Category: Northern Exposure

No 485 Fat Lad by Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson’s Fat Lad has long been described as one of the quintessential Belfast novels. The title comes from a mnemonic used in Northern Ireland to remember the names of the six counties – Fermanagh, Antrim, Tyrone, Londonderry, Armagh, Down – and yet the entire book is set in the capital city. Drew Linden, Belfast…

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Ciaran Carson, 1948 – 2019

Last Sunday, the inimitable poet and musician Ciaran Carson died after an illness. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, into an Irish-speaking family, poet Ciaran Carson attended Queen’s University, Belfast. He held the position of traditional arts officer of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from 1975 to 1998 and was appointed director of the Seamus…

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Northern Exposure: The International by Glenn Patterson (book 13 of #20booksofsummer)

Novels about the city of Belfast have a tendency to be set during the Troubles. It is too ingrained in the very fabric of life here to be otherwise. Glenn Patterson’s novel The International does something different. In January 1967, the inaugural meeting of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association too place in The International…

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