Monday Makes: Origami with Japanese Papercraft

As some of you already know, the hand that holds the Quill also holds down a day job, at a wonderful company in Lisburn called Leckey who design, manufacture and distribute postural and mobility products for people with special needs. (here's hoping my bosses are reading this... ;) ) Last Thursday, we were offered the opportunity to join in an evening of origami, led by Donegal-based paper art company Japanese Papercraft.

Visiting Hours: CraftBomb @ Ulster Hall / Craft Month

I can't believe we're already halfway through August Craft Month - the biggest one ever in fact, with Craft NI curating over 150 events celebrating Northern Ireland craftmanship. I attended the launch of CraftBomb in the Ulster Hall last Tuesday, an exhibition showcasing the best of the handmade decorations that adorned the streets of Northern Ireland during Voluntary Arts Week in May.

Read of the Month: The Great British Sewing Bee - Sew Your Own Wardrobe

Welcome to Magazine of the Month in its new, improved incarnation! A monthly magazine review proved to be an over-ambitious feature idea (even for this mag addict), plus there are so many other types of inspiring reading material out there for those with arty interests and crafting curiosity. So books, blogs, newsletters, websites, e-zines, magazines, pamphlets, papers and papyrus... each month I'll be recommending a read.

What's On This Week: 5 - 11 May

Any week that begins with a bank holiday is off to a good start, but this is a very special week, beginning with the Belfast City Marathon and finishing with the Big Start of the Giro d'Italia 2014. Loads more on besides, and don't forget the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival continues this week, as well as other ongoing festivals.

What's On This Week: 28 April - 4 May

The week ahead is jam-packed with entertainment, with no fewer than six seven festivals, all kicking off within days of each other. The beloved Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Festival of Fools are both back, as well as the much-anticipated Giro d'Italia celebrations. There are two seaside arts events and music in the maiden city, plus more besides. Enjoy!