Local author Martina Devlin set to visit Omagh Library

Local author Martina Devlin set to visit Omagh Library
Published 17 May 2022

Join Martina Devlin on Tuesday 24 May at 7:00pm in Omagh Library where the Omagh born author will be in conversation with participants about her latest publication, Edith.  Based on the life of Edith Somerville, one half of Somerville & Ross, and author of The Irish R.M., this is the perfect opportunity to discover the story behind the story. 

 

It is the early 1920s and Ireland is on the cusp of radical change. Amid the turbulence of the revolutionary period, writer Edith Somerville struggles to find a place for herself. As fellow members of the Ascendancy are burned out, Edith fears for her beloved West Cork home, Drishane House – the source of her inspiration. Violent civil war erupts across the country and a new state is born, with people forced to weigh their loyalties. The death of her collaborator Martin Ross has left Edith feeling vulnerable, but she keeps their connection alive with séances and automatic writing. 

 

Julie Gibson, Omagh Branch Library Manager said;  

“We are very much looking forward to Martina’s upcoming visit to the library, she is a great supporter of Omagh Library and I know guests will have a fantastic evening hearing all about her latest publication Edith. I would encourage everyone from the local area and beyond to take this opportunity to listen to and ask questions from this great local author.”  

 

Martina Devlin is an author, journalist and playwright. Edith is her eleventh book. Prizes include the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Prize and a Hennessy Literary Award. She writes a weekly current affairs column for the Irish Independent and has been named National Newspapers of Ireland commentator of the year. Martina is the first holder of a PhD in literary practice from Trinity College Dublin. She presents the City of Books podcast. She frequently chairs literary and current affairs events and is a regular commentator on BBC and RTÉ. Born in Omagh, she lives in Dublin. 

 

Booking for this event is advised by contacting the library on telephone 028 8244 0733, email omagh.library@librariesni.org.uk or by calling in to the branch.  

 

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