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Thursday, February 14, 2013

March Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering showcases SKYLIGHT 47 possibly Ireland's most interesting poetry publication

Tony Curtis
Kevin Higgins

The March Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering a showcase reading for Skylight 47 probably Ireland’s most interesting poetry publication with SPECIAL GUESTS TONY CURTIS & (at the invitation of the editors of Skylight 47) KEVIN HIGGINS and many many more. All contributors to the first issue of Skylight 47 are invited to come along and read their poem from the magazine.

The event will take place at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, March 15th, 8pm. All are welcome. There is no cover charge. Skylight 47 is generously sponsored by Food 4 Thought & Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop.

Tony Curtis was born in Dublin in 1955, he studied literature at the University of Essex and Trinity College, Dublin. Tony Curtis is an experienced facilitator of poetry and creative writing workshops with both adults and children and is a regular contributor at the Clifden Arts Festival. In 1993, his poem ‘The Dowser and the Child’ won the Poetry Ireland/Friends Provident National Poetry Competition, while ‘These Hills’ won the Book Stop Poetry Prize. He also edited As the Poet Said (1997), a selection of quotations from Dennis O'Driscoll's regular column in Poetry Ireland Review. In 2003 he was awarded the Varuna House Exchange Fellowship to Australia. Tony Curtis is a member of Aosdána and has published numerous collections of poetry, including Folk (Todmorton, Lancs. UK, Arc Publications, UK, 2011); An Elephant Called Rex [Illustrated and designed by Pat Mooney] (Dublin, Black Hills Press, 2011); Sand Works [Photography by Liam Blake] (Real Ireland, 2011); Days Like These [with Theo Dorgan & Paula Meehan] (Brooding Heron Press in Washington State; a fine art edition, editing and design by Sam and Sally Green, 2008); The Well in the Rain (Todmorton, Lancs. UK, Arc Publications, 2006); The Book of Winter Cures (Dublin, Black Hills Press, 2004 [Limited Edition]); What Darkness Covers (Todmorton, Lancs. UK, Arc Publications, 2003); Three Songs of Home (The Dedalus Press, 1998); This Far North (Dublin,The Dedalus Press, 1994); Behind the Green Curtain (Beaver Row Press, 1988) & The Shifting of Stones (Dublin, Beaver Row Press,1986).

Kevin Higgins facilitates poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre; teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute and on the Brothers of Charity Away With Words programme. He is also Writer-in-Residence at Merlin Park Hospital and the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser. His first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005 and was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award. His second collection, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in March 2008 by Salmon. One of the poems from Time Gentlemen, Please featured in the Forward Book of Poetry 2009. His work also features in the anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010). Frightening New Furniture is his third collection of poems and was published in 2010 by Salmon Poetry. Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry, The Ghost In The Lobby, will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2014. Kevin has read his work at most of the major literary festivals in Ireland and at Arts Council and Culture Ireland supported poetry events in Kansas City, USA (2006), Los Angeles, USA (2007), London, UK (2007), New York, USA (2008), Athens, Greece (2008); St. Louis, USA (2008), Chicago, USA (2009), Denver, USA (2010), Washington D.C (2011), Huntington, West Virginia, USA (2011), Geelong, Australia (2011), Canberra, Australia (2011), Amherst, Massachusetts (2013) & Boston, USA (2013). His most recent publication, Mentioning The War: Essays & Reviews (1999-2011) has been described by Clare Daly T.D. as “a really good and provocative read. It will jolt you; it will certainly touch you; make you laugh; maybe make you snarl a little bit as well, depending on where you come from or what your background is.” This is the first major reading Kevin has given in Galway since 2007.

There is no entrance fee. The Kitchen @ The Museum has a wine licence.

For further information contact 087-6431748.

Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing generous financial support of the Arts Council and Galway City Council.