Lucy Caldwell: Van Morrison was just 23 when he wrote and recorded Astral Weeks. I took a full decade more, and then some, before having anywhere near the skill and technique to write truthfully about my own East Belfast childhood. I don’t claim for a second that one is akin to the other. But the music of Van Morrison in general, and Astral Weeks in particular, is something of a guiding spirit to my stories

The memory of a long car journey, coming back over the Craigantlet Hills from a trip to Donaghadee Lighthouse. The dip of the road and the sudden sen(...)