HI PAUL, are you looking forward to bringing your Impro Chums to Belfast and Derry? Oh absolutely. We haven't toured in about three years or something and we're doing more dates on this tour than we normally do.
FOR the "lost, lovelorn and the generally miserable", it's time to forget the saccharine hearts and flowers of Valentine's Day and get down with the heartache, according to Poetry Circus, whose Broken Hearts event in Edinburgh this week features prize-winning performance poet Elizabeth McGeown, from Belfast.
THIS mid-term, why not treat the kids to a little creative fun, while you treat yourself to a coffee at one of Belfast's Creative Cafes? The new mini-festival runs from February 18 to 22 in various venues including Costa Coffee, Café Nero, Clements and Easons and the best news is all events are free.
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games Waterfront Hall, Belfast, February 5-10 If you had to list the cultural definers of contemporary Irishness, you'd include Seamus Heaney, Van Morrison, maybe The Pogues and definitely Michael Flatley.
1. When did you think about a career as a playwright and what were your first steps into it? I started as a supervisor in a Fold residential care home some years ago and instead of the usual bingo in the afternoons, I organised creative writing classes for the residents.
1. When did you think about a career in comedy and what were your first steps into it? I first knew I wanted to be a comedian when my mum and dad laughed at my Dave Allen impression in the early 1980's, when I was only 8 – I used to hold a glass of whiskey and a cigarette and do jokes about nuns.
HE REALLY does know what you're thinking and will give you the answer to your question before you have spoken it aloud, but anyone heading to 'mind magician' Keith Barry's Northern Ireland gigs this month may have the last laugh yet.