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Monday, October 20, 2008

Irish Times Critic for October 'Over The Edge: Open Reading'

Noel Harrington

The October Over The Edge: Open Reading will take place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, October 30th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Noel Harrington, John Kenny & Eamonn Harrigan.

Noel Harrington lives in Tulla, Co Clare. A regular reader at the White House poetry sessions in Limerick, he has been published in The Stinging Fly, Revival, Boyne Berries, Crannóg, Moloch, The Flosca competition winners chapbook and The Stony Thursday Book. Revival Press published a chapbook of his poems in 2007. He is half way through a short story collection and five years into a prose-poem novel with the working title Harrington's Folly.

John Kenny teaches English literature at NUI Galway and is director of the new BA Connect in Creative Writing there. He regularly reviews new fiction for The Irish Times, and his book John Banville will be published in November. He is Academic Director of The John McGahern Seminar & Summer School and also founding editor of The John McGahern Yearbook, the first volume of which was published in July. He is working on a collection of stories to be titled Make it Home. One of his stories recently appeared in The Dublin Review.

Eamonn Harrigan loves to write fiction and has taken creative writing classes with Susan Millar DuMars. His short story “The Death of Foxy” was short-listed for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition 2008 and he has collaborated on writing a play “For Pete’s Sake”. Eamonn’s background is in management and he has had research into Green Business Issues published. He likes to spend his time encouraging paper to refuse ink. He is currently a student on the MA in Screenwriting at the Huston Film School, NUIG.

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. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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

Thursday, October 16, 2008


2nd Monday Every Month


Bring a poem (or two):
Poems you have written;
or poems you love;
or just come to listen

First session
9.00pm Monday
10th November 2008


Thursday, October 02, 2008

New Zealand based writer, Wes Lee, 2008 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year

Wes Lee from Wellington, New Zealand is the 2008 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year. Her story, Tigers, has been chosen as the winner by competition judge, Celeste Augé. The winning entry will appear in the January-March issue of Galway Arts Centre's online literary quarterly, West 47.

Wes Lee is a short story writer from the UK, currently living in the antipodes. Formerly a Printmaker and a Lecturer in Fine Arts, she began writing full-time in 2005. Recent writing highlights include being awarded prizes by two of her favorite short story writers: First prize by David Means for the Flosca Short Story Competition in Ireland, and Second prize by Kate Braverman for The Kate Braverman Prize in San Francisco. She has won a number of other awards for her writing and her stories have appeared in various publications, including The Warwick Review, Cadenza and Turbine.

The runner up is Hans-Joachim (Hajo) Quade of Galway for his poems High Flyer, Winkles & Time Warp, while another Galway-based writer, Alan McMonagle, took third place with his story The Fight.

The Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition is sponsored by Charlie Byrne’s Book Shop, The Bank of Ireland, Kelly Office Supplies and Des & Mary Kavanagh.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Sheridan's Wine Bar, October 17th: Poets from Dublin, Limerick, Galway & South Carolina

South Carolina poet, Paul Allen

Over The Edge presents a reading by poets Paul Allen, Enda Coyle Green, Mags Treanor, Tim Cunningham & Mary Dempsey at Sheridan’s Wine Bar, Church Yard Street, Galway on Friday, October 17th, 8pm.

Paul Allen teaches poetry and writing song lyrics at The College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC, USA, where he is Professor of English. He has received the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry twice. His CD, The Man with the Hardest Belly: Poems and Songs, has sold out but is available for download through and Napster. Paul recently read at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His most recent poetry collection, Ground Forces, is just published by Salmon Poetry.

Enda Coyle Green lives in County Dublin. Widely published in magazines and anthologies, her work has also been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and Lyric FM. Her prizes for poetry include a Hennessy Award nomination in 2002. Her first collection, Snow Negatives, received the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2006; the judges citation said that Enda’s work is “strong, sure and totally trustworthy.” Snow Negatives was published by Dedalus Press in 2007.

Mags Treanor is a fiction writer and poet, based in Galway. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and broadcast on RTE radio. Her first collection of short stories and poetry was published by Maverick Press in 2007. This year Mags was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introduction series and also took second place in the Cúirt Festival Poetry Grand Slam. Mags has performed at the Electric Picnic and read her work at the London Irish Centre. She recently completed an M.A. in Creative Writing & New Media with the deMontfort University of Leicester.

Tim Cunningham was born in Limerick in 1942 and lives in Billericay, Essex. His first collection, Don Marcelino’s Daughter, was published by Peterloo Poets in 2001. His second collection Unequal Thirds was published in 2006, again by Peterloo. His new book, Kyrie, is just published by Revival Press - the imprint of the White House Poets. Kyrie, is firmly rooted in nineteen fifties’ Ireland, a place and time when religion permeated every aspect of life. His is not quite the Limerick of Angela’s Ashes but nevertheless Tim Cunningham has continued on where Frank Mc Court left off but this time in poetry and verse.

Mary Dempsey has been short listed for the Anna Livia Fm Poetry Prize and The Salmon Poetry Prize. Her poems has been published in the Cork Literary Review and received a recommendation in their poetry competition, from judge Bernard O' Donoghue. Her work has appeared widely in magazines such as Ropes, Women Studies Review NUIG Galway & Crannóg. She has given readings and writing workshops in Parma and Lorient. Mary’s audio narrative, What Happened, was selected for The Arts Council Touring Experiment in 2007. Her film work has been shown at the Galway Fleadh, as well as on TG4 and RTE. Mary has attended Kevin Higgins’ advanced poetry workshop at Galway Arts Centre

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.

Galway National Poetry Day Reading

The Mayors of Galway City and County
Councillors Pádraig Conneely and Peter Feeney
& Galway City and County Arts Offices
invite you to a

Gala 30th Anniversary Celebration of
Poetry Ireland

Featuring favourite poetry read by
Celeste Augé, Louis de Paor, Ted Deppe,
Michael D. Higgins, Joe Steve Ó Neachtain, John Walsh
and Special Guests

With music and song by
Judith Mok (soprano)
and John Feeley (classical guitar)

Fear a 'Tí: Michael O'Loughlin, Galway Writer in Residence

6.00pm, Thursday October 2nd, 2008
Galway City Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway

Admission Free

National Poetry Day, Mayo Reading

An Evening of Poetry.

Castlebar Library,

Thursday, October 2nd at 7pm

Mayo County Arts Office in association with Poetry Ireland presents a mouth-watering evening of readings hosted by Mayo County Library, gleaned from a wealth of local and national talent and featuring new and some familiar names from the literary community. The line-up complete will feature Kevin Higgins, Maighread Medbh, Noel Monahan, Terry McDonagh, Ger Reidy and Aoife Casby.