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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Louis de Paor to read at first Over The Edge: Open Reading on new season

Louis de Paor
to launch
Over The Edge
Irish language initiative

The Over The Edge: Open Reading series returns to Galway City Library after the summer break on Thursday, August 31st, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Dolores Stewart, Colm Brady & Louis de Paor.

Dolores Stewart writes poetry in both English and Irish. Her English language collections are In Out of the Rain (1999) and Presence of Mind (2006), both published by Dedalus Press. Her Irish language collections are Sé Sin Le Rá (2001) and An Cosán Dearg (2003), both published by Coiscéim. With their lightness of touch and wry wit Dolores Stewart’s poems manage the rare double of being both profound and entertaining.

Colm Brady writes fiction. His story ‘Britney’ recently appeared on the Virtual Writer website. He is originally from Longford, but now lives in Galway City, where he has been a serial student in several creative writing classes. Colm says he has “now graduated from being an accountant who writes to a writer who works at anything.” At Cuirt 2006 he took part in the Fiction Masterclass with Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre.

Louis de Paor is one of Ireland’s foremost Irish language poets. Born in Cork in 1961, he emigrated to Australia in 1987, where he lectured at the University of Sydney, returning to Ireland in 1996. Louis is the author of several acclaimed collections of poetry; the most recent Clapping in the Cemetery was published last year by Clo Iar-Chonnachta. He is Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway.

As usual there will be an open-mic when the Featured Readers have finished. This is open to anyone who has a poem or story to share. New readers are especially welcome. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details contact 087-6431748.