Caoileann Curry-Thompson is a Belfast-based playwright and theatre-maker. She has worked in theatre for nearly 20 years: as an actor, facilitator, stage manager, teacher, academic researcher, working with a number of theatre organisations: Lyric Theatre, Prime Cut Productions, Accidental Theatre, Paradosso Theatre, Belfast International Arts Festival, Project Arts Centre, Creation Theatre (Oxford) and others. She holds a PhD on the theatre of Stewart Parker and an MA in Irish Theatre and Culture (Distinction) both from Queen's University, Belfast, and a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies with English from Trinity College Dublin. She was a REVEAL artist with Prime Cut Production's artist development programme and received Artist Career Enhancement Scheme funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to develop “Rosefrail and Fair”, which was produced by Prime Cut for its Reveal-ed Showcase at the MAC, Belfast in January 2019, co-funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. She currently teaches Drama and Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) at Queen’s, and is developing a play about dementia and language called Life from Time. Curry-Thompson’s practice as a theatre-maker is shaped by her perspective as a mother of three young children, a partner, and part-time carer for a parent with dementia.
Prof. Finn Fordham is Professor of 20th Century Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. As well as numerous articles, he has written a book on Finnegans Wake entitled Lots of Fun at 'Finnegans Wake': Unravelling Universals; co-edited Finnegans Wake for Oxford World Classics; with Rita Sakr co-edited the study Joyce and the 19th Century French Novel; and also written a genetic study of modernist selves, I do I undo I redo for Oxford University Press. His doctoral thesis - about the effects of Lucia Joyce's breakdown on the composition and content of Finnegans Wake was blocked by the James Joyce Estate in 1998. He is working at present on the location of modernist culture in and around Britain on a single day: the 3rd of September 1939, the outbreak of World War 2.
Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston is Hertford College – Faculty of English DPhil Scholar in Irish Literature in English at the University of Oxford. Their thesis explores Irish modernism and the politics of sexual health. Other research interests include literature and the law, the history of gender and sexuality, and the restricted collections of Britain’s major libraries. Their work has appeared in the Review of English Studies, the Library, and the Irish Studies Review, where they were awarded the 2017 British Association of Irish Studies Essay Prize, and has been featured in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian¸ and BBC News. They are Postgraduate Representative and Communications Officer for the British Association for Irish Studies, and sit on the Oxford Critical Theory Network council, and convene the University of Oxford Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Seminar. They also co-organise the Queer Modernism(s) conference series.
Úna Kavanagh has a B.A. & M.A. from the National College Of Art & Design, Dublin. She has worked extensively across disciplines for over 25 years in her native Ireland, UK, America, France and the Middle East. Úna is a figurative artist whose work includes sculpture, text, painting, drawing, performance, film, installation, animation, script writing, music composition, Performance Art and Live Art durational performances. Her practice ranges from extensive work in theatre, film, television and radio to her artistic collaborations. She has been a company member with multi-award winning ANU Productions since 2010, collaborating on 3 Performance art works, 11 Live Art Theatre-works & Film works. Úna has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions for the last 20 years. Her work is held in private collections both in Ireland and the Middle East. She has been awarded The Art’s Council Theatre Bursary award 2017 and represented Ireland in “Art By Country” in Abu Dhabi 2014. She is an award-winning actress and has received International nominations for her work on screen. She was shortlisted for the SKY Arts Ignition award as part of TATSOI (Art/Science Collaboration) and was the 1st Artist In Residence for the inaugural Festival Of Curiosity in 2013.
Raphael Montague is a psychoanalytic practitioner who works in private practice and various other clinical settings in Dublin. His work has been published in several editions: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy Art and Clinic (2015); Lacunae, the APPI International Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis (2014-2018), of which he is a member of the translation panel; The Lacanian Review (Hurly Burly), New Lacanian School, 2016, 2018; Silicet, Paris: Huysmans, 2015. Papers recently presented include a clinical text on schizophrenia at the 5th International Congress of the EuroFederation of Psychoanalysis, PIPOL 8, 2017, in Brussels and a paper on the relevance in the 21st century of Cartesian epistemology in psychiatry and conversely in psychoanalytic differential diagnosis, at the ICLO-NLS 2018 Study-day: Transference, - In and Out, in Dublin. As an erstwhile academic, having studied in University College Cork, Independent Colleges, Dublin and the University of Roehampton, London, his current research interests are located in the relation between language and the body in clinical practice. For a more artistic preoccupation, check out ReScribe, a 2017 reworking of “Anna Livia [...]”, for WayWords and Meansigns, recreating Finnegans Wake in its Whole Wholume.
Dr. Deirdre Mulrooney is a dance historian, writer, director, documentary maker, and lecturer in theatre. Her PhD on Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal was published by Peter Lang GmbH in 2002, followed by “Irish Moves, an illustrated history of dance & physical theatre in Ireland”, (The Liffey Press, 2006). Deirdre’s subsequent original research on 1940s Irish-German Modern Dance pioneer Erina Brady has appeared in book chapters, as well as her film documentaries “1943 – A Dance Odyssey” (RTE One Television); and “Dance Emergency/ Damhsa na hEigeandala” (TG4), which screened before the opening film at Lincoln Center NYC’s Dance on Camera Festival (2016), and the script of which was published in TANZ Magazine. Deirdre is currently developing a documentary on Lucia Joyce’s Modern Dance Career – exploring what her once heralded ‘full capacity’ as an artist might comprise. Deirdre has contributed on this topic to the Irish Times, delivered a lecture at Trieste Joyce School 2018, and at National Library of Ireland. See www.deirdremulrooney.com for more info.
Dr. Alex Pheby is a British author and academic. His second novel, Playthings, was described as “the best neuro-novel ever written" in Literary Review. The novel deals with the true case of Daniel Paul Schreber, a 19th-century German judge afflicted by schizophrenia who was committed to an asylum. In 2016, Playthings was shortlisted for the £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize. In 2019, his third novel, Lucia, which deals with the life of James Joyce's daughter, was longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize. He currently teaches at the University of Greenwich where he is Programme Leader in Creative Writing.
Dr. Siobhán Purcell’s research primarily focuses on representations of disability, impairment and decadence in Irish literature. In 2016 she completed her PhD thesis on the subject of disability in Beckett’s prose, poetry, and translations (1928-1945) supervised by Dr. Adrian Paterson at NUI Galway. This doctoral work was funded by the Irish Research Council and the James Hardiman Scholarship (NUIG). Her work has been published in Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui,Breac, Dublin James Joyce Journal and the James Joyce Literary Supplement. She is currently expanding her research to include a number of Irish authors and has forthcoming articles on Joyce, Beckett, Flann O’Brien, Lucia Joyce and Lynda Radley.
Genevieve Sartor is completing a PhD at Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MScR in Critical Theory from the University of Edinburgh and a BA Hons. in English Literature and Philosophy from Concordia University, Montréal. She is the editor of James Joyce and Genetic Criticism (Brill, 2018) and has published in the University of Toronto Quarterly, the Journal of Modern Literature, the James Joyce Literary Supplement and Deleuze and Guattari Studies. Her literary reviews have also been featured in The Irish Times, Review 31 and forthcoming in The London Magazine. She lectures and TAs at Trinity in Irish Literature, Theories of Literature and Postcolonial Theory. She is also an occasional lecturer with the Global Centre for Advanced Studies (GCAS), a non-for-profit research institute based in Dublin and New York.
Áine Stapleton works in dance, film and music. She has a 1st Class Honours Degree in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey, London. Áine created a dance film Medicated Milk based on Lucia Joyce with José Miguel Jiménez and it features an original sound score by Somadrone. Medicated Milk was programmed by the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, and screened at the 6th International DRFI Conference at NYU Tisch School of Arts in New York. Other screenings include Dublin Fringe Festival, Mermaid Arts Centre Bray, Trieste University in Italy, Light Moves Festival of Screendance Limerick and the Belgrade Irish Festival in Serbia. She is currently working on a second film about Lucia, Horrible Creature, with support from the Arts Council of Ireland, and the Irish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland that will premiere at the Irish Film Institute in June 2019. She is also Associate Artist with Dance Ireland, and will create a live evening length dance production based on Lucia in 2019, co-produced by Project Arts Centre, Dublin.