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Sunday, February 23, 2020

SPRING Beginners & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes at 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 (8 weeks). It commences on Monday, March 23rd, 2020. 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.


Susan Millar DuMars & Kevin Higgins
 
Intermediate Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars takes place one evening per week (Tuesday) from 7-9.30pm (8 weeks). It commences on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. 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, Monday-Friday, (10am-4.30pm).

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, February 09, 2020

February Over The Edge: Open Reading with Grace Wilentz, Meabh Ann McCrossan, & Fiona Foster


The February ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, February 27th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Grace Wilentz, Meabh Ann McCrossan , & Fiona Foster. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished, which this month will include, among others, fiction writers from the MA in Writing at NUI Galway.  New readers are always especially welcome at the open-mic. 

Fiona Foster is originally from Hartford, Connecticut, but has lived on the West coast of Ireland for the past fifteen years. She has always enjoyed writing essays and poems, and after participating in several of Kevin Higgins’s workshops, first at Galway Technical Institute and more recently Westside Resource Centre, she had her first poetry published in Issue 8, the Fall 2018 issue, of Light- A Journal of Photography & Poetry. She has previously read her work at the Westside Arts Festival summer open-mic.

Meabh Ann McCrossan is a poet from Galway City and is currently in her final year of a BA Connect Degree with Creative Writing at NUI Galway. After spending a full year solely dedicated to working under the guidance of accomplished writers such as Elaine Feeney and Mike McCormack, she is currently working on her first poetry collection and is focusing on submitting to various publications. Most recently, her poem 'Freya' was published in the Moth's Summer 2019 issue, and she has a number of other smaller publications under her belt. 

Grace Wilentz
Grace Wilentz is a poet based in the Liberties, Dublin. Her poetry has appeared in Irish, British and American journals including Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, The Seneca Review, The American Poetry Journal, The Harvard Advocate, Magma, and The Irish Times. Her work was also featured on a public artwork displayed on the facade of the Abbey Theatre. Her debut pamphlet, Holding Distance, was launched by the Green Bottle Press in October 2019.

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, January 26, 2020

2020 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop



The 2020 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase, featuring Emily Cullen, Michael Gorman, Mary Madec, Geraldine Mills, Jenny Farrell, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Katherine Noone, Patrick Stack, Aoife Reilly, Nicola Geddes, Christine Valters Paintner, Knute Skinner, Susan Millar DuMars, Ruth Quinlan, Lorraine Carey, Kevin Higgins, Rachel Coventry, Liam O’Neill, Art Ó Suilleabháin, Danielle Holian, Mary Melvin Geoghegan, and the anthologies The Children of the Nation: An Anthology of Working People’s Poetry from Contemporary Ireland (Culture Matters, edited by Jenny Farrell & Mike Quille) & Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets (Dedalus Press, edited by Pat Boran & Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi) will take place at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Friday, February, 7th starting at 6pm. The event will be jointly MCed by Kate Ennals and Kevin Higgins. 

In this annual retrospective of the year just past, poets based in the West of Ireland, who published a new collection of poems during 2019, are invited to read three poems from the collection in question. There will also be readings from the anthologies
The Children of the Nation & Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets, to which several Galway-based poets contributed.


All welcome. There is no cover charge. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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

Sunday, January 05, 2020

January Over The Edge: Open Reading - Over The Edge Celebrates 17th Birthday with Louise Kennedy, Orla Fay, & Attracta Fahy


The January ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, January 23rd, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Attracta Fahy, Orla Fay, & Louise Kennedy. All welcome. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished which this month will include, among others, fiction writers from the MA in Writing at NUI Galway.  New readers are especially welcome. This reading celebrates the seventeenth anniversary of the first Over The Edge reading in Galway City Library and there will be a birthday party afterwards. 


Attracta Fahy works as a Psychotherapist, lives in Co.Galway, and has three children. She completed her MA in Writing NUIG in 2017, and participates in the Over The Edge poetry workshops. Her poems have been published in The Irish Times, Banshee, Poetry Ireland Review, Poethead, Coast to Coast to Coast, Orbis, Crossways, The Curlew, North West Words, Honest Ulsterman, Four x Four, Boyne Berries, The Cormorant, Enthralled, The Blue Nib, Burning House Press, Elixir, Bangor Literary Journal, A New Ulster, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Picaroon, and several other magazines and journals at home and abroad. She was shortlisted for 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year, and was a Blue Nib nominee for a Pushcart prize. Her debut poetry pamphlet will be published by Fly On The Wall Poetry (UK) early in 2020.

Orla Fay lives in County Meath is the editor of Boyne Berries. Recently her work has been published in The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, ROPES 2019, Quarryman, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Bangor Literary Journal and FourXFour. She was shortlisted for The Cúirt New Writing Prize 2019, longlisted for the Anthony Cronin Poetry Award 2019 and won 3rd place in The Oliver Goldsmith Poetry Award 2019. She blogs at http://orlafay.blogspot.com

Louise Kennedy
Louise Kennedy lives in Sligo and her fiction has been published in The Stinging Fly, Banshee and The Tangerine. She was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2019. Bloomsbury will publish The End of the World is a Cul de Sac, her debut collection of short stories, in early 2021. 

There will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always especially 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.