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Dear colleagues and friends,
I hope that you were able to find time to check out last week’s suggestions of virtual ways to enjoy some of our region’s arts and culture. Don’t worry if you didn’t, there is still time as last week’s newsletter is available on our website. Our team has some new ideas for you this week including from a recent visitor to our office, the prize-winning author Jan Carson as well as a chance to learn about how one of our best known products are made with an online workshop from Bushmills Distillery.

It would be great to hear your feedback on any of the suggestions or if you know of any other initiatives we could include in future newsletters. Get in touch.

Best wishes,
Lynsey Moore, Director.

Postcard Stories with Jan Carson

You may remember EU Prize for Literature Winner, and Northern Ireland native Jan Carson who was in ONIEB last year for a fantastic panel discussion on the theme ‘Irish Literature in Turbulent Times". Jan has now started a charming literature project writing short stories on the back of postcards and sending them to people in need. You can read them on @JansPostcardStories, on Instagram or get busy writing your own.
The Book Trust and Jan explain how in their video ‘Postcard Stories with Jan Carson’.
Postcard Stories with Jan Carson

Stargazing from your Garden for International Dark Sky Week

This week is international dark sky week and local astronomy experts at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium have shared their top tips for star gazing. The decrease in air-pollution and the warm weather provide ideal conditions to enjoy the night sky from your home. To learn more about the wonders of the night sky including Vivid Venus, Shooting Stars and Lyrids Meteor Shower read Armagh Observatory and Planetarium’s Starry-Eyed Advice for Gazing from Your Garden.
Stargazing from your Garden for International Dark Sky Week

Bushmills' Whiskey Wednesday

Have you ever wondered how one of Northern Ireland’s finest produce, Bushmills whiskey is made? Well now is your chance to find out. Every Wednesday Bushmills Brand Ambassador Lauren McMullan hosts an educational workshop on the world of Bushmills and the whiskey making process.
Tune into @BushmillsIRL Instagram every Wednesday at 20:00 to find out more.
Bushmills' Whiskey Wednesday

Ulster Orchestra #UOLetsPlayAtHome

Theatres and Concert halls may be closed but that has not stopped the Ulster Orchestra from entertaining the people of Northern Ireland and beyond. They are bringing their wonderful sounds to online platforms each day with live-streamed recitals, split-screen chamber ensembles, tutorials and tips for players as well as conversations about their music.
Sit back and enjoy their beautiful music.
Ulster Orchestra  #UOLetsPlayAtHome