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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sarah O’Toole, Margaret Brady & Frank Dullaghan for October Over The Edge: Open Reading PLUS the announcement of the winners of the 2013 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year

Frank Dullaghan

The October ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 31st, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Sarah O’Toole, Margaret Brady & Frank Dullaghan. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. The evening will also see the announcement of the winners in this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which received a large number of entries again this year. This year’s competition judge is Sarah Clancy. 

Sarah O'Toole hails from the West of Ireland and works as a theatre practitioner and lecturer. She was the winner of the Aran Islands/Hillstead poetry competition in 1997 and travelled to Connecticut to read at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival with other emerging poets from both sides of the Atlantic. Since returning to her passion for poetry she has been published in Emerge Literary Journal, Crannóg and The Irish Left Review. She has also written two plays which have been performed in Ireland - an adaptation of Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin" and an original piece "The Heroism Hotline" co-written with Donnacha Bushe.

Margaret Brady grew up in 1960s Dublin. An only child, she filled the long, lonely winter evenings curled up by the fire with good books. Over the years she remained a voracious reader of virtually every genre of book with a particular soft spot for science fiction. She moved to Galway from Dublin as a trailing spouse nearly 20 years ago. It was only meant to be for one year, but Galway seemed to be the perfect place to raise children. She hasn't returned to Dublin yet. She shares her home with her two college going children, an energetic dog and four and a half cats. She has recently been a participant in creative writing classes at Galway Technical Institute.

Frank Dullaghan is an Irish writer living and working in Dubai since 2006. He holds an MA with Distinction in Writing from the University of South Wales (previously Glamorgan). His poetry has been widely published in UK and Irish journals. Prior to living in Dubai, Frank lived in the UK where he was a co-founder of the Essex Poetry Festival and chaired the judging panel for The Young Essex Poet of the Year competition. He was also editor of Seam Poetry Magazine for many years. In Dubai, he has run workshops in poetry and short story writing in schools, university and for various literary and writing groups. He is a member of the spoken word platform Poeticians as well as the Dubai Writers Group and the Emirates Literary Group. Frank has two collections of poetry - On the Back of the Wind, 2008 and Enough Light to See the Dark, 2012 from Cinnamon Press - and two collections of haiku published in the UK. His third poetry collection, A Slow Implosion of the Heart, is due out from Cinnamon Press in September 2014.

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.