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Thursday, June 12, 2008

American & Irish Poets at Sheridan's Wine Bar Summer Reading

Over The Edge presents a reading by poets Caroline Lynch, Drucilla Wall, Neil McCarthy, Terry McDonagh & Charlene Speeren at Sheridan’s Wine Bar, 14-16 Church Yard Street, Galway on Friday, June 27th, 8pm.

Caroline Lynch was born in 1976 and grew up in Cork. She now lives in Galway. While in college, she was the inaugural winner of the Sean Dunne poetry competition. In 2001 she was short listed for the Seacat/Poetry Ireland award. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland, in an anthology of new writing, The Incredible Hides in Every House, edited by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and in Writers Seeking Lovers. She won the Listowel Writers' Week poetry collection competition in 2007. Her debut collection, Lost in the Gaeltacht, is just published by Salmon Poetry.

Drucilla Wall has published poems and essays in Cream City Review, Kalliope, The People Who Stayed: South Eastern Indian Writing After Removal; Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust; Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace: Writing by Women of the Great Plains/High Plains; and True West: Authenticity and the American West. She serves on the executive board for the Western Literature Association and holds membership in the Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers. She teaches writing at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis.

Neil McCarthy is originally from Cork but currently lives in Galway. His poems have appeared in a wide variety of prestigous journals internationally. In 2007 Neil was chosen to take part in both the Poetry Ireland Introductions readings and the Cúirt Festival/Over The Edge showcase reading. He has just returned from a European reading tour with fellow Galway poet, Stephen Murray, which included a highly successful performance at the Prague Fringe Festival.

Terry McDonagh is a poet and dramatist. He recently returned to live in his native Mayo after over twenty years living in Hamburg. He has published several collections of poetry, a book of letters, a play, and a short novel for young people. He has worked in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. His work has been translated into many different languages, including German and Indonesian. His most recent publication, Cill Aodáin & Nowhere Else, is a collection of poems illustrated by artist Sally McKenna – with a preface by Seamus Cashman.

Charlene Spearen is Poet in Residence at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina. She is the Program Coordinator for the University of South Carolina's Arts Institute and Assistant Director of the South Carolina’s Poetry Initiative. Charlene teaches Composition and Poetry classes at the University of South Carolina. Her work has appeared in The Southern Poetry Anthology: South Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2007), Yemmessee, Writers at Carolina, Aspects, and Promise Magazine. She was the 2001 winner of the James Dickey Award for Poetry. Her chapbook Without Possessions won the 2006 Stepping Stone Press Editors Series Award.

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

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

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Galway launch of 'Poems from Guantánamo-The Detainees Speak'

Over The Edge
in association with
Amnesty International
presents the Galway launch of
Poems from Guantánamo–
The Detainees Speak

readings of poems by
Guantánamo detainees
by Rita Ann Higgins, Mary O Malley,
Elaine Feeney, Sheikh Khaled (Imam of Galway Mosque), Stephen Murray, Charlene Spearen & Gary King on International Day against Torture Thursday 26th June 2008, 7pm @ The Amnesty International Shop, Middle Street, Galway

Friday, June 06, 2008

Roundstone Arts Week poetry workshop with Geraldine Mills

Adult Poetry Day workshop by Geraldine Mills
Tues. 1st July 10.00am - 12.00pm & 2.00-4.00pm
to suit beginners and more advanced writers
for further info contact Geraldine,, 087-2685250, 091-550430 or see website

Pete Mullineaux launches debut poetry collection

Gerard Hanberry will launch the debut poetry collection by Pete Mullineaux, entitled A Father's Day, and published by Salmon Publishing.

Venue: Galway Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway Time: 1 pm T: 091-532 460 E:

"Keen-eyed and lyrical, this superbly crafted exploration of the male identity is both rich and touching in its honesty and vulnerability. We see the poet reflect on what it means to be a partner, a father and a man who has lost a father. Emotional and tender but also humorous, witty and philosophical, this is a brave collection from a wonderful poetic mind. No hat, no horse, no Marlboro and yet -- behold the man." Gerard Hanberry

Thursday, June 05, 2008

North Beach Poetry presents Michael O'Loughlin at Galway City Museum

North Beach Poetry presents Michael O'Loughlin
reading at Galway City Museum, 3pm Saturday, June 7th.

Michael O'Loughlin was born in Dublin in 1958 and educated at TCD. After co-founding Raven Arts Press in the 1970s he lived for many years in Spain and the Netherlands before returning to Ireland in recent years. His most recent book of poetry called Another Nation: New and Selected Poems was published by New Island Books./Arc. About this book Colm Toibin wrote in the Guardian: 'Michael O'Loughlin has been a hidden voice in Irish writing: his exile in Europe has given him dark insights into our own exile in Ireland. His poetic tone is sure and clear, and certain poems in this book are real masterpieces.' In addition he has written many screenplays, the most recent of which is Snapshots (2003) starring Burt Reynolds and Julie Christie. He is curretly Galway City Writer in Residence and has just edited Galway: City of Strangers, a collection of writing by immigrants in Galway.

Michael O'Loughlin will be introduced by James Harrold, Galway City Arts Officer

Admission free

info: John Walsh 091-593290

North Beach Poetry gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council
and Galway City Council.