What's On In Armagh



Welcome to The John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival. This year’s events will take place in some of Armagh’s most historic, graceful and inspiring buildings including the magnificent Georgian Armagh Robinson Library, Market Street Library, The Charlemont Arms Hotel, Armagh Planetarium, and upstairs at Armagh County Museum!

Hosted in memory of the Armagh novelist and author of ‘Come Day Go Day’, this innovative international creative and commercial Writing School and Literary Arts Festival honours the broad literary and cultural heritage of Armagh, the ancient and ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. It supports the development of new/emerging writers from Armagh and beyond. The Writing School taught programme offers students the opportunity to specialise in a genre from a range of poetry, creative fiction, stage/screen, song, nonfiction and media (journalism, commercial and business, advertising, blogging). They will enjoy workshop/master courses delivered by acclaimed experts in their field. Events for 2017 include:

Bellina & The Softening Of The Stones
rehearsed reading of play by Armagh writer Karl O’Neill | Thurs 2 Nov | 6.45pm | Abbey Lane Theatre | £8.00
Writing Courses led by tutors Deirdre Cartmill [Screenwriting] Gareth Dunlop [Songwriting], Jo Egan [Playwriting], Martina Devlin [Fiction] and Lemn Sissay [Poetry]
Industry Talks are included in each selected course of study and are provided by Barry Devlin [Screenwriting], Jim Lockhart [Songwriting], Conall Morrison & Paul McEneaney [Playwriting], Robert McCrum [Fiction], Kate & Joan Newmann [Poetry].

The Play’s The Thing
A panel discussion with top playwrights, critics and directors including Jo Egan, Paul McEneaney, Conall Morrison, Jane Coyle & Rosemary Jenkinson | Fri 3 Nov | Irish Local Studies Library | 3.30pm | £6.00

Falling Off Motorcycles: A Beginners’ Guide
with Geoff Hill | Fri 3 Nov | 5.00pm | Abbey Lane Theatre | £6.00

Let’s Talk Beckett & Patrick Magee
with Conor Carville | Fri 3 Nov | Abbey Lane Theatre | 7.00pm | £7.00

Lumen In Coeli – A Light In the Dark
A celebration in Armagh Planetarium of Armagh’s contribution to astronomical and scientific heritage and a tribute to Armagh Astronomer Eric Lindsey | Fri 3 Nov | 8.30pm | £15.00

Under The Fir Tree
Story time at the Library with actor and writer Karl O’Neill | Sat 4 Nov | 11.30am | Armagh City Library

A Moment With Louis de Bernieres
In conversation with journalist Padraig Coyle | Sat 4 Nov | 2.30pm | Armagh Robinson Library | £8.00

Lights, Camera, Action
A fascinating insight to the world of film and television. Award-winning screenwriters and directors Jude Sharvin, Barry Devlin, Ronan Blaney & Ursula Devine in conversation with Daragh Carville | Sat 4 Nov | 1.00pm | Charlemont Arms Hotel | £7.00

Robert McCrum In conversation With Adrian Moynes
Sat 4 Nov | 4.00pm | Armagh Robinson Library | £8.00

Jo Baker
reading and in conversation with Glenn Patterson | Sat 4 Nov | 5.30pm | Armagh Robinson Library | £8.00

Staged Reading Of ‘Two Sides’
by Jane Coyle | Sat 4 Nov | 7.00pm | Abbey Lane Theatre | £7.00

The John O’Connor Celebration – In Words & Music.
The evening will feature performances from a star – studded guest list including Louis de Bernières, Horslips, Glenn Patterson, Fiachna O’Braonain [Hothouse Flowers], Rosemary Jenkinson, Gareth Dunlop, Lisa Lambe [‘the finest singer and actress of her generation on whom a whole foundation of theatre could be built”- Fintan O’Toole Irish Times], Karl O’Neill, and new writers Erin Halliday and Louise Kennedy | Sat 4 Nov | 8.30pm | Charlemont Arms Hotel | £18.00

A Literary Lyrical Lunchtime
with Frank Ormsby, Anthony Toner, Orla McAlinden and Matthew Rice | Sun 5 Nov | 1.00pm | Charlemont Arms Hotel | £10.00

Armagh Literary Walking Tour
led by writer and journalist Eric Villiers | Sun 5 Nov | 3.30pm | Meet At The Mall, Armagh

Other Festival Events

Exhibition: ‘The Life & Times Of John O’Connor’ | Armagh County Museum
Primary School Children’s Story Exhibition | Armagh City Library
Blackwell’s Bookstall Service [With book signings Sat 4 Nov] | Charlemont Arms Hotel | Fri 3 & Sat 4 Nov
Roving Arts: Cross-platform artist Mick Conway will be picking up festival images and sounds for an exhibition in 2018
A Song For Armagh – Facilitated by Armagh Guitar School, young people from the area write a new song which will be sung at a number of events during the weekend.

A full festival programme can be downloaded here

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