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Sober Minds: an interview with filmmaker Charlo Johnson
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Sober Minds: an interview with filmmaker Charlo Johnson

Illustration by Toshi Nakamura SOBER MINDS is a short film by Charlo Johnson about the work of Dublin wildlife photographer Paul Hughes, taking visual queues from the snapper’s striking shots of urban wildlife, from fluffy ducklings, swooping gulls to dens full of baby foxes. A contemplative voiceover explains the photographer’s thought processes as he tracks creatures around the waterways and green spaces of the capital,...

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06 Oct 2017
FiveOnFriday with Keeley Moss of SESSION MOTTS
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FiveOnFriday with Keeley Moss of SESSION MOTTS

DUBLIN trio SESSION MOTTS are creating quite a stir with a perfect succession of evocative Eighties-inflected indie-pop gems – Chip Shop Fights, Plundered Past, and the latest single, Back In The Day. Singer Keeley Moss is also author of a fascinating blog on the unsolved murder of a German student in the North in the late 80s, mixing investigative insights and personal musings to great effect,...

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29 Sep 2017
Camille Ross, Brazen Tales Theatre by Grayce Leonard
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Camille Ross – on anger, expression and winning a First Fortnight Fringe award

  “Comedy opens up a conversation, especially around things that are dark…” Camille Ross is Artistic Director of Brazen Tales, and co-writer and actor of one-woman show Big Bobby Little Bobby, winner of the First Fortnight Award at last year’s Dublin Fringe, our annual award for best show featuring themes of mental health. Grayce Leonard caught up with Camille to discuss winning the award, how...

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17 Sep 2017
The Friday Night Effect: Watch teaser for interactive Fringe show
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The Friday Night Effect: Watch teaser for interactive Fringe show

  WATCH the teaser video for the new interactive theatre experience from past Fringefest First Fortnight Award Winners Sunday’s Child. The Friday Night Effect launches next Thursday 21st of September in Smock Alley Theatre as a part of the Dublin Fringe. Written by and starring Eva O’Connor, also the woman behind previous First Fortnight festival hits including Overshadowed and My Name Is Saoirse along with...

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15 Sep 2017
Photo: Archie Carron
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Pouring my heart out through comedy – Sahar Ali

THE Dublin Fringe Festival kicks off this weekend and in the first of our Fringe previews, we talk to Sahar Ali about her show Saharcasm, in Smock Alley Theatre from September 16-17 – a one-woman exploration of  “Irishism, Arabism and racism” through poetry, music and comedy.  Photo: Archie Carron Q. Is your show more a wide-ranging exploration of certain themes or do you have a very...

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04 Sep 2017
#FiveOnFriday with Liam Kelly, author of Worried William
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#FiveOnFriday with Liam Kelly, author of Worried William

Nine-year-old William admits that he is a worrier – but by writing down everything that happens in his life over time, William shares what makes him stressed, what makes him worry, and ultimately what makes him smile – from schoolday angst to the upcoming Halloween Disco… Worried William is a character created by teacher Liam Kelly, who came up with the idea after a stint...

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18 Aug 2017
“Writing my way out of that cave”- Meg Grehan on working through anxiety and agoraphobia
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“Writing my way out of that cave”- Meg Grehan on working through anxiety and agoraphobia

“Writing about anxiety and agoraphobia and all of the other beasties made them seem smaller somehow. It made me bigger somehow. I started to feel my head get lighter, I started to feel my feet touch the ground again.” Author Meg Grehan recently published The Space Between, a beautiful free verse novel about a young woman experiencing isolation and mental health struggles who finds warmth, love...

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12 May 2017
#FiveOnFriday with Donal Scannell, Born Optimistic
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#FiveOnFriday with Donal Scannell, Born Optimistic

DONAL SCANNELL hosts the Born Optimistic podcast, taking  a series of inspirational artists and giving them a leisurely grilling on how background events and their personality traits have shaped their outlook on life. In the couple of months since it kicked off, the podcast has attracted a jaw-dropping roster of guests, Irish and international names in a variety of fields, all with fascinating stories to tell...

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05 May 2017
#FiveOnFriday with Kevin Nolan
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#FiveOnFriday with Kevin Nolan

Singer-songwriter Kevin Nolan, a long-time advocate for First Fortnight and most memorable Master of Ceremonies at the 2015 First Fortnight Festival Hootenanny at St Patrick’s Hospital, has released a live video of his song The Last Days of Harry Carey. Hot Press calls it spell-binding – “a bombastic four minutes of blood and thunder that’s worth the price of admission alone”. The story behind it encompasses...

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07 Apr 2017
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Farah Elle on creativity and the world-changing power of music

Libyan-born Irish-raised singer songwriter Farah Elle has a unique style and sound, drawing on Arabic rhythms and dynamic piano arrangements to stunning effect. Writing and performing since her teenage years, the now 22-year-old is a recent graduate of the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) and collaborated with Bantum on his Choice Music Prize nominated album, Move. With a slew of shows coming up and hard...

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17 Mar 2017
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