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What’s on in the Arts online!

Wednesday 1st July 2020 at 11am 0 Comments Circus & Carnival Arts , Community Arts , Craft , Dance , Drama , Literature , Northern Ireland Music , Visual Arts , Youth Arts

As more and more artists and arts organisations from Northern Ireland go digital to connect with audiences at home, the Arts Council has rounded up just some of these fantastic things to do online, supported by National Lottery funding.

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What's on in the Arts online!

Damian Smyth selects the best new books to be locked up with (part 2)

Monday 13th April 2020 at 1pm 116 Comments Literature

In the second of two special blogs, Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council, selects the best new books to escape into when the real world gets too much.

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Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council, selects the best new books to escape into when the real world gets too much.

World Book Day 2020

Thursday 5th March 2020 at 10am 6433 Comments Literature

Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, Kelly McCaughrain writes on the importance of sharing books and reading for pleasure…

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Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, Kelly McCaughrain

Valentine’s gifts for book lovers

Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 10am 0 Comments Literature

Dr Damian Smyth, Head of Literature at the Arts Council gives us his top books to give as gifts this Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s gifts for book lovers - Dr Damian Smyth, Head of Literature at the Arts Council

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

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