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Roddy Doyle
With Musical Accompaniment from Hugh Buckley
Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 7:00PM
Venue: Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Tickets: SOLD OUT

No Alibis Bookstore are pleased to invite you to an evening of spoken word and music, with Roddy Doyle and Hugh Buckley, on Wednesday 13th September at 7:00PM, in the Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast.


Combining spoken word with music, Roddy will be reading from his new novel, "Smile", with Hugh providing musical accompaniment with his inimitable Jazz Guitar style.

From the author of the Booker Prize winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, a bold, haunting novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past. Just moved in to a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly’s pub for a pint, a slow one.

One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and pink shirt brings over his pint and sits down. He seems to know Victor’s name and to remember him from school. Says his name is Fitzpatrick.

Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes too the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers.

He prompts other memories too – of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor’s own small claim to fame, as the man who says the unsayable on the radio.

But it’s the memories of school, and of one particular Brother, that he cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.

Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of childhood – but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.

Roddy Doyle is the author of eleven novels, two collections of stories, two books of dialogues and Rory & Ita, a memoir of his parents. He has written seven books for children and has contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Metro Eireann and several anthologies. He won the Booker Prize in 1993, for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

Roddy has written for the stage and his plays include Brownbread and Guess Who’s Coming For The Dinner. He co-adapted with Joe O’Byrne his novel The Woman who Walked into Doors and he has written the stage adaptation for The Commitments.

He also wrote the screenplays for The Snapper, The Van, Family, When Brendan Met Trudy and he co-wrote the screenplay for The Commitments.

He lives and works in Dublin.

Hugh Buckley is a Dublin born and based, self-taught guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and author. He has performed throughout Europe, the U.S., Argentina and China, working as a sideman and also leading his own groups.

He has performed with a wide array of internationally acclaimed artists.

Besides featuring on many recordings as a sideman, Hugh has released three CDs as leader, "Yes Indeed" (1998) w/ James Williams, Peter Washington, Darren Beckett, "Spirit Level" (2001) (both recorded in New York) and "Sketches of Now" (2008). “The Day of the Duo” (2014) is a duo recording with renowned Scottish guitarist Nigel Clark. In March 2016, "Two Heads are Better Than One", a duo recording with vocalist Honor Heffernan was released.

In 2013, Hugh launched his highly acclaimed book “The Guitar Chord Doctor”. The book deals with chord voicings and techniques for the contemporary guitarist.

Hugh is the founder and organiser and host of the extremely successful and acclaimed monthly event “The Dublin Guitar Night”. The event showcases national and international guitar players across all genres.

Current activity includes “ The Hugh Buckley Group”, a vehicle for his original compositions, "Hugh Buckley Group with Cello Ireland" a collaboration with string arrangements by the great Fiachra Trench, a duo with Scottish guitarist Nigel Clark, a vocal/guitar duo with songstress Honor Heffernan, " Ella and Joe" (celebrating Ella Fitzgerald and her work with Joe Pass) with vocalist Stella Bass and some solo guitar performances.
Matthew-August 05 2017, 10:52

Robert Webb
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 7:00PM
Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Tickets: SOLD OUT

No Alibis Bookstore are pleased to invite you to an evening with Robert Webb on Thursday 14th September at 7:00PM, in the Ulster Museum, to celebrate the launch of his new book, HOW NOT TO BE A BOY.


Part-memoir, part call-to-arms from the award-winning and hilariously funny Robert Webb, How Not to be a Boy promises to be an exceptional and even game-changing book.

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

Familiar to many as one of the double act Mitchell and Webb, Peep Show and columns in The Telegraph and The New Statesman, Robert Webb will entertain, shock and surprise as he shares his thoughts on masculinity and manhood, offering invaluable life lessons for us all. Heartbreakingly funny. Matthew-July 05 2017, 11:48

John Connolly
Friday 15th September 2017 at 7:00PM
Venue: Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Tickets: FREE

No Alibis Bookstore are pleased to invite you to an evening of something very different from John Connolly, as we celebrate the launch of his new novel he, in the Ulster Museum, on Friday 15th September at 7:00PM. Tickets are free, and can be booked through the EventBrite link below.

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John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity and the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists.

An extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake . . .

And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.

he is Stan Laurel.

But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.

With he, John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists, and one of the most enduring and beloved partnerships in cinema history: Laurel & Hardy.

John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, The Book of Lost Things, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, the co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders. His debut - EVERY DEAD THING - swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award, and the first Irish writer to be awarded the Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America.
Matthew-August 04 2017, 09:12

Scott Flanigan & Fabrice Mourlon
Friday 15th September 2017 at 8:00PM
Tickets: £15.00

No Alibis Bookstore are pleased to invite you to an evening of music with Scott Flanigan & Fabrice Mourlon, on Friday 15th September at 8:00PM. Tickets are £15.00 (£15.50 if bought through PayPal), and can be booked using the button below.

Note: We charge a small fee for tickets booked through PayPal to cover costs. Your PayPal receipt is your ticket, so please bring it with you to the event.

Fabrice Mourlon returns to No Alibis Bookstore with Scott Flanigan to celebrate their new Jazz album, “Together”.

In 2015 Fabrice launched his album, “Facing The Lough”, in No Alibis. On this album, his own compositions covered a wide range from traditional balladry, to swing, to more improvisational treatments.

His latest album, “Together”, is a collaboration with the highly respected and wonderfully talented local Jazz pianist, Scott Flanigan.

This duo album is a milestone in a musical and human encounter that took place in Belfast in January 2015 at No Alibis Bookshop. We met through Linley Hamilton (trumpet) who with the help of David Torrans (owner of the bookshop) had put together a jazz night. Since then we have shared other musical moments in Northern Ireland realising our mutual love for jazz, early 20th century classical composers such as Ravel and Debussy and for our respective capital cities, Belfast and Paris.

This duo album reflects the sensitiveness and spontaneity we like to express through our music. It combines contemporary original material with innovative takes on jazz standards and traditional songs.

Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene. He performs both locally and nationally, and has recently performed with Van Morrison, the Ulster Orchestra, Jean Toussaint, Jim Mullen, Larry Coryell, Nigel Mooney, and Linley Hamilton.?A keen composer and teacher, Scott has recently completed his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at Dublin Institute of Technology, and is continuing education at Ulster University.

Trained early in his career as a pianist, Fabrice Mourlon later joined a vocal jazz class at the Paris suburb Pantin School of Music. In 1994 he trained as a vocalist with Italian singer Valentina Casula and was a member of her workshop for the next half-decade. He also attended masterclasses with Maria Pia De Vito and Roger Letson. With the quartet he founded in 2004, he has performed in various jazz clubs in Paris, Rome and Belfast with Richard Razafindrakoto, Thierry Tardieu, Nico Morelli, Sebastien Jimenez et Benoist Raffin.
Matthew-August 05 2017, 11:11
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