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.


     Our Writing Courses provide intensive tuition for everyone, including new and emerging writers – with the option to take a taster session for those who are new to creative writing . 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. 


     Our Literary Arts Programme bring the the best of literary, musical and artistic talent both from Armagh and further afield.


     Peruse our previous festival programmes HERE. Further information about our forthcoming programme will be added in due course.

Festival Programme

Have a look at our 2018 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

Proudly Sponsored By