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Monday, Monday – more than I hoped it would be…

I have mentioned her once or twice in previous posts, but I'm delighted to finally be featuring my lovely grandmother, and the artist group she has been part of for many years, the Lisnagarvey Art Society. Since her teens, my Granny (Marie Hiddleston, if any of you bump in to her and don't fancy addressing her… Continue reading Monday, Monday – more than I hoped it would be…

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Last weekend my good friend (and hugely talented author and film journalist FYI) Andrew took me for a long overdue catch-up and a dander around our favourite part of our beloved Belfast - the Cathedral Quarter. It's gaining a reputation as a hip n' happenin', artsy part of the city and it would be easy to… Continue reading Belle-fast

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Oh, you pretty things!

Last Saturday, March 10th, I paid visits to two of my top three picks of the weekend's Belfast Independent Retail Week festivities - Boutique Souk and Stray Jewellery. I started at Boutique Souk, the first actual shop from the waste warriors behind The Fashion Souk, which is tucked away in a faraway corner of Belfast's In Shops on… Continue reading Oh, you pretty things!

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Heather and Polly do Holi

As I sit down to write, it is 8pm on Sunday March 11 and I still look like this >> Today my sister Polly and I went to ArtsEkta's Festival of Colours for the first time and had an absolute ball. Often in life, when you look forward to something that you've never done before,… Continue reading Heather and Polly do Holi

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Wine, dine and my not-exactly-grand design

Last Friday, artist Jolie Dennison invited me to bring a friend and take part in the launch of her new Wine, Dine and Design evenings. She hosted it at the Bigg Life Arts centre in Belfast, which is on Commercial Court, opposite the Duke of York. The idea is to show up with a bottle… Continue reading Wine, dine and my not-exactly-grand design

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My Mela

Yes, yes, I know it's been a week since the Belfast Mela lit up Botanic Gardens; I really am trying to get my act together and get events-based posts up in a more timely fashion, but between shifts at the paper and work for the magazine, the blog took a back seat this week unfortunately.… Continue reading My Mela

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And so it begins….

This post not only brings you the first scribblings of The Patchwork Quill, but also the beginning of August Craft Month 2011, as well as an innovative new arts venue in Lisburn. Craft Month is the first of an overwhelming number and variety of festivals, events and fairs coming up this month. I am ridiculously… Continue reading And so it begins….