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Sunday, August 01, 2010

August 'Over The Edge: Open Reading' with Patrick Cotter, Sarah Clancy & Aron Costello

Patrick Cotter

The August Over The Edge: Open Reading takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, August 26th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Sarah Clancy, Aron Costello & Patrick Cotter. The reading is sponsored by Poetry Ireland.

Sarah Clancy is from Salthill. She is a participant in the Galway Arts Centre Poetry Workshops facilitated by Kevin Higgins and has previously read her poetry at North Beach Poetry Nights and the Over The Edge open-mic. This year, in a display of what she describes as beginners luck, Sarah was shortlisted in both the poetry section of the WOW awards 2010, and the Listowel Writers Week Collection of Poetry Competition 2010. Her poems feature in the soon to be launched publication of work by participants in the advanced poetry workshop at Galway Arts Centre.

Aron Costello was born in Tuam in 1975. He has lived in Galway City for the past eleven years. Writing since the age of six, he has completed dozens of short stories, plays, poems, and songs. A fan of the Horror/Thriller genre, he is currently finishing his fifth (and sixth!) novels, and has been longlisted in the Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition. Aron is also reading his work at the Tuam Arts Festival, the evening before his Over The Edge reading.

Patrick Cotter was born Cork in 1963. His work has appeared in the anthologies Separate Islands: Contemporary British and Irish poetry (Quarry, Ontario), Irish Poetry Now (Wolfhound), Jumping off Shadows - Some Contemporary Irish Poets (Cork University Press), The Irish Eros (Gill & Macmillan), The Backyards of Heaven (Newfoundland), Something Beginning with P (O'Brien Press) and in The Great Book of Ireland. In 1984 he was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award. Cotter was runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh award in 1988. His poems have been translated into Chinese, Estonian, Italian, Norse, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. He currently directs the Munster Literature. Patrick’s first full-length collection of poems Perplexed Skin was published by Arlen House in 2008. Making Music followed in 2009.

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. THE EVENING WILL ALSO SEE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SHORT-LIST FOR THIS YEAR'S OVER THE EDGE NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION. The longlist can be read here

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