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Sunday, October 04, 2020

October Over The Edge: Open Reading with Tariq Ali, Ruairí McKiernan, & Niamh Flynn

The October ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place on on Zoom on Thursday, October 29th at the usual Over The Edge time 6.30-8.00pm (local Galway time).

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 very welcome at the open-mic. The Featured Readers are Niamh Flynn, Ruairí McKiernan, & Tariq Ali. 

There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. Anyone interested in taking part in the open-mic should text Kevin Higgins on 087-6431748 or email over-the-edge-openreadings@hotmail.com between 6pm and 6.30pm on the evening of the reading. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars.

 

Niamh Flynn is a native of Galway and works as a sports psychologist at The Galway Clinic. Over the years she has written for The Irish Examiner, Mature Living Magazine, Gaelic World, High Ball, Ireland's Dental Magazine, The Waiting Room and many more publications. Her book End Migraine Fast was taken up earlier this year by a French Publisher and is due to be published in France in 2021. She is currently in talks with agents regarding the publication of her most recent work ‘She Kept Walking’. It is based on a true story which documents the life of a young man, Seánie Ó Lionsaigh, growing up in abject poverty in the West of Ireland in the 1970s. 


Ruairí McKiernan is originally from Cootehill in County Cavan; he now lives in Lahinch. His debut book Hitching for Hope – a Journey into the Heart and Soul of Ireland was recently published by US publisher Chelsea Green and went straight to number 1 in the Nielsen paperback non-fiction bestseller charts. Described as a “powerful manifesto for hope and healing in troubled times”, Hitching for Hope is part personal pilgrimage, part political quest. The book is a reflection of a hitchhiking listening tour McKiernan undertook around Ireland during the last recession while contemplating the prospect of emigration. The book is also a memoir reflecting on his 20 years’ work as a campaigner and social innovator, which includes 7 years as one of President Higgins’ appointees to the Council of State. Of Hitching for Hope, Christy Moore has said: “Ruairí McKiernan takes time to look behind the stone walls of Ireland. He takes note of what many of us sometimes fail to see.” Colum McCann has described the book as “a paean to nuance, decency and possibility”; while Peggy Seeger said Hitching for Hope is “Irish to its core and international in its search for optimism and communal involvement, it’s an easy and uplifting read.”

Tariq Ali was born in 1943 in what is now Pakistan while it was still under British rule. He has lived in London since he was a student and has been a leading figure of the international left since the 60s. He has been writing for the Guardian since the 70s. He is a long-standing editor of the New Left Review and a political commentator published on every continent. He has published dozens of books, including The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity  (Verso, 2003), The Duel: Pakistan on the Flightpath of American Power (Scribner, 2009), and The Obama Syndrome (Verso Books, 2010). He has also published a number of novels, including Redemption (Chatto & Windus, 1990), a bawdy satire on late 20th century Trotskyist groups set in Paris, New York, Mexico City and London, and Fear of Mirrors (Arcadia Books, 1998),  set in post-Stalinist eastern Germany. Mick Jagger allegedly wrote the Rolling Stones’ song ‘Street Fighting Man’ about Tariq Ali after he attended a 1968 anti-war rally at London's US embassy in Grosvenor Square, during which mounted police battled with tens of thousands of demonstrators.

 

Over The Edge is inviting you to the October Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom. Thursday, October 29th, 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 especially welcome. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING February 2021

Starting in 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. 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, 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." His most recent collection of poems, Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital, was published last June by Salmon Poetry; one of the poems from which will feature in A Galway Epiphany, the final installment of Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor series of novels.

 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, 10th February 2021. 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

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom - Ron Silliman, Molly Harris, & Fintan Coughlan PLUS open-mic

 The September ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place on Zoom on Thursday, September 24th  at the usual Over The Edge time 6.30-8.00pm (local Galway time). The Featured Readers are Fintan Coughlan, Molly Harris, & Ron Silliman. 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 email over-the-edge-openreadings@hotmail.com between 6pm and 6.30pm on the evening of the reading. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. 

                                     

Fintan Coughlan grew up in Mount Bolus, Co.Offaly, but has lived in  internal exile in Galway for enough years to eventually be adopted. He has been writing poems for such a long time he can't remember when the habit began. His poems have been published previously in Salmon magazine, The Connacht Tribune’s Writing in the West, The Cúirt Journal, & most recently in The Galway Advertiser’s Vox Galvia.

 



Molly Harris is the current Over The Edge New Writer of the Year. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and she received her BA in English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Molly also studied creative writing at the 2019 NUI Galway Irish Studies International Summer School. She is the current managing editor of the literary journal Natural Bridge. You find her short stories and nonfiction in journals such as Furrow, Hooligan Magazine, and Vagabond Literature

Language poet Ron Silliman has published over 40 books, including The Age of Huts, Tjanting & The Alphabet, the anthology In the American Tree, a collection of criticism The New Sentence & an award-winning memoir, Under Albany. He has received the Poetry Foundation’s Levinson Award, been a Kelly Writers House Fellow, & the subject of symposia at the Universities of Paris & Windsor. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

Over The Edge is inviting you to the September Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom. Thursday, September 24th, 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.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

August Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom with Knute Skinner, Derek Coyle, & Sinead Mongan

The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ after the summer break takes place on Zoom on Thursday, August 27th  at the usual Over The Edge time 6.30-8.00pm (local Galway time). The Featured Readers are Sinead Mongan, Derek Coyle, & Knute Skinner. 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 email over-the-edge-openreadings@hotmail.com between 6pm and 6.30pm on the evening of the reading. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars.     

                               

Sinéad Mongan is based in Galway and has participated in poetry workshops since January 2018. In 2019, she won the Galway University Hospital Arts Trust Poems for Patience competition. In 2020, she was placed 3rd in the Cathal Buí Poetry competition. Previously she has been published by Skylight 47, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, Pendemic.ie and her work has also featured in TACTIC’s Archives of Shame exhibition.

Derek Coyle has published poems inThe Irish Times, Irish Pages, The Texas Literary Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Orbis, Skylight 47, Assaracus, and The Stony Thursday Book. He has been shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award,and he has been a chosen poet for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Poems of his have been set to music by leading Irish composer Grainne Mulvey, premiered in VISUAL Carlow as ‘The Carlow Song Cycle’. A new work from Mulvey is just about to be premiered in Tokyo as part of an Irish flute festival this Midsummer and will contain words from Derek’s poems. He is a founding member of the Carlow Writers’ Co-Operative. He lectures in Carlow College/St Patrick’s. His first collection, Reading John Ashbery in Costa Coffee Carlow was published in a dual-language edition in Tranas Sweden and Carlow Ireland in April 2019 and was shortlisted for the 2020 Shine/Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish poet.

Knute Skinner is originally from Missouri but has lived in County Clare for many years. His collected poems, Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2007.  Help Me to a Getaway–a memoir appeared from Salmon in 2010.  His most recent collection, also from Salmon, is An Upside Down World. Knute recently celebrated his 91st birthday.

Over The Edge is inviting you to the August Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom. Thursday, August 27th, 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.