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.
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Wednesday 14 January 2009
Sunday 07 December 2008
Saturday 15 November 2008
Friday 31 October 2008
Tuesday 28 October 2008
Thursday 16 October 2008
Greek mythology has left us the story of Antigone, who defiantly buried her brother with full political honours, and was herself buried alive as a punishment. It has been conscripted by groups as varied as the French under the Nazis and the Romanians under Ceausescu, and also by Seamus Heaney, in The Burial at Thebes.
Friday 29 August 2008
The sheer range of David Hammond's interests and activities defied easy definition. Some thought of him as a teacher, others as a documentary-maker, or a musician, broadcaster, writer or singer.
Friday 15 August 2008
In the fraught, terrible hours after the Omagh bombing, a temporary mortuary was set up in the Lisanelly army barracks just a few hundred yards from the centre of the blast.
Sunday 27 July 2008
Wednesday 23 July 2008
Across the nation, throughout Between Ourselves (BBC Radio 4, Thursday), you could hear the gentle thud of jaws dropping to the floor. In the first of a new run, the common experience uniting Olivia O'Leary's guests was that they were married to people who underwent a change of sex, and the marriage had survived the alteration: Daphne's husband was now a woman; Chris's wife a man. Just that basic circumstance was enough oddity to fuel most shows, but the strangeness, the sense of the extremes to which people will go, and the extremes of pain they will put up with, kept accumulating.
Wednesday 25 June 2008
Michael Standen was an integral part of the literary scene of the North East, as novelist, poet, co-editor of the journal Other Poetry, an organiser of the invaluable Colpitts Poetry readings, and much else besides.
Friday 11 January 2008
Friday 19 August 2005
Tuesday 14 September 2004
Sunday 02 May 2004
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