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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 8567 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

Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 4pm 1380 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.

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Monday 11th December 2017 at 4pm 0 Comments Dance , Drama , Film & TV , Northern Ireland Music , Own Art , Literature , Take it away scheme , Traditional Arts , Visual Arts , Comedy , Craft

Support your local artists this festive season by buying something special for your loved ones. We have rounded up some ideas for that perfect Christmas present.

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Tickets to live performances, exclusive artwork and new albums by local artists including Niall Hanna could be finding their way into your stocking this Christmas.

Give the gift of a great read this Christmas

Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 8am 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 selects some of the best works published by local writers.

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Female lines edited by Dawn Miranda Sherratt-Bado and Linda Anderson, Rita by Myra Zepf, Undertown by Anothy J Quinn and Sidelines by Michael Longley

A Bursary and a Strategy by Angela Graham

Friday 23rd June 2017 at 10am 0 Comments Literature

Angela Graham, a Welsh-speaking TV Producer from Northern Ireland, was awarded a Literature Wales Writers’ Bursary 2017 to complete a collection of short stories. She describes getting to grips with the business side of writing.

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Strangford Lough by Angela Graham

One billion thank yous from the National Lottery

Thursday 9th March 2017 at 3pm 1069 Comments Dance , Literature , Drama , Northern Ireland Music , Community Arts , Visual Arts

National Lottery Players have changed the landscape of the arts & creative sector in Northern Ireland. Since 1994, The National Lottery has invested £155 million in the arts sector, distributed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Jackie O'Sullivan, National Lottery Promotions Unit Director has written this piece about the importance of that support. 

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Pianist Ruth McGinley is just one of the artists to have benefited from National Lottery support. In 2016 she released her debut album Reconnection with a Lottery funded ACES award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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