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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Louis de Paor to read at first Over The Edge: Open Reading on new season

Louis de Paor
to launch
Over The Edge
Irish language initiative

The Over The Edge: Open Reading series returns to Galway City Library after the summer break on Thursday, August 31st, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Dolores Stewart, Colm Brady & Louis de Paor.

Dolores Stewart writes poetry in both English and Irish. Her English language collections are In Out of the Rain (1999) and Presence of Mind (2006), both published by Dedalus Press. Her Irish language collections are Sé Sin Le Rá (2001) and An Cosán Dearg (2003), both published by Coiscéim. With their lightness of touch and wry wit Dolores Stewart’s poems manage the rare double of being both profound and entertaining.

Colm Brady writes fiction. His story ‘Britney’ recently appeared on the Virtual Writer website. He is originally from Longford, but now lives in Galway City, where he has been a serial student in several creative writing classes. Colm says he has “now graduated from being an accountant who writes to a writer who works at anything.” At Cuirt 2006 he took part in the Fiction Masterclass with Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre.

Louis de Paor is one of Ireland’s foremost Irish language poets. Born in Cork in 1961, he emigrated to Australia in 1987, where he lectured at the University of Sydney, returning to Ireland in 1996. Louis is the author of several acclaimed collections of poetry; the most recent Clapping in the Cemetery was published last year by Clo Iar-Chonnachta. He is Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway.

As usual there will be an open-mic when the Featured Readers have finished. This is open to anyone who has a poem or story to share. New readers are especially welcome. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details contact 087-6431748.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Cuirt Grand Slam Winner, Brendan Murphy, at North Beach Nights Poetry Slam

North Beach Nights Poetry Slam continues on Thursday August 24th at 9pm in BK's Winebar, Spanish Parade, Galway with special guest performer: Brendan Murphy and guest MC: Mags Treanor

Admission: 4 Euro

Brendan Murphy is 2006 Cúirt Grand Slam Winner (and winner of the July North Beach Nights Slam.) Brendan is gearing up for his perfomance trip to the Green Mill in Chicago and other U.S. venues. This will be our opportunity to get him live before he takes off for the States and to give him our full encouragement and support.

The Slam follows the usual format and is open to everyone. Please bring two max. three minute performance pieces and be there early to get your name down. The prize for the winner is the honour and a bottle of red wine generously donated by BK's Winebar.

Coming events:

September 21: Guest Poet Michael D. Higgins Guest MC Dave Lordan

October 19: Guest Poet Louis De Paor Guest MC Niall McCarthy

North Beach Nights gratefully acknowledges the support of Galway City Council.

info: john 091 593290

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Over The Edge Irish language initiative

Cuirfidh Over the Edge, sraith imeachtaí liteartha a bhfuil cáil uirthi i nGaillimh agus tóir dá réir, tús le sraith ar leith imeachtaí liteartha Gaeilge, ag tosú ag Over the Edge 31 Lúnasa. Léifidh an file Louis de Paor saothar dá chuid an lá sin. Tugtar cuireadh do scríbhneoirí a scríobhann i nGaeilge agus ar mhaith leo léamh ag ceann d'imeachtaí Over the Edge a saothar a chur faoi bhráid Over the Edge. Toisc gurb í aidhm Over the Edge spreagadh a thabhairt do scríbhneoirí atá ag tosú amach, tá Kevin Higgins agus Susan Millar DuMars, an lucht eagraithe, ag súil le teagmháil a dhéanamh le scríbhneoirí Gaeilge nár foilsíodh saothar leo fós.

Is é an t-iriseoir agus an scríbhneoir Alex Hijmans a dhéanfas comhordnú ar shraith Gaeilge Over the Edge. Ba cheart do scríbhneoirí ar suim leo a gcuid próis nó a gcuid filíochta a léamh ag an tsraith seo a saothar a chur faoi bhráid Over the Edge ag 3 Bóthar Cairbre, An Caisleán Nua, Gaillimh. Beidh an chéad cheann de na léamhanna Gaeilge mar chuid de shraith imeachtaí Over the Edge i Leabharlann Chathrach na Gaillimhe, ar Shráid Aibhistín, Déardaoin an 31 Lúnasa, ag 6.30. Beidh an file Dolores Stewart agus an scríbhneoir próis Colm Brady ag léamh i gcuideachta Louis de Paor.