Halyfest 2012
Domhnall Gleeson
Jenni Doherty
Chris Keys
Best Boy Grip
Fabulous Food Factory
Guy King
Noma Dumezweni
Sheila McClean
Amanda Searle
Tony Thompson
Fiona McCade
Garbhan Downey
William Vincent & Pete Mona
Sarah McGuinness
Emmett McCourt
Wayne Forester

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Amanda Searle is a portrait and fashion photographer with a reputation for capturing iconic and moving images.

She began her career working for cutting-edge 1990s magazines such as The Face and City Limits and has gone on to build an impressive portfolio which includes memorable portrayals of leading figures from the worlds of comedy, music, television, film and politics, as well as commissions ranging from album covers and billboards to projects for Italian Vogue, English National Opera, the NHS, the BBC and Channel 4.


Amanda’s ability to truly capture the person behind the personality lies at the heart of her portrait work. . Her calm and empathetic manner is valued by Eddie Izzard, for whom she is official photographer and by Labour leader, Ed Miliband who recently commissioned Amanda to photograph him at Party headquarters. With a style that is one of stillness and quiet, Amanda’s approach engenders a trust between herself and the subject, resulting in unique, compelling and revealing images.

Guy King began working in documentary film in 2006, when he put a couple of ideas forward for a BBC New Talent initiative at Sheffield DocFest, which led to a nine-month placement as a researcher on the first BBC2 Wonderland strand.

Since then he has worked as an assistant producer and camera operator on a number of films including Outside the Court, Men of the City and The Curious World of Frinton-on-Sea by Marc Isaacs, and Law and Disorder in Lagos and A Place for Paedophiles by Louis Theroux. His first as a director was a ten-minute film called Elvis Is In The Van starring Seamus Canning, and his second was a

Domnhall Gleeson brings to Noreen to HalyFEST.

Two policemen get more than they bargained for on a house-call in Athmuck, Co. Offaly. When Frank and Con find a dead body in a local cottage, what began as a routine call-out becomes an opportunity for life lessons, relationship advice and musings on the basics of detective work. Both men are alone. Both men are idiots.

Noreen stops at Halyfest amidst a tour of festivals including Tribeca, Raindance, and the Dublin International Film Festival. The film has been praised by audiences and

Tony Thompson is the award-winning author of numerous non-fiction books that explore the world of contemporary criminality.

A former Crime Correspondent for the Observer newspaper, he has, in the course of his work, been offered a position as a getaway driver for an armed robbery, a gun smuggler and an Internet fraudster but has turned them all down as he much prefers writing about crime to festering in a prison cell.

Originally from Greencastle now based in Derry, Jenni's background ranges from publishing, journalism, bookselling and the public library service to facilitating creating writing workshops, organising book launches and arts events and performance poetry. She was one of eleven publishers (the only one from the North) who represented Ireland at the Newfoundland Music & Publishing Exchange in Canada in 2009, and represented Derry and Donegal literature as the literature expert at the Milwaukee Irish Fest in 2011.


Project coordinator, editor and contributor to the following book anthologies, published by Guildhall Press:

'EVE... A Celebration of Creative Women' (2006), 'Wonderful World of Worders' (2007), 'Moments: short stories, poetry and drama' from the Creggan Writing Project (2011) and co-authored That Land Beyond a collection of local folklore and myth from Inishowen (2003). A recent recipient of an Arts Council of N Ireland Award, she will publish her solo collection 'Rain Spill' with Guildhall Press this Autumn. She currently runs Little Acorns Bookstore, and works for Besom Productions.

Sarah is an internationally known singer/songwriter. Known in the past for a "sparky, theatrical edge" to her music, she comes to HalyFest with new, pared back sounds, creating a more raw, honest set. It has been said that her music is "emotionally and heart-rendingly evocative" and her lyrics "seduce you into listening." Of course, they may have been reading the wrong teleprompter - never can tell with that lot.

Eoin O'Callaghan is the man and the voice behind 'Best Boy Grip'. He is a talented singer/songwriter who hails from Derry / L'derry.

Best Boy Grip's debut EP 'Barbara' was released to critical acclaim. Best Boy Grip recently supported Pete Doherty in Derry's Nerve Center as well as Bronagh Gallagher and her band in Whelan's, Dublin and the OhYeah in Belfast. Best Boy Grip have recently had numerous plays on BBC Introducing - Radio 1, BBC Across The Line, BBC Electric Mainline,BBC Gerry Anderson, BBC Mark Patterson and Belfast's Blast 106.

With the release of his 6 song debut Ep 'New day' and a successfull Ep launch at a packed Black Box theatre in Belfast, Singer-songwriter Chris Keys is definately '... one to watch in 2012', as quoted by Clash Magazine.

Already tracks from the Ep have been well received on local radio stations including the Gerry Anderson show on BBC Radio Ulster. Chris has performed at many successful events throughout the UK and Ireland which have included; 'Indie week Ireland', 'Acoustic Edinburgh', 'Tipperary peace convention', 'Platform Belfast', 'Maiden City festival' & a mini tour

Wayne is best known for his voice work, having recorded countless cartoon animations . These include the new CGI version of The Magic Roundabout (Zebedee). He is also behind the new voice of Captain Scarlet in Gerry Anderson's epic series, as well as the voice of the much loved Children's TV  character Roly Mo from The Fimbles. You can currently hear him as Dad in Horrid Henry (CITV) and in Everything's Rosie (Cbeebies). His work on animated features include Arthur Christmas (Aardman Films), Renaissance & Beowulf.

Wayne has voiced hundreds of characters for computer games and and narrated numerous audio books, commercials and corporate presentations. He also had the pleasure of working with Sarah Townsend on her recent documentary feature Believe - The Eddie Izzard Story - providing characterisations for the voiceover commentary.

Food for Emmett has been a constant journey of love and passion for over two decades. His culinary career began 24 years ago at the NI Hotel and Catering College, Portrush. Since then he has travelled the world working in the kitchens of some of the world’s finest restaurants, luxury cruise liners and hotels alongside some of the world’s greatest chefs, including the legendary Georges Paineu and Ives Thuries of France.

Feeling that food critics and connoisseurs always underrated the North West of Ireland in terms of food culture, Emmett decided to undertake the research and writing of his new publication – Feast or Famine – to help overturn this misconception. This decision was underscored by the realisation that he had travelled the world extensively, cooking and experiencing the local food associated with other countries yet he had never explored in any depth his native food heritage. As a result, he felt it would be interesting to source and record the provenance and history of local produce and recipes to convey the passion he holds for food and cookery.

Nowadays Emmett’s food conveys the depth of Irish Food Heritage with Modern Interpretations, He demonstrates on a Traditional “Hearth Crane Crook”, the great Cookery skills of a bygone time. His food is further enhanced with echoes of a forgotten culture and people, displayed on Inishowen Bog Oak & Bog Yew. 

Faduda is an exciting new band, based in the North West of Ireland being highly lauded by audiences. Their performances burst with passion, energy and colour. Right from the first note they enthral with beautifully arranged traditional tunes and powerful original songs.

Faduda musicians are:

Paraig O’Brien (fiddle)

Kevin Murphy (Keyboards)

Paul Herron (guitar and vocals.)

Sarah Murphy(Flute)

Born in Swaziland, of South African parents, Dumenzweni came to England with her family as a child, first living in Suffolk, where she was educated, before moving to London.

Dumezweni's work in theatre includes: President of an Empty Room and The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other at the National Theatre, Breakfast with Mugabe, Antony and Cleopatra and Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC; A Raisin in the Sun for the Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith, London (for which she won her Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role). Other theatre work includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Master and Margarita,

“Our Company title is a promise, we WILL be producing fabulous food.”

The Fabulous Food Factory source the best local produce, prepare it and add thier own special magic, straight to you and then you can enjoy it.  No food miles to speak of and a carbon footprint of minuscule proportions... ethical. 

Events and Festivals are on the increase in Ireland, and FFF serve up healthy, tasty and fun options to liven up your days out. 

“We will give it to you, it’s that simple.”

The lure of fiction writing was very strong, however, and Downey was to link up with Guildhall Press again in 2004 to produce The Private Diary of a Suspended MLA, a satire on the peace process. The Sunday Timesdescribed the book as the “best Northern Ireland political novel of the century”.

of Scotland. He has had live sessions on Balcony Tv, Drive Fm, Queens Radio, Blast Fm & Bandwagon Tv. Chris has also supported bands such as Microlip, The Curtain Thieves, Ricky Warwick and many other great acts.

20-minute film called Filthy Clean. His third is in production for BBC Northern Ireland, a 60-minute film called Love and Death in City Hall, which is set in Belfast register office.

critics alike, winning ‘Best Narrative Short’ at the Gold Coast International Film Festival, the ‘Audience Award’ at the Captial Irish Film Festival, and been nominated for ‘Best Short Film’ at the 2012 IFTA awards.

Nathan the Wise and The Coffee House at Chichester Festival Theatre, 6 Characters Searching for an Author at the Gielgud Theatre and The Bogus Woman at the Traverse and the Bush. In spring of 2009 she is appearing in the RSC's A Winter's Tale.

Williem vincent from Derry (aka William Carson) and Pete Mona from Holywood, County Down, have performed together for over 7 years as a folk duo.
Sharing a love and passion for acoustic folk, the pair have written and performed together and independently at venues and festivals across the UK, Ireland and Europe sharing the stage with Sharon Shannon, the Furey Brothers, Freddie White, Boo Hewerdine and Hank Wangford.

Ultimately their aim is to produce great performances of great songs including some old and obscure folk beauties, bringing them live to a new audience.

Born in Leeds, Fiona tried and failed to set up a National Theatre of Yorkshire in her parents' garage. Undeterred, she eventually became a professional actress, which led to some theatre, a handful of TV one-liners and one hell of a lot of temping.

After moving to Edinburgh in 1999, Fiona was surprised to find herself writing a weekly column for The Scotsman, which still continues today. She has also been a star columnist for The Sunday Times Scotland, a contributor to The Independent on Sunday and Newsday (New York), as well as guesting on various radio and TV shows.Fiona has co-written two, humorous non-fiction books, The Questions: Classic Edition and The Questions: Retro Edition.

She is currently working on a collection of her writings about pregnancy and parenting, which has the working title: To Fertility, and Beyond!

She lives in Scotland and France with her only husband and only child.

Garbhan Downey was born on February 24, 1966 in Derry. He went to school at Rosemount PS and St Columb’s College – and along the way played rhythm guitar in a band that never made it out of the garage.

He got his first break courtesy of the Derry Journal, contributing music, radio, TV and newspaper-watch columns. He also began scripting and broadcasting opinion pieces for BBC Radio Foyle. In 1992, he got a job as a staff reporter with the Londonderry Sentinel where he learned the rudiments of covering courts, councils, and football matches.

During his period as editor (2001-04), the Derry News won two Newspaper Society awards for Fastest Circulation Growth in the UK. Downey also found himself before the courts after he refused to hand over photographs of the Real IRA attacking an (unmanned) army spy-post, arguing that such a move could put his staff in danger.

Sheila McClean was originally from Moville, County Donegal, Ireland, and is now living in Derry, Northern Ireland. She paints the land and sea around her.

Derek Hill, a great admirer of her work, said, "Her paintings capture the Donegal we all feel in retrospect".

Joseph McWilliams, PPRUA, said, "Her landscapes are painted landscapes, her boglands are expressive marks of paint, on richly textured surfaces redolent of bog cotton and dank brown pools... Her work reflects a deep understanding of both place and paint".

Commenting on her most recent one woman exhibition McClean stated:
"Painting for me is a necessary means of self-expression. My desire as a painter is to establish a relationship between intuitive imagery, and a spontaneous method of painting. I try to achieve this, through a combination of economic statements, which are personal rather than purely descriptive and keeping myself aware of the life and integrity of the paint itself.”