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September 2019

David Blake Knox – The Killing of Thomas Niedermayer Book Launch

September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  Join us for an evening with David Blake Knox. David will be talking about his recent book , " The Killing of Thomas Niedermayer". This event will be introduced by Ann Travers Just after Christmas in 1973, Thomas Niedermayer, manager of Grundig's Northern Ireland factory, was bundled into a car outside his home in West Belfast. He was never seen alive again by his friends or family. Thomas and Ingeborg Niedermayer had survived the horrors of the Second World…

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October 2019

Frank Ormsby Book Launch

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Crescent Arts Centre, University Road
Belfast,
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  Frank Ormsby's seventh collection of poems reflects not only the beauty of the Irish landscape and the sensuous and aesthetic impact of the small farms among which he grew up, but also the continuing violence of the 'Troubles'. Close to the surface of mountain and bogland lie the hidden graves of the 'Disappeared'. Ormsby continues to make vivid use of the short, resonant poems which were a striking feature of Goat's Milk and The Darkness of Snow. Here too…

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Mary Costello & Linda Grant (Belfast International Arts Festival)

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
£5 – £6

Two critically acclaimed novelists tackle the search for the meaning of home. In Mary Costello’s The River Capture, Luke O’Brien has left Dublin for a quiet life by the River Sullane, where the serenity of this riverside retreat in West Cork is soon unsettled. A Stranger City by Linda Grant is immersed in the clamour and calamity of contemporary London, when a dead body found caught in the chains of HMS Belfast on the Thames begins the search for a…

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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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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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