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Monday, February 15, 2016

February Over The Edge: Open Reading with Danny Morrison, John Valters Paintner, & Scotty Ishmael PLUS open-mic

Scotty Ishmael, John Valters Paintner, & Danny Morrison for February Over The Edge: Open Reading

The February ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, February 25th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Danny Morrison, John Valters Paintner, &
Scotty Ishmael. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always especially welcome at the open-mic. 

Scotty Ishmael is a full-time restauranteur and part-time writer of fiction and short stories. He has owned and operated Scotty's in Galway since 1991 with his lovely wife Jenny. He is the youngest of three children from Dayton, Ohio USA. He lives in Athenry with his three children, one dog, nine cats, two rabbits, a goldfish and a pony.

John Valters Paintner was born in Sacramento, California. With a degree in education and theology, John taught in the States for twelve years. While teaching in Seattle, Washington John partook in a film making course at the Seattle Film Institute, which reignited a life-long passion for writing and storytelling. Since moving to Galway City, Ireland with his wife Christine, John has completed a screen writing course at NUIG and several Over the Edge courses. His work appeared in Pukka Print Magazine’s inaugural issue. John writes short plays for The Theatre Room, Galway where he won the Best Original Writing award.

Danny Morrison
Danny Morrison (b. 1953) is a writer who lives in Belfast. He is the author of four novels - West Belfast (1989); On The Back of The Swallow (1994); The Wrong Man (1997); and Rudi - In The Shadow of Knulp (2012); a prison journal/letters - Then The Walls Came Down (1999); a memoir - All The Dead Voices (2002); a play - The Wrong Man (2005), and some scenes for the play Binlids (1998); a collection of political writings - Rebel Columns (2004); and editor of a literary anthology - Hunger Strike: Reflections on the 1981 Hunger Strike (2006). His short stories have appeared in a number of publications and have been broadcast on BBC, RTE and Lyric FM. He is currently working on a fifth novel, provisionally-titled, Band On The Run; and a play, The Mental. Danny is a former National Director of Publicity for Sinn Féin and a republican political prisoner. As well as writing, he is the secretary of the Bobby Sands Trust and was for many years, until 2014, chairperson of Féile an Phobail, the community festival founded in West Belfast in 1988.

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