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Monday, March 26, 2012

2012 Cúirt Over The Edge Showcase reading with Erin Buttner, Kevin O'Shea, Maeve Mulrennan, Eamonn Kelly & Sarah Maria Griffin

2012 Cúirt Over The Edge Showcase Reading
Friday, April 27th, 3:00pm
Town Hall Theatre
All welcome
There is no cover charge

The 2012 Cúirt Over The Edge showcase reading takes place as part of this year's Cúirt International Festival of Literature at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway on Friday, April 27th, 3:00pm. The writers showcased this year are Erin Buttner, Maeve Mulrennan & Sarah Griffin. The reading will be introduced by regular Over The Edge host, Susan Millar DuMars.

This event has grown since its inception in 2006 to become one of Ireland's premier platforms for showcasing new poets and fiction writers. Participating writers have previously been Featured Readers at Ireland's most successful reading series, the Over The Edge: Open Readings in Galway City Library. This year the winners of the Cúirt New Writing Prize 2012, Kevin O'Shea and Eamonn Kelly, will read with the Over The Edge writers. The Cúirt New Writing Prize is kindly sponsored by Tigh Neactain in memory of Lena Maguire.

Erin Buttner is a writer, baker, broadcaster, and veteran living in Kinvara, Co Galway. A native New Yorker, Erin immigrated to Ireland in 2008 to take a Master’s in Writing at NUI Galway. Her poetry has been published in Chronogram Arts Magazine in New York, Three Times Daily and Ropes. She is presently drafting her memoir based on the four years she spent serving in the US Military. Erin was a Featured Reader at the November 2011 Over The Edge Open Reading.

Erin Buttner

Maeve Mulrennan grew up in County Kildare. She studied Arts Administration and Policy at NUI Galway is currently Visual Arts Officer at Galway Arts Centre. An experienced visual artist, Maeve recently began writing fiction. Last year, she attended Celeste Augé’s short fiction class at Galway Arts Centre earlier this year and October 2011 took part in the annual Over The Edge Fiction Slam. Maeve was a Featured Reader at the December 2011 Over The Edge Open Reading which was her first major public reading.
Maeve Mulrennan

Sarah Maria Griffin is 24 years old and is currently living in Dublin after completing the MA in Writing NUIG. Her first collection of poetry, Follies, was published by Lapwing in April last year. During 2011 she was sent to New York was part of Culture Ireland’s ‘Imagine Ireland’ initiative, to represent contemporary Irish performance poetry as part of the Glór Sessions. Her work has appeared in many literary journals both in Ireland and abroad. She has also contributed interviews and poetry to RTE Radio 1’s Arena. She has performed at major spoken word events all over the country. She is currently Writer-in- Residence at Collinstown Community College, Clondalkin. Sarah was a Featured Reader at the January 2011 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

Sarah Maria Griffin

Eamonn Kelly is a native of Dublin, and based in Galway since the 1980s. He has written for television and radio, scripting in RTE on the sitcom, Upwardly Mobile, and providing contributions to Lyric FM’s ‘Quiet Quarter’. Eamonn is an arts graduate of NUI Galway and has contributed articles on arts and culture to the Irish Times, and written about theatre and film for Books Ireland. Eamonn is the winner of the fiction section in this year's Cúirt New Writing Prize.
Eamonn Kelly

Kevin O’Shea lives on the edge of Connemara, in Moycullen, still within earshot of the old Galway-Clifden railway. Having retreated from the world of technology to timidly confront the world of imagination he was short listed for Over The Edge New Writer of the Year  in both 2009 and 2010. He has been published in Irish Left Review, Ropes, Pen Tales and poetry anthologies Behind the Masks and Mosaic. For 2012 he has been accepted for publication in THE SHOp and Northern Liberties Review while his debut collection The Art of Non-Fishing is scheduled for publication by Doire Press. Kevin was a Featured Reader at the August 2009 Over The Edge: Open Reading. He is the winner of the poetry section in this year's Cúirt New Writing Prize.
Kevin O'Shea

Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing support of Galway City Library, Galway City Council, The Arts Council and The Cúírt Festival of International Literature.