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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September Over The Edge: Open Reading with Mikayla Kelly, Michael Sheehan, & Karl MacDermott

The September ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 27th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Karl MacDermott, Michael Sheehan, & Mikayla Kelly. The evening will also see the announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year competition, judged by poet Rachel Coventry. And there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished; new readers are always especially welcome.

Mikayla Kelly is a 3rd year Creative Writing student in NUIG who dabbles in poetry when she’s not playing football, manning the tills or hitting the books. Mikayla got her first poem 'Shia La Beouf Came to Me in A Dream' published in the 2018 edition of ROPES literary magazine which was launched at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Originally from Laois, Mikayla’s poems take on a broad range of subject matter from sport to America to simply growing up and trying to figure out who you are.
Michael Sheehan is a writer of novels, short stories and bad poetry. He lives with his family in Charleville, Co. Cork. He is the 2017 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year, having won the competition for his story 'A day in the life of Frankie Bones and Little Maneen'. In July 2018 Dalzell Press published Michael’s book, The Sugar Sugar Café. Michael has had short stories short/ long-listed for awards including: the Francis McManus, William Trevor, Over the Edge, Penguin/RTE, Hennessy New Irish Writing, Carried in Waves, Glimmer Train and Mercier Press Fiction Competition.
Karl McDermott
Karl MacDermott was born in Galway. In 1988 he helped co-found The Comedy Cellar at The International Bar in Dublin with Barry Murphy, Ardal O’Hanlon and Kevin Gildea. After appearing in his own one man comedy show at The Peacock in 1989 and having had successful runs in The Edinburgh Fringes of 1991-93 and also appearing at The Cats Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, by the late 1990’s he stepped back from performing and concentrated on writing.  Over the last twenty years he has written extensively for radio including the comedy series’ Gone But Forgotten and Here’s Johnny on RTE Radio 1 and The Mahaffys on BBC Radio 4. He has also written two Plays of the Week for RTE Radio 1 – Friday Night and Conversations in The Dark. His most recent book Juggling With Turnips was published by Eyewear Publishing. The Sunday Independent found it "a very funny book - the writing is clever, self-deprecating in a kind of Irish Catholic Woody Allen manner and at times it's as tender as it is riotous." Meanwhile, The Irish Times stated it is "funny and perfectly constructed... a wild imagination with wit and wisdom on the human condition... if laughs are hard currency the book has more than enough to buy plenty of readers."

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.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Over The Edge Culture Night Open-Mic at Kenny’s

Over The Edge is holding two special Culture Night open-mics - one for fiction writers, the other for poets - with prizes for the best readers, at Kennys Bookshop and Gallery in Liosbán Retail Park on Friday, September 21st.
The open-mic for fiction writers starts at 3.30pm. Participants should bring along two pages of a story to read. The reading will include a guest appearance from Ed O’Dwyer who will be reading from his recently published debut short story collection Cheat Sheets – 108 Stories about Infidelity which is just published by U.K. based Truth Serum Press. 
The open-mic for poets starts at 5.45pm. Participants should bring along two poems to read. The reading will include guest appearances from visiting Canadian poet Chad Norman and Mayo born poet Terry McDonagh. 

The evening will be MC’d by Kevin Higgins and both open-mics will feature readings from their long-listed stories and poems by some of the writers on the long list for the 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, for which Kenny’s is one of the sponsors.

This reading is open to all. If you have a poem or story you want to share, come along. 

About our special guests: 
Edward O’Dwyer was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1984, where he currently lives. To date, he has written two collections of poetry – The Rain on Cruise’s Street (Salmon Poetry, 2014) and Bad News, Good News, Bad News (Salmon Poetry, 2017). O’Dwyer’s work has featured in many journals and anthologies worldwide, including The Forward Book of Poetry, and has been nominated regularly for Forward, Pushcart and Best of the Web prizes. ‘The Whole History of Dancing’ won the ‘Best Single Poem’ award at the Eigse Michael Hartnett Festival Cheat Sheets, his first book of fiction, will be published by Truth Serum Press in August 2018. A third collection of poetry is due in 2020, again from Salmon Poetry.

Chad Norman
Chad Norman lives in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada.  His poems have appeared for the past 35 years in literary publications across Canada, as well as a number of other countries around the world. He hosts and organizes RiverWords: Poetry & Music Festival each year in Truro, NS., held at Riverfront Park , the 2nd Saturday of each July. His most recent books are Selected & New Poems, from Mosaic Press, and Waking Up On The Wrong Side of The Sky, from Grant Block Press. His next book, Squall:Poems In The Voice Of Mary Shelley, is due out Spring 2020, from Guernica Editions.  His visit to Galway is part of a speaking/reading tour of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, as a celebration of literacy and Canadian Poetry.

Terry McDonagh
Widely travelled writer/poet and dramatist, Terry McDonagh, from Cill Aodáin, Kiltimagh, writes for adults and young people. His poetry for young people includes Boxes (Blaupause Books, 2006); and Echolocation (Blaupause Books, 2015. His books include The Road Out (Hamburg, Olaf Hille Verlag, 1993); At Home In My Shoes (Celtic Corner Verlag, Hamburg, 1997); A World Without Stone/New and Selected Poems (Hamburg, Blaupause-Verlag, 1998); A Song for Joanna, Hamburg-Melbourne A Journal in Verse (Hamburg, Blaupause Books, 2003);  The Truth in Mustard (Galway, Arlen House/New York, Syracuse University Press, 2010); Ripple Effect (Arlen House, 2014) and Lady Cassie Peregrina (Arlen House 2016). His latest collection, Fourth Floor Flat – 44 Cantos is published by Arlen House in September.

Over The Edge acknowledges the generous financial support of Galway City Council, Poetry Ireland, & The Art Council.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year LONGLIST

Adam Trodd, ‘Welcome’
Teresa Sweeney, ‘Young’
Niamh MacCabe, ‘Instructions’
Aongus Murtagh, ‘Protector’, ‘Ask’
Kathryn Burke, ‘Loss’
P.J. Moore, Galway, ‘Summit’
Maeve Mulrennan, ‘Blood’
Kate Ennals, ‘Stoker’
Brian Kirk, ‘Bull’
Creighton O’Sullivan, ‘Frances’
Patrick Holloway, ‘Untitled, ‘Now’
Cliff Wedgbury, ‘Queenie’
Elizabeth Power, ‘Nag’
Una O’Farrell, ‘Work’
Jamie Stedmond, ‘Drugs’
Paul Lewis, ‘Dead’
David O’Dwyer, ‘Crooked’
Alex Reece-Abbot, ‘Brotherly’
Brian Leeson, ‘Dance’
Flavia Simas, ‘Veins’
Martin Halliday, ‘Cold’
Olivia Fitzimons, ‘Cinema’
Pauline McNamee, ‘Journey’
Ethel Feneran, ‘Children’

Ria Collins, ‘Dive’
Kathryn Burke, ‘Consummation’
Paul Denby, ‘Surf’
Audrey Molloy, ‘Sequence’
James Finnegan, ‘Ghost’
Jean Tuomey, ‘Border’
Bogusia Wardein, ‘Communion’, ‘Soulless’, ‘Search’
Sarah Padden, ‘Graveside’
Bobbie Sparrow, ‘Weight’
Vincent Steed, ‘Canal Bank Hole’
Sighle Meehan, ‘Bonnie’ & ‘Circles’
James O’Toole, ‘Kinda’
Orla Fay, ‘North’
Morag Anderson, ‘Company’ & ‘Trick’
Molly Twomey, ‘Prana’
Anne Walsh Donnelly, ‘Vows’, ‘Mná’
Jessica Pape, ‘Outlaw’, ‘World’
Attracta Fahy, ‘Tuam’
Barbara DeCoursey Roy, ‘Irene’
Gavan Duffy, ‘Beaten’, ‘Wake’
Conor McBrierty, ‘Bed’
Paul Lewis, ‘Littoral’
Edel Burke, ‘Holding’
Aoife Reilly, ‘Inferno’, ‘Future’
Derek Coyle, ‘Dying’
Anne Rath, ‘Grief’
Ann Harrington, ‘Swallow’
Nicola Geddes, ‘Lullaby’, ‘September’
Patrick Holloway, ‘Aurora’, ‘Oesophagus’
Kathryn Slattery, ‘Gone’
Caroline Bracken, ‘Advice’
Conor Gearin, ‘Middle’
Jamie Stedmond, ‘Crabs’
Linda McKenna, ‘Blue’
Paul McCarrick, ‘Unhappy’
Jessamine O’Connor, ‘Andrew’
Anita Gracey, ‘GP’
Sacha Hutchinson, ‘Heaven’
Mark Scullion, ‘Friday’

We would like to thank our competition sponsors: 
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Dock No. 1, Ward’s Hotel, Clare Daly TD, & Kenny’s Bookshop

@ the Over The Edge Culture Night event @ Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery,
Liosbán Retail Park on Friday, September 21st
The fiction writers reading starts 3.30pm.
The reading by poets: 5.45pm

The September Over The Edge: Open Reading
on Thursday, September 27th  Galway City Library, 6.30-8pm

2018 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year competition judge Rachel Coventry