The John O'Connor Writing School
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Welcome to the website of the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival.

The writing school in John O’Connor’s name is intended to mark the rediscovery of his highly acclaimed novel, Come Day – Go Day. 


The Writing Courses will provide intensive tuition for everyone, including new and emerging writers. The choice of tutor is designed to ensure that the focus rests firmly on inspiring, celebrating and encouraging each and every ‘student’, irrespective of their level of skill and expertise. 

The festival promise to offer a unique mix of writing courses, industry talks along side a range of music and art events which will provide something for everyone.


Save the date: 1-4 November 2018 – do feel free to browse the website but do be aware that the details  are currently for 2017 to give you a feel for the festival. 2018 edition details will appear during Summer.


‘A Night at the Races’ – John O’Connor Writing School Fundraiser (31 May, 8pm, Red Neds, Armagh)


We are holding ‘A Night at the Races’ to raise  much needed funds for the 2018 Festival. We will be holding 8 horse races*, each with the chance to win a little money.


There are three ways you are  invited to show your support.


(1) You are  your business can sponsor a race for £100.

(2) You could sponsor a horse for £20

(3) You are warmly welcomed to come along and enjoy a night’s entertainment, with FREE entry and the chance to win one of your fantastic raffle prizes.


If you would like to sponsor a race or  a horse (or even offer a raffle prize), please get in contact via our contact’s page.


*Please note that these are pre-recorded races, that have been selected by the organisers.


Any and all support is very much appreciated.


Festival Programme

Have a look at our 2017 programme

Purchase Tickets

Purchase tickets from Armagh Visitor Information Centre

“The world of John O’Connor is a world of the freshly snedded turnip, the new-sawn plank, the sod shining under the plough. His extraordinary gift is to render the life of the Mill Row in Armagh as deftly and definitively as Steinbeck renders Cannery Row or Bob Dylan Desolation Row.”


– Paul Muldoon, February 2016

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