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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2013 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase at The Kitchen @ The Museum FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

The 2013 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase featuring Mary O’Rourke, Sarah Clancy, Máire Holmes, Kevin O’Shea, Lorna Shaughnessy, Java Writers, The Tuesday Knights poets, James Lawless, The Abandoned Darlings writers, Elaine Feeney, Micheál Ó'Coinn, Away With Words writers, Michael Faherty, Merlin Park Hospital writers & Amit Mediratta will take place at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, February, 15th at 8pm.

In this annual retrospective of the year just past, Galway-based poets who published a new collection of poems during 2012 are invited to read three poems from the collection in question. There will also be short readings from the anthologies Abandoned Darlings (NUI Galway MA in Writing class of 2012), Wayword Tuesdays (The Tuesday Knights poetry group), Jessica Casey & Other Works (Away With Words writers, published by Salmon), This Never Happened (Merlin Park Hospital Writers) and Infusions (Java Writers). There will also be a reading of poems from Elaine Feeney & Sarah Clancy’s poetry CD Cinderella Backwards.

All welcome. There is no cover charge. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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

Friday, January 25, 2013

Galway Arts Centre February Poetry Slam

The first Poetry Slam of 2013 will take place next Tuesday, the 12th February at 7pm at the Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street.

There will be another slam on the 19th March before the Cúirt Grand Slam Final, which will take place during the week of the Cúirt Festival in April. Participants are required to bring one poem/piece that will take a maximum of 3 minutes to perform. The winner will be selected on the night and will be invited to perform as a guest speaker at the March poetry slam, in addition to qualifying for the Grand Slam Final. The winner’s piece will be published on the Galway Arts Centre website along with a short biography of themselves. Anyone can participate on the night, and new comers are very welcome.

Admission is free and wine will be provided. All are welcome.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Over The Edge Celebrates Tenth Birthday with Harry Clifton, Jennifer Matthews & James Martyn Joyce PLUS the Launch of SKYLIGHT 47 possibly Ireland's most interesting poetry publication

Over The Edge Celebrates Tenth Birthday with Reading by Harry Clifton, Jennifer Matthews & James Martyn Joyce PLUS the Launch of the first issue of Skylight 47 (possibly Ireland’s most interesting poetry publication)

Harry Clifton

Over The Edge in association with Poetry Ireland presents the first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ of 2013 at Galway City Library on Thursday, January 24th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are James Martyn Joyce, Jennifer Matthews & Harry Clifton. This is a very special occasion as it is now ten years since Over The Edge was born in Galway City Library in January 2003. A most important part of the evening will be the launch of the first issue of Skylight 47, the new bi-annual poetry paper from the Skylight Poets, which will be on sale for the first time on the evening. The first issue includes new poems by established and emerging poets, an interview with Harry Clifton, a poetry masterclass with Paul Maddern and reviews. The magazine is generously sponsored by Food 4 Thought restaurant & Charlie Byrne's Bookshop.

James Martyn Joyce is from Galway and he is a member of The Talking Stick Workshop. His work has appeared in The Cúirt Journal, West 47, Books Ireland, Crannog, The Sunday Tribune, The Stinging Fly and The Shop. He has had stories broadcast on RTE and BBC and has won the Listowel Writers Week Originals Short Story Competition. He was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award in 2006. He was shortlisted for the Francis McManus award in 2007 and 2008 and The William Trevor International Short Story Competition in 2007 and 2011. His first collection of poetry, Shedding Skin, was published by Arlen House in 2010. His collection of short stories, What’s Not Said, was published by Arlen House in 2012.

Jennifer Matthews writes poetry and book reviews, and is editor of the Long Story Short literary journal. Her poetry has been published in The Stinging Fly, Mslexia, Revival, Necessary Fiction, Poetry Salzburg, Foma & Fontanelles and Cork Literary Review, and anthologised in Dedalus's collection of immigrant poetry in Ireland, Landing Places (2010). In 2012 she read at Electric Picnic with Poetry Ireland, and had a poem shortlisted by Gwyneth Lewis in the Bridport poetry competition. She is currently working on a collaboration with poet Anamaría Crowe Serrano.
Harry Clifton was born in Dublin in 1952. He studied at Blackrock College and later at University College Dublin. He was also an International Fellow at the University of Iowa. In 1981, he won the Patrick Kavanagh award. He has published seven books of poems and two books of prose. Le Canto d'Ulysse his Selected Poems in French, was published in 1996. His book Secular Eden won the Poetry Now / Irish Times award in 2008. He teaches at University College Dublin and is Ireland Professor of Poetry. His most recent poetry collection is the highly acclaimed The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass, which was published by Bloodaxe in May 2012.

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, who have funded Over The Edge since 2004; The Arts Council, who have funded us continuously since 2006; and Poetry Ireland who have sponsored several readings over the years, including this reading by Harry Clifton.

Friday, January 04, 2013

GMIT presents Creative Writing for Beginners with Susan Millar DuMars STARTING IN NEW YEAR - TAKING BOOKINGS NOW

In the New Year GMIT is offering a course in Creative Writing for Beginners with Susan Millar DuMars. The course takes place at GMIT Dublin Road Campus one evening per week (Wednesday) for 7 weeks from 7–9p.m. It commences on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013. Advance booking is essential. The course fee is €95.

During the seven weeks Susan Millar DuMars will give support, instruction and feedback to students who are interested in writing either fiction (short stories, novels) or poetry. The class will work on techniques for forming ideas and getting started; engaging the reader’s senses; using figures of speech effectively; being alert to the importance of the sound of words, the rhythm of writing; how to manage the truth in a fictitious piece; the different forms of poetry; awareness of character and point of view in fiction; editing and polishing work. Whether the student seeks publication, self-expression, a rewarding hobby (or possibly all three), this course is a wonderful place to start.

For further details or to book a place contact GMIT, Dublin Road, Galway. Telephone 091 742145 or 091-742328, email or see

Course Tutor:
Susan Millar DuMars’ debut poetry collection, Big Pink Umbrella, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2008. Her next collection, Dreams for Breakfast, appeared in April 2010. Her work features in Landing Places, Dedalus’ 2010 anthology of immigrant poetry written in Ireland; and also in The Best Of Irish Poetry 2010. A fiction writer as well, she published a collection of short stories, American Girls, with Lapwing in 2007. She published a book of short stories in 2010: Lights in the Distance, published by Doire Press. She has been the recipient of an Arts Council Literature Bursary. Susan's third collection of poetry, "the god thing", will be published by Salmon Poetry in early 2013. She lives in Galway, where she and her husband have run the Over the Edge readings series since 2003.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013


Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries for an exciting new poetry competition.

CRITERIA: poems entered in the competition should be no more than 30 lines long. They must be the original work of the entrant. Poems previously published in magazines or poetry collections are eligible. Multiple entries are accepted; poets can enter as many poems as they wish.


*the winner will have her or his poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of the 2013 Poems For Patience. Poems For Patience is a long running series which over the past decade has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Michael Longley, Vona Groarke, Jane Hirschfield, Tess Gallagher and many more. The poems after exhibition on the Arts Corridor are then displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway University Hospitals.

*the winner will be invited to read her of his winning poem at the launch of the 2013 Poems For Patience at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April 2013.

*the winner will be provided with accommodation in Galway for one night during the 2013 Cúirt International Festival of Literature

*the winner will be given a copy of their poem printed as a Poems for Patience poster

*the winner will be asked to submit six poems for consideration for a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

ENTRY FEE: to enter one poem the fee is €10. If you enter two or more poems the entry fee is €7.50 per poem i.e. to enter two poems it costs €15, to enter three €22.50 and so on.

Payment should be made by cheque or postal order payable to Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust.

Entries should be sent by post to Margaret Flannery, Arts Director, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, Galway University Hospitals, University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway. Do not put your name on the poems; please include your contact details on a separate sheet.

THE CLOSING DATE is Friday, March 1st 2013.

THE JUDGE: The competition judge is Kevin Higgins. Kevin Higgins is Writer-in-Residence with Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust. He facilitates poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre; teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute and on the Brothers of Charity Away With Words programme. He is the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser. Kevin is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events. His first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005 and was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award. His second collection, Time Gentlemen, Please,was published in March 2008 by Salmon. His work also features in the anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed RoddyLumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010). Frightening New Furniture is his third collection of poems and was published in 2010 by Salmon Poetry. Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews was published by Salmon this April. Kevin has read his work at most of the major literary festivals in Ireland and at Arts Council and Culture Ireland supported poetry events in Kansas City, USA (2006), Los Angeles, USA (2007), London, UK (2007), New York, USA (2008), Athens, Greece (2008); St. Louis, USA (2008), Chicago, USA (2009), Denver, USA (2010), Washington D.C (2011), Huntington, West Virginia, USA (2011), Geelong, Australia (2011) & Canberra, Australia (2011). Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry, The Ghost In The Lobby, will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2014.

For further details: Tel: +353 (0)91 544979 Email:

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Clare Daly & Kevin Higgins to judge Galway Rape Crisis Centre's Dead Good Poetry Competition SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED!

NEWSFLASH MAY 7TH 2013 News just in, the competition judges Kevin Higgins & Clare Daly TD have announced the ten finalists for Dead Good Poetry Competition. 
Winners to be announced next week!

‘Women like me’ by Bernie Crawford
‘Christmas Eve at the Neighbours’ by Kate Ennals
‘For New Time’s Sake’ by Jean Folan
‘Leaving Cert 1995’ by David Lynch
‘Kate Kelly ‘by Liam Maloney
‘Loss and Gain’ by Felicia McCarthy
‘The Driving Instructor’ by Shirley McClure
‘Justice’ by Jessamine O’Connor
‘A Well’s Story’ by Caroline O’Hagan
‘Samurai Wife’ by Breda Spaight

The Galway Rape Crisis Centre in association with Over the Edge are now accepting entries for the Dead Good Poetry Competition. The competition is open to all original and unpublished poetry and will be judged by Kevin Higgins and Clare Daly TD.

The winner will receive €300, while the second and third prize winners will receive €200 and €100 respectively. For further information please contact Aoife 085 2462959 or

The entry fee is €10 per poem and entrants may submits as many poems as they wish. Poems may be sent to; Dead Good Poetry, "The Lodge" Forster Court, Galway or sent as an attachment to; The deadline for entries is March 31 2013.