THE Ulster Hall’s Literary Lunchtimes continue in November and December with more readings by popular writers and specially-themed events, in the Group Space (beginning at 1pm).Short Cuts – New Prose Picks – Wednesday 13 November Belfast’s Carolyn Healy, Sheila McWade and Sheila Llewellyn read from their short story collections Anticipate an eclectic array of challenging, thought provoking and entertaining stories in the company of three of Belfast’s most exciting up and coming prose writers. Carolyn Healy is author of the much-praised collection A Stitch-In-Time. Sheila McWade is currently working on her PHD in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at QUB. Sheila Llewellyn was recently shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Prize. Emma Darwin – Wednesday 27 November [caption id="attachment_44005" align="alignleft" width="250"] The Ulster Hall;s Literary Lunchtimes continue in November and December with more readings by popular writers and specially-themed events, in the Group Space (beginning at 1pm). Highly respected author Emma Darwin drops in to The Ulster Hall to talk about her acclaimed novels on Wednesday 27 November.[/caption] Highly respected author, Emma Darwin, drops in to The Ulster Hall to talk about her acclaimed novels. Published in 2006, Emma Darwin’s début novel, The Mathematics of Love, was described by The Times as “that rare thing, a book that works on every conceivable level…” The Daily Express hailed it as “an addictive, engaging foray into historical fiction that leaves the reader believing in the art of perspective and the redemptive power of love”. Described by the Times as “spellbinding,” her second novel, A Secret Alchemy, became a best seller and was named as one of the newspaper’s Top 50 Paperbacks of 2009. Roisin McAuley – Wednesday 11 December Presented in association with The John Hewitt Society, former BBC NI newsreader, reporter and broadcaster, Roisin McAuley reads from, and talks about her novels, Singing Bird, Meeting Point, Finding Home and French Secrets. “McAuley writes brilliantly, with precision and flair.” (Irish Examiner) Roisin grew up in County Tyrone but has lived and worked in England since 1984. She joined the BBC in Northern Ireland as a newsreader, announcer and reporter for BBC and worked on programmes such as Spotlight, Newsnight and Panorama. She has also produced and directed television documentaries for ITV and Channel 4 and written and presented programmes on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Roisin’s novels have proved popular with UK and Irish critics and readers alike and she is delighted to be returning to Belfast for this Literary Lunchtime. [caption id="attachment_44006" align="alignright" width="150"] Presented in association with The John Hewitt Society, former BBC NI newsreader, reporter and broadcaster, Roisin McAuley reads from, and talks about her novels, Singing Bird, Meeting Point, Finding Home and French Secrets on Wednesday 11 December.[/caption] Poetry Picnic: Christmas Cracker – Wednesday 18 December Bring your own lunch to Poetry Picnic – Christmas Cracker which will be packed with literary festive treats – the best way to beat the winter blues! Award-winning local poet Emma Must plunders the cannon of Christmas poetry, Tom Clarke reads aloud from Charles Dickens’s Christmas tales and Hannah McPhillimy treats us to a selection of festive songs. A limited number of tickets are still available for Mark Carruthers – this Wednesday 30 October at 1pm. The local TV presenter and interviewer will talk about some of his memorable interviews with a wide range of high-profile writers, actors, journalists and politicians to coincide with the release of Alternative Ulsters, a collection of over 30 of his interviews. Literary Lunchtimes ticket prices: Mark Carruthers: £4; Short Cuts – New Prose Picks: free admission – no ticket required; Emma Darwin: £4; Roisin McAuley: £5; Poetry Picnic – Christmas Cracker: £4. Tickets (for ticketed Literary Lunchtimes) are available online, from the Ulster Hall and Waterfront Box Offices and by calling 028 9033 4455.
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