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In Pictures: ‘Bellina and the Softening of the Stones’

Event was part Part of the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival

‘Bellina and the Softening of the Stones’ – a rehearsed reading of a play by Armagh Writer Karl O’Neill with Maggie Cronin as Bellina and Brenda Winter-Palmer as Nina.

Part of the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival, held in Armagh in every November and includes talks, staged drama, panel discussions and workshops in poetry and fiction as well as play, screen and song writing

In 1888 Bellina Prior, of Vicar’s Hill, Armagh, (aka The Green Lady) was pronounced ‘guilty but insane’ in relation to the drowning of three-year-old Annie Slavin of Callan Street.

Children ever since have run in fear past her house on Vicar’s Hill.

Karl’s stage play about Bellina is set on her last night in Dublin, in November 1909.

It speculates on what might have occurred.

Photos by Liam McArdle.

Karl O’Neill speaking after “Bellina and the Softening of the Stones” – A Rehearsed reading of a play by Armagh Writer Karl O’Neill with Maggie Cronin as Bellina and Brenda Winter-Palmer as Nina.
Brenda Winter-Palmer and Maggie Cronin in “Bellina and the Softening of the Stones” – A Rehearsed reading of a play by Armagh Writer Karl O’Neill with Maggie Cronin as Bellina and Brenda Winter-Palmer as Nina.
Panel Discussion with from left; Brenda Winter-Palmer, Maggie Cronin, Sean Barden and Karl O’Neill following “Bellina and the Softening of the Stones” – A Rehearsed reading of a play by Armagh Writer Karl O’Neill with Maggie Cronin as Bellina and Brenda Winter-Palmer as Nina.
Brenda Winter-Palmer and Maggie Cronin during a panel discussion after “Bellina and the Softening of the Stones” – A Rehearsed reading of a play by Armagh Writer Karl O’Neill with Maggie Cronin as Bellina and Brenda Winter-Palmer as Nina.
Karl O’Neill, Brenda Winter-Palmer and Maggie Cronin

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