"You could imagine Dusty Bluebells as a period drama on the BBC...Angeline King brings a rich, cultural history to life in a family saga spanning 50 years...Pithy with Ulster Scots, old rhymes, cures and sayings, there is a sense of magic to it all. A book to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night."
Ruth McKee, The Irish Times
. "Past haunts present across the generations. King gets inside her people...More Jessie Kesson than Kailyard."
"As the first ever Festival-trained lead dancer of Riverdance, I am delighted to see this book..." Lauren Smyth, former lead dancer, Riverdance.
"A wonderful historical record of dancing in Ulster. I have taught festival Irish dancing, Sean-nos dancing, set dancing and Cape Breton dancing, so this book helped me make sense of all the various styles that I've practised throughout the years."
Robert Hunter, dance teacher, County Antrim.
"Irish Dancing: The Festival Story is the book that fills the gap in the long and wonderful history of Irish Dance. Highlighting the unique way that the style not only kept alive the form and grace of the dance, but allowed a shared culture to thrive despite its community being, at times, torn apart."
"...for big weans and wee weans." The Bully Up the Brae: A school girl struggles with soggy jam sandwiches and the bully on the school brae.
The Band Stick: Two boys compete in an unique band stick competition.
The Children of Latharna: Sea monsters, Tayto crisp sandwiches and roller boots are the ingredients of this seaside adventure.
"Fabulous retelling of Children of Lir. Gaelic and Ulster Scots co-exist happily in this super publication."
Liz Weir, storyteller
"Lyrical and nostalgic, wistful and humorous."
Ian Andrew, author
Thank you to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Portraits by Bernie McAllister. Header photographs, depicting the walls of Leiden, my own: homepage header, poem by Mohammad–Reza Shafi'i Kadkani; blog header, poem by e. e. cummings; writing header, poem by Arthur Rimbaud.