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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING February 2021

Starting in February 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, historian Ruth Dudley Edwards, and Sunday Independent columnist Gene Kerrigan; been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mirror, Hot Press magazine, 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." His most recent collection of poems, Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital, was published last June by Salmon Poetry; one of the poems from which will feature in A Galway Epiphany, the final installment of Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor series of novels.

 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 is the Creative Writing Director of the NUI Galway International Summer School and teaches poetry 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, 10th February 2021. 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.

For queries, email


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom - Ron Silliman, Molly Harris, & Fintan Coughlan PLUS open-mic

 The September ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place on Zoom on Thursday, September 24th  at the usual Over The Edge time 6.30-8.00pm (local Galway time). The Featured Readers are Fintan Coughlan, Molly Harris, & Ron Silliman. There will, as always at Over The Edge: Open Readings, be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always especially welcome at the open-mic. Anyone interested in taking part in the open-mic should text Kevin Higgins on 087-6431748 or email between 6pm and 6.30pm on the evening of the reading. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. 


Fintan Coughlan grew up in Mount Bolus, Co.Offaly, but has lived in  internal exile in Galway for enough years to eventually be adopted. He has been writing poems for such a long time he can't remember when the habit began. His poems have been published previously in Salmon magazine, The Connacht Tribune’s Writing in the West, The Cúirt Journal, & most recently in The Galway Advertiser’s Vox Galvia.


Molly Harris is the current Over The Edge New Writer of the Year. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and she received her BA in English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Molly also studied creative writing at the 2019 NUI Galway Irish Studies International Summer School. She is the current managing editor of the literary journal Natural Bridge. You find her short stories and nonfiction in journals such as Furrow, Hooligan Magazine, and Vagabond Literature

Language poet Ron Silliman has published over 40 books, including The Age of Huts, Tjanting & The Alphabet, the anthology In the American Tree, a collection of criticism The New Sentence & an award-winning memoir, Under Albany. He has received the Poetry Foundation’s Levinson Award, been a Kelly Writers House Fellow, & the subject of symposia at the Universities of Paris & Windsor. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

Over The Edge is inviting you to the September Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom. Thursday, September 24th, 6.30-8pm

Join The Over The Edge Zoom Meeting at

Meeting ID: 738 901 3549


 As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always particularly 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.