Arts and Entertainment Sinéad Morrissey is the winner of the TS Eliot Prize

Winning the TS Eliot Prize is hardly a matter of life and death. But the film of that name inspired Sinéad Morrissey to pen a collection which finally secured the UK’s most prestigious poetry prize for Belfast’s first poet laureate.

The News Matrix: Thursday 8 August 2013

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Mackay with his wife Dorothy Reynolds in rehearsals for ‘Wildest Dreams’ in 1960

Angus Mackay: Much-loved character actor

Despite his Scottish name Angus Mackay was a most English performer. Usually bespectacled and always fastidious, he was forever popping up on television playing repressed and officious factotums, effete Etonians or kindly clergymen. Some of those little roles linger long in the memory, such as the amorous waterbed salesman in Steptoe and Son (1974). But Mackay's passion was the stage, where, in a 50-year career, he brought a piquant precision to everything from Stoppard to Shaw.

A petrol bomb hits riot police after being thrown by loyalist rioters in north Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast riots: US diplomat arrives to resolve thorny issues as petrol bombs and missiles injure police

‘Peace envoy’ to Northern Ireland appointed in a bid to resolve issue of contentious parades

Petrol and blast bombs thrown at police during fourth night of violence in Belfast

Sectarian unrest, largely in the north of the city, sparked by the decision to ban a loyalist parade passing through a republican area

Riot police watch flames of petrol bombs thrown by loyalists in North Belfast

Police officer injured in third night of Belfast riots

Petrol bombs and missiles met with rubber bullets as loyalists continue to protest ban on Orange Order parade

Riot police watch flames of petrol bombs thrown by loyalists in North Belfast

Belfast rioters warned: be prepared to face special courts within hours

Northern Ireland braces for a third night of disorder, with police and magistrates on standby to work through the night

Four hundred extra police officers have been deployed in Northern Ireland

Belfast riots: Petrol bombs and bricks hurled at police as disorder continues for second night

400 extra police drafted in following violence as MP Nigel Dodds is hit by brick

Erecting sectarian and paramilitary flags 'not criminal but wrong' says Norther Ireland's top police officer

Erecting flags may not always be a criminal offence but it is wrong, Northern Ireland's most senior police officer has said.

The Collerate of a Portadown District Loyal Orange Lodge No 1 member in Drumcree

BBC criticised for live coverage of Orange Order march in Northern Ireland

Local blogger says coverage becomes 'more anachronistic with every passing year'

Dr Michael McBride have warned that particularly strong and potentially lethal drugs are in circulation

UVF blamed for pushing backstreet Belfast drugs after eight deaths

Medical officer warns particularly strong drugs, including one known as Green Rolex, are in circulation

Barclay brothers claim 'total victory' in the hotels war

The billionaire Barclay brothers yesterday declared "complete and total" victory in their long-running £1.1bn legal battle over the ownership of three of London's most prestigious hotels.

G8 summit: Jim Broadbent calls for action on tax avoidance to tackle world hunger as protesters gather in Belfast

Around 2,000 people march through Northern Irish capital before meetings begin on Monday

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Fawad Ahmed, the leg-spinner who has been fast-tracked into the Australia set-up, finally donned the gold and green for the first time today.

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Grace Dent plays the Game of Thrones - superfan goes on location

Ahead of the season finale of everyone’s favourite TV epic, our writer dons her cape and tunic to take a real-life tour of where the magic happens

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