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 2018 FESTIVAL PROGRAMME is now available to view and BOOK. The programe offers a unique mix of writing courses, industry talks along side a range of music and art events which will provide something for everyone.


ONLINE BOOKING CLOSED MON 29 October, 3pm: From then event tickets will be available to purchase on the door, if still available. We do advise advance booking, however, to avoid disappointment. Please note Muldoon’s Picnic and Fintan O’Toole’s event are sold out. 

Re Courses: If you are enquiring about places beyond that point, please contact us HERE. Few spots left on most courses.
Fiction with Tom Bromley and Poetry with Peter Fallon are completely closed for sales though.

The FESTIVAL OFFICE is based at the Charlemont Arms Hotel, 57-65 Upper English Street, Armagh.

Further Useful Festival information HERE.


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

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