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Saturday, October 13, 2018

October Over The Edge: Open Reading with Michael Clifford, Grace Dyas, & John Flynn PLUS the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year


The October ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 25th, 6.30-8.00pm. This is Over The Edge’s annual non-fiction special, at which all of the Featured Readers are writers of non-fiction; however poets and fiction writers are still welcome at the open-mic. The Featured Readers are John Flynn,  Grace Dyas, & Michael Clifford. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished.  The evening will also see the announcement of the winners in this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which received a large number of entries again this year. This year’s competition judge is Rachel Coventry. The shortlist can be read here.

John Flynn grew up in Dublin, going to a number of schools before entering UCD and graduating in Medicine. He taught anatomy in UCD for one year and then trained as a General Surgeon. He worked for over thirty years as general Surgeon with special interest in Urology and Paediatric Surgery in Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe.  John published a number of clinical papers and has continued with Postgraduate Surgical Training in RCSI since retirement. John enjoys reading, mainly non-fiction now.  He was enrolled in a writing course by daughter Niamh. 

Grace Dyas

Grace Dyas is an acclaimed artist, activist, writer, theatre director and actor living and working in inner-city Dublin, she makes theatre, film and large-scale participation projects because she wants to change the world – and to change the world you must change power. She collaborates through performance with young people and vulnerable adults. She is a member of THEATREclub. In 2017, she was the first woman to share her experience of abuse of power in the theatre world in Ireland, contributing to the global #MeToo movement. Her post to her blog opened the gate for others who followed from the theatre family, and then from across Irish public life. This became an ongoing campaign, I Believe You Before You Open Your Mouth, named for the words of Grace’s mentor, Christine Buckley (director of the Aislinn group for survivors of Industrial Schools.) Grace explored the legacies of these institutions in her play, We Don’t Know What’s Buried Here. Grace creates durational art campaigns to coincide with important social moments. For the centenary of 1916, Grace co-authored Its Not Over with Barry O’Connor, a campaign to posit the reality that the conflict in the North of Ireland is unresolved. For the abortion referendum, she toured across Ireland to small towns and cities with Not At Home – an archive of women’s experiences of travelling for abortion which she co-authored with Emma Fraser. In 2010, she won the Spirit of The Fringe award for her play Heroin. Over the past 8 years Heroin has toured all over Europe; she is currently touring a new version of the play.
 
Michael Clifford
Michael Clifford is Special Correspondent for the Irish Examiner. He has been working in print and broadcast journalism for over twenty years. He is the author of three non-fiction books, including Bertie Ahern and the Drumcondra Mafia (with Shane Coleman) and two crime novels. In 2014, TV3's Tonight with Vincent Browne programme selected him as Journalist of the Year for his coverage of the Garda whistleblower story. He was named the newspaper industry's Journalist of the Year in 2016. His most recent book A Force for Justice: The Maurice McCabe Story was published by Hachette Books Ireland in 2017. Michael Clifford lives in Dublin. @mickcliff 

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always especially welcome. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748.

Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing generous financial support of Galway City Council, Poetry Ireland, & The Arts Council.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING February 2019

Starting in early February, Over The Edge is offering aspiring poets worldwide a ten week online poetry workshop with poet Kevin Higgins, whose best-selling first collection, The Boy With No Face, published by Salmon Poetry, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet. Kevin’s second collection of poems, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in 2008 by Salmon Poetry and his poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry. His third collection Frightening New Furniture was published in 2010 by Salmon and his work also appears in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed. Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, April 2014). A collection of Kevin’s essays and book reviews, Mentioning The War, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2012. Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, & Portuguese. The Ghost in The Lobby, was published in February 2014, also by Salmon. In 2014 Kevin's poetry was the subject of a paper 'The Case of Kevin Higgins, or, 'The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire' presented by David Wheatley at a Symposium on Satire at the University of Aberdeen.  '2016 - The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins' was published by NuaScéalta in early 2016. A pamphlet of Kevin’s political poems The Minister For Poetry Has Decreed was published in December 2016 by the Culture Matters imprint of the UK based Manifesto Press; Song of Songs 2:0 - New and Selected Poems was published by Salmon in April 2017. His poems have been praised by, among others, Tony Blair’s biographer John Rentoul, Observer columnist Nick Cohen, and Sunday Independent columnist Gene Kerrigan; been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mirror, and on Tonight with Vincent Browne; and read aloud by film director Ken Loach at a political meeting in London. The Stinging Fly magazine recently described Kevin as "likely the most read living poet in Ireland."

 workshop facilitator Kevin Higgins

Each of the ten weeks Kevin will email participants a poetry writing exercise for the following week and participants will submit one of their poems to Kevin for constructive criticism. Kevin will work with participants on making each of their poems the best possible poem it can be.

Kevin is a highly experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. He has facilitated poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre for the past twelve years. One of his workshop participants won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry; two have been shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet; two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize; and another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam; several have published collections of their poems with reputable publishers.


Kevin is the Creative Writing Director of the NUI Galway International Summer School and teaches poetry on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme. Kevin is co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge: Open Reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.

The workshop will run for ten weeks, commencing Wednesday February 6th, 2019. The cost to participants is €110. There are no refunds. The workshop will be conducted in English only. THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE LIMITED TO 30 REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS, SO IF YOU WANT TO ENSURE A PLACE YOU SHOULD BOOK NOW.


For queries, email over-the-edge-openreadings@hotmail.com


YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Rebecca O’Connor Featured Reader & Judge at Tenth Annual Over The Edge Fiction Slam at The Kitchen @ The Museum

After the event’s huge success in the past nine years, Over The Edge presents its tenth annual fiction slam with Featured Reader, Rebecca O’Connor, at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish, Galway on Friday, October 12th, 8pm.

Rebecca O’Connor’s first collection of poetry We’ll Sing Blackbird was shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Spectator, Poetry Review and elsewhere. She was a writer in residence at the Wordsworth Trust, the Centre for British Romanticism and is a recipient of a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. She is co-founder and publisher of The Moth magazine. She lives in County Cavan. He Is Mine and I Have No Other is her first novel and was published by Canongate in June. It has been described as “powerful and searing” by The Sunday Times and as “a menacing debut” by The Daily Mail
Rebecca O'Connor
The first twelve fiction writers to make it to The Kitchen @ The Museum on the evening of Friday, October 12th and register will be guaranteed a place in the slam. If you want to be sure of a place, get there early! All participating writers should bring two pieces of their own fiction, as there are two rounds. The time limit in both rounds is five minutes. Extracts from longer stories are admissible. Stories do not have to be memorised. The Fiction Slam will be judged by a three person jury made up of two audience members and Rebecca O’Connor. Three writers will go through to the second round and the prize for the winner is a bottle of excellent red wine.

There is no entrance fee. All welcome. For further information contact 087-6431748.

Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing generous financial support of the Arts Council, Poetry Ireland and Galway City Council.