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Friday, September 29, 2017

Ninth Annual Over The Edge Fiction Slam with Karl Parkinson



After the event’s huge success in the past eight years, Over The Edge presents its ninth annual fiction slam with Featured Reader, Karl Parkinson, at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, October 13th, 8pm.

Karl Parkinson

In 2016, New Binary Press published Karl Parkinson's debut novel, The Blocks, inspired by the author's childhood in a troubled part of inner-city Dublin. Parkinson grew up in O'Devaney Gardens, described as "one of Dublin’s most troubled and dilapidated complexes". The novel received considerable critical acclaim in Ireland. Aiden O'Reilly writes in The Irish Times that "Parkinson has set himself up unashamedly and without irony as a singer of the human soul in its contrary states of degradation and exaltation". Karl Parkinson has also published two collections of poetry, Litany of the City (Wurmpress 2013) and Butterflies of a Bad Summer (Salmon Poetry 2016). He has a regular literary column in the online publication The Dublin Inquirer.



The first twelve fiction writers to make it to The Kitchen @ The Museum on the evening of Friday, October 13th and register will be guaranteed a place in the slam. If you want to be sure of a place, get there early! All participating writers should bring two pieces of their own fiction, as there are two rounds. The time limit in both rounds is five minutes. Extracts from longer stories are admissible. Stories do not have to be memorised. The Fiction Slam will be judged by a three person jury made up of two audience members and Karl Parkinson. Three writers will go through to the second round and the prize for the winner is a bottle of excellent red wine.

There is no entrance fee. All welcome. For further information contact 087-6431748. 

Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing generous financial support of the Arts Council, Poetry Ireland, and Galway City Council.