#FiveOnFriday with Danny Simpson (Swoose) Blog

Under the DJ moniker Swoose, DJ Danny Simpson makes a point of pumping out positivity whenever he plays. Like many of his hometown contemporaries, he served his time in some of Belfast’s legendary clubs (Stiff Kitten… Shine) before performing on the biggest stages in the industry. Alongside Cromby , Swoose has played to audiences at Berlin’s Panorama Bar, The Warehouse Project and Space in Ibiza to name...

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#FiveOnFriday with Caroline Foran Blog

INTERVIEW BY HANNAH POPHAM Freelance lifestyle journalist Caroline Foran and co-founder of digital publishing venture, has worked at the helm of so many online Irish publications including IMAGE Publications, and LovinDublin. She’s also an ambassador for First Fortnight and passionate about normalising mental health issues. Once suffering so acutely from anxiety that she struggled to leave her house, she used her own experience and...

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

“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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#FiveOnFriday with Donal Scannell, Born Optimistic Blog

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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First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies Job Vacancy Blog / Featured

First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies Job Vacancy  First Fortnight are currently looking to fill the position of Part-time Creative Arts Therapist in Dublin city. Please see job description for further details: FFArttherapypostFFspec If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send a letter of application together with your curriculum vitae to Closing date for this position Wednesday 3rd May 2017 5pm.

#FiveOnFriday with Kevin Nolan Blog

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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Tara Thomas Photography Blog / Featured

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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#FiveOnFriday with Sean O’Brien Blog

Often the Armagh / Monaghan border almost seems a dividing line between two links of human evolution. Who exactly inhabits the side of the more evolved is up for debate, and since I’m from the northern part, I’ll not stake a claim for superiority. It’s a case of Big Tom versus Tommy Makem… you decide. Those two are not the only musical talents who call that part...

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How beating an eating disorder inspired a cartoon character Blog

A NEW Irish graphic novel deals with eating disorders in a humorous and imaginative way – Loopy Loo: A story of Beating Bulimia is available on Amazon, written and illustrated by Dan Reynolds and inspired by the story of Rosalyn Sheehy who decided to share her tale of recovery to help others going through similar issues. First Fortnight spoke to Rosalyn about how the book...

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Creaking – a work that plays on age, movement and mental health Blog

“The starting point was the question, what age do you feel in your head as opposed to your body?” – writer and theatre performer Noelle Browne on Creaking THIS year’s tremendously successful First Fortnight festival wraps up on January 20 with an immersive piece of theatre, Creaking, at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Co Kildare. Creaking was co-created by Oonagh Murphy and writer/performer Noelle Browne,...

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