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Sunday, June 30, 2019

July Over The Edge Writers' Gathering: Yehuda Amichai, Róisin Tierney, Katherine Noone, Yvonne Green, Morag Anderson

July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents poetry by Roisín Tierney, Yvonne Green, Yehuda Amichai, & Morag Anderson and the launch of Katherine Noone’s new poetry collection.

The July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering in association with the Yehuda Amichai International Poetry Festival presents an international poetry extravaganza. The event will take place on Thursday, July 11th, 8pm at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish, Galway. All are welcome. There is no cover charge. Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) is widely regarded as having been Israel’s leading poet.
Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000)

Yvonne Green curates the Yehuda Amichai International Poetry Festival. She was born in London in 1957, into a multi lingual family of Central Asian descent (all 4 of her grandparents left Boukhara in Uzbekistan in 1920), her father was born in Germany her mother in Egypt. Yvonne is a poet and translator. Her new collection Jam & Jerusalem was published by Smith/Doorstop in autumn 2018. As well as reading her own poetry on the evening Yvonne will read her own favourite Yehuda Amichai poem.  
Róisín Tierney
Róisín Tierney is an Irish poet who taught English in Spain for several years (Valladolid and Granada) and is now based in London.  She read in Dublin as part of the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in June 2008 and also featured as one of Ireland's 'Rising Poets' in Poetry Ireland Review in 2016. Her pamphlet, Dream Endings (Rack Press) won the 2012 Michael Marks Pamphlet Award.  She has also won prizes in many national competitions including the Strokestown, the Brendan Kennelly, the Bridport and the Winchester Poetry Prize.  She is a Hawthornden Fellow and occasionally teaches at The Poetry School.  Her debut collection The Spanish-Italian Border is published by Arc (2014). A more recent pamphlet Five Poems is published by Clutag Press. As well as reading her own poetry on the evening Róisín will read her own favourite Yehuda Amichai poem. 

Morag Anderson lives in Highland, Perthshire in Scotland with her husband, three children, two dogs, and one cat. She has recently been a regular participant in Kevin Higgins’ online poetry workshop. Morag’s poem ‘Tricky Dicky’ was the over all winner in the poetry section of the 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition and is published in the most recent issue of Skylight 47 (no. 11).

Katherine Noone (pictured centre)
Katherine Noone’s poems  have  appeared  in  Boyne  Berries, Crannóg, The  Galway Review, Linnets Wings, Orbis , Skylight 47. She was shortlisted  for the Vallum (Canada) poetry competition in 2012 and Poem for  Patience 2015. She attends Kevin Higgins advanced poetry workshop in Galway. Katherine’s debut poetry collection, Keeping Watch, was published by Lapwing Publications in 2017 and The Galway Advertiser said of it “Many of [Noone’s] poems ache for a gone world, yet gracefully accept that world's passing.”  Her second collection ‘Out Here’, which is published by Lapwing Press, will be launched on the evening. 

AND A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE by American poet Sandy Yannone: Sandra Yanonne grew up near the edge of the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island Sound in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Her interest in the Titanic disaster of 1912 sparked a dialogue with Ireland, the country where Titanic was built (Belfast) and her last port of call (Cobh, formerly Queenstown), as well as with other international sites connected with the disaster. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in numerous print and online journals including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Stony Thursday Book, Glass: A Poetry Journal, Women’s Review of Books, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, CALYX: A Journal, and Seattle Review. She has written numerous articles about the intersections between poetry and social justice for the monthly newspaper Works in Progress. Her work has received the Academy of American Poets Prize and an AWP Intro Award. She earned her B.A. in writing and literature from Wheaton College (MA); an M.F.A. from Emerson College; and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Currently, she is the Faculty Director of the Writing Center at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Her poetry collection Boats for Women is just published by Salmon Poetry.

Sandy Yannone

The evening will be MCed by Kevin Higgins who will read both a poem of his own which was inspired by one of Yehuda Amichai’s as well as the original Yehuda Amichai poem.

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

Sunday, June 23, 2019


Westside Arts Festival/Over The Edge Summer Open-mic

Over The Edge in association with Westside Arts Festival presents the 2019 Over The Edge Summer Open-mic at Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road on Wednesday, July 10th, 6.00-8pm. Those taking part will include visiting students studying creative writing on this year’s NUI Galway Summer School.

Everyone who has a poem or story to share is most welcome to take part. So, if you have some writing you’d like to read to an audience, this is your opportunity to do so.

The MC for the evening will be Kevin Higgins. All are welcome to attend.

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

OCTOBER Over The Edge announces DAYTIME course in Advanced Fiction Writing with Susan Millar DuMars STARTS October 4th

Susan Millar DuMars with Over The Edge co-organiser Kevin Higgins

THE CLASS TAKES PLACE on FRIDAYS, 2-4pm for 8 weeks.
STARTING FRIDAY OCTOBER 4th (with a mid-term break on November 1st).

Maximum Number students: 5 

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 Wednesday 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.

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. 

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.
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 at the 2015 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 was published in Spring 2019 by Salmon Poetry.