Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Summer poetry extravaganza at Sheridan's Wine Bar

Over The Edge presents a reading by Eamonn Wall (left), Celeste Auge & Michael O’Loughlin, plus the Galway launch of Trio, a collection showcasing Limerick poets, Noel Harrington, Ger Sheehy and Edward O’Dwyer at Sheridan’s Wine Bar, 14-16 Church Yard Street, Galway on Friday, July 13th, 8pm.

Eamonn Wall, born and raised in Co. Wexford, has lived in the US since 1982 and is now settled in Missouri. His poetry collections are Dyckman--200th Street (1994), Iron Mountain Road (1997), The Crosses (2000), and Refuge at Desoto Bend (2004) all published by Salmon. From the Sin-é Café to the Black Hills (2000), a volume of essays on the Irish Diaspora, received the Michael J. Durkan Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies for excellence in scholarship. Eamonn Wall teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Celeste Auge was born in Canada, but moved to Ireland when she was twelve years old. She now lives in County Galway. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals in Ireland and internationally. She has read her work at Poetry Ireland Introductions and also read at the inaugural Cuirt Festival/Over The Edge showcase reading in April 2006. In 2006 she was awarded the Assistance Towards Publication Grant by Galway County Council. Tornadoes For The Weathergirl, a chapbook of her poems, was published in November 2006. Celeste has new poems forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review.

Michael O’Loughlin was born in Dublin in 1958. His poetry collections are Stalingrad: The Street Dictionary (1980); Atlantic Blues (1982); The Diary of a Silence (1985); and Another Nation, New & Selected Poems (New Island Books, 1994/UK Arc Publications, 1996). He published a collection of short stories, The Inside Story (Raven Arts Press, 1999). Michael is also a screenwriter, his most recent feature film is Snapshots (2002).He has lived for many years in continental Europe, mostly Amsterdam but recently returned to Ireland. He is Galway City Council’s Writer In Residence. He is currently completing a new collection of poems.

This reading will be preceded by the Galway-launch of the Revival 'Trio', a collection by Limerick-based poets Noel Harrington, Edward O’Dwyer and Gerard Sheehy
recently published by Revival Press, Limerick

Noel Harrington is from Tuamgraney in Co Clare. In his 20s he did the customary living abroad thing (Copenhagen, Munich, New York etc) and has washed more than his fair share of dishes. In his final year studying for a BA at Maynooth, he won the University's top award for literature, the Barbara Hayley Memorial Prize. Has had work published in Revival and will be appearing in a future issue of The Stinging Fly.

Gerard Sheehy was born in Limerick and has lived there for most of his life. He is a regular reader at the White House Poetry Revival nights. Previous work has been published in the Microphone On anthology and Revival.

Edward O Dwyer is 22 and from Limerick. He's been writing seriously since June 2006, which incidentally is the time he began going to the White House in Limerick. He holds a first class honours degree in English and Media & Communications (U.L.) and in September begins a H.Dip in secondary school teaching (N.U.I Cork). He has been previously published in Revival.

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

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

Monday, June 18, 2007

Poetry Workshop Participants Take First & Second Place

Aine Egan receives her prize from poet Ger Reidy

Two participants in Galway Arts Centre's current round of poetry workshops have taken first and second place in The 2007 Raftery International Poetry Competition.

Áine Egan's poem, The Tree Ceremony, won first place, while Moycullen-based poet Mary Madec came in second. Áine Egan is also a member of Mayo Writers Block; while Mary Madec was a featured reader at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in November 2005. She also recently read at an Over The Edge event at Sheridan's Wine Bar.

Lunchtime readings at City Museum

North Beach Poetry Nights Introduces the New Series of Friday Lunchtime Readings in Galway City Museum at 1.30pm on Friday 22 June with Award winning Poet and Fiction-Writer Geraldine Mills.

Geraldine will read poetry and her prize-winning short story: "The Weight of Feathers" With your support we want to make this another special Galway literary event. Admission 5 Euro

Geraldine Mills, a native of Galway, began her writing career in Dublin where she lived for twenty years before returning with her family to settle in Rosscahill Co. Galway in 1995. She has been published widely in both poetry and fiction. Bradshaw Books Cork has published her two collections of poetry, Unearthing your Own(2001) and Toil the Dark Harvest (2004) She was the Millennium winner of the Hennessy/Tribune Emerging Fiction Award and the overall winner of the New Irish Writer Award for her story ‘Lick of the Lizard’. She has been short listed four times for the Francis McManus Short Story Award taking 2nd prize in 2004 and 2006. Her first short story collection titled The Lick of the Lizard was published by Arlen House in 2005 and her second collection The Weight of Feathers for which she received an Arts Council Bursary and Galway County Council Publication Assistance Award is forthcoming from Arlen House. Her Monologue ‘This is From the Woman who Does’ was premiered at the Provincetown Theatre Playwrights Festival, Cape Cod Mass. USA in October 2004. She is a regular contributor to RTÉ’s Living Word and Lyric FM’s Quiet Quarter. She tutors with the Galway Arts Centre.

For further information contace John Walsh on 091- 593290

Sunday, June 17, 2007

North Beach Poetry Nights with Michael O'Loughlin & Johnny Duhan

BK's Winebar, Spanish Parade,

Thursday 21 June at 9pm

North Beach Poetry Nights presents

Poet Michael O'Loughlin, Galway City Writer in Residence

and Singer-songwriter, Folk-poet Johnny Duhan

and Open Mic, for all of YOU who wish to read your own poem.

Admission 5 Euro