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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING May 2018

Starting in May, Over The Edge is offering aspiring poets worldwide a ten week online poetry workshop with poet Kevin Higgins, whose best-selling first collection, The Boy With No Face, published by Salmon Poetry, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet. Kevin’s second collection of poems, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in 2008 by Salmon Poetry and his poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry. His third collection Frightening New Furniture was published in 2010 by Salmon and his work also appears in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed. Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, April 2014). A collection of Kevin’s essays and book reviews, Mentioning The War, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2012. Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, & Portuguese. The Ghost in The Lobby, was published in February 2014, also by Salmon. In 2014 Kevin's poetry was the subject of a paper 'The Case of Kevin Higgins, or, 'The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire' presented by David Wheatley at a Symposium on Satire at the University of Aberdeen.  '2016 - The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins' was published by NuaScéalta in early 2016. A pamphlet of Kevin’s political poems The Minister For Poetry Has Decreed was published in December 2016 by the Culture Matters imprint of the UK based Manifesto Press; Song of Songs 2:0 - New and Selected Poems was published by Salmon in April 2017. His poems have been praised by, among others, Tony Blair’s biographer John Rentoul, Observer columnist Nick Cohen, and Sunday Independent columnist Gene Kerrigan; been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mirror, and on Tonight with Vincent Browne; and read aloud by film director Ken Loach at a political meeting in London. The Stinging Fly magazine recently described Kevin as "likely the most read living poet in Ireland."

 workshop facilitator Kevin Higgins

Each of the ten weeks Kevin will email participants a poetry writing exercise for the following week and participants will submit one of their poems to Kevin for constructive criticism. Kevin will work with participants on making each of their poems the best possible poem it can be.

Kevin is a highly experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. He has facilitated poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre for the past twelve years. One of his workshop participants won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry; two have been shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet; two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize; and another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam; several have published collections of their poems with reputable publishers.

Kevin also teaches poetry on the NUI Galway Summer School programme and on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme. Kevin is co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge: Open Reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.

The workshop will run for ten weeks, commencing Wednesday May 16th, 2018. The cost to participants is €110. There are no refunds. The workshop will be conducted in English only. THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE LIMITED TO 30 REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS, SO IF YOU WANT TO ENSURE A PLACE YOU SHOULD BOOK NOW.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

2018 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop

The 2018 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase featuring Liz McSkeane,
Paddy Mhaemie Ó'Shuilleabháin, 
Karen McDonnell, Hugh Doyle, Aoife Reilly, Katherine Noone, Kevin Higgins, Nicki Griffin, Lorna Shaughnessy, Mary Madec, Ross Hattaway, Marion Cox, Bernie Crawford, Mari Maxwell, & Susan Lindsay and the  anthology Bosom Pals (Doire Press, Ed. Marie Cadden) will take place at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Friday, February, 9th at 6.30pm.

In this annual retrospective of the year just past, Galway-based poets, who published a new collection of poems during 2017, are invited to read three poems from the collection in question. There will also be readings from the anthology Bosom Pals (Doire Press, Ed. Marie Cadden), & a showcasing of 2017 publications by the new Irish poetry publisher Turas Press

All welcome. There is no cover charge. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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

Monday, January 01, 2018

January Over The Edge: Open Reading as Over The Edge Celebrates Fifteenth Birthday with reading by Martina Evans, Edna Faye Kiel, & Nicola Geddes

The January ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, January 18th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Nicola Geddes, Edna Faye Kiel, & Martina Evans. This reading marks the fifteenth anniversary of the first Over The Edge reading in Galway City Library. 

Originally from Scotland, Nicola Geddes studied Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art, and Cello Performance at the London College of Music. She has been based in County Galway for the past twenty five years, where she works as a cellist and music tutor. To date her poetry has been published in Crannog, the Galway Review, and Skylight 47. In 2017 Nicola’s poems received a Special Commendation from the Patrick Kavanagh Award. 

Edna Faye Kiel has lived in Killaspuglonane, County Clare for many years but is originally from the United States. She writes fiction and has been a participant in both the North Clare Writers’ Workshop and Susan Millar DuMars’ advanced fiction writing classes. Edna’s work has been published in The Stoney Thursday Book, Stinging Fly, Books Ireland, The Cuirt Journal, and inCognito in Ireland; in Rosebud  and Ellipsis in the U.S.; London Magazine and Staple:New Writing in the U.K.; Jaam Tracks and Takahe in New Zealand; and imago and Famous Reporter in Australia. Edna is married to the poet Knute Skinner. In 2017 she was shortlisted for 2017 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year.

Martina Evans
Martina Evans was born in 1961, the youngest of ten children, and grew up in County Cork in a country pub, shop and petrol station. After training as a radiographer in Dublin she moved to London in 1988. Her first collection of poems, The Inniscarra Bar and Cycle Rest, appeared in 1995 and was followed by three further collections, All Alcoholics are Charmers (1998), Can Dentists Be Trusted? (2004) and Facing the Public (2009). She teaches Creative Writing at the City Literary Institute and Birkbeck College. She is also the author of three novels: Midnight Feast (1996), The Glass Mountain (1997), No Drinking No Dancing No Doctors (2000) and the prose-poem/novella Petrol (2012). The Windows of Graceland: New& Selected Poems was published by Carcanet, to wide critical and popular acclaim, in 2016; Martina’s next collection of poems Now We Can Talk Openly About Men will be out from Carcanet in May. She lives in London with her daughter.

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always especially 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. 
N.B. we were delighted to learn just before Christmas that Over The Edge is to receive a more than 20% increase in its Arts Council funding for 2018, our highest level of funding ever. Happy New Year!