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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Westside Arts Festival/Over The Edge Summer Open-mic


Over The Edge in association with Westside Arts Festival presents the 2015 Over The Edge Summer Open-mic at Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road on Wednesday, July 15th, 6.30-8pm

Everyone who has a poem or story to share is most welcome to take part. So, if you have some writing you’d like to read to an audience, this is your opportunity to do so.

The MCs for the evening will be Kevin Higgins & Susan Millar DuMars. All are welcome to attend.

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Over The Edge Writers' Gathering-readings by Máire T. Robinson, Mary Madec, & showcase of Wordsontreestreet & Doire Press writers

July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering

at Galway City Library

showcases Galway publishers

& presents readings by Máire T. Robinson & Mary Madec

on Thursday, July 9th, 6.30-8pm.

The July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents readings by Horslips drummer Eamon Carr, Máire T. Robinson, John Fogarty, Mary Madec, Lorne Patterson, and Paul O’Reilly. At this event Over The Edge will showcase authors published by Galway-based publishers Doire Press and Wordsonthestreet. The reading takes place at Galway City Library on Thursday, July 9th, 6.30-8pm. All are welcome and there is no cover charge. 
Máire T. Robinson

Máire T. Robinson is a graduate of the MA in writing at NUI, Galway. In 2013, she was the overall winner of the Doire Press Chapbook Competition. Her short story collection Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart was published as a result. Máire's recently published début novel Skin, Paper, Stone (New Island, 2015) was described by the Irish Times as “a deceptively simple novel that packs a punch. Robinson writes with warmth and understanding, giving the reader a bird’s-eye view of a modern, post-boom Galway through a diverse and credible cast of characters.” Kevin Higgins’s Galway Advertiser review of Skin, Paper, Stone can be read here

Eamon Carr and friend in 1975

Eamon Carr was born in Meath. Along with Peter Fallon, he formed poetry-performance group Tara Telephone, before concentrating his energies as writer, conceptualist and drummer for Horslips, the band he co-founded and remains a member of. A journalist and occasional broadcaster, he is a former recipient of the Sarah Purser Scholarship and Prize in the History of European Painting from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2005, his poster poem ‘A Tale of Love’, originally designed in 1969 by Che Guevara poster artist Jim Fitzpatrick, was included in the Tate Gallery, Liverpool, Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era Exhibition. In 2008, as lyricist, he collaborated on an album of new songs with former Sweeney's Men and Wings guitarist Henry McCullough. In 2010, his five-poem cycle Ascension: Ireland was staged in the Walled Garden of the Pearse Museum, Dublin by composer and intermedia artist Daniel Figgis. In 2011, Horslips recorded a live performance of music suites adapted from The Táin and The Book of Invasions concept albums in concert with the Ulster Orchestra, conductor Brian Byrne. In 2012, Eamon contributed a reading of ‘Dublin’, a lyric by deceased friend and colleague Philip Lynott, to Sound City Beat, an album by the Radiators from Space. His first book, The Origami Crow, Journey into Japan World Cup Summer 2002 (Seven Towers) was published in 2008. Deirdre Unforgiven: A Journal of Sorrows, a one-act play based on Deirdre of the Sorrows, was published by Doire Press in 2013. 

John Fogarty is a fiction writer whose debut novel Scenes from an Indian Summer will be published in September by Galway based publishers Wordsonthestreet. Scenes from an Indian Summer has already been shortlisted for the RTÉ 1/Penquin book prize. He has had work published in Connect Magazine and a range of other publications at home and abroad.  He is also an actor and has taken demanding roles in numerous productions, most notably, in JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls and in Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men.

Lorne Patterson is an Edgeworthstown writer and member of the Ballymahon Writers Group, Co Longford, Ireland. He is a psychiatric nurse and community educator who has worked in a number of countries, including Britain, the United States and Russia. A past runner-up in the Sean Ó Faoláin short-story competition, he published his first book, Witch, in 2012 to critical acclaim. Witch was followed by another novella, Bad Blood , published in 2013 by Wordsonthestreet. Lorne is currently working on a non-fiction history of drug addiction treatment and on Hour of the Witch, the follow-up to Witch’.

Paul O’Reilly lives Co. Wexford and has been published in Necessary Fiction; Irish Independent’s New Irish Writing; Natural Bridge; Stinging Fly; and the Irish Times. He has been shortlisted for the Seán O’Faoláin Prize and the Hennessy First Fiction Award; was runner up for Bristol Short Story Prize and the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Prize; was a joint-winner of The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions competition hosted by the Irish Writers’ Centre; received honourable mention in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters competition; and had a story nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is also an award-winning traditional Irish singer and musician and was awarded Deis funding by the Arts Council in 2008. As well as working in fiction, music and song, Paul has produced several albums, two film documentaries, adapted a Claire Keegan short story for film that was later produced and screened at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2013, and for the past twelve years has been active in the promotion of culture and new writing in the south-east of Ireland. Visit for more details. The Girl Missing From The Window, Paul’s debut collection of short stories, is just published by Doire Press.
Mary Madec

Mary Madec was born and raised in Mayo. She studied at NUI, Galway (B.A., M.A., H.Dip Ed.) and at the University of Pennsylvania from which she received a doctorate in Linguistics in 2002. She has published widely (Crannóg, West 47, The Cuirt Annual, Poetry Ireland Review, the SHOp, The Sunday Tribune, Southword, Iota, Nth Position, Natural Bridge and The Stand Orbis, The Fox Chase Review, The Recorder among others. Her first collection, In Other Words, appeared with Salmon Poetry in 2010 ; her second collection, Demeter Does Not Remember also with Salmon Poetry at the end of 2014. She has received several awards and prizes most notably the Hennessy XO Prize for Emerging Poetry in 2008. She co-founded the community writing project, Away With Words, and works for Villanova University. Kevin Higgins’s Galway Advertiser review of Demeter Does Not Remember can be read here

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

2015 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year to be judged by Dave Lordan NOW TAKING ONLINE PAYMENTS

2015 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition



Major sponsor Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

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Closing date: Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

If you make your payment online before midnight on August 5th, we will accept your entry. And we will accept all entries postmarked August 5th or earlier, even if they arrive after that date. Extracts from novels absolutely accepted. As well, of course, as short stories and poems.

In 2015 Over The Edge is continuing its exciting annual international creative writing competition. Since its inception in 2007, it has grown to become one of the most important competition’s for emerging writers in Ireland and internationally. The competition is open to both poets and fiction writers worldwide. The total prize money is €1,000. The best fiction entry will win €300. The best poetry entry will win €300. One of these will then be chosen as the overall winner and will receive an additional €400, giving the overall winner total prize money of €700 and the title Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2015. The 2015 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year will be a Featured Reader at Ireland’s leading literary reading series, the Over The Edge: Open Readings in Galway City Library, on a date to be scheduled in Winter 2015/16. Salmon Poetry will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript submitted to them by the winner in the poetry category. Doire Press will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript of short stories submitted to them by the winner in the fiction category. The overall winner will receive a hamper of books for the famous Kenny’s Bookshop of Galway, Ireland.The winner in the poetry category will have one of the poems from her or his winning entry published in the Spring 2016 issue of Skylight47 magazine.

Entries should be sent to Over The Edge, New Writer of the Year competition, 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway, Ireland. Entries will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name on your poem(s) or stories. Put your contact details on a separate sheet. If you live in Ireland and wish to be informed of the results by post, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. OTHERWISE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO ENCLOSE A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE. Criteria: fiction of up to three thousand words, three poems of up to forty lines, or one poem of up to one hundred lines. Any of the aforementioned is one entry. Multiple entries are acceptable but each must be accompanied by a fee. 

The fee for one entry is €10. The fee for multiple entries is €7.50 per entry e.g. two entries will cost €15, three entries €22.50 and so on. Fee payable by cheque or  money order to Over The Edge. The competition is open to writers worldwide. We accept payment in Dollars, Sterling, Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars and so on. Writers from outside the Euro area can calculate the payment for their entry here WE ALSO NOW ACCEPT ONLINE PAYMENTS. See the below for details. If you pay the entry fee online you must still post us a hard copy of your entry/entries and enclose with it a note saying ‘entry fee paid online’. PLEASE INCLUDE THE EXACT NAME IN WHICH THE ONLINE PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE SO THAT WE CAN VERIFY.

To take part you must be at least sixteen years old by September 1st 2014 and not have a book published or accepted for publication in the genre in which you enter. Chapbooks/ pamphlets excepted. Entries must not have been previously published or be currently entered in any other competition. The closing date is Wednesday, August 5th, 2015. A long-list will be announced at the August Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 (6.30-8pm). THE LONGLIST WILL BE AVAILABLE, BEFORE THAT, AT CHARLIE BYRNE’S BOOKSHOP FROM 5PM ON THURSDAY AUGUST 27TH.  The shortlist will be announced at the September Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 (6.30-8pm). The winners will be announced at the October Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 (6.30-8pm).

Dave Lordan is the judge for the 2015 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year. Dave is the first writer to win Ireland’s three national prizes for young poets. He is a former holder of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award, the Kavanagh Award, and the Strong Award. His collections of poetry are The Boy in the Ring (Salmon, 2007); Invitation to a Sacrifice (Salmon, 2010) and Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains (Salmon, 2014).  In 2013 Wurm Press published The First Book of Frags, a collection of Dave’s short fiction. He is a renowned performer of his own work, which the Irish Times called ‘as brilliant on the page as is in performance’, and has read his work by invitation at festivals and venues across Europe and North America.  His poems are regularly broadcast on Irish national radio and he is a contributing editor for Irish literary magazine, The Stinging Fly. He is a founding member and editor of experimental and cross-genre arts journal He blogs on poetry and creativity at 

The judge for 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year will be Niamh Boyce.

The judge for 2017 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year will be Nicki Griffin.


Competition payments

Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING OCTOBER 2015

Starting in early October, 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. His most recent collection, The Ghost in The Lobby, was published in February 2014, also by Salmon. Last year, 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. 

 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 ten 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 also teaches poetry on the NUI Galway Summer School programme and mentors poetry students 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 Octover 7th, 2015. The cost to participants is €110. There are no refunds. The workshop will be conducted in English only. 

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