:: Cocoons 50th show, Saturday March 27, 7pm AS REGULAR readers will already be aware, Cocoons is the weekly virtual 'international songwriters in the round' festival launched by local musical talents Cormac Neeson and Matt McGinn at the beginning of the Covid pandemic.
1. When did you think about a career in comedy and what were your first steps into it? I knew from the age of about 12 that I wanted to be a comedian – while friends were going off to music festivals, I spent most of my time watching comedy shows on TV and listening to funny radio shows and podcasts.
"SHANNON McNulty was born to give me a break from another book I was writing," explains Co Down crime author Gerard Brennan of how his new heroine was 'birthed' as a stress buster while working on his acclaimed 2018 novel Disorder.
MICHAEL Rosen looks like a sprightly 74-year-old, wispy curls of grey hair and short beard framing his long friendly face, as he tells me about the exercise regime he has undertaken to get him back to full health after his terrifyingly close brush with death from Covid.
1 Up and at it – what is your new morning routine? How has it changed? Strangely, I’ve started to waken up earlier in the mornings now, which is unusual for me because I was always a late-night person pre-Covid, especially if I was working on a production.
FILM OF THE WEEK THE LAST SHIFT (Cert 15, 91 mins, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Drama, available from March 22 on Amazon Prime Video/BT TV Store/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services) Starring: Richard Jenkins, Shane Paul McGhie, Ed O'Neill, Da'Vine Joy Randolph.
CALLING all Paddys, Patricks, Pats, Pádraigs and Pádraics: if you're Irish and share your name with our Patron Saint then you could be part of a new art photography project seeking to immortalise 'Paddy Irishmen' from all walks of life.
1. When did you think about a career in writing and what were your first steps into it? When younger, I assumed people without a valid construct for living sat in their squats and wrote stuff that was glued into books for boring people to say ooh, that’s so interesting.