Thursday 2nd Nov - John O'Connor Writing School
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Literary Arts Festival – Thursday 2nd

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

Bellina and the Softening of the Stones

Venue: Abbey Lane Theatre

Price: £8

Theatre Event

Thursday 2nd Nov | 6.45pm

Rehearsed reading of a play by the Armagh writer, Karl O’Neill, with Maggie Cronin as Bellina and Brenda Winter-Palmer as Nina.


In 1888 Bellina Prior, of Vicar’s Hill, Armagh, (aka The Green Lady) was pronounced ‘guilty but insane’ in relation to the drowning of three-year-old Annie Slavin of Callan Street. Children ever since have run in fear past her house on Vicar’s Hill.


Karl’s stage play about Bellina is set on her last night in Dublin, in November 1909. It speculates on what might have occurred.

Maggie Cronin


An award-winning actress, writer and director. Her film credits include the Oscar-winning film, The Shore. Her work for television includes Holby City, My Mother and Other Strangers and The Bill. She has just returned from Broadway where she appeared in the highly-acclaimed, Nivelli’s War.

Brenda Winter-Palmer


A founder member of Charabanc, the legendary women’s theatre company which launched the writing career of Marie Jones. She founded and was first Artistic Director of the Educational Theatre company, Replay, and has numerous film and television credits to her name.

Karl O’Neill


Writer and actor. In 2016 his radio play, 12 Stones in the Water, developed for stage as Bellina and the Softening of the Stones, won awards for Best Writing and Best Drama Special at the New York Festivals’ Radio Awards.York Festivals’ Radio Awards.