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Tuesday, September 30, 2008


North Beach Poetry Nights presents

on Monday October 13th at 9 pm
at New Venue: The Crane Bar, Sea Road

Guest Poet RAVEN (Dublin)
MC: Brendan Murphy

about Raven "No hidden agenda but the beating of our own hearts, no manifesto but the breath til even that goes..."
Also: The North Beach Poetry Nights' 2 Round Slam.

The winner of this month's Slam goes forward to
the 2008 North Beach Poetry Nights' Grand Slam in December.
The prize for the Grand Slam winner is publication of a collection of her/his work.

("Inheritance" debut collection by last year's winner Miceál Kearney available in
Charlie Byrne's bookshop and from

We look forward to seeing you at The Crane Bar.
Admission 5 Euro.

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

info: john walsh @ 593290

Friday, September 26, 2008

Salmon Poetry launches books by Gerald Dawe & Michael Heffernan

Salmon Poetry in association with Over The Edge invites you to the Galway launch of Catching the Light: Views & Interviews by Gerald Dawe and The Odor of Sanctity by Michael Heffernan

Venue: The City Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway

Date/Time: Saturday September 27th, 2pm

About "Catching the Light: Views & Interviews" by Gerald Dawe
This fascinating series of literary views and interviews illuminate the coming of age of Belfast-born poet Gerald Dawe during the fifties and sixties in Northern Ireland, the literary and political worlds he discovered on moving to Galway in the early seventies, and his travels since, in Europe and other parts of the world, shadowed by the violent closing decade of the twentieth century and the beginning of the new century.

“One of the wonderful things about Gerald Dawe’s work, both as a poet and as a critic, is that there’s a sense in everything he writes of a kind of precision, care and attention to detail which manages to be both extraordinarily honest, and extraordinarily precise in its relation to whatever object he’s writing about—whether he’s evoking it as a poet or whether he’s describing it as a critic—what you find continually is that quality of engagement which is the same quality you find in the poet. It’s the quality of openness to the world.” Fintan O’Toole
Purchase the book online at

About "The Odor of Sanctity" by Michael Heffernan
Michael Heffernan was born in 1942 in Detroit, and grew up there, in a multi-ethnic working-class neighborhood, eight blocks from the Detroit River and Canada. He often dreams of border crossings. He has frequently traveled abroad, from Ireland to the Dodecanese during the 60s, to the Great Wall approaching Inner Mongolia in 2002. He began writing poems in 1958. His poems contain narratives, characters, masks, and free imaginations, expressing themselves in new dance-steps on the ground trod by the iamb. These acts of language, of words only, offered a new knowledge of reality, along with a vision of freedom and a kind of worldly holiness.

"Michael Heffernan has sustained and amplified a poetry of real intelligence, technical precision, and acoustic splendour. He is a writer who has hit his stride, sure-footed in his craft enough to let imagination run and leap and dance.” Thomas Lynch
Purchase the book online at
For further information, please contact Jessie or Siobhán at 065-7081941 or email

Salmon Poetry, Knockeven, Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Kevin Higgins to speak to speak at Symposium on the Arts


Friday, 03 Oct, 2008
The Huston Film School
and the Burren College of Art presents a symposium on commonality and difference in the arts

11am - 5.30pm (Bus departs NUIG Quadrangle and Huston School of Film at 10am).
Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan.

Speakers include: Timothy Emlyn Jones, Kevin Higgins, Emmet Kiernans, Mary McPartlan,, Aine Phillips, Rod Stoneman, Larry Thomas.

Chaired by Kevin Barry, Dean Of Arts, NUIGalway

Inter-disciplinarity and trans-disciplinarity are ubiquitous themes for many art forms, including the visual arts, film, writing, drama and dance, yet the extent to which there is a shared understanding of the similarities and differences of the arts – and of interdisciplinarity - remains unclear and worth exploring. Given the appropriation of methods and the ubiquitousness of digital media, where does one art end and another begin?

The Huston School of Film and Digital Media and Burren College of Art propose a one-day symposium to explore this area of common interest. The aim is to develop some shared understanding of the arts among the practitioners of the arts associated with the university and to open the possibility of collaboration.

The symposium will include speakers from the academic staff of NUI Galway and Burren College of Art, together with other associated speakers, before an audience of colleagues and postgraduate students. A plenary session will follow the presentations

What is unique to each art form? What does each art form have in common with other art forms?

Further information: or

Monday, September 22, 2008

North Beach Poetry at Galway City Museum

North Beach Poetry at Galway City Museum

on Tuesday 7th October at 7 pm

presents a reading by poets Caroline Lynch, Pete Mullineaux and Susan Millar DuMars

Caroline Lynch won the Listowel Writers’ Week Best Poetry Collection prize in 2007and her first collection, Lost in the Gaeltacht, was published this year by Salmon Poetry. She obtained an MA in Writing from NUIG in 2007 and she lives in Galway. She is currently working on her next collection.

Pete Mullineaux lives in Galway and is resident MC for the Cuirt Festival Poetry Grand Slam. Originally from Bristol, he was first published by Macmillan, aged 13– then joined the UK performance poetry scene, winning the City of London Poetry/song contest along the way.
He has read from Cuirt’s Bardic Breakfast to the Glastonbury Festival, alongside such luminaries as Salman Rushdie, E.P. Thompson & the Pogues. A long awaited debut collection - A Father’s Day - has just been published by Salmon.

Susan Millar DuMars' first collection of poems, Big Pink Umbrella, was published by Salmon Poetry this year. A mini-collection of her short stories, American Girls, was published by Lapwing in 2007. Susan and her husband Kevin Higgins organise the Over the Edge readings series in Galway.

Admission 5 Euro.

Footnote: Next North Beach Poetry Nights' Slam is on Monday 13th Octoberin its new venue, The Crane Bar on Sea Road.North Beach Poetry gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Counciland Galway City John Walsh @ 091-593290

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Colette Bryce for September 'Over The Edge: Open Reading'

Over The Edge in association with Poetry Ireland presents the September Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, September 25th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Orla Higgins, Des Kavanagh & Colette Bryce.

Orla Higgins lives in Galway, loves to travel and wants to be a writer when she grows up. She works as a Business & Communications Consultant, primarily with arts and non-profit organisations. She also lectures part-time at NUIG with both the Department of Marketing and the Huston School of Film. Her first love is fiction but she has recently collaborated on writing a play titled For Pete's Sake. She has been a serial attender of Susan DuMars’s creative writing classes and is now a student on the MA in Writing at NUIG.

Des Kavanagh hails originally from the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal. He has been writing for four years and is a regular participant in Kevin Higgins’s advanced Poetry Class at Galway Arts Centre. He also takes an active interest in folklore and local history and has chaired the McGlinchey Summer School in Inishowen for most of the past ten years. He recently co-edited the Irish language version of his father’s book, The Last of the Name. He has read his poetry at Westside Library and Clifden Arts Week.

Colette Bryce is originally from Derry; she now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne where she held the North East literary fellowship from 2005-2007. She has published three poetry collections with Picador, The Heel of Bernadette, The Full Indian Rope Trick and, this month, Self-Portrait in the Dark. The Observations of Aleksandr Svetlov, a pamplet, appeared in 2007. She was the winner of the UK National Poetry Competition in 2003 and of the Cardiff International in 2007.
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 always especially welcome. The evening will also see the announcement by competition judge Celeste Augé of the winner of this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year. MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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

Clifden Arts Week showcases Galway Arts Centre's Advanced Poetry Workshop

Friday 19th September 1:00pm at Clifden Library Clifden Arts Week presents A Showcase Reading by Galway Arts Centre’s Advanced Poetry Workshop. (Facilitator Kevin Higgins). Readers will include Lorna Shaughnessy, author of Torching the Brown River , Mary Madec, winner of the 2008 Hennessy Award for Poetry, Deirdre Kearney, Mary Mullen and Des Kavanagh. Admission: €5. 1:00pm