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Friday, September 30, 2016

Mike McCormack Featured Reader & Judge at Eighth Annual Over The Edge Fiction Slam

After the event’s huge success in the past seven years, Over The Edge presents its eighth annual fiction slam with Featured Reader, Mike McCormack, at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish, Galway on Friday, October 14th, 8pm. 

Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer originally from Mayo but long resident in Galway City. His previous work includes the short story collection Getting it in the Head (1995), the novel Notes from a Coma (2005), which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award, and Forensic Songs (2012). In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and in 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. Mike’s most recent, widely acclaimed novel Solar Bones was published earlier this year by Tramp Press. 

The first twelve fiction writers to make it to The Kitchen @ The Museum on the evening of Friday, October 14th and register will be guaranteed a place in the slam. If you want to be sure of a place, get there early! All participating writers should bring two pieces of their own fiction, as there are two rounds. The time limit in both rounds is five minutes. Extracts from longer stories are admissible. Stories do not have to be memorised. The Fiction Slam will be judged by a three person jury made up of two audience members and Mike McCormack. Three writers will go through to the second round and the prize for the winner is a bottle of excellent red wine.

There is no entrance fee. All welcome. 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.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

SHORTLIST for 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year

2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year SHORTLIST


Una Mannion, Sligo  ‘Pet…’

Niamh MacCabe, Leitrim ‘Stars..’

Robert Higgins, Dublin ‘Honda…’

Rozz Lewis, Carlow ‘Wire’

Micheál Ó’Síocháin, Cork ‘Triangle…’

Anne Donnelly, Mayo ‘Lead…’

David O’Dwyer, Dublin ‘Attic…’

Aongus Murtagh, Berlin  ‘He…’

Martin Halliday, Newcastle UK ‘Moor…’

Meadhbh Ní Eadhra, Galway ‘Friday…’

Rory Walsh, Mayo ‘Chancer…’

Chris Connolly, Dublin‘Light…’& ‘New’

Neasa McHugh, County  Galway ‘Atrophy…’

Diana Powell, Wales ‘Cabinet…’

Lauren Foley, Dublin ‘Don’t…’


Lydia Harris, Orkney, Scotland

Ria Collins, Galway

Patrick Maddock, Wexford

Audrey Molloy, Australia

Alyn Fenn, Cork

James Finnegan, Donegal

Denise Nagle, Mayo

Lauren Jan Shore, Australia

Alice Kinsella, Mayo

Jean Tuomey, Mayo

Bogusia Wardein, Norway

Stephen Byrne, Galway

Niall Bourke, London

Kathryn Guille, Limerick

Deirdre Daly, Dublin

Shelley Tracey, Belfast

Eileen Keane, Galway

Caroline Bracken, Wicklow

The longlist is available here.  

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 
& Senator Trevor Ó’Clochartaigh

Thanks also to our judge Niamh Boyce 

@ The October Over The Edge: Open Reading
on Thursday, October 27th
Galway City Library, 6.30-8pm