Omagh Literary Festival

The 2022 Omagh Literary Festival took place at the Strule Arts Centre on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October. The festival launched on Friday evening with author Neil Hegarty in conversation with Sam McBride, Northern Ireland Editor of the Belfast Telegraph and the Sunday Independent.

On Saturday, “Literary Allsorts” showcased poetry and prose readings. Olivia Fitzsimons was then reading from and discussing her novel The Quiet Whispers Never Stops, before writers Adrian Duncan and Wendy Erskine rounded off the afternoon by discussing ‘The Novel v The Short Story’, comparing and contrasting the two forms and analysing the unique relationship Irish readers and writers have with both. 

The 2022 Omagh Literary Festival will concluded with the Irish Film Premiere of Colin Broderick’s A Bend in the River. Colin is a Tyrone born writer and director living in New York. A Bend in the River was filmed in Tyrone and stars Kathy Kiera Clarke (Derry Girls) and John Connors (Love/Hate).

The 2022 Omagh Literary Festival was sponsored by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

‘Discovering Your Voice & Finding an Audience’, a virtual event from the Omagh Literary Festival, was broadcast on the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh Facebook page and the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council YouTube channel on Saturday, 23rd October 2021.

The programme featured Michelle Gallen (author of Big Girl Small Town) and Sue Divin (author of Guard Your Heart) as well as performance poet Cat Brogan, from Omagh, and renowned violinist Nollaig Casey. Sarah Grimes also lead a discussion about Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman, assessing the way the novel is still finding new audiences today.

This event was sponsored by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. Watch the full programme below.