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August 2019

Stephen Sexton – If All the World and Love Were Young Book Launch

August 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
No Alibis, Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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'Every poem in this book is a marvel. Taken all together they make up a work of almost miraculous depth and beauty' Sally Rooney Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection When Stephen Sexton was young, video games were a way to slip through the looking glass; to be in two places at once; to be two people at once. In these poems about the death of his mother, this moving, otherworldly narrative takes us through the levels…

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September 2019

Linwood Barclay – Elevator Pitch – Book Launch

September 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Join us for the Launch of Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay. Linwood returns to No Alibis Bookstore to launch his latest novel, Elevator Pitch. “Read Elevator Pitch as soon as possible. It’s one hell of a suspense novel.” ―Stephen King   It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds,…

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Hazlett Keers – The Groves of Boho: Music from County Fermanagh

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

"The Groves of Boho: music from County Fermanagh" is a new CD of traditional music by Fermanagh musician Hazlett Keers. As the title suggests, the idea for the album is very much based around a sense of place rather than a showcase of musicianship for its own sake. Hazlett has excavated a rich quarry of rare and unusual tunes which originate from his native county, some of which date back to the mid-19th century and are drawn, for example, from…

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Damon Brown Trio, with Darren Beckett and Sean Drabitt

September 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
No Alibis Bookstore, 83 Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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Damon Brown is one of the UK’s leading jazz trumpet players and composers. Born in Manchester (UK) he studied the trumpet at the Leeds College of Music and London’s Guildhall School of Music . In the 90’s Damon played and toured with many pop and dance stars including: Paul Weller, Maxi Priest, The Specials, and The Pasadenas. With the London Acid Jazz Group, Push and the DJ Gilles Peterson he made the first of many visits to Japan. In the…

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Shirley-Anne McMillan – Every Sparrow Falling Book Launch

September 14 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
No Alibis, Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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'Be nice to the majority of people and they won't bother you much. Don't get too involved. Have a laugh but keep your distance.' These are the words 16-year-old Cariad lives by. She's just been placed in yet another foster home, this time with an elderly Christian couple in a small town off the coast of Northern Ireland. Cariad knows how to play this game. She'll toe the line just enough that her new foster parents don't ask what she…

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Branwen in Concert with support from Jocose Bird

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

An imaginary horse enthusiast with a foot in both worlds, this is Branwen's first solo project. Having spent five years in the acclaimed experimental folk act Twin Headed Wolf (praised as "Glastonbury's most special festival find" by Spectator Magazine) Branwen has just released her first solo Album. First in New Orleans in April and in Ireland in May 2019. As an award nominated performance artist, (RDS Graduate Award 2017) sculptor, puppeteer, writer of surreal visual plays and a lively adventurer she gathers many…

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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
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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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Medbh McGuckian and Gerald Dawe Book Launch

October 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Last Peacock celebrates the lives of family and friends while viewing with a questioning and ironic eye the present-day world of conflict and crisis from his ‘eyrie’ in south County Dublin and from the River Lagan following his return to his native Belfast. In the Dublin Review of Books Richard Hayes acknowledged ‘A poetry that trusts in the power of images’ as history — ‘the near dark’ — erupts in the smallest, out-of-the-way detail to produce a powerful and…

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Mary Costello & Linda Grant (Belfast International Arts Festival)

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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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