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Back to books!

I’m back to devouring fiction.  Below are a few notes on the why and the what. Until 2 weeks ago I hadn’t read any fiction for nearly two years. The reasons are easy to...

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Culture Night Belfast: A night of two halves?

Culture Night Belfast, part of the wider island of Ireland-wide celebration taking place annually on 21 September, is an event that I always make sure to attend, with my family,  regardless of the weather. Parking...

Launch of 'Everything Gets Treated The Same' by Ben Weir © Jonathan Brennan 0

Ben Weir – ‘Everything Gets Treated The Same’

I’ve just returned from Ben Weir’s book launch of ‘Everything Gets Treated The Same’ at Framewerk gallery in Belfast. Artist/architect Ben Weir describes it as ‘A book about the death of buildings’, a rumination rather...

This Christmas Buy NI. Image features fabric by © Mourne Textiles 0

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...

Ulster Bank, Ballyhackamore, Belfast (demolished) © Aptalops 0

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’...

I am Belfast by Mark Cousins © Aptalops 1

‘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...

The path to Slieve Donard © Jonathan Brennan 1

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...

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The Space Beneath

We bought a house in East Belfast at the end of last year. Some thoughts on interior decoration: Period Features According to estate agents, ‘period properties’ are largely a sequence of fireplace/s, evidenced in...