Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen has always pulled the strings

As a small child, Waley-Cohen insisted her parents book music lessons for her, says Jo Kerrigan

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Video: Eastenders stars soak up the sun at Schull film festival

Eastenders actors Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie were amongst the stars that dropped by sun-drenched Schull in West Cork for this year’s Fastnet Short Film Festival.

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Billy Ocean is finding out about the important things in life

Right at the height of his global fame, Billy Ocean walked away from the music business, preferring to spend time with his family. He tells Ed Power why he did it

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Sixties psychedelia hero Donovan is the sunshine survivor as he returns to Cork

The creator of the psychedelic pop sound is more than happy to be playing a concert in his adopted home of Cork, he tells Ed Power

 

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Five things to do this week

Five things to do in the world of culture this week

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Showbiz News: Peter Andre to be a dad again and he’s ready for more

PETER ANDRE has revealed he is to be a father again. The singer, 43, announced on Twitter that he is expecting his second child with wife EMILY MacDONAGH.

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Orla Brady on playing designer and architect Eileen Gray in new movie

Furniture designer Eileen Gray was one of Ireland’s most pioneering women, yet most of us have never even heard of her. That’s all set to change now Orla Brady is playing her in a new movie, writes Esther McCarthy.

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What to watch on TV this week

The best of this week’s TV in one place. 

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Book review: Shooting Up: A History of Drugs in Warfare

 

An army doesn’t just march on its stomach but with the aid of psychotic drugs, according to a revolutionary book on modern warfare. But soldiers taking drugs was also a feature of ancient conflicts, says Geoffrey Roberts.

 

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Book review: This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World

The reign of Elizabeth I was the first time that Muslims began openly living in England. It stemmed from the queen’s isolation from Catholic Europe and her excommunication by Pope Pius V in 1570. Attitudes towards Islam then have parallels for us today, writes Josephine Fenton.

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Book review: Fellside

DRUG addict Jess Moulson wakes in hospital with no memory and a face scarred from reconstructive surgery to learn she is under arrest for the murder of a child, Alex Beech, who died in a fire at her apartment — a fire she supposedly started in a heroin-induced rage against her abusive boyfriend.

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Book review: Diary of a Body

RATHER like the dive suit worn by Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, Daniel Pennac conveys the story of an entire lifetime from the perspective of his body. 

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Book review: Girl at War

SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC gets one mention early in this novel and while Karadzic and Mladic are not referred to, they cast a long shadow over the people and places of this evocatively told story of surviving the genocide of the Bosnian war.

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Book review: Simplified History — The 1916 Rising

This informative book should be a must for smart history teachers who want to engage their students, but it has much broader appeal too.

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Book review: The Black Prince Of Florence

FLETCHER, a historian specialising in the Renaissance and whose work has been praised by Hilary Mantel, here excavates the intriguing figure of Florence’s first Medici Duke, born a bastard and possibly of mixed race origin.

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Book review: We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Flames

STYLISTICALLY similar to Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, the characters in Jules Grant’s debut novel do not only speak in dialect, they narrate in it too.

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Books for kids...

3 2 1 DRAW by Serge Bloch (Wide Eyed, €12.60)
and
The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill (Little Island, €8.80)

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