The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ after the summer break takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 30th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Leeanne Quinn, Pat Finnegan & Adedotun Adekeye. The reading is sponsored by Poetry Ireland. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. The evening will also see the announcement of the short list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which received a record number of entries.
Adedotun Adekeye is a Nigerian who has been living in Galway for over four years with his family. He is a polyglot and a trained translator. He is currently working on two books: one of collection of poetry, the other a prose work. He has participated in poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre with Kevin Higgins and has also taken the ‘Writers-at-Work’ course, facilitated by Susan Millar DuMars. This is his first major reading of his work.
Pat Finnegan is Professor Emeritus, NUI Galway, and a retired Consultant Physician. His book The case of the Craughwell Prisoners during the Land War in Co. Galway, 1879–85 tells the story of how, at the height of the Land War in 1881, a dispute over land led to the shooting dead of a young man called Peter Doherty near Craughwell, County Galway and resulted in the conviction of two innocent men, Patrick Finnegan (the author’s grandfather) and Michael Muldowney. This beautifully written book features a forensic analysis of the trials that resulted in such a grave miscarriage of justice.
Leeanne Quinn was born in Drogheda in 1978. She studied at University College Dublin, University College Cork, and has a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin. In 2008 she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. In 2010 she was the recipient of an Arts Council Bursary Award. Her poems have been published in a variety of journals and magazines including The Irish Times, The SHOp, Crannóg and The Stinging Fly, and anthologised in The Bee-Loud Glade: a living anthology of Irish Poetry (Dedalus, 2011) and Airborne: Poetry from Ireland (Dedalus, 2012). Before You, her debut collection of poetry, was published by Dedalus Press in February 2012. She lives in Dublin.
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 Kevin Higgins. For further details phone 087-6431748.
Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing generous financial support of Galway City Council & The Arts Council. We also warmly acknowledge Poetry Ireland’s sponsorship of this reading.