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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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    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

  • Handwritten

    Old skool all-round entertainer Ryan Hand headlines a bizarre evening at the Black Box

  • Family Fever

    McCracken Memorial Drama Society resurrect one of Sam Cree's 'downright silly' plays

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    Master & Dog

    The folk-rock act channel early Snow Patrol in an inspired set at Voodoo, writes Andrew Lemon

  • All There Is

    Fahy Productions and playwright Jonathan Bailie imagine a good deed gone horribly wrong

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    The folk legend gives a songwriting masterclass in Belfast

  • ReviewFilm


    Liam Neeson scowls his way through another generic action flick this time set on a plane

  • ReviewLiterature

    The Poets' Wives

    Behind every great man there is a great woman in David Park's 'stunning' new novel

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    The Invisible Woman

    Ralph Fiennes' sophomore directorial effort is a beautifully-shot exploration of Charles Dickens' love affair with Nelly Turnen

  • Macbeth

    The golden age of Northern Irish opera continues with NI Opera's contemporary take on Verdi's dark masterpiece

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    Percy French Quartet

    The renaissance man's songs and poems hark back to a simpler time at the Linen Hall Library

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Faraway, So Near...

    Video artist Anna Konik juxtaposes images and messages of hope and despair at Void

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    Chris Agee

    The American poet talks of loss and commemoration at the Ulster Hall

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Hello Belfast

    The John Hewitt hosts Clinton Kirkpatrick's bold vision of the city as a particoloured land of giants

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    The Rest Just Follows

    Glenn Patterson's nostalgic new novel recalls the strangely free and quiet Belfast of the 1970s

  • Arrivals

    The experiences of immigrants to Northern Ireland are succinctly expressed in five witty and hard-hitting plays

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    Spike Jonze warns against cutting the ties that bind us in this existential meditation on technology and romance

  • Brief Encounter

    Wireless Mystery Theatre's most ambitious production to date is the perfect Valentine's Day treat

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    The cast play the music in Craig Revel Horwood's inventive take on the famous musical

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    Ed Zealous's long-awaited debut album features a cluster of great tracks but feels out of place in 2014, writes Andrew Lemon

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    Other Voices

    Derry~Londonderry again plays host to the acclaimed music series featuring Foy Vance and more

  • The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

    Writer Elton Townend Jones searches for new angles

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    Dallas Buyers Club

    Matthew McConaughey and co expose the corruption inherent in the American healthcare system

  • Lost Illusions

    Bolshoi Ballet 'evoke the flourish and romanticism of the Belle Époque' at Queen's Film Theatre

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    Willy Vlautin

    Glenn Patterson talks with the American novelist and songwriter about Obama Care and The Free

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    Independent Venue Week

    Oh Yeah Music Centre hosts The Couth, Go Wolf and Little Bear

  • Stand Up Man

    Playwright Derek Murphy explores the complicated life of the comedian at the Grand Opera House

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    The Armstrong Lie

    Director Alex Gibney lifts the lid on one of history's most riveting doping scandals in this gripping documentary  

  • The Bible (Abridged)

    After a week of media chaos, the gathered masses took to the Theatre at the Mill to see the controversial play

  • The Colleen Bawn

    The Druid production is an object lesson in how to successfully revivify plays to a modern audience

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    Edna O'Brien

    The famous fiery red head novelist speaks of her memoir 'Country Girl' and the outcry caused by the epochal ‘The Country Girls’

  • ReviewMusic

    The Beatelles

    The impossibly youthful County Cavan band The Whereabouts introduce Beatles aficionados, The Beatelles at the Out To Lunch festival

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    Nathan Carter

    The Liverpool-Donegal singer's brand of country music has attracted attention outside of Irish country-rock, with a rapidly growing fan base

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    Inside Llewyn Davis

    The Coen brothers' new film about a struggling folk singer is propelled by a rarely discussed dilemma – when do artists cut their losses and abandon their careers?

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    To Anywhere...

    Review of Zak Whitefields third EP, the tellingly titled 'To Anywhere...'

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    City And Colour

    Award-winning singer-songwriter Dallas Green, otherwise known as City and Colour performs at the iconic Limelight

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    Deer Tick

    The Rhode Island alt-country rockers deliver a fine set at the Out to Lunch Festival

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    Jack go Black in MAC

  • Burton's Last Call

    George Telfer is the boozey, hell-raising, womanising actor Richard Burton at Out To Lunch

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    An 'intensely visual, evocative' collection from TS Eliot Prize winner Sinéad Morrissey

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    Nicholas Keogh

    Household objects become whimsical instruments at the Golden Thread Gallery

  • ReviewFilm

    12 Years a Slave

    Steve McQueen delves deep into America's original sin with an adaptation of Solomon Northup's memoir

  • ReviewMusic

    A Love Letter to Joni

    Brian Kennedy covers classics and obscure tracks by legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell

  • Terry Christian

    Former presenter of The Word draws on Catholic upbringing with mixed results at Out To Lunch

  • ReviewFilm

    Long Walk to Freedom

    Idris Elba portrays Nelson Mandela in Justin Chadwick's biopic

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    Dorothy Hunter and Neil Clements explore the hinterland between conflict and resolution at the Centre for Contemporary Art

  • ReviewMusic

    Bap Kennedy

    The veteran singer-songwriter performs tracks from his forthcoming album on the Belfast Barge

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    Robyn G Shiels

    The prolific singer-songwriter peforms from his eagerly-awaited fourth album at the Black Box

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    Lifelines and Deadlines

    Veteran satirical cartoonist Ian Knox takes Northern Ireland's politicians to task in the Crescent Arts Centre

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    In My Garden

    Isobel Anderson's accomplished third album straddles the line between darkness and light

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    Sleeping Beauty

    Queen's Film Theatre live stream the Bolshoi Ballet's most extravagant production of 2013

  • Three Monologues

    The Playhouse finish the City of Culture year with Jennifer Johnston's trio of powerful plays

  • Forget Turkey

    Corruption and ignorance stalk the land in Murphy, Gordon and Mitchell's end of year review

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Colin Davidson

    President of the Royal Ulster Academy on painting portraits of Seamus Heaney and other cultural stars

  • ReviewMusic

    My One and Only Love

    Five of our finest jazz musicians perform John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman's classic album

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    Black Sabbath

    The godfathers of metal make their Belfast bow after years of break ups, come downs and reality shows

  • ReviewFilm

    The Desolation of Smaug

    The stakes are high for James Nesbitt and co in Peter Jackson's thrilling visit to Middle Earth

  • ReviewMusic

    Bedroom Tapes

    Aaron Shanley releases a collection of demos ahead of a proposed 2014 album

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    Sideways director Alexander Payne delivers another understated masterpiece set in the anonymous flyover states

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    The Eighth Gate

    City of Culture musician-in-residence Neil Cowley bids a fond farewell to Derry~Londonderry

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    Bones Don't Rest Easy

    A pop-up gallery in Derry~Londonderry hosts sculptural work by the Cut Cast Quartet