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Edna O’Brien and Hugh Cornwell join Out to Lunch line-up

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Writer Edna O’Brien, comedian Josie Long and ventriloquist Nina Conti, Canadian singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega, jazz artist Jacqui Dankworth and Hugh Cornwell - singer and guitarist of punk/New Wave group The Stranglers, are just some names on a glittering rollcall of performers appearing at the Out to Lunch Festival which runs in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, January 2-26. The line-up boasts an impressive mix of music, comedy, spoken word and literature to help you shake off the annual January blues.

The music programme also includes Julian Cope, the Smoke Fairies, reggae DJ Sir David Rodigan, John Otway, Karen Underwood singing Nina Simone, songstress/violinist Niamh Dunne and the Riot Jazz Brass Band.

Comedians Josie Long, Mark Steel and Nat Luurtseema will entertain audiences and Terry Christian also plays for laughs with provicative stand-up show Naked Confessions of a Recovering Catholic.

Irish writer Edna O’Brien joins out to lunch to talk about her work and recently published memoir Country Girl, while solo cabaret show Julie Madly Deeply will bring the music of Julie Andews vividly to life. Out to Lunch also presents two one-man show from award-winning actor George Telfer. In Burton’s Last Call, you are invited to an informal audience with the Welsh acting great, while In Not the Messiah, Telfer portrays the wit of Graham Chapman, of Monty Python fame.

Festival director Sean Kelly said: “With the likes of Julian Cope, Nina Conti, Barry Cryer, Josie Long, David Rodigan, John Hegley, John Otway, Lindi Ortega, Edna O’Brien, Jacqui Dankworth and Hugh Cornwell on the menu, we’re delighted, in a city full of festivals, to be the one that kick-starts the New Year with a bang.”

Call 02890 246 609 or visit www.cqaf.com.

 

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