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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Eclectic trio of poets for October Over The Edge: Open Reading

The October Over The Edge: Open Reading takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, October 26th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Yvonne Green, Brendan Murphy & Niamh Ní Lochlainn.

Yvonne Green lives in London, where she practised at the English Bar for 20 years before stopping to concentrate on her poetry. Her poems have appeared in leading UK poetry magazines such as Poetry Review, Magma, Modern Poetry In Translation, The London Magazine, European Judaism, The Jewish Quarterly and Arete. She has read her work at the The National Portrait Gallery, the Institute for Contemporary Arts and on BBC Radio 4.

Brendan Murphy was born in Liverpool to English parents and Irish grandparents. He is a graduate of Sheffield University, where he studied the History of Art, Film and Design. His first performance was a Saturday night slot with a friend at his local pub, with whom he developed an improvised repartee on the week’s news. Brendan has lived in Galway for the last eight years. He won the 2006 Cúirt Festival Poetry Grand Slam, and recently performed at the famous Green Mill in Chicago.

Niamh Ní Lochlainn grew up in Dublin with Irish as her first language, spending her summers in the West Kerry Gaeltacht. She has been living and teaching in Connemara for the last four years. She was a prize-winner in the 2005 Strokestown Poetry Competition and her first collection Guth ón dTobar, (A Voice from the Well) was short-listed for the Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish Poet at the 2006 Poetry Now Festival in Dun Laoghaire.

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.

Over The Edge acknowledges the financial support of Galway City Council and The Arts Council

Friday, October 20, 2006

Young Galway poet to read at Brighton Poetry Festival after Poetry Slam Triumph

Young County Galway poet Miceál Kearney, who only started writing seriously just over a year ago, has won the inaugural Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival Poetry Slam. Micéal was born in 1980. He works on the family farm in County Galway. He has recently had poems accepted for publication in both The Cork Literary Review and The Shop. In September Micéal was a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library. His work has been described in The Galway Advertiser as “unbelievable”. Micéal’s prize for winning the Limerick Slam is a trip to read at the Brighton Poetry Festival in May 2007. He is currently taking part in a poetry workshop at Galway Arts Centre facilitated by Kevin Higgins.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Three women for Sheridan's Wine Bar evening of poetry

London-based poet Martina Evans
reads at Sheridan's Wine Bar

Over The Edge presents a reading by Martina Evans, Marion Moynihan & Aoife Casby at Sheridan's Wine Bar, 14-16 Church Yard Street, Galway on Friday, October 13th, 8pm.

Martina Evans was born in Cork but has lived in London since 1988. She has published three novels and three collections of poetry. Her third novel No Drinking No Dancing No Doctors came out from Bloomsbury in 2000. Her third book of poetry Can Dentists be Trusted was published by Anvil in 2004. Martina teaches creative writing at the City Literary Institute and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.

Aoife Casby is a writer and visual artist living in Carraroe. Her poetry and fiction have been published in Northwords, The Cork Literary Review, Whispers and Shouts, The Divas anthology (Arlen House) and The Cuirt Annual. Aoife recently completed an MA in Writing at NUI Galway, was short-listed for the Cuirt/Over The Edge Showcase reading and was highly commended by judge Mark Roper in the 2006 Start Poetry Chapbook competition.

Marion Moynihan is originally from Kanturk, in North Cork. In 2002 she completed an MA in writing at NUI Galway. In 2005 Marion won the Galway County Firewords Award for her poetry. In 2006 she was awarded the Publication Assistance Award by Galway County Council, and was also short-listed for the Cuirt/Over The Edge showcase reading. Her first collection of poems, The Moon’s Daughter, has just been published by Doghouse Press.

There is no entrance fee. All welcome. For further information contact Kevin Higgins on 087-6431748.

Over The Edge acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Galway City Council

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Louis de Paor at North Beach Poetry Nights

NORTH BEACH POETRY NIGHTS is pleased to present LOUIS De PAOR as SPECIAL GUEST POET on Thursday October 19th at 9pm at BK's Winebar, Spanish Parade, Galway.

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.

The Poetry Slam follows the usual format and welcomes newcomers. Please bring along two 3 minute pieces.

Admission 4 Euro. Info: John Walsh 091-5932390

NBN gratefully acknowledges the support of Galway City Council.