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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Salmon Poetry's fundraising raffle is now underway with a unique prize of all thirty-one of its 2011 poetry collections, signed by the authors. Have your own bookshelf of some of the finest contemporary Irish, American and British poetry!!! €5.00 for 5 tickets; €10.00 for 12 tickets. Full details about the books and how to purchase tickets at:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Call for poetry, short-stories, photography and art work for Galway Artistic Atlas

Poets, artists, photographers and short-story writers, with work based in or inspired by Galway, have less than one month left to submit work to The Artistic Atlas of Galway.

The Atlas which aims to highlight the artistic capital of the City and County, the people that live in it and those that pass through it. The work submitted will be compiled into chapters based on certain themes of Galway. Conceptual maps will be drawn up, influenced by the work in each chapter. These will be included in the Atlas alongside more traditional maps, allowing people to visit places and read the landscape in different ways.

Liam Duffy the organiser has been happy with the response so far: “the idea has been met with intrigue and enthusiasm, and I've been delighted to receive work from professional artists and writers and people who've just happened to catch a special glimpse of Galway with their camera or pen”.

The deadline is July 31, submissions should be sent to and more details can be found on Facebook at 

The Galway Artistic Atlas is very grateful for funding from

July Writers' Gathering presents Doire Press Showcase, Launch of 'The Geese at the Gates' by Drucilla Wall & a reading by Los Angeles Poet John Menaghan

The Over The Edge July Writers’ Gathering presents a special showcase reading by poets and fiction writers published by Galway county based Doire Press. Gerry Galvin, Susan Lindsay, Susan Millar DuMars and Doire Press publisher John Walsh will read their work at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Thursday, July 14th, 8pm. The evening will include a reading by Los Angeles poet John Menaghan and the Galway launch of The Geese at the Gates, the exciting debut poetry collection by St. Louis based poet, Drucilla Wall, just published by Salmon Poetry. All are welcome.

Drucilla Wall was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She teaches poetry and essay writing, and Native American literature, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In addition to poetry, her essays appear in journals and anthologies. She has earned awards and fellowships for her work, including the Mari Sandoz Prairie Schooner Short Story Award, the Western Literature Association Willa Pilla Prize for Humor in Writing, and University of Nebraska Fling and Larson Fellowships. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and has spent summers with family and friends in Wexford and Galway, Ireland, since 1985. Her debut collection of poetry, The Geese at the Gates, is just published by Salmon Poetry.

Gerry Galvin was born in Limerick in 1942 but now lives in Oughterard, Co. Galway. He is a chef and former restaurateur, author of two cookbooks, The Drimcong Food Affair (McDonald Publishing, 1992) and Everyday Gourmet (The O’Brien Press, 1997), and is a columnist for Organic Matters magazine. His poetry and short stories have been published in newspapers and magazines in both the U.K. and Ireland. His first collection of poems, No Recipe, was published by Doire Press last year. Gerry’s crime novel, Killer ála Carte, will be published soon also by Doire Press.

Susan Lindsay is originally from Dublin but now lives in Galway. She has read her work at Over the Edge literary events, Clifden Arts Week and Mythic Links, and was a member of the Faber Academy, Dubin poetry class in 2010. A social work graduate (TCD, 1975), she has been a psychotherapist, group leader, workshop facilitator and trainer for over thirty years. This year Susan was selected to take part in the 2011 Poetry Ireland Introductions series of readings. Her first book of poetry, Whispering the Secrets, was published by Doire Press in March.

Susan Millar DuMars was born in Philadelphia. She has been short-listed for the Cúirt New Writing Prize and the START chapbook prize. Her fiction was awarded a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2005 and was showcased in a mini-collection, American Girls (Lapwing Publications) in 2007. Susan has also published two volumes of poems with Salmon Poetry. Her short story collection Lights In The Distance was published by Doire Press in December 2010.

John Walsh was born in Derry. His first collection, Johnny tell Them, was published in 2006 by Guildhall Press. In 2007 he received a Publication Award from Galway County Council to publish his second collection Love's Enterprise Zone. His third collection, Chopping Wood with T.S. Eliot, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010. His poems have been published in Ireland, the UK, Austria and the United States. He is organizer of North Beach Poetry Nights in Galway and founder of Doire Press.

John Menaghan born in New Jersey, has lived in Boston, Berkeley, Vancouver, Syracuse, London, Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Gortahork, and Dingle, & presently makes his home in Venice, CA. Winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize and other awards, he has given readings in Ireland, England, France, Hungary, and the U.S. He has also had several short plays produced in Los Angeles. John teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he also serves as Director of both the Irish Studies and Summer in Ireland programs and runs the LMU Irish Cultural Festival. He has published three collections of poems with Salmon Poetry, the most recent of which is What Vanishes (2009).

There is no entrance fee. The Kitchen @ The Museum has a wine licence. All welcome. For further information contact 087-6431748.

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

Monday, June 06, 2011

Summer Literary Extravaganza at Over The Edge June Writers' Gathering

The Over The Edge June Writers’ Gathering presents a summer literary extravaganza of readings by poets and fiction writers from Italy, Albania, the United States and Ireland at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, June 24th, 8pm. The evening will include the Galway launch of new poetry collections by Joseph Lennon and Ndrek Gjini. Fiction writer Jim Mullarkey will read from his forthcoming collection of short stories. Italian poets Luca Artioli, Andrea Garbin, Fabio Barcellandi and their translator Dave Lordan will read from their recent publication Poethree-New Italian Voices (Thauma Edizioni, 2011). All are welcome.

Joseph Lennon was born in Newport, Rhode Island, and grew up in Rochester, a small town in central Illinois. He has lived in Ireland and Italy and travelled throughout India. After a decade in New York City, teaching at Manhattan College, he now lives in Philadelphia with his family and is Director of Irish Studies at Villanova University. He has published poetry and critical essays on Irish literature and postcolonial studies. His book Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History (Syracuse UP, 2004) won the Donald J. Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book from the American Conference for Irish Studies. Fell Hunger is Joseph’s first collection of poetry and was published in April by Salmon Poetry.

Ndrek Gjini was born in Albania in the 1960s. From 1984 to 1988 he was a student at the University of Shkoder in Albania. After graduation he worked first as a teacher and then as a journalist. During these years he published poems and many newspaper articles in the Albanian language. In 2002, Ndrek moved to the West of Ireland. In 2004, he undertook a course that led to a National Certificate in Print Journalism; at GMIT he earned a BA honours in Heritage Studies. At present, he is enrolled in the MA in Writing at NUI Galway. His poems in English have recently been published in Cyphers magazine. The Death of Night is Ndrek’s first collection of poems in the English language and is just published by EMAL.

Jim Mullarkey lives in Galway. He was a member of Galway City Council for 1993 to 1999 before turning his hand to writing. He has been short-listed for the Raymond Carver Short Story Award and the Fish Short Story Competition. His story ‘Heaven’ was runner-up in the RTE Francis McManus Award. Jim read at the inaugural Cúirt Festival/Over The Edge showcase reading in April 2006. His first collection of short stories, Murph’s Advice, will be published by Doire Press in September.

Dave Lordan's latest collection of poems is Invitation to a Sacrifice (Salmon Poetry, 2010) which was called by The Irish Times 'an act of cultural resistance, as brilliant on the page as it must surely be in performance'. Eigse Riada theatre company produced his first play, Jo Bangles, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum in 2010. Forthcoming are Assassin for Higher from Wurm Press in Nov 2011 and his first collection of short stories Out of My Head due out from Salmon Publishing in Summer 2012. He can be contacted at
Luca Artioli
Luca Artioli was born in Mantova in 1976, where he still lives.He was the creator and co-founder of the “Confraternita dell’ “Uva”, a group of writers 25 from Mantova / Modena / Como. He’s currently a member of the “Movement from the Underground”, a literary group for the union of the arts, based in Montichiari (BS). His official website is His books are Fragili Apparenze (Apparent fragilities) (Poems - TCM Editions, Mantova, 2005) and Suture (Sutures) (Poems - Ed. Fara, 2011);
Fabio Barcellandi
Fabio Barcellandi was born in Brescia in 1968. He is part of the group of poets and artists that quickens the literary meetings at the coffee bar Galeter in Montichiari, where he has performed on numerous occasions, from his tentative beginnings to the latest missives. He is from under the earth. What they say of him is that he walks hand in hand with death, whistling He has published two collections of poems: Parole alate (Winged words) (Cicorivolta editions, 2007) and Nero, l’inchiostro (Black Ink) (Montag editions, 2008).
Andrea Garbin
Andrea Garbin lives and works in the province of Mantova. He has published the poetry Il senso della musa (The sense of the Muse) (Aletti, 2007) and Latex (Fara, 2009) and some short-stories in the anthologies Per natale non esco (For Christmas I don’t go out) (TranseuropaLibri, 2008) and Il rumore degli occhi (The noise of the eyes) (Edizioni Creativa, 2009).

There is no entrance fee. The Kitchen @ The Museum has a wine licence. All welcome. For further information contact 087-6431748.

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