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Friday, November 19, 2010

Siobhán Campbell for final Over The Edge: Open Reading of 2010

Siobhán Campbell

The December Over The Edge: Open Reading takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, December 16th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Elaine Cosgrove, Edward Lee & Siobhán Campbell.

Elaine Cosgrove was born in Sligo in 1985. Since then, she has been a hippie, a rocker, a metaller and an indie kid. She moved to Galway in 2004 to study at NUIG, and graduated in 2007 with an Arts Degree. She has participated in creative writing classes at Galway Technical Institute. This year, she was shortlisted for the Fish Publishing One Page Story Prize and the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition.

Edward Lee is originally from Dublin, but now lives in Galway. His poems, short stories and photography have been published in a wide variety of publications, including The Shop, The Stinging Fly & The Sunday Tribune. He is also a visual artist and has had several exhibitions in various venues in Dublin and Galway. He has an exhibition entitled 'Playing Poohsticks: Part One' running in Galway City Library from the 1st December to the 21st December, which consists of 15 paintings and the 15 poems from his poetry collection that inspired them. Edward’s debut poetry collection Playing PoohSticks On Ha'Penny Bridge was published last year.

Siobhán Campbell’s third full poetry collection Cross-Talk, was published by Seren Press in 2009 and was declared “(a) cunning sideways take on the pastoral” by the Irish Times. She was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for That Water Speaks in Tongues (Templar Poetry). Her other books include The Permanent Wave and The Cold that Burns (Blackstaff Press). Siobhán is a Principal Lecturer at Kingston University London. She has won awards in the National Poetry Competition as well as in the Troubadour and Wigtown competitions. She is anthologised in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing and in Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Spring 2010, Bloodaxe).

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 or see our website

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

North Beach Poetry Nights 2010 Grand Slam with Billy Ramsell & John Peppard

North Beach Poetry Nights announces the 2010 Grand Slam on Monday 13th December in the Crane Bar at 9 pm. Guest Poet Billy Ramsell (Cork). Special music guest from London - John Peppard.

Billy Ramsell was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. 'Complicated Pleasures', his first collection, was published by Dedalus Press, Dublin, in 2007. He has been shortlisted for a Hennessy award and the Strong award. He has been invited to read his work at many festivals around the world, most recently in Shanghai and in San Francisco. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company.

14 poets, winners of the North Beach Poetry Nights' Slams throughout the year will perform and compete in a 2-round Grand Slam before a select panel of four judges. The judges will decide the winners based on the quality of the poem, the quality of the performance and how well the poet engaged the audience - and on their own personal reaction. The top 3 winners will be co-published in a poetry chapbook to be launched in 2011.

Door 5/3 Euro. Info: John@ 091-593290

North Beach Poetry Nights acknowledges the financial support of Galway City Council.

Launch of 'Stacey and the Mechanical Bull' by Sarah Clancy

Stacey and The Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press) the debut poetry collection by Sarah Clancy will be launched by Kevin Higgins in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Friday, December 10th, 6pm. All welcome.

Sarah Clancy is from Salthill. She is a participant in the Galway Arts Centre Poetry Workshops facilitated by Kevin Higgins and has read her poetry at North Beach Poetry Nights, the Over The Edge open-mic and was a Featured Reader at the August Over The Edge: Open Reading. 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, the Listowel Writers Week Collection of Poetry Competition 2010 and the Over The Edge New Writer of The Year Competition. Her poems have been published in Revival, Dogs Singing (Edited by Jessie Lendennie, Salmon Poetry 2010) and Behind The Masks, the anthology of poems by participants in the advanced poetry workshop at Galway Arts Centre. Stacey and the Mechanical Bull is published by Lapwing Press in Belfast and is Sarah’s debut collection of poetry.

For further details about the launch 087-6431748

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

Salmon Poetry presents Galway Launch of 'Dogs Singing' anthology

Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology
Compiled & Edited by
Jessie Lendennie

Venue: The Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Square, Galway
Date/Time: Saturday 4th December, 2pm

"Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology" brings together poems which highlight and examine and celebrate the canine world, and our place in it.

"First love, enduring love; the witness, the stoic, the companion, the protector, the better part of us, the abiding presence, the warrior, the survivor, the guardian angel. Here is a big book of many poems, all inspired, devoted, motivated by a sacred bond that happens, the supreme privilege, that something far bigger than romance - a relationship with a dog. Dogs do sing; they also smile, socialise, engage and celebrate, mark a homecoming in proper style, even if it’s only the return from the local grocery store; they sigh, but most of all they understand, they grieve, they mourn, they empathise, they remember..." Eileen Battersby, Arts Writer & Literary Correspondent, The Irish Times

Royalties from the sale of this book go to the Soi Dog Foundation (Phuket, Thailand) and MADRA (Co. Galway, Ireland)

For more info,and to purchase copies online, visit the Salmon Poetry website:

Art Exhibition By Poet Edward Lee @ Galway City Library

Playing Poohsticks: Part One

An Art Exhibition


Galway City Library

1st - 21st December 2010

Inspired by the poems of his first collection, Playing Poohsticks On Ha'PennyBridge (Spider Press, 2009), the artist Edward Lee is proud to present the first part of a quartet of exhibitions spanning the next four years. The first exhibition will take place in the Galway City Library on St. Augustine Street from the 1st - 21st December 2010.

The quartet will be a reflection of each of the 60 poems contained in the collection. For the first exhibition, the artist will present the first 15 paintings in the series, alongside the poems that inspired them. All of the paintings on exhibit will be for sale for 60 euro each and will include a copy of the poetry collection signed by the author. For the duration of the exhibition, the book will also be available to purchase for the special exhibition price of 6 euro.

Opening Night & wine reception will be Thursday 9th December 2010 from 6.30 ~ 8.00pm

Edward Lee's poems in PLAYING POOHSTICKS ON HA'PENNY BRIDGE have a raw, exposed emotional quality with fiercely painful images...For me though the truly original and remarkable poems are those studying love, lust, disillusionment, whether about the same woman and the same affair, and are among the best poems I have read on the theme - visceral, honest, full of powerful feelings and imagery”. ~Weyfarers Magazine Issue 107

Edward Lee is also a Featured Reader at the December Over The Edge: Open Reading which takes place on Thursday, December 16th (6.30-8pm) in Galway City Library. For more see here


Poetry is like bread!
The Nobel prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda, said that: “Poetry is like bread. It should be shared by all, by scholars and the man on the street corner, by all our vast, incredible, extraordinary family of humanity."

In Eyrecourt Library on this coming Wednesday evening, November 24th, at 7.30pm, we would like to share with you the poetry (in translation) of Hungary!

Hungarians have tended to the belief that poetry can change social life. We hope that a few of the people who attend might read aloud a Hungarian poem or paragraph which they like and which has been translated into English. There are some really interesting pieces, and the translated poems will be available in the Eyrecourt Library in advance.

Please join us. AND REMEMBER....if you do not wish to read there will be no problem: you are under no pressure to do anything but sit and listen and enjoy the event. We would like to make this a very enjoyable and social evening for everyone.

Hope you can make it!

Thank you for reading this.

Pat McMahon,
Galway County Libraries.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yvonne Cullen's Writing Train


WINTER 2010/ SPRING 2011


Day courses starting Nov/Dec 2010, booking now open:



MON DEC 6: START TO WRITE 8 weeks, €230


Writing Saloon Reading nights: SAT 29th Nov 8p.m and SAT 11 Dec 8 p.m. (details below).

Spring term at Writing Train also booking now at discount rates. Full details at or email

January timetable:
8 JAN, DEVELOPING POET, 12 weeks of 2.75 hrs €290

WEDNESDAY 12 JAN FORTNIGHTLY WRITING TRAIN, 16 sessions of 2.75 hrs over 32 weeks €420.

Sat 16 JAN €70 (One Day Course) START TO WRITE

February timetable:

MON 7 FEB, START TO WRITE, 8 weeks of 2.5 hrs, €230

10 FEB THURSDAY NIGHT WRITING TRAIN, 15 weeks of 2.75 hrs, €370

FRI 11 FEB: DAYTIME WRITING TRAIN, SANDYCOVE 14 weeks of 2.5 hr sessions €340

WEDS 7 FEB: New term for: WEDNESDAY DAYTIME WRITING TRAIN 14 weeks of 2.5 hours €340

March timetable:

FIRST WEEK MARCH: “FROM HISTORIES TO STORIES” – make progress with your researched creative writing project. 10 weeks of 2.5-hour sessions daytime, South city centre, from first week in March. Day will be picked to suit participants, as far as possible. €285

29 MARCH New start for TUES NIGHT INTERMEDIATE WRITING TRAIN. 12 weeks of 2.5 hour sessions, €335.

Self-contained one -day poetry course, focusing on areas of skill chosen by participants in advance, and designed to fire up your poetry furnaces. This year, poetry students from Writing Train have been shortlisted for the important Bridport Prize, for the Strokestown Poetry Prize and for the Hennessy Award!

Venue: Glasthule (On dart line, Sandycove station)

Running time: 10.30 – 1.00 and 2.30 – 5 p.m with a break for a dash to Cavistons deli for lunch and chance of a quick run to the sea while we’re at it, plus option to eat together at Poppies café in Dunlaoghaire when afternoon sessions end, to chew over the day and go on talking poetry! Day will be completely tailored to students’ areas of interest and you’ll take materials away. NB: This will be more of a tutored course with exercises and discussion than a workshop, €70.

If there is a quorum for a “workshop” day on SAT 11th DEC this is also an option as a follow-on – fee: €125 for both.

THE DEVELOPING POET From Sat 8th Jan, 3 p.m. United Arts Club, Fitzwilliam Street, D. 2.

12 weeks of 2.5-hour sessions – a fourth season for this popular and inspiring course.

This year, poetry students from WT have been shortlisted for the important Bridport Prize, for the Strokestown poetry Prize and for the Hennessy Award.

€295 / €280 if booked and paid by 17 Dec.

Get going! Keep going! Start again - with WRITING TRAIN’s “Begin to Write” and “Intermediate Writing Train” courses. (Whether you need a big push, or a little one…)

START TO WRITE from 6 DEC 8 x 2.5 hour meetings €230

Starts Monday night, 6 DEC. 8 weeks of 2.5 hour evening sessions from 6.30 – 9 p.m. A 10-week course in 8 meetings! Running across the Christmas break will also give you time to do some interesting exercises and finish a story, short piece of drama or poem before the second part of course begins in January. Fee: €230. Venue will be Nora’s Room at the atmospheric Sweny’s Chemist’s at Lincoln Place. All the short forms will be looked at in this course. Even more importantly, in this course, the fundamentals of observation, of tuning in to your own excitement ( and tuning out the censor!), aspects of the habit and practice of writing and ways of reading more effectively will be illuminated for you. If you really do want to write, after this (touch wood!) you won’t look back!

START TO WRITE: ONE DAY COURSE: (A.K.A Getting your Ships into Bottles - or should that be out of them?)

SUN JAN 16th

City Centre venue, fee €70 for full day to get you going, to help you find the material that’s already within your reach and help you surprise yourself with your skill! This course will use my favourite techniques and approaches plus lots of focused discussion and materials to take away. Please email or phone Writing Train on number below if you’d like further details.

(See also Start To Write 8 week course, beginning 7 FEB)

For further details check, yvonnecullen’s writing train page at facebook, and email