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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Four New Poetry Collections

warmly invites you to the launch
of four new poetry collections
Shedding Skin
imram ¦ odyssey
Red Riding Hood’s Dilemma
The Truth in Mustard
Wednesday 9 December @ 6 pm
Galway City Library
Augustine Street
Launch by Geraldine Mills

‘The Tribes of Galway’ by Pádraic Reaney
RSVP: Phone 086 8207617; Email:

Friday, November 20, 2009

ROPES 2010 Call For Submissions

ROPES is the annual literary journal produced by the MA in Literature and Publishing at N.U.I. Galway. It features all forms of modern fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays, photography, and illustrations.

We are now accepting submissions for ROPES 2010.

While all themes and subjects are welcome, we are particularly interested in any ideas and responses relating to the first decade of the 21st century.

So be inspired and submit your work!

Submissions should not exceed 2,500 words, with a maximum of three works per author.

Send your material to:

Deadline for submissions: 4 January 2010.

THE POET'S VOICE - The Mythic Journey Readings, Music & Reception

Poets: Yiorgos CHOULIARAS, Christine HEATH, Susan LINDSAY, Rosemarie ROWLEY

Music and Song by Niamh O'BRIEN RHIANNON and Tommy VAUGHAN

THE POET'S VOICE - The Mythic Journey Readings, Music & Reception

Themes include Odysseus & Theseus, Brendan Voyage, Battle of Moytura, Midir & Etain

A Social Evening celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Mythic Links
VENUE: United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam St. Dublin 2
Register at 7.15 pm; Starts 7.30pm. Admission €10 ( Free Street Parking after 7pm)
Thurs 3rd December

Yiorgos CHOULIARAS Greek poet and essayist who works at the Embassy of Greece. Author of six poetry volumes and essays on literature, cultural history, international relations MORE INTERVIEW : ; POEMS: and

Christine HEATH was short-listed for the Hennessy Literary Award, and completed a Masters in Creative Writing in Trinity College Dublin. in 2009. She has has been writing poetry for some time. She sails extensively and enjoys hill walking, and it is from these activities that she has drawn inspiration for the particular poems she will read on December 3rd.

Susan LINDSAY is a co-editor of Lady Gregory's Townhouse (2009), showcase Chapbook of the Galway Arts Centre 's Advanced Poetry Class. She will speak on 'Shifting Narratives:- do we live within a story of Shifting narrative that in-forms our perspectives and lives? She will invite you to explore the relevance of poetry and myth for today.

Rosemarie ROWLEY has published five books of poetry, and has won the Epic Award in the Scottish International Poetry Competition on four occasions. She will read from 'The Wooing of Etain', (published in 'Transverse ' p.91 at ) Rosemarie's website is

Niamh O'BRIEN RHIANNON and Tommy VAUGHAN are acclaimed performers and teachers of singing, tango and musical instruments. Rhiannon will sing ballads and Tommy will play slow airs for low flute, from their repertoire of traditional Irish music. Rhiannon's CD album 'Heartsong of the Phoenix' will be available on the night - her website is

LINKS : for Info on Poets (Each Poet will read for 10 minutes)



iad-T in the Park

Starting on Saturday November 28th, IADT and dlr Arts Office are pleased to announce iad-T in the Park, a series of literary happenings taking place once a month at the Tea Rooms in the People’s Park, Dun Laoire.

Writers, readers and booklovers of all ages (and genres!) are invited to drop in and join Mia Gallagher, writer-in-residence at the IADT, for an exciting mix of literature, cakes and super-strength espresso. Tea-drinkers are also catered for!

Whether it’s poetry that takes your fancy or crime fiction that keeps you turning those pages, iad-T in the Park offers you the chance to share your work in public, chat with other writers, meet some of Ireland’s brightest literary talents – or just talk about the books you love reading.

The events are free of charge, open to all and will run from midday to 4pm.

Saturday 28th November Opening Lines

12noon: Open Mic. Poetry, fiction, spoken word, music, comedy all welcome, with a 3-minute time limit per act! Time is tight so turn up early if you want your slot guaranteed.

2pm: Readings & discussion by writers-in-residence Mia Gallagher and Paul Perry

Saturday 30th January: Murder on the Bookshelves (crime fiction)

12noon: Writing the Dark Side (workshop). A fun workshop exploring how to get the most out of your dark side, structure suspense and play with horror and thriller motifs.

2pm: Readings & discussion by crime writers Declan Hughes and Arlene Hunt.

Saturday 27th February Exquisite Fictions (literary fiction)

12noon: Fiction Slam. Calling all fiction writers! You are challenged to go head-to head in an epic battle of literary performance. Numbers for this will be restricted. Contact for details.

2pm: Readings/discussion by two of Ireland’s most exciting young writers, Claire Kilroy and Kevin Barry

Saturday 20th March Stranger than Fiction (non-fiction & poetry)

12noon: Poetry Coffee Morning. What better way to get ready for the Poetry Now festival than to share your favourite poems with other lovers of the artform? Poems can be by yourself or another. Max two poems per person.

2pm: Readings & discussion by memoirist Lia Mills and historical writer Neil Hegarty.

Saturday 24th April Play 4 Today (drama)

12noon: Improvisation and Storytelling (workshop). A playful workshop exploring ways to create, build and improve your stories.

2pm: Presentation by Annie Ryan and Michael West of The Corn Exchange, the ground-breaking theatre company behind Dublin Theatre Festival hit ‘Freefall’.

Emerging writers can also set up a one-to-one session with Mia to talk about their work. Space for these is limited to two per month and will need to be booked in advance.

iad-T in the Park is funded by IADT and dlr Arts Office, with the generous support of the Arts Council.

For further information about any of the events contact dlr Arts Office by emailing

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Acclaimed novelist Claire Kilroy for November Over The Edge: Open Reading

Claire Kilroy

The November Over The Edge: Open Reading takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, November 19th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Jimi McDonnell, James Marshall & Claire Kilroy.

Jimi McDonnell is a native of Tuam, Co.Galway. He cites his family, playwright Tom Murphy and footballer Ja Fallon as pivotal influences. Since 2007, Jimi has been the music correspondent for the Connacht Tribune. Last year he took Susan Millar DuMars’ Creative Writing course at GTI and is now enrolled in the MA in Writing programme at NUI, Galway. Jimi is currently working on poetry and fiction projects.

James Marshall was born on the west coast of Scotland sometime in the nineteen sixties to a Swedish mother and Scottish father. He grew up in and around London. James landed in Galway in 1999 and never took off again. A mid life crisis resulted in his musical tastes broadening towards the extreme end of the spectrum; the more bizarre and challenging the better. He has attended creative writing classes with both Susan Millar DuMars and Kevin Higgins at Galway Technical Institute and is currently working on his first novel, but not as much as he should be.

Claire Kilroy is the author of three novels which loosely form a trilogy about the obsessions and exhilarations of art. Her debut, All Summer, a literary thriller about a stolen painting, was awarded the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Her second novel, Tenderwire, a love story between a violinist and a masterpiece violin, was published to great acclaim in 2006, and was shortlisted for the 2007 Irish Novel of the Year as well as the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. Her latest novel, All Names Have Been Changed, set in 1980s Dublin and centring around a great Irish writer and his Trinity writing class, was published this May. Educated at Trinity College, she lives in Dublin.

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 MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748.

Praise for Claire Kilroy’s All Names Have Been Changed:

"This impressive novel shows Kilroy perfectly at home in the literary firmament that she describes." The Independent

‘Consistently compelling … Kilroy’s descriptions are in places strikingly original and very funny … [in] a novel that effectively explores the exhilarations and a dangers of a powerful imagination, and the lasting influence literature can exert.’ Catherine Morris, Time Literary Supplement

"Written with swagger, this is a gripping study of group dynamics and an exploration of what it means to follow in a literary tradition." Financial Times

All Names Have Been Changed marks out Claire Kilroy as a novelist growing in confidence and hitting her artistic stride – gifted, original and more than capable of stepping up to the plate of literary tradition she so brilliantly portrays.” The Irish Times

'Writing from the top class...All Names Have Been Changed is truly remarkable”. Irish Independent

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

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Launch of 'An Urgency of Stars' by Geraldine Mills

warmly invites you to the launch of the new poetry collection
by Geraldine Mills


Thursday 26 November @ 6pm

Galway City Library

Augustine Street

Launch by Josephine Vahey

RSVP: Alan Hayes, Publisher, Arlen House, PO Box 222, Galway. Phone 086 8207617; Email:

Aon Chathair, Aon Leabhar - One Book, One City: Lig Sinn i gCathú - A Galway Classic?

Aon Chathair, Aon Leabhar One Book, One City
Lig Sinn i gCathú - A Galway Classic?
A discussion of Breandán Ó hEithir's famous novel of Galway
Alan Titley
Professor of Modern Irish, UCC
Introduced by Michael O'Loughlin
Galway City & County Writer in Residence
4.00pm, Saturday December 5th
Galway City Museum
Flood St., Galway
All welcome
Admission free
Organised by Michael O'Loughlin, Galway Writer in Residence
Funded by Galway City Council and The Arts Council