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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Colm Keegan, Yvonne McEvaddy & Pat McDonnell for March Over The Edge: Open Reading

The March ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, March 28th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Colm Keegan, Yvonne McEvaddy & Pat McDonnell. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are especially welcome.

Pat McDonnell writes fiction (which doesn’t pay the bills) as an antidote to his work in mechanical engineering (which does pay the bills). He lives in Galway where he plays flute in pub sessions and aspires to write his one great novel. In 2011, he compiled a collection of short stories into  a book Straight Out of Rehab and Udder Storys. He gave away all seven copies of the first edition during Christmas 2011 and subsequently printed seven copies of the second edition, which he also plans to give away soon. He believes that seven is a lucky number. He was shortlisted for the 2012 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition.

Yvonne McEvaddy lives in Headford. She is the author of two novels, Passion Killer and Shadows of the Dead. She was long-listed in the 2012 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition. She took part in the first ever short story compiled by tweets, found at: http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/shortcrimestory. Yvonne is a member of the Java Writers, who, before Christmas, published Infusions, an anthology of their work. She recently collaborated with a group of writers from around the globe to write an ebook called 8 Slices of Cake. She is currently working on her third novel, and a children’s book.

Colm Keegan has read and performed his poetry at various festivals, including the Flat Lakes Festival, Electric Picnic and the Festival of World Cultures. He was the All Ireland Slam Poetry Champion in 2010. He also writes short stories and screenplays and has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award for both poetry and fiction. In 2008 he was shortlisted for the International Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. In 2011 he was nominated for the Absolut Fringe’s ‘Little Gem’ Award for the play Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About (co-written with Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith) which is touring 2012/2013. He is a poetry/arts reviewer and contributing poet for RTE Radio One’s nightly arts show ARENA and co-founder of ‘Nighthawks at the Cobalt’. He is co-founder and facilitator of Inklinks, a young writers club in Clondalkin and teaches creative writing in secondary schools across Ireland. He maintains a popular blog and his poetry performances are widely viewed on YouTube. He is currently finishing his first novel. Colm’s debut collection of poetry, Don’t Go There, was published last year by Salmon Poetry.

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome at the open-mic. 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.