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Writing workshop in honour of late man of letters O'Connor

By Staff Reporter

Published 01/04/2016

Jim Lockhart and Barry Devlin from Horslips, poet Paul Muldoon and writer Martina Devlin at the launch of the John O’Connor Winter School at Uluru Restaurant, Armagh, yesterday
Jim Lockhart and Barry Devlin from Horslips, poet Paul Muldoon and writer Martina Devlin at the launch of the John O’Connor Winter School at Uluru Restaurant, Armagh, yesterday
Writer and actor Karl O’Neill reads from O’Connor’s Come Day – Go Day

Writers and artists joined Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon in Armagh yesterday at the launch of the programme for the first John O'Connor Winter School, to be held in the city in November.

A Winter School spokesman said the event would offer "a great programme of events which will be of interest to anyone who enjoys stimulating the grey matter and enjoys good literature, writing, story-telling, and music". He added: "Integrated at the core of the Winter School will be intensive classes and masterclasses for new and emerging writers.

"The Winter School will offer excellent opportunities to writers across all genres to avail of intensive writer workshops, meet writers, editors, and publishers, and socialise at great musical and literary evening events."

Armagh author John O'Connor (1920-1959), in whose honour the writing school is named, was a contemporary and friend of Sam Hanna Bell and John Boyd along with many of the leading Northern Irish writers of his time.

His best-known work, the novel Come Day - Go Day is to be republished by Liberties Press Dublin in November 2016.

The book will be launched at the inaugural John O'Connor Winter Writing School, introducing O'Connor's writing to a new generation of readers.

John O'Connor died in Queensland, Australia, in 1959.

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