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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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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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free

  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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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
£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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Backstop Land – Glenn Patterson Book Launch

November 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
No Alibis, Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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A witty and impassioned book on Ulster, which has been thrust into the centre of British and European politics and which is likely to become Britain's frontier with the wider world. Very few citizens of the mainland UK know very much about Ulster, after 20 years of uneasy peace. Backstop Land investigates the murky network of ever-renewing tentacles of the IRA, and the lives of those who support and lead the DUP, who have held British politics to ransom for…

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The Jewel – Neil Hegarty Book Launch

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
No Alibis, Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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Join us for the launch of Neil Hegarty's second novel, The Jewel. At the heart of this moving and unusual novel is a strange painting by a woman who committed suicide rather than live with neglect and pain. Her final glowingly beautiful work was painted with a technique more usual for posters and banners, and not designed to last. She intended it as her shroud. It hangs in a Dublin gallery, and it is desired by a collector who is…

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Thirty-Seven Theorems of Incompleteness – Matt Kirkham Book Launch

November 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
No Alibis, Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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This collection of poetry follows the marriage of logician Kurt Gödel and his wife Adele through the tumult of the twentieth century. Matt Kirkham is the author of two previous collections, The Lost Museums (2006), which won the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland, and The Dumbo Octopus (2016), along with a pamphlet Aged Fourteen My Grandfather Runs Away To Sea (2011).

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