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Sunday, August 13, 2017

August Over The Edge: Open Reading with Bobbie Sparrow, Art Ó Súilleabháin, & Ailbhe Darcy

The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ after the summer break takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 31st, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Ailbhe DArcy, Art Ó Súilleabháin, & Bobbie Sparrow. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. The evening will also see the announcement of the long list for the 2017 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition which received a large number of entries again this year.
Bobbie Sparrow is a poetry writing Psychotherapist living in Co. Galway.  She was long listed for the Over The Edge new writer's award 2015/16 and short listed for the Galway University Poetry Competition 2016. Her poems have been published in Orbis, Picaroon, and The Rose Magazine. Bobbie has taken part in many poetry workshops with Kevin Higgins and Jim Bennet of Poetry Kit. She is a member of the online poetry group, Poets Abroad.  Bobbie has found a good poem to be a good friend.

Art Ó Súilleabháin was born in Galway, spent a few years in Boston but now lives in Corr na Móna, in north Connemara. He has published a number of books for children as Gaeilge but is now working on poems and stories in English for adults. His work has been regularly broadcast on RTE Radio One’s Sunday Miscellany. He lives on the shores of Lough Corrib with his artist son Fiachra, one of his six children.
Ailbhe Darcy
Ailbhe Darcy grew up in Dublin, and has since lived in the United States, Germany and Wales, where she teaches creative writing at Cardiff University. Selections of her work are included in the Bloodaxe anthologies Identity Parade and Voice Recognition, and in the Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Vol 4. Her first full-length collection was ImaginaryMenagerie, published by Bloodaxe Books in 2011. A collaboration with S.J. Fowler,  Subcritical Tests, was published by Gorse in June 2017. Recent poems have appeared in POETRY, Poetry Ireland Review and Poetry Wales, and a second solo collection, Insistence, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe in 2018.

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome. The evening will also see the announcement of the long list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which has again received a very healthy number of entries this year

The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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