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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September Over The Edge: Open Reading with Padhraic Harris, Rachel Coventry & Australian poet John Foulcher

 John Foulcher

Padhraic Harris & Rachel Coventry to read with Australian poet John Foulcher at September Over The Edge: Open Reading  

The September ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 26th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Padhraic Harris, Rachel Coventry & John Foulcher. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. 

Rachel Coventry had been writing poetry and fiction since September 2010 when she did a beginners creative writing class with Kevin Higgins. Her work has appeared in Skylight 47, The Burning Bush 2, Boyne Berries, Bare Hands, and the First Cut. She was short listed for the 2012 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Competition. She is currently studying for a PhD in the philosophy of art at The National University of Ireland, Galway.

Padhraic  Harris lives in Galway where he practises law. He dabbled in writing in his youth. Samples of his early short stories may be found in Criterion magazine. After a long break he renewed his interest in writing in the past year and finds inspiration, encouragement and enjoyment in creative writing classes at Galway Technical Institute.

John Foulcher has published nine books of poetry and a textbook about writing poetry. His poems were set for study on the New South Wales Higher School certificate for over 10 years in the 80′s or 90′s. His poetry is described by the Oxford Companion to Australian Literature as ‘simple, direct and convincing’. John received a Young Writer’s Fellowship from the Oz Council in 1981 (Light Pressure came out of that); Australia Council General Writing Grant, 1977; Australia Council Young Writer’s Fellowship, 1980. He won the National Library Bicentennial Award in 1988, the ACT Book of the Year Award in 1994, received an Established Writers Grant from the Oz Council in 2003, and in 2010-11 was the Oz Council’s resident in the Keesing Studio in Paris. He has been the poetry editor of both The Canberra Times and the Voices, the magazine of the National Library. In 2010, he was awarded a writer in residency in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts by the Literature Board of the Australia Council. His most recent and widely acclaimed book, The Sunset Assumption, was the result.

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.