In the final chapter of Ulysses, Molly Bloom reflects “I wouldnt give a snap of my two fingers for all their learning why dont they go and create something”. Joyce has inspired not only writers, but people working across the creative arts, from music and dance to visual art and theatre. On 13th June, actor Janet Moran, filmmaker Tommy Creagh and illustrator Niall Laverty from At it Again! discussed Joyce’s impact on their practice.
Janet Moran played Molly Bloom in the Abbey Theatre Production of Ulysses. Known for her roles in ‘Trivia’, ‘Breakfast on Pluto’ and ‘The Butcher Boy’, Moran recently co-hosted the Irish Times Theatre Awards. Her play-writing credentials include ‘A Holy Show’ and ‘Swing’, an international hit about dancing and music and love, in which she also performed.
Niall Laverty is an illustrator and gesture drawing teacher. He is currently a part-time lecturer on the Animation course at the National Film School. At it Again! bring Irish literature to life. They celebrate Irish writers and their works with fun pocket books and other literary gifts.
Tommy Creagh is an award winning Filmmaker & Playwright with a passion for poetry and how it can be brought into the cinema. His film ‘Land of Winter’ is inspired by Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead’ and follows a troubled young man between pubs, whilst snow clouds loom over Dublin. This short film was shown at the event.