Born and bred in Dublin, Frank Hyland first discovered Joyce in his late 20s while living abroad in the 1970s. Finding in Ulysses a deeply resonant portrait of a his home town and the characters that populated it, a life-long fascination with both the author and his works ensued. Frank has been attending the Joyce Summer School in Trieste for the past 20 years, and is always on the lookout for new angles on Joyce, and fellow enthusiasts with whom to share reflections on one of Ireland's most celebrated artists.
Songwriter Carol Keogh has been part of the independent music scene in Ireland since the 90s, both as a solo artist/band leader, and in collaboration with other artists including Sharon Shannon, Jerry Fish & Colm Mac Con Iomaire. She recently released part 1 of her new project, The Wolf Chronicles under the moniker, 'The Wicc', described as "a conspicuously individual work by an important Irish artist" (Irish Times)
Katherine Atkinson is a performer, musician and cultural manager. In 2019 she curated Your Self Made Super Human, an experimental performance event in the Wexford Arts Centre. She's performed with Anu Productions, Dublin Live Art Festival & Project Brand New, and currently performs with the Simon Quigley Ensemble.
Friends for many years through their respective involvement in the Dublin music scene, by coincidence Carol & Katherine are both currently based in Wexford, and have come together on this occasion as artistic collaborators for the first time.
Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the Irish spoken word scene. His poetry videos have amassed over 3 million views online, including ‘My Ireland’, a short poetry film commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival. Stephen has performed extensively at top venues and events such as Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the National Concert Hall, the Abbey Theatre (Noble Call), Vicar Street (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard), the London Palladium, the Oscar Wilde Awards (LA), Glastonbury Festival and George Town Literary Festival (ML). His debut collection, Fear Not, is published by Arlen House with a launch due in June 2018.
Artist & composer, Laura Hyland works across composition, performance, sculpture & poetry. Current projects include Sounding Seams – an ongoing exploration of metal sound sculpture; her band, Clang Sayne (www.clangsayne.com), ‘venturers in the post-genre slip stream, weaving folk, improv, art pop and contemporary classical into new material that is soft on the ear but tough as leather.’ (Irish Times); and a new commission for Ireland's leading contemporary classical group, Crash Ensemble.