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THURSDAY 3RD - SATURDAY 5TH

The De Selby Institute presents

OCTOBER

THE

FLANN

DÉARDAOIN 3 – SATHAIRN 5 DEIREADH FÓMHAIR Féile Litríochta

O’BRIEN

Flann O’Brien LITERARY FESTIVAL

Literary Festival

Brian O’Nolan was born on 5th October 1911 in Strabane. Both a novelist and satirist he is best known for his works At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman, written under the pseudonym Flann O’Brien. He also wrote the novel An Béal Bocht as well as many satirical columns in the Irish Times under the name Myles na gCopaleen. To celebrate the life and works of Brian O’Nolan the De Selby Institute has compiled a programme of talks, discussions and performances designed to explore the life and work of one of Strabane’s most famous sons. Rugadh Brian Ó Nualláin ar 5 Deieadh Fómhair 1911, ar an tSrath Bán. Úrscéalaí agus aorthóir a bhí ann a bhfuil clú agus cáil air mar gheall ar a shaothair liteartha, At Swim-Two-Birds agus The Third Policeman, a scríobh sé faoin ainm cleite, Flann O;Brien. Lena chois siin, scríobh sé An Béal Bocht chomh maith le colúin aoracha san Irish Times faoin ainm Myles na gCopaleen.

THURSDAY 3RD TO SATURDAY 5TH

OCTOBER

2013

Chuir the De Selby Institute sraith de chláir cainte, díospóireachtaí agus léiriúcháin le chéile le saol agus saothair duine de na mic is cáiliúla as an tSrath Bán a chíoradh agus a chomóradh.

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This project is supported by the Reconciliation through the Riverine Project which is managed by Donegal County Council in collaboration with Strabane District Council and funded by the International Fund for Ireland


THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER

FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER

SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER

11am Alley Theatre

10.30pm – 12 Midnight, Lifford Courthouse

Evening Time

FREE ADMISSION Myles Na Gopaleen with Val O’Donnell

FREE ADMISSION ‘Houses of Flann O’Brien’ Book Launch

FREE ADMISSION Projection of Series of Short Films, Lifford

Flann’s Yer Only Man is a comedy based on the life and work of Strabane-born Flann O’Brien, aka Myles na Gopaleen, aka Brian O’Nolan (1911-1966), who is widely regarded as Ireland’s finest satirist since Jonathan Swift. Val O’Donnell performs a wide range of extracts from the humorist’s work and links them with key events in the writer’s life. They include selected extracts from the author’s famous novels – At-Swim-TwoBirds, The Third Policeman, The Poor Mouth and The Hard Life, together with liberal libations from Myles’ celebrated Cruiskeen Lawn column in the Irish Times.

The ‘Houses of Flann O’Brien’ is about a three day trip taken by two senior citizens from Tyrone. Their mission was to visit the places where Flann had lived and lay the foundation for a photographic journal. What emerges is a light hearted personal take on our greatest ever humorist, easily read at a single stooping. The real heroes of course are the plain people of Ireland. The launch will include refreshments and music by “The Logues”.

A series of short Flann O’Brien films, scripted by Anne McMaster-Welch, will be projected on various public buildings in Strabane and Lifford town centres during the festival.

........................................................................... FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER Evening Time Projection of Series of Short Films, Strabane A series of short Flann O’Brien films, scripted by Anne McMaster-Welch, will be projected on various public buildings in Strabane and Lifford town centres during the festival.

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........................................................................... SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER 12noon – 1.30pm, Lifford Courthouse FREE ADMISSION Panel Discussion chaired by Frank McNally of the Irish Times Followed by lunch Frank McNally is an author and journalist with the Irish Times. He has written and spoken widely on Brian O’Nolan and his works, including an article in the Irish Times’ ‘City of Words - Dublin and its Writers’ publication and a contribution to the collection – “Is it about a Bicycle? Flann O’Brien in the Twenty-First Century”, edited by Jennika Baines.

FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER

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8pm – 10pm, Alley Theatre – Contact Box Office The Third Policeman

SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER

A murder thriller, a hilarious comic satire about an archetypal village police force, a surrealistic vision of eternity, the story of a tender brief unrequited love affair between a man and his bicycle, and a chilling fable of unending guilt... A music and spoken word presentation of Flann O’Brien’s blackly comic masterpiece with live piano and string ensemble. “An exceptional event” Stuart Bailie, BBC Radio Ulster

2.30pm – 3.30pm, Strabane Library FREE ADMISSION Selected readings by Brian McGilloway Brian McGilloway is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Benedict Devlin series. A native of Derry, his titles include Borderlands, Little Girl Lost, Gallows Lane and The Rising. Brian will read from his books and meet with the audience for what promises to be a lively discussion!

..................................................................... SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER 8pm, Alley Theatre, Strabane FREE ADMISSION Delicious O’Grady Delicious O’Grady is a tragicomedy set in the time of the Great Irish Famine (though it wasn’t that great). Inspired by the satirical works of Flann O’Brien, this circus theatre piece tells the tale of a family and its demise during the Great Hunger. It is a story of love, loss and potatoes. Few artists tackle this still painful subject. Colm O’Grady has found a way to depict the story of his ancestors with irreverence, wit and physical skills. He brings to life characters who may have lived through the blight and died of it. O’Grady presents a show that is touching, hilarious and uplifting. Caution: Contains nudity and potatoes. Directed by Cal McCrystal (The Mighty Boosh, Cirque De Soleil)

..................................................................... Doodle Pic Art Competition Entrants Display Entrants to the Flann O’Brien Doodle Pic Art Competition were asked to turn a doodle of Ambrose the Pig into their very own picture. Artwork from the competition will be displayed in Strabane Library on the week of the Flann O’Brien Literary Festival.

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