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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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    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

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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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    In a World

    Lake Bell writes, directs and stars in this mature and charming rom-com set in the male-dominated world of the voice over artist

  • Inheritance

    Amanda Doherty's innovative one-woman play explores generational baggage on Derry~Londonderry's walls

  • The Osmonds

    Maureen Boyle is enticed by childhood memories, but leaves wishing 'they didn't have to do this anymore'

  • ReviewMusic

    Other People Wrote These

    Ciaran Lavery gives us exclusive access to his latest release featuring covers of Talking Heads and more

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    A Man For All Mediums

    London Street Gallery host a comprehensive retrospective of work by artist Éamonn O'Doherty

  • Melmoth the Wanderer

    Big Telly Theatre Company invoke Hell with masks, Fairy Liquid and a whole lot of laughs

  • Meeting at Menin Gate

    Victim becomes aggressor in a Belgium hotel room in Martin Lynch's 'vivid and harrowing' new play

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Between the Words

    Colin Davidson's series of artist portraits go on display in the Naughton Gallery at Queen's

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    Stuart Bailie takes a trip to Coney Island Sound's world, where Ewan Gordon indulges his inner Eno

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    Art in the Eastside

    John Higgins buys an expensive bus ticket to explore the billboards of east Belfast

  • The Rocky Horror Show

    Richard O'Brien's gender-bending musical arrives in Derry~Londonderry

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    Gareth Dunlop and others support Villagers against the picturesque backdrop of Greyabbey House

  • ReviewFilm


    Lacking the style and verve of Boogie Nights, this porn star biopic is saved by a wonderful cast

  • ReviewMusic

    Steve Vai

    The virtuoso guitarist brings his extravagant show to Mandela Hall

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    Joy of Nothing

    Maureen Coleman reviews Foy Vance's 'gorgeous' second album featuring Ed Sheeran

  • Henry VI

    The Grand Opera House hosts the Globe Theatre's touring production of Shakespeare's history plays

  • ReviewLiterature

    Divine Comedy

    Padraig Coyle follows the path of Dante's Divine Comedy into Marble Arch Caves and to White Island

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    Testing Times

    The latest ironic offering from Belfast band War Hole is a thing 'of rare and affecting beauty'

  • Endgame

    Australian company Wits' End arrive at Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

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    What Maisie Knew

    Onata Aprile lights up Scott McGehee and David Siegel's adaptation of Henry James' divorce novel

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    Nine Inch Nails

    And So I Watch You From Afar and Little Matador provide support for Trent Reznor and friends at Custom House Square

  • Field Day at Clandeboye

    A work in progress features original compositions and performances by Stephen Rea, Neil Martin and others

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    This 'charming melting pot of a festival' in Limavady welcomes emerging artists and established acts like Duke Special

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    Belfast Film Festival screen Dario Argento's classic horror, with a live soundtrack performed by Claudio Simonetti

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    Belfast Hills

    Catherine McWilliams shows the romance and reality of Cave Hill and Black Mountain at the Gerard Dillon Gallery

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    David Bowie Is

    A new exhibition and documentary focus on the Thin White Duke's career, but lack that personal touch

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    Fleadh Cheoil NaÉireann

    Derry~Londonderry's Guildhall hosts two concerts showcasing the best in traditional Irish, Scottish and American music

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    The Poet and the Piper

    Seamus Heaney and Liam O'Flynn revisit their 2003 album at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

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    Folk on a Boat

    Rachel Coulter and Stephen Macartney of Farriers serenade a boat-load of gig goers for Open House Bangor

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    Alpha Papa

    Alan Partridge finally makes it to the silver screen after 20 years of network nightmares – welcome to big school

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    Six String Love Stories

    Pete Gardiner revels in wordplay, imagery and catchy hooks on his impressive debut album

  • Patrick Kielty

    Though Paddy McDonnell and Micky Bartlett win over the Falls Park audience, it's not all plain sailing for the hard-hitting headliner

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Between Two Worlds

    This exhibition of abstract expressionist paintings at the FE McWilliam Gallery is 'uplifting to behold'

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    The Priests

    The Ulster Orchestra provide the music for a series of mainly religious compositions at Clonard Monastery

  • ReviewFilm

    The Hunter

    Daniel Nettheim's acclaimed adaptation screens as part of the International Mammalogical Congress at Queen’s

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    Happy Mondays

    Shaun Ryder and co rock Falls Park, with support from The Charlatans, at Féile an Phobail

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    Chris Woods

    The guitar maestro gives a finger-picking masterclass at the Black Box

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    Void gallery in Derry~Londonderry invite an array of theorists, curators and artists to fill a space – or not

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    For the Love of Letting Go

    Kowalski step out of Two Door Cinema Club's shadow with an effervescent debut album

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    The Dana Masters Sextet combine their virtuosic talents on their 'sublime, exquisite' debut album

  • Priscilla

    Stephan Elliot's 1994 film transfers to the Grand Opera House stage chock full of pathos and pop songs

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Last of a Species

    Extinction is a constant threat in Limerick painter Robert Ryan's 'huge and uncaring world'

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    The Olllam

    Virtuoso piper/whistler John McSherry gets his groove on at The MAC with his latest collaborative project

  • Tuesdays With Morrie

    Mitch Albom's retelling of time spent with his favourite tutor illicits a standing ovation at the Lyric Theatre

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    The River Still Sings

    Despite the best efforts of the Fidelio Trio, this multi-media City of Culture production fails to inspire

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    The Air They Capture is Different

    Sculptural exhibition in The MAC is 'subtle to the point of obfuscation', but Lothar Götz's mural saves the day

  • ReviewMusic

    Bruce Springsteen

    The Boss arrives in Belfast, the E Street Band in tow, to deliver a hit-heavy set that was well worth the wait

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    The music festival at Eagle's Rock says goodbye after two days of sunshine, setbacks and years of youthful promise

  • Tosca

    The Royal Opera House's current production is beamed live to the Big Screen at Belfast City Hall

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    Deep Time

    Seacourt Print Workshop artists take inspiration from the Ulster Museum's geological collections for August Craft Month

  • Michael Legge

    With the Edinburgh Fringe on the horizon, Michael Legge hones his latest set, supported by Ruaidhrí Ward

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    Town and Country New Irish Short Stories

    Maureen Boyle bemoans the lack of northern writers

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    David Rees-Williams Jazz Trio

    The pianist manages a successful fusion of jazz and classical at Portaferry Presbyterian Church

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    Where Is The Man

    Amanda St John makes a strong first impression with her debut EP, produced by Gareth Dunlop

  • ReviewVisual Arts

    Train Stop

    Is Cian Donnelly's performance piece at the Golden Thread Gallery 'horrible and frightening' or downright hilarious?

  • ReviewFilm

    A Field in England

    John Higgins and Andrew Johnston make the case for and against Ben Wheatley's psychedelic Civil War experiment

  • ReviewMusic

    Songs of Iron

    Trucker Diablo's second album is an intoxicating cocktail of rock hooks and stadium-sized choruses

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    Reflections on Costume

    Joanne Savage considers how 'body fascism keeps women worrying' after a visit to the Ulster Museum

  • Noises Off

    The 'vital beat' is missing from this Old Vic touring production of Michael Frayn's farcical comedy

  • After The Bell Jar

    Sylvia Plath's novel makes for a tricky play, but writer James Johnson's script is 'unblemished and blissful'