Milford House Museum





"The world of John O'Connor is a world of freshly snebbed turnip, the new sawn plank, the sod shining under the plough. His extraordinary gift is to render the life of Mill Row in Armagh as deftly and definitively  as Steinbeck renders Cannery Row or Bob Dylan Desolate Row".

Paul Muldoon 2016

The John O'Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival returns in November 2016 with a packed and exciting programme. Many classes are being held at Milford House Collection.

A PDF version of the programme can be downloaded at 

Tickets can be booked at

Classes are taught by experienced writers/ journalists and enhanced by informative talks with industry specialists:

Fiction: Martina Devlin/ Robert McCrum

Song writing: Gareth Dunlop/ Jim Lockhart

Screenwriting: Deirdre Cartmill/ Barry Devlin

Stagewriting: Jo Eagan / Paul McAneaney and Conall Morrison

Poetry: Lemn Sissy/ John and Kate Newmann

Festival highlights include

      • 'Belina and the softening of the stones' reading of the play by Armagh writer and actor Karl O'Neill - with Maggie Cronin and Brenda Winter Palmer
      • 'Both sides' play written by Jane Coyle
      • Lumen in Coelhi - Evening of prose poetry and music on the theme of Light in the Dark honouring astronomer Eric Linsey and featruning the inspirational poet Lemn Sissay
      • 'Lets Talk Samuel Beckett and Patrick Magee' Conor Carville presents a talk about the personal / professional relationship between Samuel Beckett and Patrick Magee
      • Robert McCrum in conversation with Adrian Moynes
      • Jo Baker in conversation with Glenn Patterson
      • John O'Connor Celebration evening

A LiteraryLyrical Lunchtime- with Anthony Toner, Frank Ormsby, and a host of other writers and musicians including writer Patricia Craig and Poet Deirdre Cartmill.