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Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Over The Edge Open Reading with Harry Browne, Henry McDonald & PJ Moore PLUS the announcement of the winners of the 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year


Harry Browne, Henry McDonald & PJ Moore for October Over The Edge: Open Reading PLUS the announcement of the winners of the 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year

The October ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 30th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are PJ Moore, Henry McDonald & Harry Browne. This is a special Over The Edge event in that all three featured writers primarily write non-fiction. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. This month’s open-mic will showcase, among others, some of the poetry students from this year’s MA in Writing at NUI Galway.  The evening will also see the announcement of the winners in this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which received a large number of entries again this year. This year’s competition judge is Eleanor Hooker. 



Harry Browne is the author The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power), a critical study of Bono’s extra-musical activities. In it, he criticises the singer's support for global capitalism and US militarism. Harry Browne’s journalism has appeared in CounterPunch, the Irish Times, Village magazine, the Sunday Times, Irish Daily Mail, Evening Herald, Sunday Tribune, Sunday Business Post and The Dubliner. He has made numerous appearances as a guest on radio and television programmes, served on the steering committee of the Irish Anti-War Movement in 2003-04 and is a member of Gaza Action Ireland. He has been a consulting editor on the multicultural newspaper Metro Eireann. Born in Italy in 1963, he grew up in the United States with activist parents: his mother, Flavia Alaya, is a historic-preservationist who has also campaigned for rights for immigrant detainees; his father, Henry J Browne (who died in 1980), was a radical priest in New York City.

Henry McDonald's childhood and teenage years were dominated by the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Growing up in the Markets - a working-class Catholic district of central Belfast - he witnessed IRA men and British soldiers being shot down outside his door. His home was smashed up by the British troops on Internment Day in 1971, then bombed by loyalist terrorists four years later. But despite being caught up in the maelstrom of incipient civil war, McDonald managed escape his background. He is now the Ireland correspondent of The Guardian newspaper and the author of several books, including Colours: Ireland - From Bombs to Boom and INLA - Deadly Divisions, which he co-authored with the now deceased Jack Holland. Henry also writes fiction. 
Henry McDonald
PJ Moore is an actor and writer currently living in Galway. Having previously taken a creative writing class with Susan Millar DuMars and a poetry workshop with Kevin Higgins, PJ is now the author of the no nonsense book of humorously given financial advice, offering financial freedom on a shoestring for all, 'The Justified Tight B****rd's Guide To Life' which is available online at http://www.tightbastardsguide.com and from all good bookshops. The book includes well over 300 witty money saving tips, written by an ordinary man for the ordinary man and woman. Copies will be on sale on the evening. 

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. This month’s open-mic will feature, among others, some of the poetry students from the MA in Writing at NUI Galway.  New readers are always especially 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, Poetry Ireland, & The Arts Council.