CAPTURE NI || Holiday Playlist with Matt Weir

Matty Weir and I have been pals since I realised he used more hairspray than anyone else I knew. We met on tour: it was my first one. He kept me calm through sound-checks and I made sure he kept the right rhythm (BAHAHAHA) and we amused each other by making up silly puns and visitingContinue reading “CAPTURE NI || Holiday Playlist with Matt Weir”

CREATOR QUARTER: Meet the Bearded Candle Makers

I’ve been so excited about introducing you to Mike and Mark, The Bearded Candle Makers as part of my Creator Quarter series. These two Belfast boys became candlemakers out of the joy of doing something they loved and have been on some journey since! Through the magic of Instagram, we met and Dan and I decidedContinue reading “CREATOR QUARTER: Meet the Bearded Candle Makers”

Lord Morrow’s Bill and Beyond

As Lord Morrow’s Bill becomes law today, I take a look at what happens next, and how you can be a part of it. Lord Morrow’s Bill comes into full effect today, 1st June 2015. It’s the result of three years of conversation, research, compromise. We remember sitting in the Senate Chamber in October 2012Continue reading “Lord Morrow’s Bill and Beyond”

Capture NI || Belfast’s Spring Market

Happy weekend, folks! Hope yours has been lovely. We aren’t taking tomorrow off but it’s still been a good’un, thanks mainly to the Spring Continental Market in Belfast. Hooray! There is only ONE thing I love more than Belfast’s Christmas Continental Market…Belfast’s SPRING Continental Market! The mix of cultures and smells and flavours and tastesContinue reading “Capture NI || Belfast’s Spring Market”

On cake and privilege and speaking up and shutting up.

So much has been said and as I begin to type my ring finger lingers over the backspace key, trying to make sense of what kept me up last night, wondering if I should leave space and silence to do the shouting. Settle down. Breathe, for goodness sake. Listen. I’m white. I’m rich. Educated, and employed. MarriedContinue reading “On cake and privilege and speaking up and shutting up.”

Capture NI || Silent Valley & Newcastle

Capture NI || Silent Valley from Gemma Ruth Brown on Vimeo. Happy Monday blogosphere! Hope you had a great weekend. We were up in Newcastle to celebrate my father-in-law’s 60th. So fun! We stayed in the Slieve Donard (dreeeeeamy) and did lots of chilling in the spa, exploring of the Mournes and eating of delicious food.Continue reading “Capture NI || Silent Valley & Newcastle”

Capture NI || Date night in Stranmillis

Welcome to my latest CaptureNI post! Dan and I spent a lovely date night in the Stranmillis area on Thursday. We had a delicious meal at Yum Restaurant and then saw The Shadow of a Gunman at the Lyric. Scroll down for some photos! Yum is a bright and friendly restaurant that is very aptlyContinue reading “Capture NI || Date night in Stranmillis”

Creator Quarter: Meet Ben from Angel & Anchor

Welcome to the very first post in my Creator Quarter series! I have amazingly talented friends who are making and doing really cool things in Northern Ireland, and I want to introduce them to you as part of Capture NI. First up, we have Ben Connolly from Angel & Anchor. We’ve been friends for a few yearsContinue reading “Creator Quarter: Meet Ben from Angel & Anchor”

The Man In The Moon

All these beautiful people – Friends and lovers, He’s and she’s, Hims and hers All of them – gone. Last night, Dan and I went to see Man In The Moon, a play about a West Belfast man trying to make sense of life’s difficulties. Debt, brotherhood, substance abuse, family breakdown, friendship, relationship difficulties, earlyContinue reading “The Man In The Moon”