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Saturday, May 19, 2018

May Over The Edge: Open Reading with Jacqueline Saphra, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Jessamine O’Connor PLUS launch of issue 10 of Skylight 47

The May ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, May 31st, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Jacqueline Saphra, Jessamine O’Connor, &Anne Walsh Donnelly. The evening will also see the launch, by Jacqueline Saphra, of issue ten of perhaps Ireland’s most exciting, informative, and accessible poetry magazine Skylight 47. There will be readings by contributors. All welcome.  
Anne Walsh Donnelly lives in Mayo. Her work has been published in literary magazines such as Crannog, Boyne Berries and Inside the Bell Jar. Her stories have been shortlisted in competitions such as the Fish International Prize and RTE Radio One Frances Mac Manus competition. She was highly commended in the OTE New Writer of the Year (Poetry) Award in 2017 and recently won The Blue Nib Poetry Chapbook competition.

Jessamine O Connor facilitates The Hermit Collective arts troupe, The Wrong Side Of The Tracks Writers, and the Ballaghaderreen branch of Failte Isteach conversational English classes. She won the iYeats, the Francis Ledwidge, and the Poetry Ireland Butlers Café poetry competitions, and was short-listed for the Hennessy, Over The Edge, Cuirt New Writing, Galway Hospital Poems For Patience, Bradshaw Books, Leaf Books and Red Line Book Festival competitions. She is currently promoting her fifth chapbook Pact, and her first full collection of poems is coming out with Salmon in early 2020. Jessamine’s website is

Jacqueline Saphra
Jacqueline Saphra’s The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye 2011) was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women was published by (The Emma Press 2017) won the Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work. In 2017 A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller was out from Hercules Editions and her latest collection from Nine Arches Press, All My Mad Mothers, was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot prize. She lives in London and teaches at The Poetry School.

Copies of the new issue of Skylight 47 will be on sale on the evening. 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.