Event Category: FrielFest: Brian Friel International Festival

Celebrating Friel & Heaney in the Northern Literary Lands

Celebrating Friel & Heaney in the Northern Literary Lands

Arts entrepreneur and programmer Liam Browne, of DoranBrowne, writes about this year’s FrielFest: Brian Friel International Festival, which runs in Donegal and Derry from 23 to 28 August. Back in 1982, in an interview with Fintan O’Toole, Brian Friel spoke about ‘a sense of rootlessness and impermanence’ in […]

Derry’s Guildhall Square Taken Over By Trojan Horse

Derry’s Guildhall Square Taken Over By Trojan Horse

An imposing Trojan Horse has appeared in Derry~Londonderry’s Guildhall Square overnight on August 19, marking the start of the annual Brian FrielInternational Festival. This year, the festival explores Friel’s relationship with Homer. The late Irish dramatist was said to have read The Odyssey or The […]

Adrian Dunbar on directing Homer on a Donegal beach – and his fears for Line of Duty

Adrian Dunbar on directing Homer on a Donegal beach – and his fears for Line of Duty

The actor best known as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty is bringing Homer and Heaney to County Donegal. It is on these beaches later this month that Dunbar will direct the staging another homecoming. Over five nights on five different beaches, the actor […]

United by words: Celebrating Ireland’s borderland literary greats

United by words: Celebrating Ireland’s borderland literary greats

Ireland’s border counties are associated with three Nobel Prize-winning literary greats and many other giants of the written word. David Roy spoke to professional arts curators Sean Doran and Liam Browne about their plans to highlight our ‘northern literary lands’ Seamus Heaney, Samuel Beckett, Patrick […]

Forget the Wild Atlantic Way: here are the Northern Literary Lands

Forget the Wild Atlantic Way: here are the Northern Literary Lands

Festival Artistic Directors Seán Doran and Liam Browne speak to The Irish Times about new initiative, Arts Over Borders, honouring the remarkable literary lineage of Ireland’s 11 Border counties. The flow of ideas from Seán Doran and Liam Browne is so fast that it can be hard […]

Derry & Donegal Celebrate Brian Friel

Derry & Donegal Celebrate Brian Friel

Making History is the signature play in this year’s festival with rehearsed readings in Derry’s Guildhall and at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny. Friel’s fascination with history has inspired us to acknowledge his deep love of Homer’s two epics poems, which are part of the […]