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Finally, here it is – the PQ post about Culture Night Lisburn! I’m sorry it’s a fortnight after the event, but what with the beautiful madness of the night, excited preparations for the Blog Awards Ireland ceremony and a stress-tastic couple of weeks in my new day job, I am, quite frankly, a husk of a woman. But a contented husk! Thank you so much to everyone who made the Patchwork Quill Culture Night Lisburn pop-up at R-Space the great success it was.


My lovely other half, Andy ‘Guitarbuckle’ Arbuckle and his fellow singer-songwriter-guitarist Tom Harper entertained Culture Night visitors throughout R-Space, holding little pop-up performances in the courtyard outside, as well as the gallery.


Our little craft table was buzzing with people for the full two hours we were there, and this literally couldn’t have happened without the hard work of Kylah Dittmar, with thanks also to our mutual friend Pol Douglas for putting us in touch.

She manned the craft table throughout the night while I was on the blogging station, expertly guiding our visitors in knitting, sewing, and pom-pom making.

Thank you so much to everyone who came down and took part – we had lots of young people and their parents in attendance, so hopefully we’ve both sparked and rekindled a love of crafting for a few families out there.


Throughout the day, I had my own ‘roving Quills’ out and about – namely SERC HNC PhotoGraphics students Sam Shirlow and Glen Quigley. I was so lucky to have such talented photographers working for the Quill on this great day – thank you so much to tutor Stephen Wilson for coordinating the collaboration.

They captured some wonderful images of the festivities in Castle Gardens – here are my favourites. Black and white pics by Sam Shirlow and colour by Glen Quigley.

It seems that most of Lisburn ended Culture Night in The Favourite Bar for Johnny Vans‘ album launch and open mic night – deservedly won by singing group The Menopausal Mamas, who were outstanding.

It was wonderful to see a bar in the heart of Lisburn full of people, buzzing with music, laughter and craic. Let’s have more of it, please! With huge thanks to Stephen Wallace of Hibernia Landscapes for the use of the following photographs. Please visit his blog post for his full photo coverage of Culture Night Lisburn 2014 in its entirety. 

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