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Monday, December 05, 2016

December Over The Edge: Open Reading with Mary Lee, Helena Kane, & Matthew Caley

The December ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, December 15th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Matthew Caley, Helena Kane, & Mary Lee. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are especially welcome. The Over The Edge end of year celebration will take place afterwards. 

Mary Lee was born in Curramore – a small village west of Headford. She has a background in psychotherapy and spirituality and draws on her former experience to write and work part time as a facilitator and psychotherapist. Her poems have appeared in Skylight 47; Orbis; Crannog; The Linnet’s Wings; The Galway Literary Review; The Poet’s Search for God; The Furrow and Spirituaity. Her work has also been broadcast of RTE Radio’s The Living Word. Her poetry collection Bloom was published recently by Matthew James Publishing Ltd. She now lives in Galway and is a participant in the Advanced Poetry Workshop at Galway Arts Centre.

Helena Kane grew up in East Galway but now lives in Galway city. She is a retired teacher so now finally has the time to pursue her interest in writing. When her children grew up she began to attend writing classes and has been working on a novel for the past four years. Titled `The Long, Long Road `, it starts in the Fifties. It’s about a young girl, Maire, who was in an Industrial school from the age of seven. She was allowed to leave there when she was sixteen. She enjoys her freedom for a while but through naivety and ill-luck she ends up in a Magdalen Laundry. There is no baby involved. She plans her escape with the help of a young man she met at a dance while she was free. Helena Kane is currently taking part in Susan Millar DuMars’s Advanced Fiction Writing Class.

Matthew Caley
Matthew Caley’s Thirst (Slow Dancer, 1999) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and followed by The Scene of My Former Triumph (Wrecking Ball Press, 2005), Apparently (Bloodaxe Books, 2010); his ‘lost second collection, Professor Glass (Donut Press, 2011); and his fifth collection, Rake (Bloodaxe Books, 2016). His work has been included in many anthologies, including Roddy Lumsden’s Identity Parade (Bloodaxe Books, 2010) and John Stammers’ Picador Book of Love Poems. He has also co-edited Pop Fiction: The Song in Cinema with Stephen Lannin (Intellect, 2005). He lives in London with artist Pavla Alchin and their two daughters.

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.