Sunday 5th Nov - John O'Connor Writing School
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Literary Arts Festival – Sunday 5th

Throughout the Festival

Exhibition: The Life and Times of John O’Connor

Venue: Armagh County Museum.

Primary School Children’s Story Exhibition

Venue: Armagh City Library

Children write about welcoming strangers and valuing difference. Actor and writer, Karl O’Neill, worked with and encouraged the children with his delightful story, The Arrival of Percy Bloo.

Blackwell’s Bookstall Service (with book signings)

Venue: Charlemont Arms Hotel, Friday and Saturday, 3rd and 4th November

Roving Arts

Mick Conway, a cross platform artist, will be picking up images and sounds from the city and the Writing School events and creating an inspiring exhibition for Armagh 2018

A Song for Armagh

Facilitated by Armagh Guitar School, young people from the area write a new ‘Song for Armagh’ which will be sung in a number of events during the Festival weekend

John O’Connor Writing School Creative Writers showcase their work

Venue: The Charlemont Arms Hotel, 57-65 Upper English Street

Price: FREE

Sunday 5th Nov | 11.15am – 12.15pm

Facilitated by Martelle McPartland.

A Literary Lyrical Lunchtime

Venue: The Charlemont Arms Hotel, 57-65 Upper English Street

Price: £10

Sunday 5th Nov | 1.00pm – 3.15pm

An afternoon of entertainment in song, poetry, prose and music.


A rare chance to enjoy a unique pairing of words and music, as Fermanagh-born poet, Frank Ormsby, and Belfast songwriter, Anthony Toner, read and perform together.


Frank Ormsby is one of Northern Ireland’s most revered poets, the author of a number of important collections including the recently acclaimed, Goat’s Milk: New and Selected Poems.His new collection, The Darkness of Snow, is to be published in September 2017.


Anthony Toner, a gifted singer, guitarist and storyteller, is then composer of well-known songs like Sailortown, Well Well Well and The Road to Fivemiletown. He is currently celebrating the release of his eighth album, Ink.


As this year’s festival comes to a close, we continue the afternoon with an impressive line-up of writers, singers, musicians and poets including Anne Doughty, Patricia Craig, Tony Villiers, and Warren Atwell – with a surprise or two!


Award-winning Orla McAlinden from County Armagh (author of The Accidental Wife) will read, as will Matthew Rice, runner-up in the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing (2017).


Sunday lunchtimes should always be like this!

Frank Ormsby


Anthony Toner


Orla McAlinden


Matthew Rice


Armagh Literary Walk

Meeting place: opposite Gaol Square, The Mall, Armagh

Price: FREE


Sunday 5th Nov | 3.30pm – 4.30pm

The second annual John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival is again hosting a one-hour stroll around the Mall and the city centre, to introduce walkers to Armagh’s forgotten literary and cultural history; revealing stories that will enlighten, surprise and even shock. From the places and spaces that inspired the mysticism, poetry and painting of George Russell (AE), to houses and buildings associated with historic figures including the family home of the father of Crime Scene Investigation, who is forgotten in Ireland but still revered in America.


Guided by history researcher Eric Villiers you will meet an eclectic bunch of the famous and infamous.


Note: In the past year Ulster History Circle Blue Plaques have been erected at the Armagh homes of John O’Connor at 94 Banbrook Hill, and Patrick Magee (Samuel Beckett’s favourite actor) at Edward Street, both a short walk from the city centre.