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Monday, October 31, 2011


WRITERS: Liam Carson, Henry McDonald, Ivy Bannister

Tuesday 15 November - Irish Writers’ Centre 7.30pm

Wednesday 16 November- Anam Cara Retreat, Cork 8.30pm

Thursday 17 November - Church of Ireland, Portumna,
County Galway 7.30pm

Link to more info on the writers is here:

North Beach Poetry Nights monthly slam plus featured readers Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin & Sarah Clancy

Sarah Clancy

North Beach Poetry Nights' Slam

Monday 21st November

in the Crane Bar at 9 pm

with guests: Connacht Slam Champions
Sarah Clancy and
Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin

Poets wishing to enter the 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!

Info: John@ 091-593290

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

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Reading from '30 Poems to Daniela' by Sean Kavanagh at Sheridan's Wine Bar

a reading from
30 Poems to Daniela
by Sean Kavanagh

at Sheridan's Cheesemongers Winebar

8pm Thursday 3rd November

This is a highly acclaimed book which traces the tragic passing of Sean's partner and his promise to write her 30 poems. Its only the second reading of the book.
The night will be full of honesty and humor.
The book is now on sale in Charlie Byrnes.

Further information from Seamus 086 8042418

Galway launch of 'Writing The Irish West' by Eamonn Wall

The Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway


Irish Studies Seminar Series

Where the Trails Converge: Writing the Contemporary Irish and American Wests

Professor Eamonn Wall

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Thursday 3 November 2011


Followed by book launch at 5.30pm:

Writing the Irish West:

Ecologies and Traditions

by Eamonn Wall

(University of Notre Dame Press, 2011)
at the Centre for Irish Studies NUI Galway

Friday, October 14, 2011

October ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ with Kevin Simmonds, Luke Morgan & Jessie Lendennie; Over The Edge Celebrates Salmon Poetry’s 30th Anniversary

Kevin Simmonds

The October Over The Edge: Open Reading takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, October 27th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Kevin Simmonds, Luke Morgan & Jessie Lendennie. This is one of a series of readings this Autumn which will mark Salmon Poetry’s 30th anniversary.

Kevin Simmonds is a San Francisco-based writer, musician and filmmaker originally from New Orleans. His writing appears in journals such as Asia Literary Review, Callaloo, jubilat, Kyoto Journal and Poetry. His edited works include Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and Ota Benga Under My Mother's Roof. His music and performances have been featured on BBC Radio 3, PBS and Japan's NHK Television and at London's Royal Festival Hall, Japan's Nakano Sun Plaza and the National Black Theatre Festival. feti(sh)ame, his genre-defying short film, based entirely on his poetry, has screened internationally and been hailed by Los Angeles film critic Ernest Hardy as "an elegantly profane meditation on desire". Mad for Meat - his debut collection of poetry, has just appeared from Salmon.

Luke Morgan is a poet based in Co. Galway. He began writing from a very young age and had poems published in the school magazines. At fifteen, he became the youngest ever contributor to Crannóg, the literary journal in Galway, with his poem "Moving On". Since then he has enjoyed publications in journals such as Limerick's Revival, ROPES 2011, and earlier this year, Poetry Ireland Review and the Poetry Ireland Newsletter. He won first place in the 2011 Windows Publications Student Poetry Awards. Apart from writing poetry, he loves writing plays and short stories.

Jessie Lendennie was born in Arkansas, USA. After years of travel, she settled in Ireland in 1981. Her previous publications include a book-length prose poem Daughter (1988); reprinted as Daughter and Other Poems in 2001. She compiled and edited: Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-2007; Poetry: Reading it, Writing It, Publishing It (2009) and Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (2010). She is co-founder (1981) and Managing Director of Salmon Poetry. She has given numerous readings, lectures and writing courses in Ireland and abroad, including Yale University; The Irish Embassy, Washington D.C; The University of Alaska, Fairbanks and Anchorage; MIT, Boston; MN; Café Teatre, Copenhagen, Denmark; the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; The Irish American Cultural Centre, Chicago and The Bowery Poetry Club, New York City. She is currently working on a memoir To Dance Beneath the Diamond Sky. Jessie’s second collection of poetry Walking Here is just published by Salmon Poetry; this reading will be its Galway launch.
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.

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

Mike Diskin to launch 'Killer a la Carte' by Gerry Galvin

Monday, October 03, 2011

Emer Martin Featured Reader at Third Annual Over The Edge Fiction Slam

Emer Martin

After the event’s huge success in the past two years, Over The Edge presents its third annual fiction slam with Featured Reader, Emer Martin, at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, October 14th, 8pm.

Emer Martin is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and various places in the U.S. Her first novel Breakfast in Babylon won Book of the Year 1996 in her native Ireland at the prestigious Listowel Writers’ Week. Houghton Mifflin released Breakfast in Babylon in the U.S. in 1997. More Bread Or I’ll Appear, her second novel was published internationally in 1999. Emer studied painting in New York and has had a sell-out solo show of her paintings at the Origin Gallery in Harcourt St, Dublin. Her most recent book is Baby Zero, published March 07. She has just completed her third short film Unaccompanied. She produced Irvine Welsh’s directorial debut NUTS in 2007. Emer was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. She now lives in the jungles of Co. Meath, Ireland.

Poetry slams have grown in popularity during the past few years, but now it’s the fiction writers’ turn. The first twelve fiction writers to make it to The Kitchen @ The Museum on the evening of Friday, October 14th and register will be guaranteed a place in the slam. All participating writers should bring two pieces of their own fiction, as there are two rounds. The time limit in both rounds is five minutes. Extracts from longer stories are admissible. Stories do not have to be memorised. The Fiction Slam will be judged by a three person jury made up of two audience members and Emer Martin. Three writers will go through to the second round and the prize for the winner is a bottle of wine.

There is no entrance fee. 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.