Well, what a night. Co-hosted by the one and only Nuala McMenamin, with merchandise support from Cara Doran and Sarah Williamson (many thanks all) and the much-missed Paul Doran, who'll be back at the next Tenx9.
We heard stories about death and life happening at the same time; stories of lives that matter even when they are treated as if they don't; stories of hard times at sperm banks with your mum around the corner. We heard stories of the struggle to stay alive; stories of Christmas and matches and uncles who like the races; stories of moving from Texas to Baltimore and a mother's strong love; stories of farming families with a marching hedge showing each other love through difficult times; stories of urinary infections and peculiar conversations in waiting rooms; and stories of unexpected meetings decades after hard times.
With thanks to Paul, Jenn, Mary, Colette, Chelley, Shelley, David and Áine. What a wonderful night. Thanks, too, to the audience for making Tenx9 the cosiest night of stories, listening, humanity and sharing in Belfast.
Our next night is in partnership with the Out to Lunch festival and is on Wednesday January 13th at 7.30pm in the Black Box. The theme is "Food" - food you've eaten, food you wish you hadn't eaten, food you had to eat, stories of food that have been part of your life, or not. We're not looking for live-recipes here folks, but true stories from your life about food.