It's February 2019. Writer Christine Dwyer Hickey is invited to the launch of Dublin One City One Book: Edna O'Brien's classic The Country Girls. Dwyer Hickey's ninth novel, The Narrow Land, is due two weeks later, and she's pre-occupied with thoughts of its future (she needn't worry: it is going to be loved by critics and readers alike, and shortlisted for Eason Novel of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards).
Admit it, between sourcing bits for your Fleabag/Boris/Joker costume and stocking up on enough sweets to sate the neighbourhood, you've completely forgotten to make an actual plan for Halloween night. Well, we've got you covered, even if that skimpy nurse outfit doesn't. Whether you want a hair-raising night out with friends, family-friendly fun, or a local hooley that celebrates the more spiritual side of Samhain, there's a local event that's sure to put the frighteners on you (in a good way).
'There's a number of scenes replayed again and again," Richard Wakely says of Real Magic, a theatre piece coming up in this year's Belfast International Arts Festival. "Each time they change very slightly so it begins to play with assumptions and ask one or two existential questions in a hilarious way. We seem to be in this loop of events that we just can't break out of. The same things keep happening and we keep repeating the same mistakes."
Now in its 14th year, Culture Night sits prominently on the clogged autumn arts calendar, with every gallery, museum, church, library, theatre and venue on the island getting in on the act. While the night is often associated with sampling new experiences, it is also a great opportunity to have a peek behind doors usually closed to the public that are part of our architectural heritage. Here is a smattering of highlights in the capital and beyond next Friday:
In 1974, the road from Galway to Clifden wouldn't have been as broad and accommodating as it is today. Even now, as you make the journey out west to a point beyond, you twist and undulate with mountain walls to your right and endless boggy lakelands to your left.
Culture Night 2019 is almost upon us, with theatres, museums, libraries, galleries and more across the country throwing open their doors to the public on Friday, September 20. But Culture Night isn't just for adults. From the first very such event in 2006, when it was Dublin-only, it has gone out of its way to appeal to families. Here are some child and teen-friendly events to keep an eye out for this year.
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