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DJ Annie Mac to unveil debut novel at Belfast Book Festival

Internationally renowned DJ Annie Mac is to unveil her debut novel Mother Mother at next month's Belfast Book Festival
Marie Louise McConville

INTERNATIONALLY renowned DJ Annie Mac is to unveil her debut novel at this year's Belfast Book Festival.

The 42-year-old from Dublin and who is best known for her popular Radio 1 Show, has written Mother Mother, which is set in Belfast and is said to take readers on a journey of struggle, friendship and forgiveness.

The broadcaster, whose real name is Annie MacManus, is one of several writers featured in the line-up.

Running from June 10-13, it boasts an online programme of live events.

Presented by the Crescent Arts Centre, other highlights include Derry Girls actor Ian McElhinney and literary biographer Roy Foster, who will be exploring the work of Seamus Heaney.

For up and coming writers and poets, there will be discussions with industry professionals from the worlds of poetry, prose and publishing about how to get work seen and heard, and the winners of the Mairtín Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story 2021 will also be announced.

In addition, more than 90 poets, authors and playwrights - established, emerging and first-time - have come together to create Her Other Language: Northern Irish Women Writers Address Domestic Violence and Abuse, an anthology which aims to raise the issue of domestic violence and abuse.

Sophie Hayles, Chief Executive of the Crescent Arts Centre, said: "One of the silver linings of the past year is that many people have rediscovered a love of reading in lockdown.

"This year's Belfast Book Festival embraces that spirit with a superb line-up of writers, poets, authors, thinkers and doers."

Further programme and ticket information is available at

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