Author: Sophie Hayles

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A Belfast Blog meets: Zeynep Bulut

A Belfast Blog was thrilled to meet Dr. Zeynep Bulut. Zeynep moved to Belfast from London earlier this year to take up post as Lecturer in Music at the Department of Music and Sonic Arts...

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C.S. Lewis: icon of East Belfast

East Belfast has a number of cultural heroes. George Best and Van Morrison are perhaps the biggest household names. And as with any area pushing a culture and tourism agenda, there’s no shortage of...

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This Christmas – Buy NI !

I’ve got a new Christmas Present Strategy. In short – all of the gifts I buy this year have to be made in Northern Ireland. Or at least designed in Northern Ireland. On Christmas...

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A Belfast Blog meets: Stephen Snoddy

A Belfast Blog recently spoke to Stephen Snoddy. Currently the Director of The New Art Gallery Walsall, Stephen has been at the helm of a number of leading contemporary arts institutions, and the organiser of...

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A Belfast Blog meets: Peggy Hughes

A Belfast Blog recently asked to speak to Peggy Hughes. Peggy is currently Manager of Literary Dundee, an initiative that celebrates the creative talent within the University of Dundee and brings together writers and readers...

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A visit to Hillsborough Castle

I didn’t expect the Northern Irish residence of the British Royal Family and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to be a family-friendly attraction. But two adults (one pretty sceptical about my fascination...

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What does Ulster mean to you?

At a friend’s house recently we caught the end of an Ulster Rugby match. The friend is a big Ulster fan. Not entirely absorbed by the game, I started reflecting on the term ‘Ulster’...

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A Belfast Blog meets: Annilese Miskimmon

A Belfast Blog recently  spoke to Annilese Miskimmon. Belfast-born (and raised in Bangor, Co.Down) Annilese is a critically-acclaimed opera director whose career has taken her all over the world. Currently General Manager and Artistic Director of...

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‘I am Belfast’ by Mark Cousins

The latest work from director and film citric Mark Cousins (“I am Belfast“) is a genre-defying cinematic journey, a poetic and passionate tribute to his home city. I have huge respect for the commitment...

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First impressions

‘Are you on holiday here?’ The gentle question jolted my alarmingly delicate sensibilities. It sliced in to two days of worry about being an English woman living in Northern Ireland. What if I say...