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Whiskey and Words @ The Black Box


Ask virtually any resident of Belfast to list a few must-visit places in the city and No Alibis on Botanic Avenue will surely feature. A veritable institution that has acted as both an intimate venue for performers of every ilk and shade as well as one of the country’s leading independent bookstores for many years, it is owned and co-ran by one David Torrans (pictured), who will take part in Whiskey and Words, a one-off event in collaboration with Bushmills at the Black Box on Sunday, April 23.

A highlight of the current #AnswerTheCall series, in which Bushmills have worked “with local creators, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs and adventurers to celebrate their stories and inspire others to fulfil their true calling”, this free event will offer whiskey enthusiasts and literature aficionados the opportunity to learn how to harness their creativity when putting pen to paper, and enjoy specially-created Bushmills Black Bush serves.

Organisers said, “Keen to celebrate local talent, #AnswerTheCall will also offer undiscovered writers in Northern Ireland the opportunity to have their work published. Writers are invited to compose an ode for the fearless, spirited and defiant amongst us and submit it to A selection of the submissions that embrace the Bushmills spirit of fearlessness and determination will feature in a publication exclusively available at No Alibis.”

To register for ‘Whiskey and Words’ or to submit a creative writing example, visit


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