Molly is a provocative new adaptation of Joyce’s final soliloquy in Ulysses.

Molly Bloom lies awake, plagued by insomnia, wind and her husband’s snoring, and bares her soul as she questions her life choices.

This vibrant presentation reveals the woman behind the oft-misrepresented caricature; earthy and witty yet vulnerable and sensual. A caustic wit is matched with searing honesty in her night-time musings.

Molly’s observations on relationships strike a chord with contemporary audiences and her unashamed sexuality is startlingly modern. In an age of body shaming, it is refreshing to encounter a woman who is unashamed of her body and physicality.

Molly Bloom is here liberated from the weight of literature in a fresh and revealing portrayal.

Performed by IFTA nominated actress Tara Breathnach (A Nightingale Falling, Jack Taylor) and directed by Petal Pilley.

‘an absorbing staging’…’vivid, palpable, irresistible.’ – GALWAY ADVERTISER

‘a beautiful piece of performance….a must see’  – REVIEWS HUB

Doors 2:45pm | Unreserved Seating

Wendy Erskine & Rosemary Jenkinson


Wendy Erskine lives in Belfast. Her work has been published in The Stinging Fly, Winter Papers, Female Lines: New Writing from Northern Ireland and Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber) and has been read on BBC Radio 4.

Her first collection, SWEET HOME, was published by The Stinging Fly Press in Sept 2018 to a hugely positive critical response.

With skill and style, Erskine unpicks the underlying complexity of ordinary lives, the unexpected intricacy of ordinary situations.’  – Sara Baume

Rosemary Jenkinson was born in Belfast and is an award-winning playwright and short story writer. Her plays include The Bonefire (winner of Stewart Parker BBC Radio Award 2006), The Winners, Basra Boy andMeeting Miss Ireland.

She has won many General Artist’s Awards from the ACNI and this year she has been awarded Artist-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. Her acclaimed first collection of short stories Catholic Boy, was published last year

‘These stories are cunningly seductive, by turns raucous, wry and tender. A gifted storyteller, Jenkinson leavens even her darkest material with biting, effervescent wit.’ – Mia Gallagher

Doors 12:45pm | Unreserved Seating

SOLD OUT Belfast’s Wild Larder

There’s a taste of Belfast that you might not even know is there.  In amongst the parks, on the hillsides, the streets and in your neighbours’ garden, the city is teeming with food.  Take a closer look and there are hazelnuts on Donegall Street, pears in Annadale, sea buckthorn along the M2 and puffballs hiding in Stormont.

Join forager and curious cook Clare McQuillan on her journey of identification and experimentation and learn how she makes dandelion delicious. The talk will include a taste of some of the wild urban delicacies available within the city limits.

Clare is a freelance foraging guide and chef based in East Belfast who is interested in experimental tastes, eating sustainably and encouraging others to engage with nature through food.

Doors 2.30pm  |  Unreserved Seating

SOLD OUT – The Kiss of Light and other Illuminations: Poems and Music from Anthony Toner and Frank Ormsby

Acclaimed poet Frank Ormsby and one of Northern Ireland’s foremost songwriters Anthony Toner offer a unique pairing of poetry, songs and stories.

The artists collaborated last year on the acclaimed CD The Kiss of Light, a collection of poems read by Frank and instrumentals composed by Anthony.

The performance will feature readings from Frank – by turns profoundly moving and laugh-out-loud funny – some of the beautiful Kiss of Light instrumentals, and a selection of songs from Anthony’s extensive back catalogue.

Dooors 12.45pm | Unreserved Seating


Tenx9 is a storytelling event where nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a true story from their life. Each event has a theme.

The theme for Tenx9 at OTL 2019 is ‘Pets’. Yup, pets. Love them, hate them. Sometimes we never want them, sometimes we couldn’t’ do without them. Some of us have been the Teacher’s Pet, some of us have engaged in (ahem) heavy petting.

If you’d like to tell a story, and you have a true story — from your own life — about Pets, write to us via the Tenx9 submissions form 

We’d love to hear from you. @tenx9 @tenx9storytelling (insta)

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