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We’re no strangers to a conversation here in Belfast. We like to talk. So let’s engage in some City Conversations in the Naughton Studio with guests who can talk about this great city and its impact on their life and work.
IN CONVERSATION WITH MARIE-LOUISE MUIR
SUNDAY 3 MARCH 7PM
One of Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poets, Michael Longley’s work includes No Continuing City, An Exploded View, Gorse Fires, The Weather in Japan, Snow Water and Collected Poems. Awards include the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry, the Hawthornden Prize, and the T.S. Eliot Prize. In 2001 Longley was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
SUNDAY 21 APRIL 3PM
Renowned architect John Tuomey will talk about his role in transforming the Belfast skyline with his Stirling Prize nominated design for the Lyric’s new theatre. O’Donnell + Tuomey established their partnership in 1988 with two public commissions arising from their cultural and social activism, the Irish Film Institute and Ranelagh Multidenominational School. O’Donnell + Tuomey have won more than 80 national and international awards for architecture.
SUNDAY 12 MAY 3PM
Colin Davidson is a contemporary artist much of whose work has been inspired by Belfast, the city providing a perfect subject through which he has explored pattern and space with paint. His solo exhibition No Continuing City focussed on the city as it appeared from city centre roof-tops. A selection of his large-scale portrait heads of famous figures including Brian Friel, Ciaran Hinds and Paul Brady is on display in the Lyric.
IN CONVERSATION WITH DAN GORDON
SATURDAY 6 JULY 5.30PM
A founder member of Charabanc Theatre Company, Marie Jones captures the everyday dialogue of Belfast men and ‘weemen’ better than any other playwright. She won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy for Stones in his Pockets that also earned three Tony nominations. The Lyric is staging a revival of Weddins, Weeins and Wakes as part of the Tales of the City season.