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Dr Kathryn White: ‘Teaching’ Beckett

Dr Kathryn White: ‘Teaching’ Beckett

Can we teach Samuel Beckett, or is the process more about simply exposing people to The Nobel Prize-winning author and letting his words work their magic on the individual in highly personal ways? Dr. Kathryn White, Lecturer in English in the School of Arts and Humanities […]

Beckett | Poems

Beckett | Poems

“if you do not love me I shall not be loved if I do not love you I shall not love” In a very rare opportunity, some of Samuel Beckett’s most renowned “love poems” are given a performed reading by the near-legendary actor Tom Hickey, […]

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 […]

Adrian Dunbar To Direct Homer’s Odyssey On The Beaches Of Donegal Launching New Cross-Border Arts Project

Adrian Dunbar To Direct Homer’s Odyssey On The Beaches Of Donegal Launching New Cross-Border Arts Project

Acclaimed Irish actor/director, Adrian Dunbar, will direct a special site-specific adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey, presented episodically with food and music on five of the most beautiful beaches in Donegal – a concept designed by DoranBrowne – launching ARTS OVER BORDERS, a new cross-border arts initiative […]

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 […]

Enniskillen Beckett Festival Returns For 2017

Enniskillen Beckett Festival Returns For 2017

This Happy Days comes on the back of our successful Beckett festival in Paris, and henceforth the two festivals will work in tandem together. There’s the return of old favourites such as the Schubertiade and Precious Little concerts, the morning boat rides out to islands […]