John O’Connor Writing School events at Uluru Bar & Grill

The #ulurucrew will be hosting the John O’Connor Writing School next month – a literary arts festival which takes place over three days from November 4-6.

The writing school in John O’Connor’s name marks the rediscovery of this Armagh man’s highly acclaimed novel, Come Day Go Day. It aims to involve people in the art of writing fiction, creative non-fiction and commercial communications.

The three day festival promises to offer a unique mix of arts events, writing courses and master classes which will provide something for everyone.

Different events will take place in different locations in Armagh. Here at Uluru Bar & Grill we will host the following:

  • Friday, November 4 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm – So You Wanna Be A Paperback writer?

Join in the panel discussion with industry professionals including Blackstaff Press, O’Brien Press, Moth magazine and a self published author

  • Friday, November 4 from 5pm – 6pm – poetry Words and Rock N Roll with The Guardian’s feature writer, Sean O’Hagan, Horslips and Paul Muldoon

Sean O’Hagan grew up in Armagh and worked as a music writer for NME in the 1980s. He is currently a feature writer for The Guardian and The Observer specialising in art, photography and culture. He won Interviewer of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2003 for his profiles of Brian Wilson and George Best among others. He was awarded the 2011 J Dudley Johnston award from the Royal Photographic Society ‘for major achievement in the field of photographic criticism’. He is currently writing a memoir for Bloomsbury and working on a photography book and exhibition on the history of subcultures. Tickets for this event cost £8. Please contact the John O’Connor Writing School for tickets.

  • Saturday, November 5 from 1pm – 2.15pm – Cook Versus Critics.

We welcome back Dean Coppard – The Cook – for a Saturday morning kitchen style event with Catherine Clearly, the Irish Times food critic and Joris Minne, the Belfast Telegraph food critic. If you wish to attend, tickets cost £6. Please contact the John O’Connor Writing School for tickets.

  • Saturday, November 5 from 5.30pm – 6.30pm – From Page To Screen – Conversations with Filmmakers!

Adrian Moynes grew up in Armagh and graduated from Oxford with a degree in English literature. He found his way back to Ireland and took up a job with RTE in 1979, retiring recently as Head of Radio. He is a seasoned interviewer, producer, writer, and a committed Armachian. He once told the Irish Times that his life was ‘utterly eventless’.

Daragh Carville is a playwright and screenwriter. His plays include Language Roulette (Tinderbox Theatre Company, 1996/7), Observatory (Peacock, 1999), Family Plot (Tinderbox, 2005), This Other City (Tinderbox, 2009) and The Life and Times of Mitchell and Kenyon (Dukes Theatre Lancaster / Oldham Coliseum, 2014). His new play, What We’re Made Of, opens at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast in September 2016. His films are Middletown (dir. Brian Kirk, 2006) and Cherrybomb (dir. Lisa Barros d’Sa / Glen Leyburn, 2008.) TV credits include Being Human (BBC3, 2013), 6Degrees (BBC NI, 2013/15) and The Smoke (Kudos/Sky One, 2014).

Daragh Carville has won both the Stewart Parker and the Meyer Whitworth Awards for playwriting. He currently teaches Scriptwriting at Birkbeck, University of London, and is working on a number of projects for TV, theatre, film and radio, including a major new drama series for BBC Northern Ireland. Work for radio includes Regenerations (BBC Radio 3, 2001), which was nominated for the Richard Imison Award, and Dracula (BBC Radio 4, 2003) starring Michael Fassbender.

Barry Devlin, a writer and vocalist with the seminal irish rock band, Horslips, has a parallel and successful existence as a screenwriter. Barry too will take part in this line-up.

  • Sunday, November 6 from 3pm – 4pm – Literary Lunchtime: Talking Like A Ha’penny Book.

A literary lunchtime event with music, readings and song. A fantastic line-up of writers, singers, musicians and poets with some surprises! One is Michael Hughes, author of The Countenance Divine. “A virtuoso performance from a writer of quite prodigious gifts: an astonishingly accomplished first novel”. Glenn Patterson. Sunday lunchtimes should always be like this! Tickets cost £5. Please contact the John O’Connor Writing School for tickets.