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Christmas Book Guide 2019

Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 9am 0 Comments Literature

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, picks out the best books for gift giving this year…

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The best books for gift giving this year

The best of what’s on this Summer

Saturday 10th August 2019 at 1pm 0 Comments Circus & Carnival Arts , Dance , Drama , Literature , Northern Ireland Music , Visual Arts , Community Arts

We may already be halfway through the summer holidays but there’s plenty going on through the month of August to keep you entertained, from family events, to great music, theatre and more.  The Arts Council of Northern Ireland picks out some of the best events happening across Northern Ireland this month…

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31 days of summer - up and coming events

Summer reads

Saturday 6th July 2019 at 9am 0 Comments Literature

Looking out across Belfast’s dank misty tundra in early July, it’s hard to imagine burnt necks, the lilo, the cocktail with an umbrella in it, and a few tasty pages of a new(ish) read smeared with suncream. But someone’s got to live the dream.

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Damian Smyth, Head of Literature, picks some of the best of the recent reads now in the shops by local writers.

Deirdre Cartmill – My Time As Roaming Writer on the Railways

Monday 29th April 2019 at 1pm 0 Comments Literature

Once in a lifetime a residency comes along that you feel was created just for you. That’s how I felt as the Irish Writers Centre Roaming Writer-in-Residence.

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Deirdre Cartmill

My poetry is Marilyn Manson, your poetry is Michael McIntyre

Wednesday 13th February 2019 at 1pm 0 Comments Literature

"On the art of taking a request, I assume no responsibility as I offer the last tweet I posted before I deleted my account:

My poetry is Marilyn Manson, your poetry is Michael McIntyre.

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Some Thoughts on Jaipur- Jan Carson

Monday 4th February 2019 at 12pm 0 Comments Literature

Belfast-based writer Jan Carson represented Northern Ireland at the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival last month with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council Northern Ireland.

Here’s her thoughts on her trip…

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Belfast-based writer Jan Carson

Give the gift of a great read this Christmas

Saturday 8th December 2018 at 10am 32976 Comments Literature

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature selects some of the best works published by local writers.

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Christmas books by Damian Smyth, Head of Literature

All I want for Christmas…Great ideas for locally sourced gifts

Thursday 6th December 2018 at 3pm 0 Comments Literature , Visual Arts , Take it away scheme , Own Art , Northern Ireland Music , Dance , Drama , Craft

Still struggling with the Christmas shopping?  From books and original art, to tickets for a great play or concert, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland picks out some perfect presents to warm the heart on Christmas morning…

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Great ideas for locally sourced gifts

Brexit, NI, and the Cultural Sector

Friday 10th August 2018 at 11am 0 Comments Community Arts , Dance , Drama , Literature , Northern Ireland Music , Visual Arts

Back in March, Margret Henry, CEO of Thrive attended the Creative Industries Federation Brexit Conference in London, hoping to get some insight or answers as to how Brexit will affect arts and culture in Northern Ireland. Here’s her take on the day:

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Brexit, NI, and the Cultural Sector

Summer Reading with Damian Smyth

Wednesday 11th July 2018 at 4pm 0 Comments Literature

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud to support many of our leading literary greats as well as some of the most talented emerging writers of our generation. Damian Smyth, Head of Literature, picks some of the best of the recent reads now in the shops by local writers.

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Damian Smyth, Head of Literature, picks some of the best of the recent reads now in the shops by local writers.

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