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Thursday, November 15, 2018

JANUARY Over The Edge announces EVENING CLASS in Advanced Fiction Writing with Susan Millar DuMars STARTS WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16th

THE CLASS TAKES PLACE on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, 7-9pm for 8 week (with a mid-term break on February 13th).

STARTING WEDNESDAY, January 16th. Maximum Number students: 5. Each student will receive close individual attention. 

Price: €140 for 8 weeks payable in advance. There are no refunds. To guarantee a place you must pay in advance. If you have been struggling with a short story or a novel, this is the class for you. 

CLASS DESCRIPTION: this class is for those serious about writing short or long fiction; those who are working on a fiction project independently and feel they need feedback and support. From week one, each student will be responsible to email an extract from their story or novel to Susan Millar DuMars and their classmates by Monday noon.  Students will also bring hard copies of the piece into class. Students can submit up to 5 double spaced pages each week. In each session we will provide feedback to each student. Susan’s feedback will be detailed as it will be based on her earlier reading of the work. Thus, each student will receive detailed feedback on a total of 40 pages of work.


The class is organised by Over The Edge literary events and will take place at 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway. Five minutes from NUI Galway. Parking available. For directions see map.

ABOUT THE TUTOR: Susan Millar DuMars’ debut poetry collection, Big Pink Umbrella, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2008. Her next collection, Dreams for Breakfast, appeared in April 2010. Her work features in Landing Places, Dedalus’ 2010 anthology of immigrant poetry written in Ireland; and also in The Best Of Irish Poetry 2010. A fiction writer as well, she published a collection of short stories, American Girls, with Lapwing in 2007. She published a book of short stories in 2010: Lights in the Distance, published by Doire Press, and was the Featured Fiction writer in the American online magazine The Atticus Review. She has been the recipient of an Arts Council Literature Bursary. Susan's third collection of poetry, The God Thing, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2013; her fourth collection, Bone Fire, was launched recently at the Cúirt Festival of International Literature. She lives in Galway, where she and her husband have run the Over the Edge readings series since 2003. Susan edited the anthology Over the Edge – The First Ten years, published by Salmon, which includes work by forty seven writers who have published a first book since they did a reading at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library. Susan's New & Selected Poems will be published by Salmon Poetry in Spring 2019.

YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE CLASS WHICH STARTS WEDNESDAY January 16th.

Advanced Fiction EVENING CLASS

Thursday, November 01, 2018

November Over The Edge: Open Reading with Amy Barrett, Maurice Devitt, & Annemarie Ní Churreáin


Amy Barrett, Maurice Devitt, & Annemarie Ní Churreáin for November Over The Edge: Open Reading

The November ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, November 22nd, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Maurice Devitt, & Amy Barrett. There will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished; new readers are always especially welcome.

This month’s open-mic will include a showcase for poets currently studying on the MA in Writing at NUI Galway.

Amy Barrett is a creative writing student at NUI Galway. She is in her third-year of studies and writes mostly poetry and novels. She is the winner of the Windows National Poetry prize in 2015. She is now the Auditor of NUI Galway Writers society. She lives in a small village in Co. Cavan called Kilnaleck.

Maurice Devitt completed the MA in Poetry Studies at Mater Dei, won the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition and was placed or shortlisted in many other competitions including The Patrick Kavanagh Award, The Listowel Collection Competition and Over The Edge New Writer of The Year. Selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions in 2016, he was a featured poet at the Poets in Transylvania Festival in 2015 and a guest speaker at the John Berryman Centenary Conference in both Dublin and Minneapolis. His poems have been nominated for Pushcart, Forward and Best of the Net prizes. He is curator of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies site. Maurice’s debut collection of poems, Growing Up In Colour, was published earlier this year by Doire Press.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin
Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from Northwest Donegal. Her debut collection  Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland and for the 2018 Julie Suk Award in the U.S.A. She is the author of a suite of poems about Dublin titled Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). In 2016 Ní Churreáin was the recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award by President Michael D. Higgins on behalf of the Arts Council. She was the 2017-18 Kerry Writer In Residence and is the recipient of the inaugural 2018-19 John Broderick Residency Award from the Westmeath Arts Office. Ní Churreáin has been awarded literary fellowships from Akademie Schloss Solitude, Jack Kerouac House Orlando and Hawthornden Castle Scotland. Her poetry is taught as part of the Writing Program at Florida Gulf Coast University. Ní Churreáin lives in Dublin. She is a member of the Arts Council Writers in Prisons Scheme. In 2018-19 she is composing a libretto for an upcoming opera production. Her second poetry collection is forthcoming.

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.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Over The Edge New Writer of the Year - WINNERS!


The winner in the Fiction category, and 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year, is Maeve Mulrennan from Galway for her story 'A Blood Cure'.
Maeve Mulrennan - photo by Boyd Challenger
Maeve receives €700 in prize money, a hamper of books from Kenny's Bookshop, Galway, and will be a Featured Reader at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in the first half of 2019. Turas Press will read, without prior commitment to publish, a collection of short stories submitted to them by Maeve. 


The runner-up in the Fiction category is Aongus Murtagh, Berlin for his story 'Don’t Ask Why'.

In third place is Patrick Holloway, Brazil for his story 'Untitled'.

Highly commended in the fiction section are Theresa Sweeney, Galway for her story 'Some Young One’, & Pauline McNamee, Galway for her story ‘The Last Journey’.

The winner in the Poetry category is Morag Anderson, Scotland for her poem 'Tricky Dicky'. 
Morag Anderson

Morag receives prize money of €300 and Salmon Poetry will now read, without prior commitment to publish, a collection of poems submitted to them by Morag. Morag will also read her work at an Over The Edge event during 2019. Morag's winning poem will appear in the next issue of Skylight 47.

The runner-up in the poetry section is Sighle Meehan, Galway for her poem 'There Is No Forever'.

In third place is Caroline Bracken, Wicklow for her poem ‘Place Kanada’.

Highly commended in the poetry section are Nicola Geddes, Galway for her poem 'For Mum on Her First Birthday as a Widow '; Molly Twomey, Waterford for her poem ‘Prana’; Anne Walsh Donnelly, Mayo for her poem ‘Vows’; Linda McKenna, County Down for her poem ‘Blue’, and Vinny Steed, Galway for his poem ‘Canal Bank Hole’.

The shortlist from which the winners were chosen is available here

A huge thank you is due to our competition judge this year Rachel Coventry

Over The Edge would also like to warmly thank Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Kenny's Bookshop & Gallery, Dock No. 1 Bar & Restaurant, Ward's Hotel, and Clare Daly T.D. for again sponsoring our competition this year.