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Friday, July 15, 2016

Autumn Beginners & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes at Galway Technical Institute BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Creative Writing for Beginners with Kevin Higgins takes place one evening per week (Monday) from 7-9pm (10 weeks) with a mid-term break. It commences on Monday, September 26th, 2016. Advance booking is essential. Places cost €120. Kevin Higgins will provide writing exercises for, and give gentle critical feedback to, those interested in trying their hand at writing stories, poems, or memoir.

Intermediate Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars takes place one evening per week (Tuesday) from 7-9pm (10 weeks) with a mid-term break. It commences on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016. Advance booking is essential. Places cost €120. This class is suitable for those who’ve participated in creative writing classes before or begun to have work published in magazines. Flexible exercises and work-shopping of assignments, together with the study of the works of published writers, will help each class member to find their own writing voice.

YOU CAN ALSO BOOK in person at Galway Technical Institute, Monday-Friday, (10am-4.30pm) when GTI re-opens after the summer break in late August.

For further information contact Galway Technical Institute, Father Griffin Road, Galway, phone 091-581342 or email or see  

Sunday, July 03, 2016

July Over The Edge Writers' Gathering with Alvy Carragher, Justin Conboy, Diane Fahey, & Leabhar na hAthghabhála

July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering
at Galway City Library
presents readings by
Justin Conboy, & Diane Fahey,
a Showcase reading from the anthology
Leabhar na hAthghabhála
Poems of Repossession
(published by Bloodaxe
edited by Louis de Paor),
of Alvy Carragher’s debut poetry collection
Falling in love with broken things
(published by Salmon)
on Thursday, July 14th,6.30pm

The July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents readings by fiction writers, poets, and translators Justin Conboy, Diane Fahey, Micheál Ó Cuaig, Colbert Kearney, & the Galway launch of Alvy Carragher’s debut poetry collection Falling in love with broken things (published by Salmon). The event will take place at Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street on Thursday, July 14th, 6.30pm. All are welcome. There is no cover charge.

Justin Conboy hails from Salthill, Galway. Ireland. He graduated in 2015 as an Engineer from NUI Galway where computers and mathematics were his first love. Justin soon extended his love to writing and hence combined these attributes into writing his first novel, Code Thief, which was published in May.

Diane Fahey is an Australian poet and lives in a bayside town on the Bellarine Peninsula. She is the author of twelve poetry collections, most recently A House by the River (Puncher & Wattmann, 2016). The Wing Collection: New & Selected Poems (2011) and The Stone Garden: Poems from Clare (2013) were both shortlisted for major book awards. Sea Wall and River Light, a collection of poems set in Barwon Heads, received the ACT government's Judith Wright Poetry Award in 2007. Among her awards for individual poems are the Newcastle Poetry Prize and the Wesley Michel Wright Award. Diane has received literary grants from the Victorian and South Australian Governments, and from the Australia Council, including a grant in 2014 to support the writing of a book on the West of Ireland. She took part in Australian Poetry's 2013 International Poetry Tour of Ireland. Past writing residencies have taken her to Venice, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Hawthornden Castle International Writers' Retreat in Scotland, and to Varuna, the National Writers House, and Bundanon, both in N.S.W. She has been writer in residence at Ormond College, Melbourne, and the University of Adelaide. Her website: <>          

Louis de Paor is Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway and one of the leading Irish language poets. He is editor of the anthology Leabhar na hAthghabhála -Poems of Repossession (published recently by Bloodaxe). He will introduce the readings from Leabhar na hAthghabhála on the evening. 
A native of Cill Chiaráin, Micheál Ó Cuaig is a sean nós singer and  the author of highly regarded collections of Irish poetry, such as Uchtóga (1985) and Clocha Reatha (1986) which critics have applauded for their emotional delicacy and scrupulous use of language. His poems feature in Leabhar na hAthghabhála.

Colbert Kearney was born in Dublin, went to school in Garbally Park and attended University College Dublin and Cambridge University.  He is emeritus professor of English at University College Cork and has published studies of Brendan Behan and Sean O’Casey.  He has also published a novel, The Consequence, and has recently completed a memoir of his parents.  A major influence on his life was his Finglas National School teacher, Eoghan Ó Tuairisc, whose ‘Aifreann na Marbh’ he translated for Leabhar na hAthghabhála.

Alvy Carragher's first collection of poems Falling in Love with Broken Things has been published by Salmon Poetry this year. She is an award-winning poet and blogger. Her work has appeared in The Irish Times, The Galway Review, Poet Head, Skylight 47 and many others. She was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series 2016 and represented the group at a reading in New York.

There is no entrance fee.

For further information contact 087-6431748.

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