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October 2019

No Alibis Bookstore Starbird Competition

October 9 @ 8:00 am - October 31 @ 5:00 pm
No Alibis Bookstore, Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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  In association with Two Hoots and Pan Macmillan we are offering you the chance to win a copy of Sharon King-Chai’s fabulous new picture book Starbird. As Starbird is already John’s favourite new book we are asking you to colour in a picture of Charlie Cook reading his Favourite Book. Simply pop into the shop to pick up a sheet and get it back to us by Thursday 31st October for a chance to win. Good luck! Entries welcome…

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This Brutal House with Niven Govinden (Belfast International Arts Festival)

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
£5 – £6

Drag ball culture, for years an LGBTQ+ subculture, has come into the mainstream eye through TV shows and drag clubs. Niven Govinden’s This Brutal House illuminates themes of race, gender, and sexual orientation within society through the lens of the vogue ball community. On the steps of New York’s City Hall, five ageing Mothers sit in silent protest. They are the guardians of the vogue ball community – queer men who opened their hearts and homes to countless lost Children,…

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Exquisite Cadavers with Meena Kandasamy (Belfast International Arts Festival)

October 28 @ 7:00 pm
£5 – £6

Meena Kandasamy combines her love for the written word with the struggle for social justice through poetry, translation, fiction and essays. Her second novel, When I Hit You: Or, The Portrait of the Writer As A Young Wife (Atlantic, 2017), a complex tale of abuse exploring intellectual and physical cruelty, was a work of autofiction lifting the veil on the silence surrounding domestic violence and marital rape in India. Her latest novel, Exquisite Cadavers, is an extraordinary formally-inventive, beautiful at…

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November 2019

Lowborn with Kerry Hudson (Belfast International Arts Festival)

November 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
No Alibis Bookstore, Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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£5 – £6

A powerful, personal agenda-changing exploration of poverty in today’s Britain. Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries, living in B&Bs and council flats. She scored eight out of ten on the Adverse Childhood Experiences measure of childhood trauma. Twenty years later, Kerry’s life is unrecognisable. She’s a…

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Departing Shadows by Paul Charles — Book Launch

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
No Alibis, Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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Join us for the launch of the new DI Christy Kennedy book by Paul Charles. DI Christy Kennedy returns in Departing Shadows, a deceit-laden tale of intrigue, which takes him from London to Brighton and back, and into the arms of the West End’s most celebrated up-and-coming actress, Nealey Dean. But all’s not well in vibrant Camden Town, as Kennedy investigates a death just outside a diplomatic compound, and finds his investigation immediately stymied by the invocation of diplomatic privilege.…

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Fothermather – Gail McConnell Pamphlet Launch

November 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
No Alibis, Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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Fothermather is an exploration of parenthood beyond the categories of ‘mother’ and ‘father’, and a celebration of new life in new language. ‘What am I to you? Mother? Father? Neither? Like cells, names split & double, unified.’ - from ‘Untitled / Villanelle’ With a playfully genderqueer title containing both ‘father’ and ‘mother’, Fothermather explores love, language and forms of attachment beyond biology. Bobbing in its sea, we find the seahorse: the curious queer creature who patterns the pages. Playful, political…

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Darren Beckett Trio featuring Stéphane Mercier

November 22 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
No Alibis Bookstore, Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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£15

Darren Beckett Drums Stéphane Mercier alto Sax Dave Redmond bass Having met each other in the mid 90’s in New York City, Darren and Stéphane struck up a musical and personal friendship. Over the years Darren and Stéphane have toured together in Europe, having both located back to Europe they continue to perform and record together on a more regularly basis. After studying at Berklee College of Music in the nineties, Belgian saxophonist Stéphane Mercier settles for seven years in…

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December 2019

Jack Gillen trio w/ Darren Beckett and Phil Donnelly

December 20 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Jack Gillen began his musical life at age 7, studying classical guitar avidly before discovering Jimi Hendrix at age 15. This discovery opened up pathways into blues, jazz, rock and soul music, and ushered in an obsession with the electric guitar. After studying Jazz for 3 years at Leeds College of Music between 2010-2013, Jack returned to his hometown of London, cutting his teeth as a session guitarist/ co-writer/ musical director/ producer, working with artists in many different musical settings.…

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