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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

FICTION SLAM Aiden O’Reilly Featured Reader & Judge at Seventh Annual Over The Edge Fiction Slam

Aiden O’Reilly Featured Reader & Judge at Seventh Annual Over The Edge Fiction Slam at The Kitchen @ The Museum

After the event’s huge success in the past six years, Over The Edge presents its seventh annual fiction slam with Featured Reader, Aiden O’Reilly, at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish, Galway on Friday, October 16th, 8pm.

Aiden O’Reilly’s short story collection Greetings, Hero was published by Honest Publishing UK in 2014, and launched in London and in Dublin. Aiden lived for nine years in Eastern Europe. He has worked as a mathematics lecturer, translator, building-site worker, and sub-editor for a property magazine. His fiction has appeared in The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, The Irish Times, Prairie Schooner, 3am magazine, Unthology 4 and in several other anthologies. His plays have been given professional staged readings at The Triskel in Cork, and in Dublin. He won the biannual McLaverty Short Story Award in 2008. In 2012 he received a bursary from the Arts Council.

The first twelve fiction writers to make it to The Kitchen @ The Museum on the evening of Friday, October 16th 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 Aiden O’Reilly. Three writers will go through to the second round and the prize for the winner is a bottle of 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.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

2015 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year SHORTLIST!

Michelle Coyne
Paul Duffy
Selina Oram
Aidan Hynes
Lauren Foley
Chris Connolly
Niall Bourke
Dermot Duffy
Adam Trodd
Brian Leeson
Mark Stevenson Curry
Paul Anthony Corbett
Maeve Galvin 

Breda Spaight
Niall Bourke
Jessamine O’Connor
Stephen De Burca
Majella Kelly
Rachel Coventry
Wilma Kenny
Paul McCarrick
Jayne Brogan
Lisa Allen
Bennet McNiff
Bernie Ashe

We would like to thank our competition sponsors: 
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop,  
Dock No. 1, ISupply Flood Street, Ward’s Hotel
Clare Daly TD,  Kenny’s Bookshop 
& Derek Nolan TD

We also thank our competition judge Dave Lordan 
for his ongoing work on the competition. 


@ the October Over The Edge: Open Reading

in Galway City Library,
 Thursday October 29th 

The longlist can be viewed here.  

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. 

For queries, email


Friday, September 18, 2015

September Over The Edge: Open Reading with Katherine Noone, Andrea Lutz, & Rafiq Kathwari

Katherine Noone & Andrea Lutz to read with Patrick Kavanagh Award winner Rafiq Kathwari

The September ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 24th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Rafiq Kathwari, Andrea Lutz, & Katherine Noone. The evening will also see the announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year competition, judged by poet, fiction writer, and literary activist Dave Lordan. 

Katherine Noone’s poems  have  appeared  in  Boyne  Berries, Crannóg, The  Galway Review, Linnets Wings, Orbis , Skylight 47. She was shortlisted  for the Vallum (Canada) poetry competition in 2012 and Poem  for  Patience 2015. She attends Kevin Higgins advanced poetry workshop in Galway.

Andrea Lutz was born in Germany, where she worked as a teacher before moving to Ireland in 2012. She has published articles and short stories in the online magazine One of these articles was selected for publication in a Danish school book. Andrea founded the writing group Galway International Writers, which is now in the process of compiling an ebook. Andrea’s short fiction has been published in The Galway Review; her first published poem appeared early this summer in Silver Apples Magazine

Rafiq Kathwari is the first non-Irish recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, in the 44-year history of the award. He lives in Ballyoonan, County Louth. He has lived most of his adult life in New York, but was born, as he puts it, “a Scorpio at midnight” in the disputed Kashmir Valley, where he has been working for many years as a social entrepreneur, empowering women artisans. Rafiq has translated from the original Urdu selected poems of Sir Mohammed Iqbal, one of the handful of great South Asian poets of the 20th century writing in Urdu. He divides his time between New York, Dublin and Kashmir. Rafiq’s debut poetry collection, In Another Country, is just published by Doire Press.

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.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Autumn Beginners & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes at Galway Technical Institute

Autumn Beginners Intermediate Creative Writing Classes 
at Galway Technical Institute 

Creative Writing for Beginners with Kevin Higgins takes place one evening per week (Monday) from 7-9pm (10 weeks) with a mid-term break. It commences on Monday, September 28th, 2015. Advance booking is essential. Places cost €120. 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

Intermediate Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars takes place one evening per week (Tuesday) from 7-9pm (10 weeks). It commences on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015. Advance booking is essential. Places cost €120. 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.

YOU CAN ALSO BOOK in person 
at Galway Technical Institute,
when it re-opens after the summer holidays.
Monday-Friday, (10am-4.30pm).

For further information contact Galway Technical Institute, Father Griffin Road, Galway, phone 091-581342 or email or see