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Belfast playwright Marie Jones honoured at Ulster Tatler awards

Playwright Marie Jones celebrates winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ulster Tatler Awards at Belfast City Hall. Picture by Stephen Davison

PLAYWRIGHT Marie Jones has been honoured with a lifetime achievement accolade at the annual Ulster Tatler Awards.

Ms Jones is best known for her plays Stones in His Pockets, A Night in November and the musical Fly Me To The Moon.

Actor Dan Gordon delivered the citation to more than 400 guests at Belfast City Hall last night.

"She is one of the most prolific and successful artists ever to emerge from Northern Ireland," he said.

"She writes sell-out plays that go to straight to the public's heart. She continues to produce work that goes to the very heart of what makes our society tick – warts, laughs and all."

Other winners on the night included Ulster and Ireland rugby captain Rory Best, who was named Sportsperson of the Year while Celebrity of the Year was Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar who, earlier in his career, played a lead role in Ms Jones' production Rock Doves.

Ulster Tater editor Chris Sherry said Ms Jones was a worthy winner of the award which has been won in previous years by Dame Mary Peters, James Galway, Brian Friel and Barry McGuigan.

"I have followed Marie Jones' work for years and not only admire her writing but believe she is a marvellous representative for Northern Ireland and is the epitomy of what the Lifetime Achievement award represents," he said.

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