The second annual John O'Connor Writing School returns to the city from the Thursday 2nd Nov to Sunday 5th with another exciting programme for all.
Once again Armagh Theatre Group have open the door of 'Abbey Lane' to this great literary festival and will be hosting several events during the programme.
Friday 5pm - 6 pm Geoff Hill will present a Talk and Slideshow 'Falling off Motorcycles, a beginners guide' £6
Friday 7pm - 8pm Conor Carville on the distinguished Armagh born actor Patrick McGee 'Let's talk Beckett and Patrick Mcgee' £7
Saturday 7pm- 8pm Jane Coyle presents 'Both Sides by Jane Coyle' a staged reading, inspired by the writings of Samuel Beckett £7
OPEN MIC NIGHT RETURNS 29TH SEPTEMBER!
LAST FRIDAY OF MONTH
MIC TURNED ON 8.30PM
BRING YOUR OWN TIPPLE and bring a friend!
COMPLIMENTARY GLASS OF WINE & NIBBLES
£5 ENTRY also gets you 5 MINS UNDER LIGHTS to perform your 'piece' be it music poetry songs stories etc
ALL WELCOME. LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUP invited each month.
TONIGHT 8PM ,ABBEY LANE THEATRE, BRING YOUR OWN TIPPLE, and PARTY with the SOUNDS OF 'MIGHTY QUINN' in the magic atmosphere of old Abbey Lane. Courtyard under cover, BYOB! Free gig ; donations collected towards band costs.
We would like to thank John at Embers Restaurant, Market St Armagh, for supporting our Open Mic Night and the Limerick Laughs competition during the July John Hewitt Summer School shared event in Abbey Lane Theatre.
Embers Restaurant, probably the most popular eatery in Armagh. Great for pre theatre dining.....Thanks John!
Peter Kelly's limerick
The crowd that attend the John Hewitt
Have made it quite clear why they do it.
They say that Armagh, Is a place above par
That exceeds expectations - I KNEW IT!!
And the winner by overwhelming audience approval,
Eva Powell (age8)
There was a wee woman from Armagh
Who wanted to travel quite far.
She decided on Milford, but had no will for it.
So she sat at home by he fire.
Excellent Eva, well done and congrats on winning the Meal voucher for EMBERS RESTAURANT ,ARMAGH.
Writers teach and entertain
Poets profess their sweet refrain
With use of quill or pencil or pen
The power of the sword is blunted and drained
Of blood and evil, keeping life humane.
'MIGHTY QUINN' back by popular public demand ,12th AUGUST start 8PM ABBEY LANE THEATRE. EXPECT A FULL HOUSE!
Bring your own tipple, Free event. Voluntary donations for band to cover costs will be gratefully accepted.
Invited by our friend and Artistic Director of Sunflowerfest, Colin Hassard, to perform at this years' festival ATG members travelled in high spirits to Hillsborough Co Down. Arriving at the site in a downpour of biblical proportions an impromptu meeting was held in Kelly's car to decide '' shall we stay or shall we go''
And in the true spirit of ATG decided to 'carry on regardless' dawning wellies , coats and hats. Given priority parking due to Dymphna's 'blue badge' we arrived behind the main stage feeling like real rock&rollers . The thunder clouds had moved on towards Belfast but you wouldn't have thought it as the bands speakers sent vibrations through you with deafening levels. We dined in salubrious surroundings.
Performed to enthusiastic revellers heavily intoxicated by the festival atmosphere (which some of us gave in to)
Then returned to normal Sunday evening life in Armagh with another item marked of the 'Bucket List'. Roll on 2018!
This month's OMN in Abbey Lane has firmly established itself as the John Hewitt Fringe event in only its second year. With the continued support of local talent and the injection of visiting artists attending the 'Hewitt' we were spoilt with wonderful original writing, music, poetry, songs and stories throughout the evening. From the wonderful Mother and Son duo of Joan and Mark Clendenning to the youthful Eva Powell who won our Limerick Laughs competition and ran off with the first prize of an Embers Restaurant meal voucher. Many thanks to John, proprietor, for the donation. The night got of to a great start when Pat and Aidan Prunty along with Joe McCool on whistle played a traditional sailing set. Other contributors were Dymphna Ferran (original poetry)Crystal Campbell ( Ukulele and original song) Thomas Healy( original poetry)Malachi ('Armagh and what about your Da') Peter ( songs and guitar)Paul Carson (prose European cities)Jimmy Rafferty (Bard of Armagh)Caren Blayney (original poetry) Eric Greaves and Pat Prunty (trad mandolin/bodhran music), Finbar Magee (performance poetry and Bard)Thomas Eillott (Belfast story original) Raquel McKee (original rap about Jamaican spuds) #see video. Yvonne Boyle (original poetry) Stephen Buggy (original short story in heraldry prose)and Ingrid Casey (original poetry. Peter wrapped up the full night with a couple of singalong songs that had the rafters rocking. HOW MUCH WOULD A NIGHT LIKE THIS BE? £5 inc wine and nibbles!!!!!
NB; Next Open Mic will not be till September 29th. So keep the pen to paper and remember everyone has a story to tell. Thanks again to all who came, it's you make the night memorable.
The rapper SFJ previously known Rafferty.
The real Rapper Raquel McKee (One potato two potato)
Yvonne Boyle ( poet)
Eric Greaves and Pat Prunty
Thomas Eillott (poet and storyteller)
Full house again at Abbey Lane.
This year's famous 'Sunflowerfest' held in Hillsborough Co Down and celebrating all forms of Artistic talent will be boosted by the addition of Armagh Theatre Group presenting poetry & storytelling on Sunday evening's slot 6.30 to 7.15pm. Invited by our friend Colin Hassard (Performance Poet and festival Arts organiser) we are to be represented in this international festival of Music, Arts and Holistic wellbeing sunflowerfest.co.uk for all your info on the weekend of 28/30th July. On stage for ATG OMN Bridie Heaney, Dymphna Ferran, Ann Gilmartin and Malachi Kelly, all support needed!
The eagerly anticipated July Open Mic Night on Friday 28th could well be the highlight of this year's series. Last year was the first in association with the world renowned writers school and a wealth of artistic talent availed of the occasion to let their hair down after a week of classes in the Market Place Theatre. You might remember the singing and guitar playing of Sinead Coll, Sheila Cashman singing ''The Spinning Wheel'' or Marie from Warrenpoint reciting 'Shakespeare'. Along with all our regulars this night should not be missed.
Limerick Laughs competition open to all with a Limerick on 'Writers and writing' (subject picked by last month's winner.. Dymphna as a nod to our literal friends from JHISS) The winner will be showered with wonderful things ....so get writing ''There was a wee ...''