Visitors to Strabane town centre may have thought they had mistakenly come across a drive-in movie at the town’s library on Monday evening.
A series of short Flann O’Brien films were projected on the walls of the library to announce the beginning of this year’s Flann O’Brien Literary Festival, which takes place in Strabane and Lifford from Thursday, October 3 to Saturday, October 5.
The films can be seen again on Friday night to coincide with the performance of the Third Policeman at the Alley, and on Saturday evening at Lifford Community Centre.
The festival, which is supported by the Reconciliation through the Riverine Project, and managed by Donegal County Council in collaboration with Strabane District Council and funded by the International Fund for Ireland, celebrates the life and works of one of the major players in 20th century Irish literature, Flann O’Brien, who was born Brian O’Nolan in Strabane on October 5, 1911.
Friday night’s show will be followed by the launch of “The Houses of Flann O’Brien”, a photo-journal about two senior citizens’ mission to visit the places where Flann lived, then ‘psycho ceilidh’ party music from one of Ireland’s most sought-after live bands, and self-confessed Flannatics - “The Logues”. Full details at www.alley-theatre.com or www.facebook.com/fobliteraryfestival