"DOESN'T everyone have a slightly ambivalent relationship with the festive season?," muses Ian Sansom when we inquire whether the seasonally subversive sub-jolly tone of December Stories I accurately reflects his own feelings on 'the most wonderful time of the year'.
NATHAN Carter, the cheeky-chappy accordian playing singer, entertainer, fast car driver and all-round nice guy, is politely sipping his too-hot soup in a Belfast hotel lobby while trying not to laugh at the same time.
FOR any woman out there who has ever felt, in a moment of madness, like talking to a duck, coming down from her shelf or growing actual wings to fly, then award-winning Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern knows where you're coming from.
ACTRESS Sally Field has taken a long time to write her life story – seven years of soul-searching, delving into her deepest, darkest memories of the people, places and events that have framed the person she is now.
WHEN Wendy Erskine was given one afternoon a week off from teaching English at Strathearn grammar school in east Belfast in 2015, she never imagined that it would lead to her getting her own compilation of short stories published.
WHEN author Angeline King was a little girl, she had thought that everyone did Irish dancing – so she was shocked to learn that there were perceptions of it being only a Catholic or nationalist tradition.
THERE was a certain symmetry to my recent encounter with Vulpes vulpes as it ghosted across the road, caught in my car headlights, its long busy tail characteristically held out horizontally behind the rusty body.