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

Drug supplier jailed after teen girl’s death

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.

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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

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