

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Beyond Measure

    Concepts of time and space inspire a range of artists including Patrick Pye at the Strule Arts Centre

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    In Order of Disappearance

    Hans Petter Moland channels the Coens in this comic revenge thriller shot on the Norwegian tundra

  • ReviewLiterature

    My Heaney

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

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    On Home Ground

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

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    Milltown Cemetery

    Tom Hartley writes a richly complex history of the Belfast graveyard

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    New Trad quintet Moxie release an uplifting debut album on jazz drummer David Lyttle's Lyte Records

  • ReviewFilm

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

    Lasse Hallström's adaptation is aesthetically pleasing but stuffed full of unpalatable clichés

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    Second Chance Cinema

    Cinephile cooperative screen three Northern Irish films for free at the South Bank Playhouse

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    The innovative vocal ensemble welcome theorbo player Paula Chateauneuf to the Ulster Museum

  • PORTS ReviewMusic

    Race With The Tide

    PØRTS release three offcuts from their forthcoming debut album which suggest greater things to come

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Blame

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

  • Beckett Trilogy

    Lisa Dwan is ghostly and ghastly in this extraordinary production at The MAC

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Magic Touch

    Five artists explore how technology impacts on creativity at the Centre for Contemporary Art

  • Two Days, One Night ReviewFilm

    Two Days, One Night

    Marion Cotillard gives an unmissable performance in the Dardennes brothers' portrait of life on the edge

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    A Sense of Wonder

    Biographer David Burke attempts to define Van Morrison

  • Punk Rock

    A series of brilliant stage debuts transport Lyric Theatre audiences into the teenage heart of darkness

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    Walled City Tattoo

    Derry's got talent as drummers, dancers, singers and stuntmen transport Ebrington back in time

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Where Are They Now?

    Bill Kirk traces the trajectory of Belfast residents originally photographed in the 1970s and 80s

  • ReviewFilm

    Jeremy Thomas

    The heavyweight British film producer discusses a career behind the camera at Queen's Film Theatre

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Laoch Na Laochra

    Dara Vallely and Réamonn Ó Ciaráin tell the story of the warrior king Cú Chulainn at Ulster Museum

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    The Congress

    Actress Robin Wright sells a version of herself in Ari Folman's dystopian allegory on paternalist Hollywood

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Arts Council Crafts

    Enniskillen's Higher Bridges Gallery displays works from the ACNI Acquisitions Collection of Applied Art

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    Ben Whishaw stars in Hong Khaou's touching English language debut about sexuality and acceptance

  • Reverend Billy

    American comedy preacher brings his anti-consumerist campaign to Belfast's Corn Market with choir in tow

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    Little Matador

    Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly performs a cathartic hard rock support set at Belsonic

  • Bangor's Ghost

    Rachel Coulter curates an evening of spooky song and storytelling at the Bangor Open House Festival

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    War Words

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