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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Final Over The Edge: Open Reading of 2014 with Marion Cox, Christine Murray, & Edward O’Dwyer PLUS launch of Galway-Lorient poetry initiative


The December ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, December 18th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Edward O’Dwyer, Christine Murray, & Marion Cox. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are especially welcome. The evening will also see the launch of ‘Poemes Galway – Lorient’ a web magazine featuring poems in both English and French by poets from Galway and its twin city Lorient in Brittany.  The Over The Edge Christmas celebration will take place afterwards.

Marion Cox lives in County Galway where she runs a HR and Management advisory service.  With a passion for words and literature, she found herself inexplicably rising in the ranks of international business and has worked at senior executive level in multinationals in the US and Europe.  Having somewhat recovered, she organises the Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering at Coole Park and takes poetry classes with Kevin Higgins.  Marion’s prose and poetry has been published in The Healing Pen, Writing for Wellbeing (Patricia McAdoo), The Citroen Quarterly (North America) and Irish Left Review.  This year, she was a featured reader with the Galway Girls at An Béal Binn, Erris Festival of Words, Belmullet.
Christine Murray
Christine Murray is a poet and poetry activist based in Dublin. Her poetry is published in Ropes Magazine, Crannóg Magazine, The Burning Bush Online Revival Meeting. Carty’s Poetry Journal, Caper Literary Journal , CanCan,  The Southword Journal (MLC),  A New Ulster and the Diversity Blog (PIWWC; PEN International Women Writer’s Committee). Her poem for three voices, Lament, was performed at the Béal festival in 2012. Chris writes a poetry blog called Poethead which is dedicated to the writing, editing and translation of women writers. 
Edward O'Dwyer
Edward O'Dwyer (b. Limerick, 1984) has poems published worldwide in journals, anthologies and e-zines. In 2010 he took part in the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and edited the anthology, Sextet (Revival Press). He has since been shortlisted for various awards, including a Hennessy Award and the Desmond O'Grady Prize, as well as nominated for Pushcart, Forward and Best of the Web prizes. Recently, his work was Highly Commended by the Forward Prizes judges, and features now in the The Forward Book of Poetry 2015. He is on the Committee of Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival. His first full collection of poems, The Rain on Cruise's Street, was published recently by Salmon Poetry (2014).

‘Poemes Galway – Lorient’ is a web magazine featuring poems in both English and French by poets from Galway and its twin city Lorient in Brittany. It is edited by Susan Millar DuMars, Patrick Argenté and Nadia Lhote; designed by Darrell Kavanagh and published with the support of Galway City Council’s Galway – Lorient Twinning committee. It will be launched at the reading.
As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most 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.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Arts Council to fund Over The Edge in 2015

 
We were very happy to be informed today that the Arts Council will fund Over The Edge in 2015. 

Over The Edge will receive the same level of funding as in 2014, 2013, & 2012, which was an increase on the funding we received in 2011. 

We think it can now be safely said that Over The Edge has survived the great recession and we look forward to our lively programme events next year, including the tenth year of the Cúirt / Over The Edge Showcase reading for new writers.

Monday, December 01, 2014

NEW YEAR Beginners & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes at Galway Technical Institute with Kevin Higgins & Susan Millar DuMars



NEW YEAR 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 7-9.30pm (9 weeks) with a mid term break. It commences on Monday, January 12th, 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 poems, stories or memoir. 

To book a place, go to http://www.gti.ie/aeapply/course/detail/t/69/c/201501-003713


Intermediate Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars takes place one evening per week (Tuesday) from 7-9.30pm (9 weeks) with a mid term break. It commences on Tuesday, January 13th, 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.

To book a place, go to
http://www.gti.ie/aeapply/course/detail/t/69/c/201501-003752

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

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  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

New Year Poetry Workshops at Galway Arts Centre

Starting in January, 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 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 teaches poetry on the NUI Galway Summer School programme and mentors poetry students on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme. 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 January19th . They will take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-8.30pm (first class January 20th ); on Thursday afternoons, 2-4pm (first class January 22nd) and on Friday afternoons, 2-3.30pm (first class January 23rd).


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. There are no refunds once a class has commenced. To book a place contact reception at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886 or email info@galwayartscentre.ie 

New Year Daytime Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars at Galway Arts Centre



Starting in the New Year, 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. Susan is the Featured Fiction writer in the current issue of the American online magazine The Atticus Review. 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, January 19th. 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. There are no refunds once the class has started. For booking please contact Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886 or email info@galwayartscentre.ie