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Friday, February 03, 2012

Novelist Chris Binchy for February 'Over The Edge: Open Reading'

Chris Binchy

The February ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, February 23rd, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Chris Binchy, Anne Irwin & Philip Abbink.

Chris Binchy was born in 1970. He studied English and Spanish at UCD and later graduated from the master's course in creative writing at Trinity College Dublin. He has published four novels. The Very Man was shortlisted for Irish Novel of the Year in 2003. Since then he has published People Like Us, Open-handed and in 2010 Five Days Apart was published by Harper Collins US. He lives in Dublin.

Anne Irwin was born in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. She has lived in Galway since 1988. She studied English and Philosophy at U.C.G and is a practising Homeopath. She has been attending poetry workshops with Kevin Higgins for the past two years. Anne has previously read her poems at Clarinbridge Arts Festival, the 2011 NUI Galway Alumni literary evening and the Flat Lake Festival. She was long-listed in the Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition in both 2010 and 2011. Her poetry has been published in the 2011 issue of the ROPES literary journal.

When Philip Abbink’s wife got a job in Ireland, he quit his job as a Canadian lawyer and became the official Writer in Residence at their new flat in Galway. The Residency funded writing classes at GTI and Galway Arts Centre. Philip has written short stories, children’s books, and an entire novel (if you add up two unrelated halves). Several stories have provoked polite rejections from respectable publications and one was shortlisted for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition in 2011.

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.