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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

New Writer of The Year Eimear Ryan for May Over The Edge: Open Reading

Eimear Ryan is 2011 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 
and also the winner of a Hennessy Award in 2009 for her fiction

The May ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, May 31st, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Eimear Ryan, Adam White & Bernie Ashe. Eimear Ryan was the over-all winner of the 2011 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year and this reading is part of her prize. This is the final Over The Edge: Open Reading before the summer break.

Bernie Ashe was born in Galway city and, apart from some years in the UK and America, has lived her life there. She took a couple of creative writing classes with Celeste Augé and Susan Millar DuMars some years ago, but it wasn’t until she attended poetry classes with Kevin Higgins over the past couple of years that her interest in writing poetry arose. Since then she has contributed to Open Mic readings at Over The Edge readings in Galway City Library and was short-listed in the Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition in 2011. Her poetry draws on themes of relationships and nature.

Adam White is from Youghal in east Cork. He began reading and writing poetry in earnest three years ago, having taken part in the North Beach Nights poetry slam in Galway. Teaching English at present, he has worked in a variety of jobs at home and abroad, including six years as a carpenter/joiner. It is mainly the experiences and love of doing a job well that inspire his poems. He was among the prize winners at the 2011 Cúirt Festival Poetry Grand Slam and has read his poems at The Electric Picnic.  Adam’s debut collection of poems is forthcoming from Doire Press.

Eimear Ryan’s fiction has appeared in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, New Irish Writing, Necessary Fiction and Horizon Review. She was the winner of the Sean Dunne Young Writers' Award 2011 and the Hennessy Award for First Fiction 2009. She is currently studying creative writing at Trinity College and is writing a novel. She is the 2011 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year.

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 & The Arts Council.