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Sunday, July 05, 2015

July Over The Edge Writers' Gathering-readings by Máire T. Robinson, Mary Madec, & showcase of Wordsontreestreet & Doire Press writers

July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering

at Galway City Library

showcases Galway publishers

& presents readings by Máire T. Robinson & Mary Madec

on Thursday, July 9th, 6.30-8pm.

The July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents readings by Horslips drummer Eamon Carr, Máire T. Robinson, John Fogarty, Mary Madec, Lorne Patterson, and Paul O’Reilly. At this event Over The Edge will showcase authors published by Galway-based publishers Doire Press and Wordsonthestreet. The reading takes place at Galway City Library on Thursday, July 9th, 6.30-8pm. All are welcome and there is no cover charge. 
Máire T. Robinson

Máire T. Robinson is a graduate of the MA in writing at NUI, Galway. In 2013, she was the overall winner of the Doire Press Chapbook Competition. Her short story collection Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart was published as a result. Máire's recently published début novel Skin, Paper, Stone (New Island, 2015) was described by the Irish Times as “a deceptively simple novel that packs a punch. Robinson writes with warmth and understanding, giving the reader a bird’s-eye view of a modern, post-boom Galway through a diverse and credible cast of characters.” Kevin Higgins’s Galway Advertiser review of Skin, Paper, Stone can be read here

Eamon Carr and friend in 1975

Eamon Carr was born in Meath. Along with Peter Fallon, he formed poetry-performance group Tara Telephone, before concentrating his energies as writer, conceptualist and drummer for Horslips, the band he co-founded and remains a member of. A journalist and occasional broadcaster, he is a former recipient of the Sarah Purser Scholarship and Prize in the History of European Painting from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2005, his poster poem ‘A Tale of Love’, originally designed in 1969 by Che Guevara poster artist Jim Fitzpatrick, was included in the Tate Gallery, Liverpool, Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era Exhibition. In 2008, as lyricist, he collaborated on an album of new songs with former Sweeney's Men and Wings guitarist Henry McCullough. In 2010, his five-poem cycle Ascension: Ireland was staged in the Walled Garden of the Pearse Museum, Dublin by composer and intermedia artist Daniel Figgis. In 2011, Horslips recorded a live performance of music suites adapted from The Táin and The Book of Invasions concept albums in concert with the Ulster Orchestra, conductor Brian Byrne. In 2012, Eamon contributed a reading of ‘Dublin’, a lyric by deceased friend and colleague Philip Lynott, to Sound City Beat, an album by the Radiators from Space. His first book, The Origami Crow, Journey into Japan World Cup Summer 2002 (Seven Towers) was published in 2008. Deirdre Unforgiven: A Journal of Sorrows, a one-act play based on Deirdre of the Sorrows, was published by Doire Press in 2013. 

John Fogarty is a fiction writer whose debut novel Scenes from an Indian Summer will be published in September by Galway based publishers Wordsonthestreet. Scenes from an Indian Summer has already been shortlisted for the RTÉ 1/Penquin book prize. He has had work published in Connect Magazine and a range of other publications at home and abroad.  He is also an actor and has taken demanding roles in numerous productions, most notably, in JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls and in Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men.

Lorne Patterson is an Edgeworthstown writer and member of the Ballymahon Writers Group, Co Longford, Ireland. He is a psychiatric nurse and community educator who has worked in a number of countries, including Britain, the United States and Russia. A past runner-up in the Sean Ó Faoláin short-story competition, he published his first book, Witch, in 2012 to critical acclaim. Witch was followed by another novella, Bad Blood , published in 2013 by Wordsonthestreet. Lorne is currently working on a non-fiction history of drug addiction treatment and on Hour of the Witch, the follow-up to Witch’.

Paul O’Reilly lives Co. Wexford and has been published in Necessary Fiction; Irish Independent’s New Irish Writing; Natural Bridge; Stinging Fly; and the Irish Times. He has been shortlisted for the Seán O’Faoláin Prize and the Hennessy First Fiction Award; was runner up for Bristol Short Story Prize and the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Prize; was a joint-winner of The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions competition hosted by the Irish Writers’ Centre; received honourable mention in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters competition; and had a story nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is also an award-winning traditional Irish singer and musician and was awarded Deis funding by the Arts Council in 2008. As well as working in fiction, music and song, Paul has produced several albums, two film documentaries, adapted a Claire Keegan short story for film that was later produced and screened at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2013, and for the past twelve years has been active in the promotion of culture and new writing in the south-east of Ireland. Visit for more details. The Girl Missing From The Window, Paul’s debut collection of short stories, is just published by Doire Press.
Mary Madec

Mary Madec was born and raised in Mayo. She studied at NUI, Galway (B.A., M.A., H.Dip Ed.) and at the University of Pennsylvania from which she received a doctorate in Linguistics in 2002. She has published widely (Crannóg, West 47, The Cuirt Annual, Poetry Ireland Review, the SHOp, The Sunday Tribune, Southword, Iota, Nth Position, Natural Bridge and The Stand Orbis, The Fox Chase Review, The Recorder among others. Her first collection, In Other Words, appeared with Salmon Poetry in 2010 ; her second collection, Demeter Does Not Remember also with Salmon Poetry at the end of 2014. She has received several awards and prizes most notably the Hennessy XO Prize for Emerging Poetry in 2008. She co-founded the community writing project, Away With Words, and works for Villanova University. Kevin Higgins’s Galway Advertiser review of Demeter Does Not Remember can be read here

For further information contact 087-6431748.

All Welcome. No Cover charge.
Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing financial support of the Arts Council, Poetry Ireland, and Galway City Council.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Westport Arts Festival Poetry Competition judged by Geraldine Mills & Gerard Reidy

Westport Arts Festival is running a poetry competition again this year in memory of their greatly missed friend, Dermot Healy. Judges, Geraldine Mills and Gerard Reidy.

Prizes: 1st prize-€500, 2nd prize-€200, 3rd prize-€100.

Cost of entry: €3 per poem, 4 entries for €10, unlimited entries.

Closing date for entries: Friday September 4th, 2015

THE RULES: Entries must not have been, by the date of submission, published or broadcast in any medium. Entries must be the entrant’s own work. Entries should consist of no more than 40 lines. Entrants are advised to keep copies of their own work as entries will not be returned. The adjudicators will not enter into any correspondence concerning the competition. The decision of the adjudicators is final. You may enter as often as you like, provided entries are accompanied by the appropriate fees. Entries must be typed, using only one side of the page. No indication of the writer’s identity may appear on the poem(s) entered.

Postal entries and accompanying entry forms should be sent in an A4 envelope to: Westport Arts Festival Poetry Competition, c/0 Westport Chamber of Commerce, The Fairgreen, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland. All cheques accompanying postal entries should be made payable to Westport Arts Festival. Please do not enclose cash. 

Winners will be announced during the Festival on Thursday, Oct 1st 2015. Short- listed entrants will be notified one week in advance and invited to attend. There will be an Open Mic night at the Creel Restaurant, Westport Quay before the prize winners are announced.

Entry Form
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