Award-winning author, Martina Devlin, set for second visit to Benedict Kiely Weekend

The 14th Benedict Kiely Weekend takes place from 11-13 September 2015 at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

Published: 3rd September 2015

Bestselling author and award winning journalist, Martina Devlin, who originally hails from Omagh, is to make her second appearance at the 14th Benedict Kiely Weekend, Omagh’s Literary Festival, in September.

Organised and funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Omagh Arts Committee, the theme of this year’s Weekend is, ‘A Raid Into Dark Corners’ – the title of a critical essay published by Benedict Kiely in 1978 relating to the early work of Seamus Heaney in which he cites Seamus Heaney as stating that ‘poetry is a kind of raid into dark corners.’

As part of the theme of this year’s Benedict Kiely Weekend, Martina, a previous winner of the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Award, is delivering a talk in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh at 10.30 am on Saturday 12 September 2015, which will concentrate on her most recent novel, ‘The House Where It Happened’.

This novel was inspired by a true but little-known story about the last conviction for witchcraft in Ireland, recorded in 1711, in a remote corner of County Antrim.  With echoes of the Salem Witch Trial, as dramatised in Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, Martina weaves a fascinating local story with supernatural overtones through her writing. Her talk about the research and writing of this novel is guaranteed to keep a large audience gripped at this year’s Benedict Kiely Weekend.

A range of authors, who have through their writing, visited and raided dark corners and have shed light on a wide range of human experiences, will come together over the course of the Weekend to explore these experiences through a programme of readings, discussions and workshops.

 Contributors to this year’s Festival include Mohammed Samaana, Yaser Alashqar, Dervla Murphy, Colette Bryce, Conor McCloskey, Mark Graham and Michael Harding.

There will also be an exhibition of wood engraving and enamelled copper pieces by artist, Susan Mannion, who is originally from Omagh but who is now based in Boyle, County Roscommon.  Susan has taken her inspiration for her first solo exhibition at the Strule Arts Centre from the works of Benedict Kiely and in particular from Kiely’s, ‘Proxopera’.

Martina Devlin’s talk starts at 10.30 am on Saturday 12 September 2015 at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh. The full Benedict Kiely Weekend programme (11-13 September 2015) is available to download from the related files panel on this web page. Full Weekend tickets cost £85 while tickets for individual sessions are priced at £8, £5 concessionary. 

To book tickets please visit, telephone the Strule Arts Centre Box Office on 028 8224 7831 or email


Related Files
14th Benedict Kiely Weekend Programme
151 KB | pdf | 10 Jul 2015

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