The culture charts
MUSIC: All you fans of 80s music are in for a treat next month as two heavy hitters of the decade release new music.
The Human League penned several of the definitive pop songs of the era including 'Don't You Want Me' and 'Love Action' and release Credo, their first album in 10 years, on March 18. You can see the video for their new single, 'Night People', at bit.ly/gZVbyp.
Meanwhile, the Pet Shop Boys release the music for their first ever ballet, The Most Incredible Thing, on March 11. The ballet is performed with the Wroclaw Score Orchestra and is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of the same name. For any hardcore fans out there, you can travel to London to see it performed from March 17-26.
It's not often unpublished writers get a chance to leap-frog to the top of the list for writing competitions but as International Women's Day approaches the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies at Trinity College is looking to promote as yet unpublished female writers.
Send your short fiction with a short biography attached to Eileen Cooney firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selected stories will be featured at Night of Prose Reading in Celebration of Women Writers, Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, on Wednesday, March 9, 7.30pm.
See www.tcd.ie/cgws for more information.
Irish director Juanita Wilson (below) was the envy of most other IFTA nominees last month as her debut feature, As If I'm Not There, picked up best script, director and film awards on the night. Not surprising considering she was named one of 10 directors to watch in 2011 by Variety magazine. The film is released here on March 4.
Now that election fever has peaked, perhaps you can fill the political void by attending the The Northern Lights Observatory Ireland: Iceland project. A host of Icelanders, including Reykjavik's mayor, will gather in City Hall, Dublin, tomorrow at 1pm to share the Icelandic story and explore the links between our two islands. Entry is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
See www.irelandiceland project.com for more events