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Saturday, September 13, 2014

September Over The Edge Open Reading with Helen Mort, Rob Childers, Lorraine Kelly, & LAUNCH of new SKYLIGHT 47

British poet Helen Mort

Rob Childers & Lorraine Kelly to read with acclaimed British poet Helen Mort at September Over The Edge: Open Reading and LAUNCH of issue 4 of Skylight 47 poetry newspaper.  

The September ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 25th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Helen Mort, Lorraine Kelly & Rob Childers. The evening will also see the launch of the latest issue (no. 4) of Skylight 47 poetry newspaper, probably Ireland’s most interesting poetry publication, and the announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year competition, judged by poet Eleanor Hooker. 

Rob Childers is a retired elementary school teacher from Alaska who now migrates annually between Alaska, New Zealand and Clifden, Connemara. He is a member of the Clifden Writer’s Group and has attended Kevin Higgins’s poetry workshops for the past year. He has read his work on RTE radio and has had poems published in Skylight 47, and The Tule Review. Rob is longlisted for his poetry in this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition.

Lorraine Kelly graduated from NUIG in 1989 with a Bachelor Of Arts in English Literature and became an accountant: the how and the why remains a mystery to this day. Not one to jump ship easily, she remained in the wonderful world of Finance for 25 years, until she came across a beginners creative writing class with Susan Millar DuMars; the dormant seed began to grow. She was longlisted for her short stories in the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year competition in 2013 and is also longlisted in this year’s competition.

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield in 1985. Her debut collection Division Street is published by Chatto & Windus and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press, 'the shape of every box' and 'a pint for the ghost', a Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2010. Five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award, she received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors in 2007 and won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008. In 2010, she became the youngest ever poet in residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. Helen is the new Derbyshire Poet Laureate. The Daily Telegraph has described her as “the new star of British poetry”.

After the Featured Readers have finished some contributors to Skylight 47 will read their poems from the new issue. COPIES OF THE NEW ISSUE OF SKYLIGHT 47 WILL BE ON SALE BEFORE, AFTER AND DURING THE READING. 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.

Friday, September 05, 2014

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


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 &Portuguese. His most recent collection of poetry, The Ghost in The Lobby, was published in February 2014, also by Salmon.

 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 at won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry, two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize, and another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam, while several have published collections of their poems with reputable publishers. Kevin is also 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 8th. The cost to participants is €110. There are no refunds. The workshop will be conducted in English only.

YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Thursday, September 04, 2014

AUTUMN POETRY WORKSHOPS AT GALWAY ARTS CENTRE



Starting in September, Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of three poetry workshops, all facilitated by 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. His work also appears in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and one of his poems is included 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 & Portuguese. His fourth collection of poetry, The Ghost in the Lobby, was published by Salmon in April 2014. .

Each week Kevin will give participants a poetry writing exercise for the following week and will offer each participant constructive suggestions as to how her or his poem can become the best possible poem it can be.

Kevin is an experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. One of his workshop participants at Galway Arts Centre won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry, two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize, and yet another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam, while several have published collections of their poems. In 2013 a group of his students set up the poetry newspaper Skylight 47, which publishes new poems, reviews of poetry books and opinion pieces about poetry related matters. Kevin is also co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.

Each workshop will run for ten weeks, commencing the week of September 22nd. They will take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-8.30pm (first class September 23rd); on Thursday afternoons, 2-4pm (first class September 25th) and on Friday afternoons, 2-3.30pm (first class September 26th).

The Tuesday evening and Friday afternoon workshops are open to both complete beginners as well as those who’ve been writing for some time. The Thursday afternoon workshop is an Advanced Poetry Workshop, suitable for those who’ve participated in poetry workshops before or had poems published in magazines. The cost to participants is €110, with an €100 concession rate.

Places must be paid for in advance. To reserve a place contact reception at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886 or email info@galwayartscentre.ie 

Monday, September 01, 2014

AUTUMN Beginners & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes at Galway Technical Institute BOOK NOW

Autumn Beginners & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes at Galway Technical Institute TAKING BOOKINGS NOW

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 29th, 2014. 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 poems, stories or memoir. 

To book a place, go to http://www.gti.ie/aeapply/course/detail/t/68/c/201406-003539

Intermediate Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars takes place one evening per week (Tuesday) from 7-9pm (10 weeks) with a mid term break. It commences on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. 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.

To book a place, go to http://www.gti.ie/aeapply/course/detail/t/68/c/201406-003600

YOU CAN ALSO BOOK in person at Galway Technical Institute, Monday to Friday (10am-4.30pm) when it re-open in September.

For further information contact Galway Technical Institute, Father Griffin Road, Galway, phone 091-581342 or email info@gti.ie or see http://www.gti.ie 

Autumn Daytime Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars at Galway Arts Centre



Starting in the September, Galway Arts Centre presents a daytime class for all those beginner and continuing creative writing students out there, facilitated by Susan Millar DuMars. Susan Millar DuMars writes both poetry and fiction. A collection of her stories, Lights In The Distance, was published in December 2010 by Doire Press; she has published three collections of poetry, Big Pink Umbrella (2008), Dreams For Breakfast (2010) & The God Thing (2013) all with Salmon Poetry. She is also co-organiser of the Over The Edge reading series which specifically promotes new writers. Susan recently edited the anthology Over the Edge – the first ten years, published by Salmon, which includes work by forty seven writers who have published a first book since they did a reading at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library.

The class is suitable for both beginning and continuing creative writing students, working in either poetry or fiction. Students will spend their weeks responding to writing exercises designed to inspire, rather than inhibit. In class, they will receive gentle feedback on their work from their classmates and from the teacher. The class takes place on Monday afternoons, 2.30-4pm, commencing on Monday, September 22nd. It runs for ten weeks. 

The cost to participants is 110 Euro with an 100 Euro concession price. Booking is essential as places are limited. For booking please contact Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886 or email info@galwayartscentre.ie 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Over The Edge Culture Night Event @ Kenny's

Over The Edge is holding a special Culture Night open-mic, with prizes for the best readers, at Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery, Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway on Friday, September 19th, starting 6pm. The event is open to both poets and prose writers and all are welcome to participate. 


The evening will be MCed by Kevin Higgins and will also see a reading from their long-listed stories and poems by some of the writers on the long list for the 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, for which Kenny’s is one of the generous sponsors. All long-listed writers, who can make it to Kenny’s on the evening, are invited to come and read

ClifdenArts Week reading: Skylight 47/The Thursday Afternoon Advanced Poetry Workshop



Skylight 47/The Thursday Afternoon Advanced Poetry Workshop
reading at ClifdenArts Week
on Friday 19/09/2014, starting 2:00 pm
@ Clifden Library, Market Street Clifden, Co Galway Ireland
Phone: 095 21092

Participants in the Thursday afternoon Advanced Poetry Workshop at Galway Arts Centre will be reading their poems, including some poems from issue 3 of Skylight 47, the groups acclaimed poetry paper.

For full details fo the reading see the Clifden Arts Week website.