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Author wins award for novel based on West Belfast rape

AUTHOR Winnie M Li is celebrating as her debut novel Dark Chapter won the coveted Not the Booker Prize 2017 award. Winnie’s novel is based on her own harrowing experience of sexual assault while visiting West Belfast. In April 2008, while hiking through Colin Glen Forest on the outskirts of Lenadoon, the American woman was […]

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Jude ‘braves the shave’ for brother Reece

A SEVEN year-old boy from Glengormley has ‘braved the shave’ in aid of his older brother, who suffers from a rare form of leukemia. Eight-year old Reece Magill was diagnosed with the disease in May and brother Jude was determined to do something for his beloved brother. A total of £400 was raised for the […]

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Richard keeps promise to friend Gerry

“I HAVE a quare story in me O’Rawe and I want you to write it,” recalls West Belfast author Ricky O’Rawe, regarding a conversation with life-long best friend and confidante Gerry Conlon. O’Rawe’s powerful and candid book, In The Name of the Son – The Gerry Conlon Story has been lauded by critics since its […]

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Concern taking up the fight against hunger in fragile, beautiful Burundi

Robin Livingstone has been to the east African country of Burundi to visit projects that benefit from Concern Worldwide’s Food in a Fragile World appeal YOU can’t blame a bloke for expecting that his first visit to Africa will reveal heat-hazed vistas of sun-scorched plain and racing herds of zebra and wildebeest throwing up thick […]

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Belfast’s plate expectations

SQUINTER was fondly remembering his oul’ ma the other day and in particular the daily battle she faced to put food on the table for a large family. Like all good mothers, her own dietary requirements were very much put to the side until the needs of her brood were catered for. In a warmly […]

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Cliftonville youngsters’ tribute to tragic Conan

YOUNG football players from Cliftonville Football Club have donated a signed Reds jersey to the family of popular Short Strand football coach, Conan Anderson. The 22-year-old died after suffering a head injury on a night out in Belfast city centre in February. Conan was a popular football coach, who worked with kids from Doyle FC, […]

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