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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Galway launch of 'Ireland Is Changing Mother' by Rita Ann Higgins

The Galway Arts Centre would like to invite you to attend the Galway launch

of Ireland Is Changing Mother (Bloodaxe Books)
by Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins

Friday September 16th, 6pm, The Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street.

The collection will be officially launched by comedian Tommy Tiernan.

Wine reception provided, all are welcome.

Launch of 'And' the debut short story collection by Jim Mullarkey

North Beach Poetry Nights Returns After The Summer Break

North Beach Poetry Nights' Slam returns

on Monday 19th September

in the Crane Bar at 9 pm

with guest Poet - Séamus Fox (Belfast),
the 2009 All Ireland Slam Champion

and songs from Mark James.

Séamus Fox was born in Belfast and grew up in Craigavon, Co Armagh. By the time he was 16 or 17 he was writing his own raps. Later in his twenties he read the poetry of Plath, Bukowski, Sexton and Carver and just as with rap he thought “I could do this!”  Around 2006 he began writing with a vigour he had never before known. In early 2007 he began to perform at poetry nights in Belfast where he met a wide range of artistic type people and this spurred him to write even more. He performs regularly at poetry nights and comedy nights around the city and doesn’t try to write any more. Performance is a very free and comfortable discipline for him. In October 2009 he won the All Ireland Slam title in Galway and on August 13th 2010 his first book “As Seen Through Staggered Eyes” was published by Wild Wind Books. He has been a regular performer at too many nights to mention for the last 3 or 4 years. He writes spoken word, written word, comedy, rap and short stories. He is currently working intently on his second collection of poems which should be finished in the next 2 to 3 months.

Poets wishing to enter the September Slam should have 2 max. 3 minute poems.

The poem for the 2nd round must be performed without a script.

So time to get memorizing now!

Next Month 17th October: Neil McCarthy (currently in Vienna)

Info: John@ 091-593290

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

On The Farm presents Mixed Grazing

On the Farm presents,

in association with Dunnes Stores —
Mixed Grazing:

Music with Mike and Sue Fahy,

Fiction with Colm Brady,

Comedy with Eleanor Tiernan,

Poetry with Susan Lindsay

and theatre with Anthony Daly.

Saturday Oct 1st, 12pm.

Ballinderreen, Co. Galway.

Event not weather permitting
and it’s Free!

M.C Mags Treanor

Info: 087 9139698

Facebook: On the Farm

Poetry Reading at The Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar

On Thursday, Sept 29th at 8pm, 3 poets, Terry McDonagh, (Mayo), Rab Wilson, (Scotland) and Andrew Forster, (England) read at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, County Mayo.

September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering with Richard Halperin, Jane Clarke, C.P. Stewart & The Skylight Poets

C.P. Stewart

The September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents readings by poets from Ireland, the UK and France. Visiting poets Richard Halperin, Jane Clarke and C.P. Stewart will read their work. Also reading on the night will be members of the legendary Galway-based poetry workshop, The Skylight Poets, who will showcase their exciting new anthology, Mosaic, which has already garnered praise from renowned poets Moya Cannon and Mary O’Malley. The event will take place at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, September 9th, 8pm. All are welcome.

Richard W. Halperin holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the City University of New York. Until 2005 he was chief of teacher education for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, which entailed travel and work in Asia, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. For UNESCO, he edited the downloadable book Reading and Writing Poetry: The Recommendations of Noted Poets from Many Lands on the Teaching of Poetry in Secondary Schools, available in English, French and Spanish versions. He will read from his poetry collection, Anniversary, which was published last year by Salmon Poetry.

Originally from a farm in Roscommon, Jane Clarke, now lives in Wicklow and is a member of Airfield Writers. She has had poems published in Cyphers, Crannóg, Revival, The Shop, The Stony Thursday Book, Southword and has won a number of prizes, including the Listowel Writers’ Week Prize (2007). In 2009 she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. She is currently studying for an MPhil in Writing with the University of Glamorgan, Wales. Jane is short-listed for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition.

C.P. Stewart lives with his family in North Yorkshire. Formerly singer/songwriter with the cult band Laughing Gravy, his poetry has been widely published in Canada, Australia, Ireland, England and the United States. For two years he was the Poetry Editor of Sotto Voce Arts and Literary magazine (U.S.). A chapbook of his poetry, Taking it In was published by Koo Poetry Press in 2009. His New and Selected Poems, Considering the Lilies, was published earlier this year by the Galway-based publisher Wordsonthestreet.

Skylight Poets is the collective name for an unlikely bunch of writers who have gathered on Thursday afternoons in a sparsely furnished room with four skylights at the top of Galway Arts Centre in Dominick Street Galway. Under the guidance of poet and workshop director Kevin Higgins the first anthology from this motley group Lady Gregory’s Townhouse was published in 2009. This was followed in 2010 by the highly praised Behind the Masks and this year sees the publication of the Skylight Poets’ third anthology Mosaic. Edited by Sarah Clancy, Des Kavanagh, Deirdre Kearney and Kevin O’Shea, Mosaic has already garnered praise from renowned poets Moya Cannon and Mary O'Malley.

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

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

Saturday, August 20, 2011

NEWSFLASH Long-list for 2011 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year

Philip Abbink, Galway, Ireland
John Austin Connolly, Dublin, Ireland
Lisa Allen, Galway, Ireland
Bernie Ashe, Galway, Ireland
Meleesha Bardolia, Melbourne, Australia
Gene Barry, Cork, Ireland
Marie Bashford-Synnott, Dublin, Ireland
Batsheva Battu, Galway, Ireland
Stephanie Brennan, Galway, Ireland
Paul Bradley, Galway, Ireland
Bern Butler, Galway, Ireland
Erin Buttner, Galway, Ireland
Stephen Byrne, Galway, Ireland
Marie Cadden, Galway, Ireland
June Caldwell, Dublin, Ireland
Kimberly Campanello, Dublin, Ireland
Angela T. Carr, Dublin, Ireland
Martin Casey, Mayo, Ireland
Jane Clarke, Wicklow, Ireland
Rachel Coventry, Galway, Ireland
Bernie Crawford, Galway, Ireland
Damian Cunniffe, Galway, Ireland
Madeleine D'Arcy, Cork, Ireland
Rory Duffy, Westmeath, Ireland
Hilary Fennell, Dublin, Ireland
Stephanie Flaherty-Klapp, Galway, Ireland
Philippa Gibbons, Galway, Ireland
Pauline Gillen, Galway, Ireland
Mary Healy, Kilkenny, Ireland
Dearbhaile Houston, Galway, Ireland
Derek Hynes, Galway, Ireland
Anne Irwin, Galway, Ireland
Sandra Jensen, Cork, Ireland
Des Kavanagh, Galway, Ireland
Jean Kavanagh, Clare, Ireland
Stephen Kennedy, Dublin, Ireland
Tom Lavelle, Galway, Ireland
Barbara Leahy, Cork, Ireland
Laurie Leech, Galway, Ireland
Marie MacSweeney, Louth, Ireland
Gemma Marren, Mayo, Ireland
Connie Masterson, Galway, Ireland
Antoinette McCarthy, Kilkenny, Ireland
Rosaleen McDonagh, Dublin, Ireland
Andrew McEneff, Dublin, Ireland
Danielle McLoughlin, Cork, Ireland
Paul McMahon, Sligo, Ireland
Anne McManus, Galway, Ireland
Sighle Meehan, Galway, Ireland
Lauren Norton, California, USA
Kerrie O’Brien, Dublin, Ireland
Brian O’Connell, Galway, Ireland
David O'Dwyer, Dublin, Ireland
Noel O’Regan, Kerry, Ireland
Michael O'Siochain, Cork, Ireland
Niall Ó’ Sioradáin, Dublin, Ireland
Kevin O'Shea, Galway, Ireland
James O'Toole, Galway, Ireland
Evelyn Parsons, Galway, Ireland
Laura Peters, London, UK
Fiona Place, Galway, Ireland
Bridget Rowland, Mayo, Ireland
Marybeth Rua-Larsen, Massachusetts, USA
Breda Wall Ryan, Wicklow, Ireland
Eimear Ryan, Tipperary, Ireland
Natalie Ryan, Dublin, Ireland
Rejini Samuel, Galway, Ireland
Seamus Scanlon, New York, USA
Maresa Sheehan, Carlow, Ireland
Alan Timmons, Wicklow, Ireland
Steve Wade, Dublin, Ireland
Alice Walsh, Dublin, Ireland
John Walsh, Galway, Ireland
Nicole Walsh, Sligo, Ireland
Heidi Wickam, Sligo, Ireland

The competition is kindly sponsored by Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, McGinn’s Bar, Niall Ó’Brolcháin, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames & Mike Cubbard.

The shortlist will be announced
at the August Over The Edge:Open Reading
in Galway City Library
this coming Thursday, August, 25th, 6.30-8pm.

The competition judge is Elaine Feeney.
Fiction Long-list – a few words about the process by Susan Millar DuMars
(N.B. 40 of the writers on the above long-list are long-listed for fiction, the other 35 for poetry.)
There were 197 stories entered. Only 40 could be long-listed. So more than three quarters of the stories had to lose out.

Stories were read by me and three other very experienced writers with no names attached. Any entries with which I was familiar I gave to the three volunteers for their verdict.

Each entrant was allowed one story on the long-list. That way the greatest number of people could benefit from being long-listed.

The Result
Many fine writers didn’t make it this time; including many with Masters Degrees, many who have read for Over the Edge, many for whom I’d have great professional respect. This was startling to realise, and my heart broke for those who didn’t get through. At the same time, it proves the fairness of the process.
In the end, here is what we looked for:
• Stories with a strong, unusual, likeable narrative voice.
• Simple stories; those with elaborate, gimmicky plot twists generally did not make it through.
• Stories with memorable images we could not get out of our heads.
• Stories that used their 3000 words well. That is, the piece didn’t read like a vignette, an exercise or an extract but a fleshed out story with clear beginning, middle, end.
• Stories that felt true. Not that they had to be true, of course. But the author must have taken the time to walk in her characters’ shoes.

It was a very tough job; the standard of entries was very high. My sincere congratulations to the forty authors who made it to the fiction long-list.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Daytime Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars at Galway Arts Centre STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

This September Galway Arts Centre presents a daytime class for all those beginner and continuing creative writing students out there, both facilitated by Susan Millar DuMars. Susan Millar DuMars writes both poetry and fiction. A collection of her stories, Lights In The Distance, was published last December by Doire Press; she has published two collection of poetry, Big Pink Umbrella (2008) and Dreams For Breakfast both with Salmon Poetry. She is also co-organiser of the Over The Edge reading series which specifically promotes new writers.

The class is suitable for both beginning and continuing creative writing students, working in either poetry or fiction. Students will spend their week responding to writing exercises designed to inspire, rather than inhibit. In class, they will receive gentle feedback on their work from their classmates and from the teacher. The class takes place on Monday afternoons, 2-3.30pm, commencing on Monday September 19th.

The cost to participants is 110 Euro with a 100 Euro concession price. Booking is essential as places are limited. For booking please contact Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886 or email

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Launch of 'Mosaic' by the Skylight Poets at Nuns' Island Theatre

On Friday September 2nd at 6.30 pm MOSAIC, the third anthology of poetry from Skylight Poets will be launched in the Nuns’ Island Theatre in Nuns’ Island Galway.

Skylight Poets is the collective name for an unlikely bunch of writers who have gathered on Thursday afternoons in a sparsely furnished room with four skylights at the top of Galway Arts Centre in Dominick Street Galway. Under the guidance of poet and director Kevin Higgins the first anthology from this motley group Lady Gregory’s Townhouse was published in 2009 to much acclaim. This was followed in 2010 by the highly praised Behind the Masks and this year sees the publication of Skylight Poets third anthology entitled Mosaic. Already it is garnering praise from renowned poets Moya Cannon and Mary O'Malley.

Each anthology is edited by a group of four different editors. The editors of Mosaic are Sarah Clancy, Des Kavanagh, Deirdre Kearney and Kevin O’Shea. The contributors vary in poetic ambition and achievement from people who have won prestigious awards in the literary world, some of whom have had their work published in journals and poetry magazines worldwide, some who have already published collections of their work to those who merely seek the company and fun of the workshops for nothing more than the pleasure of creative effort.

After the launch of Mosaic at 6.30 in Nuns’ Island Theatre on Friday September 2nd, Skylight Poets will read from their work at the Over the Edge Writers Gathering in The Kitchen at Galway Museum on September 9th and will perform again at Clifden Arts Week on September 16th.

Free parking is available at Nuns’ Island car park and a wine reception is sponsored by Thomas Woodberry’s of Middle Street Galway. All are welcome!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gerry Hanberry's Biography of Oscar Wilde's Family Just Published by The Collins Press

Gerry Hanberry's biography of Oscar Wilde's remarkable family
is just published by The Collins Press.
Dr Adrian Frazier from NUI Galway will launch the book
in Charlie Bryne's Bookshop
on Saturday 10 September at 6.00 p.m.
All Welcome.

Creative Writing with Dave Lordan @ Bray Institute of Further Education

Beginners (mon) and Intermediate (wed) Creative Writing classes with Dave Lordan

Bray Institute of Further Education. Term begins monday the 26th of September.

7.30 to 9.30 PM. Cost 120 euro. Discount for unwaged. Enrol here  10 week courses.

Beginners will be given a gentle introduction to the art of creative writing through a variety of exercises designed to stimulate creativity and self confidence in your expressive ability.

Intermediate students will work in an atmosphere of collective mutual support and constructive criticism with the intention of completing a publishable portfolio of finished poetry or prose.

Writers of prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction equally welcome.

Both courses will include sessions on dialogue, narration, character, description, finding your own style and voice, the discipline of being a writer...

Read more about writer and teacher Dave Lordan here email Dave at

Ring anytime on 087-0921117.


The Inishbofin Jaunt

September Creative Writing Weekends On Inishbofin Island

2 - 5 and 9 -12 SEPT 2011

Tutors: Yvonne Cullen,(“Writes beautifully, and can pass on the skill” The Irish Times Sept 2009, “Best Creative Writing Teacher in Dublin” - Dubliner Magazine) Guest tutor on weekend two: Anthony Glavin. Suitable for beginner and developing writers

Classes, workshops, relaxed and fun group Readings and social nights, plus plenty of time to explore Inishbofin too!

THERE IS A SPECIAL 'VIA OVER THE EDGE' FEE for two Developing writers on each weekend, of €200 in place of €230, on weekend one, Developing Poetry and Personal Essay, and €240 in place of €270 on weekend two, Developing Short Fiction and Personal Essay.


A unique opportunity to hear four Galway fiction writers at Sheridan's Wine Bar

A unique opportunity to hear four Galway fiction writers at Sheridan's Wine Bar on Monday September 5th, 8pm. The writers will read stories that have been shortlisted in the R.T.E. Francis McManus Short Story Competition. Three of the readers, Davnet Heery The Little Girl in Pink, Aideen Henry Saibh and Geraldine Mills The Street With Looking Glass Eyes were shortlisted in 2011 and the fourth reader, Jim Mullarkey Heaven was runner up in 2002. MC for the night is Kevin Higgins. All are welcome.

A long-time resident of Cois Fharraige, Connemara, Davnet enjoys solitary walks along the shore and on the bog, day-dreaming. Recently graduated from the MA in Writing at NUIG she has had a giddy summer reading at literary festivals countrywide for the launch of the MA class anthology Bicycles with Umbrellas. Primarily a poet (she has been grant aided by Galway Co.Co. to work towards a collection Camellia) she also enjoys writing plays.

Aideen story, Saibh, was shortlisted in 2011 for the Francis McManus Short Story Award and recorded on RTE Radio. As part of the Atlantis Collective Aideen Henry’s short stories have featured in three short story anthologies launched each year at the Cúirt International Literary Festival; The Town of Fiction (2009), Faceless Monsters (2010) and Eat the Swans (2011). Her short story, Morning Surgery, was shortlisted for the Aindreas McEntee Prize (2010). Oculoterra was selected for the inaugural Lonely Voice Series at the Irish Writer’s Centre Reading in Dublin in January 2010.

Jim has been shortlisted twice in the RTE Francis McManus Competition, the last time in 2005 for Mary up in Donegal. He has been long-listed for the Raymond Carver Short Story Award and the Fish Short Story Competition. He was runner-up in the 2003 Galway Cúirt Poetry Festival. Jim read at the inaugural Cúirt Festival/Over The Edge showcase reading in April 2006. In recent years Jim has facilitated creative writing workshops for adults with learning difficulties. His first collection of short stories, And, will be launched by Doire Press on September 17th in Galway Museum at 1pm.

GERALDINE MILLS is an award winning poet and short story writer and has been published nationally and internationally. She has published four collections of poetry and two of short stories ‘Lick of the Lizard’, (2005) and ‘The Weight of Feathers’, 2007 (Arlen House). She was winner of the Inaugural Penguin/ RTÉ Short Story Competition, 2010. Other awards for fiction include the Moore Medallion, The OKI Award and she has been shortlisted 6 times for the Francis MacManus Competition. Geraldine was the millennium winner of the Hennessy/Tribune New Irish Writer Award for her short story ‘Lick of the Lizard’. She teaches creative writing in Ireland and the US.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

2011 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year LONG-LIST TO BE ANNOUNCED

The announcement of the long-list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition will take place at a special Salmon Poetry reading at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway on Saturday, August 20th , STARTS 6.30 PM. Majella Cullinane will read from her just published collection ‘Guarding The Flame’ and there will also be readings by Over The Edge co-organisers Susan Millar DuMars & Kevin Higgins.

For more about Majella Cullinane see


This year's competition has received a record number of entries; the competition judge is Elaine Feeney.

Record Entry for 2011 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year Competition

This year's Over The Edge New Writer of The Year Competition has received a record 371 entries; 194 fiction entries and 177 poetry entries. 

The long-list will be announced at a special event at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop on the afternoon of Saturday, August 20th. Further details to follow.