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Friday, August 26, 2016

Over The Edge Culture Night Open-Mic at Kenny’s



Over The Edge is holding two special Culture Night open-mics - one for fiction writers, the other for poets - with prizes for the best readers, at Kennys Bookshop and Gallery in Liosbán Retail Park on Friday, September 16th.
The open-mic for fiction writers starts at 4pm. Participants should bring along two pages of a story to read. The reading will include guest appearances from Elizabeth Reapy, and Karl Parkinson, both of whom will be reading from their recently published novels. 
 
The open-mic for poets starts at 6pm. Participants poets should bring along two poems to read. The reading will include guest appearances from poets Simon Lewis, who will be reading from his recently published poetry collection, and Dani Gill, who will be reading from her first collection-in-progress ‘After Love’. 

The evening will be MC'd by Kevin Higgins and both open-mics will feature reading from their long-listed stories and poems by some of the writers on the long list for the 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, for which Kenny’s is one of the sponsors.

This reading is open to all. If you have a poem or story you want to share, come along.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

LONGLIST 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year



 

2016 OVER THE EDGE
NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR
LONGLIST

FICTION
Una Mannion, Sligo ‘Melt..’ & ‘Pet…’

Niamh MacCabe, Leitrim ‘Stars..’ & ‘Silver’

Robert Higgins, Dublin ‘Honda…’

Paul McCarrick, Galway ‘Hello…’

Creighton O’Sullivan, Limerick ‘Derby…’

Paddy Reid, Kildare ‘Rats…’

Rozz Lewis, Carlow ‘Wire’

Micheál Ó’Síocháin, Cork ‘Triangle…’

Anne Donnelly, Mayo ‘Lead…’

David O’Dwyer, Dublin ‘Attic…’

Linda Hartley, London ‘Tears…’

John O’Donnell, Dublin ‘Pandora…’

Aongus Murtagh, Berlin ‘Wellies…’ & ‘He…’

Martin Halliday, Newcastle UK ‘Moor…’

Richard Newton, Hampshire UK ‘Feather…’

Meadhbh Ní Eadhra, Galway ‘Friday…’

Rory Walsh, Mayo ‘Chancer…’

D. Bruton, Scotland, ‘Pears…’

Chris Connolly, Dublin ‘Light…’ & ‘New…’

Neasa McHugh, County  Galway ‘Atrophy…’

Niall Bourke, London ‘Hunger…’

John Valters Paintner, Galway ‘Inheritance…’

Diana Powell, Wales ‘Cabinet…’

Lauren Foley, Dublin ‘Don’t…’

Alex Reece-Abbot, Yorkshire ‘Party…’

Gerard McKeown, London ‘Nickname…’

Frances Ainslie, Scotland ‘Blackbird...’

Alberto Nissim, California USA ‘Life…’

POETRY
Lydia Harris, Orkney, Scotland

Ria Collins, Galway

Rejini Samuel, Georgia USA

Ursula Shields-Huemer, Galway

Paul Denby, Galway

Patrick Maddock, Wexford

Edel Burke, Mayo

Audrey Molloy, Australia

Alyn Fenn, Cork

Anne Donnellan, Galway

Roisin Browne

Katherine Noone, Galway

Colin Dardis, Belfast

Lauren Garland, London

Alison Driscoll, Cork

James Finnegan, Donegal

Christine Valters-Paintner, Galway

Jo Burns, Germany

Mari Maxwell, Galway

Jenny Wren, Clare

Denise Nagle, Mayo

Paul McCarrick, Galway

Lauren Jan Shore, Australia

Alan Weadick, Dublin

Anita Ouellette, Massachusetts USA

Karin Molde, Germany

Alice Kinsella, Mayo

Jean Tuomey, Mayo

John Haskins, Dublin

Leslie Thomas, Wisconsin USA

Bogusia Wardein, Norway

Mary Heneghan, Belgium

Tim Emlyn Jones, Galway

Stephen Byrne, Galway

Sarah Padden, Galway

Breda Spaight, Limerick

Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin, Galway

James Anthony, Athlone

Billy King, Tuam

Bobbie Sparrow, Galway

Niall Bourke, London

Vincent Steed, Galway

Laura Foley, Vermont USA

Sighle Meehan, Galway

James O’Toole, Henry Street

Kevin Murtagh

Ruth Aylett, Scotland

Rob Childers, Alaska USA

Dawn Wisniewski, Dublin

Liz Quirke, Galway

Charissa Boyce-Saenz, Australia

Helena Kilty, Galway

Gráinne Costello, Galway

Bernie Ashe, Galway

Kathryn Guille, Limerick

Deirdre Daly, Dublin

Fiona Place, Galway

Shelley Tracey, Belfast

Aisling Bradley, Derry

Deepa Mardolkar, London

Ruth Aylett, Scotland

Eileen Keane, Galway

Mairéad Donnellan, Cavan

Caroline Bracken, Wicklow

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 & Senator Trevor Ó’Clochartaigh

THE LONGLISTED WRITERS ARE INVITED TO READ FROM THEIR LONGLISTED WORK

@ the Over The Edge Culture Night event @ Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery,

Liosbán Retail Park on Friday, September 16th

The fiction writers reading starts 4pm.

The reading by poets: 6pm



THE SHORTLIST WILL BE ANNOUNCED @

The September Over The Edge: Open Reading

on Thursday, September 29th
2016 competition judge Niamh Boyce

Sunday, August 21, 2016

IMPORTANT UPDATE for everyone who entered 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year

Over The Edge is holding two special Culture Night open-mics - one for fiction writers, the other for poets - with prizes for the best readers, at Kennys Bookshop and Gallery in Liosbán Retail Park on Friday, September 16th.

The open-mic for fiction writers starts at 4pm. Participants should bring along two pages of a story to read. The reading will include guest appearances from Elizabeth Reapy, and Karl Parkinson, both of whom will be reading from their recently published novels.

The open-mic for poets starts at 6pm. Participants poets should bring along two poems to read. The reading will include guest appearances from poets Simon Lewis, who will be reading from his recently published poetry collection, and Dani Gill, who will be reading from her first collection-in-progress ‘After Love’.
The evening will be MC'd by Kevin Higgins and both open-mics will feature reading from their long-listed stories and poems by some of the writers on the long list for the 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, for which Kenny’s is one of the sponsors.
All long-listed writers, who can make it to Kenny’s on the day, are invited to come and read.

The long-list will be announced at this Thursday's Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library. (6.30-8pm).

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August Over The Edge: Open Reading with Rena Garrett, Fergus Deffely, & Sonja Tiernan



The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ after the summer break takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 25th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Sonja Tiernan, Fergus Deffely, & Rena Garrett. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. The evening will also see the announcement of the long list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition which received an increased number of entries this year.


Rena Garrett is an MA in Writing student in NUIG. Her poetry has been published in The Moth Magazine, and Spontaneity.org and was shortlisted for the Galway Rape Crisis Centre Short Story Competition 2016.

Fergus Deffely lives and works in Galway. After serving almost 15 years in the software industry, these days he hacks prose and poetry. He finds inspiration in music, magic, and society's negative spaces. He is currently working on a novella set in a small town in the West of Ireland.Fergus will be reading some of his poetry and a short story about politics. 

Sonja Tiernan is Lecturer in Modern History at Liverpool Hope University. She will be reading from her acclaimed biography Eva Gore-Booth – An Image of Such Politics (Manchester University Press, 2012), the first ever book length biography of the famous suffragist, labour activist, and writer. Sonja also edited The Political Writings of Eva Gore-Booth (Manchester University Press, 2015). 

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome. The evening will also see the announcement of the long list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which has again received a very healthy number of entries this year.

The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748. 

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

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING October 2016

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 of poetry, 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 earlier this year. Song of Songs 2:0 - New and Selected Poems will be published by Salmon in April 2017. 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 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 October 5th, 2016. The cost to participants is €110. There are no refunds. The workshop will be conducted in English only. 

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


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