Barry Quinn Bio

A self-taught artist, Barry Quinn originally studied computer programming and performed extensively as a musician, before focusing on visual arts since 2008. He spent several years based in Dublin, exhibiting within the independent zine and art community, in artist-led initiatives, pop-up galleries and markets, before returning to his home town of Monaghan.  

He works primarily in watercolour and pencil, in the form of character-driven, narrative illustrations and sequential art. He self-publishes zines, comics and books, and in 2013 produced a short graphic novel titled Island. Barry’s work often explores themes of gender identity, environmental degradation and social politics. The recurring characters in his stories and illustration are at times adorned with animal heads and tree limbs, in a fantasy world that blurs the lines between human and non-human.

Barry produces music under the moniker Emakousma, which is at times linked to the visual work he creates.
Influences include Alice Maher, Grayson Perry, Alison Bechdel, Marjane Satrapi, the films of Hayao Miyazaki and the music of Joanna Newsom


Comedy bio photo Lorcan McGrane 

  • Tedfest finalist 2013
  • Amused Moose Scotland Finalist 2013
  • Amused Moose Irish Finalist 2012
  • Winner of the Belfast Heat of Craic Attack, 2011.

Belfast Telegraph 10 Ten Highlights of the 2010 Fringe.“McGrane’s self-effacing set is esoteric and always funny.”

– culturenorthernireland.org “Straight faced comedy with a good sense of comic timing”

Three Weeks – “McGrane’s set goes into the kind of detail about cult comics and movies that would have even Jonathan Ross’s head spinning.”

Alternative Ulster Magazine – “Lorcan McGrane’s show is full of beautiful green women, improbable superhero based antics, and most importantly, lots of very good jokes” – Norwich Fringe Festival

Lorcan started stand up in 2007 while doing a PhD on Superhero Movies and has gigged in Norwich, London, and Edinburgh, where he performed Free Fringe shows in 2008 and 2009. Since then, Lorcan’s one man show ‘Geekdom’ has appeared in the Belfast Fringe 2010, The Black Box, Belfast, the Norwich Fringe 2011, and 10 Days in Dublin Festival 2012. Now performing regularly in Belfast, Galway, Dublin, and Derry, Lorcan has supported such artists as Ardal O’Hanlon, Colin Murphy, Kevin Eldon, Bec Hill and Kevin McAleer and also appeared on Today FM, BBC Ulster, BBC Radio 4, Newstalk, Phantom FM, and the Comedy Corner of Dublin City FM.  He has also written comedy pieces for Buzz Magazine, Six Magazine, Temple Bar Review and Sun Zoom Spark.


Podcasts:   Seven2 Ten http://www.seven2ten.com/index.php/lorcan-mcgrane/

Radio: BBC Radio Four: Woman’s Hour ‘Are female comic book heroes taken seriously?’(05.06.06); Dublin NewsTalk Radio (14.04.08);Iron Man and the history of superheroes. Interviewed on BBC Radio Ulster on ‘Hotrod’s Hotrod of Comedy’ segment on BBC Introducing with Rory O’Connell (04.05.10), Comedy Corner on Dublin City FM (13.12.2012).

Television: Find Me The Funny (2009) BBC Northern Ireland/Wild Rover Productions; The Tom Green Show (2007); BBC Three ‘When Comedy Changed Forever’ (07.03.06).

Sowerby and Luff’s All-Stars, Edinburgh Festival 2009 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF4zzgcbB5c


Brenna Tierney Bio

Brenna Tierney is eleven years old and comes from Newbliss Co. Monaghan, she has four sisters and one brother. She started singing at 6 years of age in the local school concert, here it was realised that she had a classical voice. Presently Brenna attends Classical voice training with Lauren Murphy and is studying piano through the University Of West London College Of Music.

Brenna is also involved in her local GAA club and enjoys playing football with her friends. She also has a keen interest in clothes and fashion. She has taken part in numerous singing competitions over the last couple of years, and represented Monaghan at the National Finals of Community games in Athlone, she came second in the under 14 solo singing.

She has also performed for the President, Michael D. Higgins at the official opening of the peace link in Clones Co. Monaghan. Brenna has been accepted for voice training by Dr Veronica Dunne, who has trained some of the best operatic performers this country has produced. Brenna starts her training this year and will do this in the Royal Academy in Dublin.


Anastasia Palmer bio

Presenting at this month’s Arts Network Showcase event is Anastasia Palmer is 27 years old. She is from South Africa but grew up in Monaghan. She have always loved crafts and as a child she constantly had some sort of project going. WhensheI was 14 she became very ill and had to leave school, in that time she wrote a book called Dear Stranger. The book is written as if to a friend, with who she can share her hurt, her questions, her fears and most of all her transformations.

When Anastasia was 18 she began to recover and stopped writing but she knew that she needed to publish this book. Wanting to find a unique way of sharing this story sheI discovered letterpress printing, the first form of moveable type. She fell in love with it instantly and spent four years setting each letter and printing each page making 230 copies of Dear Stranger. The website for the book: http://dearstranger.se/


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