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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Over The Edge celebrates its eighth birthday with readings by Michael Coady, Sarah Griffin & Dani Gill

Michael Coady

The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ of 2011 takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, January 20th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Sarah Griffin, Dani Gill & Michael Coady. This is a very special occasion as it is now exactly eight years since Over The Edge was born in Galway City Library in January 2003.

Sarah Maria Griffin is 22 years old and hails from the north side suburbs of Dublin. She is a student on the M.A in Writing at NUI Galway. She has only been performing in spoken word circles since late 2009, but since then has performed at many events such as The Glor Sessions, Exchange Words & The BrownBread Mixtape. She is also the co-founder of the diary-reading event in Dublin, Scarleh Fer Yer Ma Fer Havin Ya. Sarah writes both poetry and fiction and last October won the annual Over The Edge fiction slam.

Dani Gill is originally from Longford. For the past number of years she has worked in the Arts in Galway and has a background in theatre and Arts journalism. In October 2010 she was appointed Literature Officer for the Galway Arts Centre and Programme Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature. She began creative writing classes with the lovely Susan Millar DuMars in early 2009 and was long listed in the 2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition. This will be Dani’s first public reading.

Michael Coady was born in 1939 in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, where he has worked as a teacher, musician and writer. Winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry in 1979 and also of Listowel Writers’ Week and RTE Francis McManus short story awards, he has published five collections with The Gallery Press: Two for a Woman, Three for a Man (1980), Oven Lane (1987), All Souls (1997), One Another (2003) and Going by Water (2009). In 2004 he received the eighth annual Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry from the University of St Thomas Centre for Irish Studies, St Paul, Minnesota. Michael was Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2005. He is a member of Aosdána.

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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