Great BIG Politics Quiz: latest news!

An unofficial ‘Haiti Week’ is underway on Slugger, with Moochin’s terrific photo-series on POTD, with further shots to be featured as wall projections during Belfast Culture Night on Friday, and more from me later in the week on Haiti and human rights.

And, of course, there’s just days to go until the 2011 Great Big Politics Quiz night gets underway in Belfast’s Black Box (Thursday 22 September, 7:45pm).

Latest news… new prizes have been added to the pot (already looking very desirable with that tower of books and DVDs courtesy of Stratagem) by the good people at the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, who are offering tickets to some of their hottest ‘political’ events, including The Human Rights Revolution by Nicaraguan-born Bianca Jagger. Meanwhile, Queen’s Film Theatre has thrown in a couple of pairs of tickets for any of their forthcoming features like spy classic Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Thanks!

Latest news… quiz masters for the evening look like being Minister for Fun Carál Ni Chuilín MLA, Mark Devenport off the telly, and the shy and retiring Jim Wells MLA, Naomi Long MP, Basil McCrea MLA and Alban Maginness MLA. Hopefully. Tim McGarry will be having doing a funny turn.

Latest news… there will be rounds compiled by some of your (cough!) favourite contributors on Slugger: a picture round from Moochin Photoman, international politics by Mark McGregor, UK and Irish politics by Mick Fealty, a video round by Alan in Belfast and, politics in popular culture by (ahem!) me. Bribes in the form of pints of black stuff (it being Arthur’s Day and all that) may be acceptable to at least some of the question compilers…

Tickets at the early bird price are still available (but going fast). Tickets should also be available at the door but advance booking is advised to guarantee a place. Every last penny received will go to Haven Partnership’s work in Haiti. Teams of no more than 5 or 6 please!

I am the Northern Ireland Programme Director of Amnesty International UK and an occasional human rights blogger at Amnesty Blogs: Belfast & Beyond.

I’m on Twitter at @PatrickCorrigan