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Monday, November 22, 2021

New Year Beginners & Intermediate Online Creative Writing Classes via Galway Technical Institute BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

 


Creative Writing for Beginners
with Kevin Higgins takes place one evening per week (Monday) from 7-9.30pm (12 weeks) with a mid-term break. It commences on Monday, January 17th, 2022. Advance booking is essential. Places cost €200. Kevin Higgins will provide writing exercises for, and give gentle critical feedback to, those interested in trying their hand at writing stories, poems, or memoir.

To book a place, go to https://www.gti.ie/parttime/courses/detail/5247

Intermediate Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars takes place one evening per week (Wednesday) from 7-9.30pm (12 weeks). It commences on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022. Advance booking is essential. Places cost €200. This class is suitable for those who’ve participated in creative writing classes before or begun to have work published in magazines. Flexible exercises and work-shopping of assignments, together with the study of the works of published writers, will help each class member to find their own writing voice.

To book a place, go to https://www.gti.ie/parttime/courses/detail/5294

Both classes will be conducted via Zoom in the usual friendly supportive manner that have made Kevin and Susan’s regular in-person creative writing classes at Galway Technical Institute so popular. Participants shouldn't worry about the technology! Full details of precisely how the workshop will function online will be explained to participants during the first session.

For further information contact Galway Technical Institute, Father Griffin Road, Galway, phone 091-581342 or email gtiadulted@gretb.ie or see http://www.gti.ie 

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING February 2022

Starting in February Over The Edge is offering aspiring poets worldwide a ten week online poetry workshop with poet Kevin Higgins. Kevin  is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway. He has published five full collections of poems: The Boy With No Face (2005), Time Gentlemen, Please (2008), Frightening New Furniture (2010), The Ghost In The Lobby (2014), & Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital (2019). His poems also feature in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed Neil Astley, Bloodaxe May 2014). Kevin was satirist-in-residence with the alternative literature website The Bogman’s Cannon 2015-16. 2016 – The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins was published by NuaScéalta in 2016. The Minister For Poetry Has Decreed was published by Culture Matters (UK) also in 2016. Song of Songs 2:0 – New & Selected Poems was published by Salmon in Spring 2017. 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 and taught Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute for the past fifteen years. Kevin is the Creative Writing Director for the NUI Galway International Summer School and also teaches on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme. He has published topical political poems in publications as various as The New European, The Morning Star, Dissent Magazine (USA), Village Magazine (Ireland), & Harry’s Place. The Stinging Fly magazine has described Kevin as “likely the most widely read living poet in Ireland”. One of Kevin’s poems features in A Galway Epiphany, the final instalment of Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor series of novels which is just published. His work has been broadcast on RTE Radio, Lyric FM, and BBC Radio 4. His book The Colour Yellow & The Number 19: Negative Thoughts That Helped One Man Mostly Retain His Sanity During 2020 is just published by Nuascealta. Kevin’s sixth full poetry collection, Ecstatic, will be published by Salmon next summer. 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, historian Ruth Dudley Edwards, and Sunday Independent columnist Gene Kerrigan; been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mirror, Hot Press magazine, Phoenix magazine, and on Tonight with Vincent Browne; and read aloud by film director Ken Loach at a political meeting in London. The Stinging Fly magazine 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, 9th February 2022. 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

Monday, November 01, 2021

November Over The Edge: Open Reading with Gioconda Belli, Estelle Birdy, & Sacha Hutchinson

The November ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place on Zoom on Thursday, November 18th at the usual Over The Edge time 6.30-8.00pm (local Galway time). The Featured Readers are Sacha Hutchinson, Estelle Birdy, & Gioconda Belli. There will, as always at Over The Edge: Open Readings, be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always especially welcome at the open-mic. Anyone interested in taking part in the open-mic should text Kevin Higgins on 087-6431748 or or register their interest on the Over The Edge Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/Over-The-Edge-Literary-Events-712507866206899 between 6pm and 6.30pm on the evening of the reading. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars.

Sacha Hutchinson is an eye doctor working in Galway. She was born in Dublin. She attends a weekly poetry workshop with Kevin Higgins and many Over The Edge events. Her poetry has appeared in Ropes 2018, in the 2018 and 2021 spring editions of Skylight 47, the 2019 autumn edition of The Curlew, Inspired volume 3, Live Encounters June 2020, Pendemic May 2021, Drawn to the Light Press Febuary 2021, Poetry in Lockdown Archive UCD 2021 and Lothlorien Poetry Journal 2021.She was shortlisted for Poetry for Patience  2018 and 2019. She was longlisted for Over the Edge New Writer of the Year 2018 and shortlisted in 2019. She received a Bachelor of Arts in art and design in 2010. She has an interest in exploring the environmental message through paint and poetry. 

 

Estelle Birdy describes herself as “Louth and proud” but is a long-time resident of Dublin’s Liberties. She is a graduate of UCD’s Masters in Creative Writing, with teachers Anne Enright and Sebastian Barry. Her reviews and nonfiction have appeared in the Sunday Independent, the Irish Times and others. She has won or been shortlisted in Dalkey Creates, Penfro Book Festival, Verve Poetry Festival and IWC Novel Fair competitions. Her debut novel Ravelling, which has been described as “Fast-paced, funny and eye-popping, descending from Trainspotting, White Teeth and Milkman in its portrayal of urban life in the twenty-first century” is forthcoming from Lilliput Press. Estelle received literature bursaries from the Arts Council in both 2020 & 2021 for the short-story collection she is currently working on.

Gioconda Belli is a Nicaraguan poet and novelist. She’s had an active political life in her country as a feminist and defender of human rights. Although she was part of the struggle to topple Somoza’s regime and the Sandinista Revolution (1979), she split from the new sandinismo of Daniel Ortega in 1993. She writes both poetry and novels. Her poetry has received many prizes: Mariano Fiallos Gil prize, the Casa de las Americas Prize, Generacion del 27 Prize, Ciudad de Melilla and in 2020, the Jaime Gil de Biedma prize in Spain. Her first novel The Inhabited Woman (1988) became a literary and commercial success and was awarded the Best Political Novel of the Year and the Anna Seghers award in Germany in 1989. For her novel Infinity in the Palm of her Hand (2008) she won Seix Barral’s Biblioteca Breve and the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz prizes. In 2010 she was awarded the Latin American prize, “La Otra Orilla” for her novel El País de las Mujeres,  (Womenland). In 2019, she was a finalist for the III Mario Vargas Llosa Prize for her 2018 novel Las Fiebres de la Memoria (“Fevers of Memory”). She’s written four children’s books and a memoir of her guerrilla years: The Country under my skin. PEN Germany awarded her the Hermann Kesten Prize in 2018 for her defense of freedom of the press and her role as a women’s advocate. She’s a member of the Nicaraguan Royal Academy of Letters and Chevalier des les Arts et Letres of France. Her works have been translated in 20 languages. Web page:  www.giocondabelli.org Twitter: @GiocondaBelliP Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GiocondaBelliP/

Over The Edge is inviting you to the November Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom. Thursday, November 18th, 6.30-8pm

Join The Over The Edge Zoom Meeting at

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7389013549

Meeting ID: 738 901 3549

 

 As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always particularly 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.