September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering
at Galway Arts Centre’s
Nuns’ Island Theatre
Northern Irish poets
Maria McManus & Deirdre Cartmill,
Australian poet Teresa Bell,
Galway poet & writer Vinny Finn
The AWAY WITH WORDS writers.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th, 8pm
The September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents readings by Galway based poet and writer Vinny Finn, visiting Australian poet Teresa Bell, Northern Irish poets Deirdre Cartmill & Maria McManus and the AWAY WITH WORDS writers. The event will take place at Galway Arts Centre’s NUNS’ ISLAND THEATRE, Nuns’ Island, Galway on Friday, September 12th, 8pm. All are welcome. There is no cover charge.
Vinny Finn is a Psychotherapist based in Galway. He has enjoyed some success in writing having won the Marie Edgworth Award for Poetry as well as the Windows Award. He was involved in several projects with the Longford Arts Council and Poetry Ireland before moving to Galway. His writing is influenced principally by spiritually and how it affects the mind, with a focus on psychotherapy, theology and philosophy as a constant background in his work. He enjoyed the sporadic nature of poetry and how it blends well with an organic, holistic sense of self. He is currently working on his first book, a true story and what may be described as a 'psychological noire'; expected (with publishers help) in 2015.
Teresa Bell is a writer, performer, teacher and director based in Sydney. Teresa’s performances are always unique and combine a blend of music, physical theatre, performance and the poetic. She was Founding Director of Australia’s first national poetry centre, Australian Poetry and prior to this was Artistic Director for Playworks, the national script development organisation. Teresa has directed performances and toured her work to nearly every state in Australia and overseas. Her directing and writing work have won numerous awards including the Wal Cherry, an AWGIE and the George Fairfax and Shelton Lea awards for performance. Teresa is appearing at an interdisciplinary conference titled ‘Making Sense of Madness’ at Oxford University in early September where she will be giving a paper and performing an extract from her new book before coming to Ireland to read her new work.
Maria McManus is a poet and playwright. Maria's most recent publication is We are Bone (Lagan Press 2013). Her previous poetry includes The Cello Suites (Lagan Press 2009), which has been recorded with an original score composed and played by the cellist Tom Hughes. Reading the Dog (Lagan Press 2006) her first collection of poetry, was runner up in the 2007 Strong Awards at the Poetry Now International Festival and was also short-listed for the 2007 Glen Dimplex New Writers Award. In 2008 & 2012 she was awarded an Arts Council individual artist award. Of We Are Bone the poet Joan Newmann said ‘A joyful read as if you are coming towards each reader with your arms held out.’
Deirdre Cartmill is a Belfast based poet, writer and screenwriter. She has published two poetry collections The Return of the Buffalo (Lagan Press, 2013) and Midnight Solo (Lagan Press, 2004). The Return of the Buffalo deals with grief and loss, and attempts to make sense of the seemingly meaningless, but this is always weighted with how suddenly, unexpectedly joyous life can be. Midnight Solo is written from the perspective of a generation who grew up through the conflict in the north of Ireland and their struggle to envision a new normality in a post-conflict society. She received an Artists' Career Enhancement Scheme Award from the Arts Council in 2011 and spent a year affiliated with the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's University.
Away with Words is an innovative arts project which enables people with intellectual disability to explore and develop their creativity through writing. Away with Words offers a wide range of theme based workshops and events facilitated by local writers who also support people to engage in the arts life of their community through participation in public readings and publication of their work. In 2012, a collection of their writing Jessica Casey & Other Works was published by Salmon and launched at the Cúirt Festival. http://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=257&a=217
There is no entrance fee.
For further information contact 087-6431748.
Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing financial support of the Arts Council
and Galway City Council.