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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Cúirt Debut presents the Over the Edge showcase reading

Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway

Cúirt Debut presents the Over the Edge showcase reading

Featuring Celeste Auge, Edward Boyne, Jim Mullarkey, Sheila Phelan and Lorna Shaughnessy

Town Hall Theatre, Galway Date: 27 April 2006

Time: 11.30am

Venue: Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Square, Galway
Phone: +353 91 569777

Celeste Auge was born in Canada, but moved to Ireland when she was twelve years old. Her poems have appeared in various Irish literary journals. She now lives in County Galway. Celeste was an ‘Over The Edge’ featured reader in February 2005.

Edward Boyne lives in Galway, and has published poetry and fiction in a number of journals. He has been short-listed for the Francis McManus Award and the The Hennessy Award for both poetry and fiction. Ed was an ‘Over The Edge’ featured reader in September 2005.

Jim Mullarkey lives in Galway. He has been short-listed for the Raymond Carver Short Story Award and the Fish Short Story Competition. His story ‘Heaven’ was runner-up in the 2002 RTE Francis McManus Award. Jim was a featured reader in January 2003.

Sheila Phelan was born in Dublin in 1971, but has lived in Galway since 2000. She has been short-listed for the Hennessy Award and the Fingal Scribe Award. She received an Arts Council Literature Bursary in 2002, and was runner up in the Patrick Kavanagh competition in 2005. Sheila was an ‘Over The Edge’ featured reader in January 2005.

Lorna Shaughnessy was born in Belfast and lectures in the Spanish Department of NUI, Galway. Her poetry has appeared in many Irish poetry magazines and anthologies. In June 2005, Song of the Forgotten Shulamite, a pamphlet of her poems was published by Lapwing Press. Lorna was an ‘Over The Edge’ featured reader in December 2003.

The Over the Edge: Open Reading series began in January 2003. Each month, Over the Edge puts the spotlight on emerging poets and fiction writers - sessions end with an open mic, where anyone can get in on the act. Co-organisers Kevin Higgins and Susan Millar DuMars (host) are grateful for the continued support of Galway's City Council and the city's artistic community - and to the many, many talented writers who have gone Over the Edge with us so far. For further details about Over The Edge phone 087-6431748 or write to 3, Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway.
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Monday, April 17, 2006

North Beach Nights Cúirt Mega-Slam

North Beach Nights proudly presents

Trish Casey (Cúirt Grand Slam Winner 2004)
Kevin Higgins (Cúirt Grand Slam Winner 2003)
Stephen Murray (Cúirt Grand Slam Winner 2005)
and Sponsored by Poetry Ireland John W. Sexton.

The Grand Slam Winners will perform their winning Poem and new material.

Special Guest Reader John W. Sexton: Poet, short story writer, dramatist, children's novelist, radio scriptwriter, broadcaster and performer. He is the author of three collections of poetry, The Prince's Brief Career, Foreword by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1995), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, a book of haiku with translations into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock, and most recently Vortex (Doghouse, 2005). He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTE radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes. His novels based on this series, The Johnny Coffin Diaries & Johnny Coffin School-Dazed are both published by The O'Brien Press, and have been translated into Italian and Serbian. Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons Of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records. His ballad the streets beneath the ocean was recorded by Cannery Row and appears on their cd No Homes under the title Underwater Girl. He has also appeared live on stage with The Frames.

PLUS North Beach Nights Mega-Slam We are happy to give all the entrants for the Cúirt Grand Slam on Saturday 29th this opportunity to test their nerves, their performance and what we are up against. Two poems max. 3 minutes each. The winner on the night could be the next Cúirt Grand Slammer winner on the way to Slampappi in Chicago!! So be there on Thursday 27th April BK's Winebar Spanish Parade, Galway at 9.30 pm

North Beach Nights appreciates and acknowledges the support of Galway City Council and Poetry Ireland