Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Final Over The Edge: Open Reading of 2015 with leading UK poet Kim Moore, Felicia McCarthy, & Michael Gallagher

The December ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, December 17th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Kim Moore, Michael Gallagher, & Felicia ‘Flish’ McCarthy. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are especially welcome. The Over The Edge Christmas celebration will take place afterwards. 

Felicia ‘Flish’ McCarthy took an Honours BA and MA in English Language and Literature at Trinity College Dublin. She has lived in Dublin, Denver, & now Salthill where she works as a professional Energy Medicine Practitioner when she is not fooling around with words. She is a regular participant in poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Baillieborough Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Boyne Berries, Infusions, This Never Happened II, and the RNLI anthology The Sea

Before switching to prose, Michael Gallagher enjoyed considerable success as a scriptwriter. He has written comedy for the both the BBC and Channel Four and has co-written several plays. In 2014 he won the Galway’s Great Read creative writing competition with his short story, ‘First Light’. Michael is a modest man not given to outlandish boasts or hyperbole and is currently employed as editor of the breathtakingly brilliant free Galway magazine, Westword.

Kim Moore was born in 1981 and lives and works in Cumbria. She is one of the leading new voices in British poetry. Her first full length collection The Art of Falling was published by Seren in April 2015.  She won a New Writing North Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2012. In 2014 she was Poet in Residence for Ilkley Literature Festival and Digital Poet in Residence for The Poetry School. Her first pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy.  If We Could Speak Like Wolves was chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award and the Lakeland Book of the Year Award. Her work has been anthologised in Salt’s Best British Poetry 2012 and Oxfam’s Lung Jazz.  

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, Poetry Ireland,  & The Arts Council.

Over The Edge just received the great news that the Arts Council are increasing the funding we will receive for our literary events in 2016 by 75% compared to this year.