The 2018 John O’Connor Writing School takes place this weekend (1-4 November) with taster and core courses, industry talks, Publishers’ Panel and events.

Participants include Paul Muldoon, Roger Gough, Peter Fallon, Tom Bromley, Robert McCrum, Christine Morrow, and more….

Thursday 1 November

Words Melted Into Motion – W R Rodgers
Venue: Armagh County Museum
Admission: £10.

Discussion which will consider the poet W.R. Rodgers in his roles as poet, preacher and BBC producer with William Crawley, Fran Brearton, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley, Rev. Dr Bert Tosh, exhibition and clips from BBC radio recordings.


Lamentations - Paul MuldoonTHE LAMENT FOR ART O’LEARY
Poetry & Music
Venue: The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
Price: £18/£16

A new translation by Paul Muldoon of Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire (The Lament of Art O’Leary), the greatest love poem in the Irish language. Composed in 1773 by O’Leary’s widow, Eileen, it tells the story of a young hussar’s persecution and murder by a tyrannical British landowner, Abraham Morris. This production features original music composed by Jim Lockhart and performed by members of Horslips – Barry Devlin, Johnny Fean, Ray Fean, and Jim Lockhart. The Lament for Art O’Leary stars Lisa Dwan as Eileen O’Leary, Ruth Smith as Art’s sister, and Paul Muldoon as Art’s father.


Saturday 3 November

Venue: Charlemont Arms Hotel, 57-65 English Street, BT61 7LB Armagh


‘A music-and-literature extravaganza’ – Time Out

An ‘omnium-gatherum’ – a variety show. It’s about songs, poems, stories – and fun. Join Paul and his guests for an unforgettable evening’s entertainment. Guests include fiction writers Lisa McInerney and Paul McVeigh, poets Mark Doty, Maureen Boyle and Peter Fallon; with music from Horslips.


Peter FallonThe Assembly of Poetry – Course with Peter Fallon 2-4 November.
Venue: Marketplace Theatre, 9 Market Street.

Friday 2nd November 11.00am–3.00pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 3rd November 9.00am–12.00pm
Sunday 4th November 9.30am–12.30pm

‘The man who brought jazz and pizazz to Irish poetry’ – The Irish Times.

This workshop focuses on ways in which a poem grows and on strategies by which ideas and feelings are translated into language. It pays detailed attention to the participants’ own work and considers writing’s relationship with the author’s community and with the tradition it extends.


Full programme here:

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