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Monday, March 09, 2015

Special Over The Edge: Open Reading At Gort Library For ‘I Will Arise And Go Now’ Festival

The Over The Edge: Open Readings in Galway City Library are known for their large, supportive audiences. Over the past decade many now established poets and fiction writers have taken their first steps at these legendary readings. As part of the ‘I Will Arise and Go Now’ Festival, which is taking place in Gort to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats, Gort Library is facilitating a special Yeats Commemorative Over The Edge: Open Reading. The event takes place at Gort Public Library on Wednesday, March 18th 6.30-8pm

The Featured Readers are Susan Lindsay, Christopher Meehan & Marion Cox; each of the Featured Readers will begin by reading their favourite W.B. Yeats poem. The MC for the event, Kevin Higgins, will also read his favourite Yeats poem. There will, as is usual at Over The Edge events, be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. Everyone who has a poem, or page or two of a story, they’d like to try out on an audience is most welcome to come along and participate.
Gort Public Library
Marion Cox  lives in County Galway where she runs a HR and Management advisory service.  With a passion for words and literature, she found herself inexplicably rising in the ranks of international business and has worked at senior executive level in multinationals in the US and Europe.  Having somewhat recovered, she organises the Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering at Coole Park and takes poetry classes with Kevin Higgins.  Marion’s prose and poetry has been published in The Healing Pen, Writing for Wellbeing (Patricia McAdoo), The Citroen Quarterly (North America) and Irish Left Review.  Last year, she was a featured reader with the Galway Girls at An Béal Binn, Erris Festival of Words, Belmullet. Marion was a Featured Reader at the December 2014 Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library.

Christopher Meehan hails from Kilkee in County Clare.  In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Fish International Poetry Prize while in 2013 he was placed 3rd in the Over-The Edge New Writer of the Year Competition.  His poems have been published in Skylight 47, Boyne Berries, Crannog, ROPES 2014 and online in The Galway Review.      

Susan Lindsay second collection of poetry Fear Knot was published by Doire Press in 2013. She was a founding co-editor of Skylight 47, ‘possibly Ireland’s most interesting poetry publication’ and has been member of Skylight Poets writers’ workshop and the poetry reading group at Oranmore library. She facilitates conversations mediated by poetry and she read for the 2011 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Susan was a Featured Reader at the March 2006 Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library.

There will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished, which is open to everyone. The MC for the evening will be Kevin Higgins. For further details phone 087-6431748.

Over The Edge acknowledges the financial support of Galway City Council, Poetry Ireland, The I Will Arise And Go Now Festival, & The Arts Council.