John O'Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival

Some of the best writers in the English language converge in Armagh to teach, read, perform, debate, and inspire

Festival Details


Thursday, 02 November 2017 to Sunday, 05 November 2017

Join us in Armagh, the beautiful city of light and learning, for a four day festival in which some of the best writers in the English language converge to teach, read, perform, debate, and inspire.

Take part in one of the intensive writing courses available in:


And/or dip into a wide range of exhibitions, panel discussions, literary and entertainment events.

Artists include Lemn Sissay, Louis de Bernières, Jo Baker with Glenn Patterson, Robert McCrum, Anthony Toner with Frank Ormsby.

New works for stage are presented by Jane Coyle and Karl O'Neill. Celebrate actor Patrick Magee's relationship with Samuel Beckett, and go on exciting adventures with Geoff Hill.

The moon and stars take centre stage in the inspiring Lumen in Coeli curated by poet Maria McManus. 

The John O'Connor Celebration takes us on a literary and musical feast with music provided by Fiachna, Horslips, Lisa Lambe, and Gareth Dunlop. 

Limber up for an afternoon Walking Tour and discover Armagh's famous and infamous literary heritage. There's more – browse the full programme below.