Why does N.I have so many great crime fiction writers right
now? (I’m not including myself as part of this group by the way!)
Colin Bateman, Stuart Neville, Brian McGilloway, Gerard
Brennan, Adrian McKinty, Steve Cavanagh… the list goes on and on. We’ve now got New York Times bestsellers, multiple award
winners, and bona fide crime fiction heavyweights. But why all of a sudden? Firstly, I think it is simply that there are a lot of good
writers here. We didn’t ever have only C.S Lewis anyway, and the whole island of Ireland has always had a rich wealth of
literary talent. We have also had crime fiction written here before too,
Maurice Leitch, for example in, decades past. Like the tourist post-Troubles
boom, perhaps it is in part that writers are just having the opportunity to be
‘discovered’ much more easily. The massive increase in book publishing and e
books of course is relevant too. But Northern Ireland has always had
many highs for a small country- look at shipbuilding, sports, musi…
10 things I didn't know before Fatherhood!...and nobody told me :)Being a Father is the best thing in the world and I'm lucky to be largely a stay home Dad at the moment. But..here is a lighthearted look at some of the things you don't know beforehand! 1. Priorities Most people expect their priorities to change, but maybe don't expect how much their perspective will shift on things. I was watching The Vikings last night and I turned and said to my wife, "He's got a great plait." Everything looks different after kids.
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-There are so many to choose from- you could do a top 100 with Nick Cave alone! -Here are my faves- what are yours?
5. Mack the Knife Bobby Darin "Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth dear."
You can trace versions of the song back to 1928, but the most well known versions would be from Bobby Darin or Frank Sinatra. It's a dark tale and it is really an unusual song to have been such a hit over the years. Check out the gravelly and stripped down Mark Lanegan cut from his Imitations album.
4. San Quentin Johnny Cash "I think I understand a little bit how you feel about some things, It's none of my business how you feel about some other things, And I don't give a damn about how you feel about some other things."
So said Cash when introducing his new song to the world and to the inmates within San Quentin. This is my pick over the likes of Folsom Prison Blues, mostly because of this recording. You can hear the tension and the electricity when he sings, "San Que…