Monday, August 31, 2015

September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering at The Kitchen @ The Museum

The September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents an exciting variety of readings by poets and fiction writers Clara Rose Thornton, Kernan Andrews, Kate Ennals, Susan Lanigan, and Ruth Aylett. The evening will see the launch by Kevin Higgins of Kate Ennal’s debut poetry collection At The Edge, which is just published by Lapwing Press.

 The event will take place at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, September 11th, 8pm. All are welcome. There is no cover charge.

Kate Ennals is a poet and writes short stories. She has been published in various literary publications such as Crannog, Skylight 47, Burning Bush 2, The Galway Review, Ropes, Boyne Berries, and North West Words. She has published a novella, Slainté, on Amazon. A Londoner, Kate has lived in Ireland for 21 years and runs poetry and writing workshops in County Cavan. Her blog can be found at At The Edge, her debut poetry collection, is just published by Lapwing Press.

Clara Rose Thornton is a spoken word artist, culture journalist, and RTÉ radio and television broadcaster originally hailing from Chicago. She publishes arts and culture criticism internationally, including for the Irish Independent, and her provocative spoken word is performed at festivals and venues across Europe. She is the 2014-15 Dublin Slam Poetry Champion. Meet her at and @ClaraRose. 

Kernan Andrews is from Galway and work as the Arts Editor and Political Correspondent of the Galway Advertiser newspaper and its website, . His short story, Im Niemandsland, was published in the anthology Noir By Noir West, published by Arlen House. Kernan will read from, Northern Uproar, his tale of a young Protestant lad in 1970s Northern Ireland whose life is turned upside down by punk and the Sex Pistols.

Ruth Aylett teaches computing and researches artificial intelligence and robotics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. She jointly wrote the collaborative online epic Granite University, performed with Sarah the Poetic Robot at the 2012 Edinburgh Free Fringe and wants to write poems that can enter the lives of everyone everywhere. She has been published by Envoi, Bloodaxe Books, New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland, and Doire Press and tweets as ruthaylett; read more at

Susan Lanigan, lives in Dublin and is a graduate of the MA in Writing at NUI Galway. He is the author of WWI novel White Feathers. This story of passion, betrayal and war has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2015, and is published by O’Brien Press Brandon imprint.

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.

Friday, August 28, 2015

2015 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year LONGLIST ANNOUNCED



Betsy Carreyette

Michelle Coyne

Eamonn McGuiness

Angela Finn

Paul Duffy

Melanie Lohan

Fergal Ó’Dubhghaill

Edward Jecky

Selina Oram

Margaret Cahill

Aidan Hynes

Katie McDermott

Lauren Foley

Chris Connolly

Anne Hayden

Dermot Duffy

Adam Trodd

Brian Leeson

Mark Stevenson Curry

Valerie Ryan

John Butler

A.M. Shine

Barbara Leahy

Michael Sheehan

Niall Bourke

Paul Anthony Corbett

Armel Dagorn

Anne Donnelly

Audrey Molloy

Maeve Galvin

P.J. Moore

Eleanor O’Reilly

L.S. Harding

Martin Halliday

Alex Reece Abbott


Breda Spaight

Nollaig Rowan

Dagmar Drabent

James Anthony

Niall Bourke

Vincent Steed

Anne Irwin

Sighle Meehan

James O’Toole

Jessamine O’Connor

Stephen De Burca

Aoife Reilly

Majella Kelly

Gerard Gallen

Rachel Coventry

Kevin Murtagh

Clifton Redmond

Ruth Aylett

Annesley Downey

Hannah Kiely

Bobbie Sparrow

Judy O’Kane

Wilma Kenny

Maresa Sheehan

Maurice Devitt

Paul McCarrick

Rob Childers

Ginny Sullivan

Jayne Brogan

Dawn Wisniewski

Lindsey Bellosa

Lisa Allen

Liz Quirke

Stephanie Klapp

Helena Kilty

Bennet McNiff

Gavan Duffy

Bernie Ashe

Marion Cox

We would like to thank our competition sponsors: 

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop,  
Dock No. 1, ISupply Flood Street, Ward’s Hotel, Clare Daly TD,  
Kenny’s Bookshop &Derek Nolan TD

This year's competition judge is Dave Lordan


@ the Over The Edge Culture Night event 
@ Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery,

Liosbán Retail Park on Friday, September 18th

The fiction writers reading starts 4pm.

The reading by poets: 6pm


The September Over The Edge: Open Reading

on Thursday, September 24th


@ the October Over The Edge: Open Reading

in Galway City Library,

Thurs October 29h