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What's On This Week 24th March - 30th March 2014

Look - it's everybody's favourite not-so-regular regular post! As mentioned in this week's Monday Makes, The Quill has indeed been resting in its inkwell for a few months, but now we're back with bells on and ready to keep you up to date with the best crafty, creative and cultural goings on throughout the week.

Tuesday 25 March

Armagh

On Home Ground, The Interviews - Armagh City Library, 7 - 8pm

As part of Libraries NI's ongoing Creativity Month, writer in residence Brian McGilloway interviews crime writer Stuart Neville in the library of his hometown. The LA Times Book Prize winner is the author of thrillers The Twelve, Collusion, Stolen Souls and Ratlines. For more information, phone 028 3752 4072 or email armagh.library@librariesni.org.uk

Wednesday 26 March

Belfast

10x9 Storytelling - The Black Box, 7.30 - 9pm

10x9 is The Black Box's monthly storytelling evening. Nine people each have up to ten minutes to tell a real story from their lives, based on the chosen theme of the evening. Previous topics have included 'Courage', 'Love Stories' and 'Sorry'. Follow 10x9 on Twitter or drop them an email to tenbynine@gmail.com

Thursday 27 March

Derry ~ Londonderry

Dancing at Lughnasa - Millenium Forum, 11am and 8pm

This beloved Brian Friel play tells the story of the five unmarried Mundy sisters from the point of the now-adult Michael, from his memories of spending a summer with them as a child, in their cottage on the west coast of Donegal. Tickets can be booked online.

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Friday 28 March

Belfast

#LiveLouder Competition Final - The Oh Yeah Centre, 7 - 10pm

This week, The Oh Yeah Centre has a packed programme of events, so it was difficult to pick one, but the #LiveLouder Competition Final looks like a brilliant night out for music fans aged between 13 and 18.

There will be live music from young, up-and-coming artists and bands, with Conor Scott of The Voice UK providing the headline entertainment.

Saturday 29 March

Belfast

Sunglasses After Dark - The Menagerie, 9pm - late

The self-proclaimed "wildest 50'S/60'S r'n'r/billy/r&b/surf/trash a ding dong party" is back on Saturday, with Los Reyez headlining, with support, guest DJs and 50s B-movie visuals and movies projected on to the walls. Visit the Facebook event page for more.

Sunday 30 March

Belfast

Fine and Dandy Market - The Crescent Arts Centre, 11.30am - 3.30pm

Established in May of last year, this boho little market takes place on the last Sunday of every month. Showcasing the work of crafters, artists and designers, alongside treasures and trinkets from record shop owners and vintage sellers, it would be an ideal Mother's Day day-trip for the mum who enjoys all things cool and quirky. 

What's On This Week: 31st March - 6th April 2014

What's On This Week: 31st March - 6th April 2014

Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!

Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!