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Thursday, August 30, 2018

2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year LONGLIST

Adam Trodd, ‘Welcome’
Teresa Sweeney, ‘Young’
Niamh MacCabe, ‘Instructions’
Aongus Murtagh, ‘Protector’, ‘Ask’
Kathryn Burke, ‘Loss’
P.J. Moore, Galway, ‘Summit’
Maeve Mulrennan, ‘Blood’
Kate Ennals, ‘Stoker’
Brian Kirk, ‘Bull’
Creighton O’Sullivan, ‘Frances’
Patrick Holloway, ‘Untitled, ‘Now’
Cliff Wedgbury, ‘Queenie’
Elizabeth Power, ‘Nag’
Una O’Farrell, ‘Work’
Jamie Stedmond, ‘Drugs’
Paul Lewis, ‘Dead’
David O’Dwyer, ‘Crooked’
Alex Reece-Abbot, ‘Brotherly’
Brian Leeson, ‘Dance’
Flavia Simas, ‘Veins’
Martin Halliday, ‘Cold’
Olivia Fitzimons, ‘Cinema’
Pauline McNamee, ‘Journey’
Ethel Feneran, ‘Children’

Ria Collins, ‘Dive’
Kathryn Burke, ‘Consummation’
Paul Denby, ‘Surf’
Audrey Molloy, ‘Sequence’
James Finnegan, ‘Ghost’
Jean Tuomey, ‘Border’
Bogusia Wardein, ‘Communion’, ‘Soulless’, ‘Search’
Sarah Padden, ‘Graveside’
Bobbie Sparrow, ‘Weight’
Vincent Steed, ‘Canal Bank Hole’
Sighle Meehan, ‘Bonnie’ & ‘Circles’
James O’Toole, ‘Kinda’
Orla Fay, ‘North’
Morag Anderson, ‘Company’ & ‘Trick’
Molly Twomey, ‘Prana’
Anne Walsh Donnelly, ‘Vows’, ‘Mná’
Jessica Pape, ‘Outlaw’, ‘World’
Attracta Fahy, ‘Tuam’
Barbara DeCoursey Roy, ‘Irene’
Gavan Duffy, ‘Beaten’, ‘Wake’
Conor McBrierty, ‘Bed’
Paul Lewis, ‘Littoral’
Edel Burke, ‘Holding’
Aoife Reilly, ‘Inferno’, ‘Future’
Derek Coyle, ‘Dying’
Anne Rath, ‘Grief’
Ann Harrington, ‘Swallow’
Nicola Geddes, ‘Lullaby’, ‘September’
Patrick Holloway, ‘Aurora’, ‘Oesophagus’
Kathryn Slattery, ‘Gone’
Caroline Bracken, ‘Advice’
Conor Gearin, ‘Middle’
Jamie Stedmond, ‘Crabs’
Linda McKenna, ‘Blue’
Paul McCarrick, ‘Unhappy’
Jessamine O’Connor, ‘Andrew’
Anita Gracey, ‘GP’
Sacha Hutchinson, ‘Heaven’
Mark Scullion, ‘Friday’

We would like to thank our competition sponsors: 
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Dock No. 1, Ward’s Hotel, Clare Daly TD, & Kenny’s Bookshop

@ the Over The Edge Culture Night event @ Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery,
Liosbán Retail Park on Friday, September 21st
The fiction writers reading starts 3.30pm.
The reading by poets: 5.45pm

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

2018 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year competition judge Rachel Coventry

Friday, August 17, 2018

August Over The Edge: Open Reading with Lisa Harding, Jude Flynn, Una O'Farrell PLUS open-mic AND long list for 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year

The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ after the summer break takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 30th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Lisa Harding, Jude Flynn, & Una O’Farrell. 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 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year for which the competition judge this year is poet Rachel Coventry.
Lisa Harding
Una O’Farrell was born in Galway. Una has worked in Health Care throughout her career which ended prematurely due to ill health. Her career was spread across hospitals in Dublin Limerick and Galway along with a number of breaks to rear her family. Throughout her life Una has moved around the country and settled in Galway twenty years ago where she lives with her husband. Una has a BSc in Clinical Physiology from Dublin Institute of Technology. Una attended several creative writing classes with Kevin Higgins and has recently completed advanced classes with Susan Du Mars. She has read her poetry at the open mike at Over the Edge events at the Galway City Library. She has completed her first novel of fiction titled “That’s It” and is in the process of submitting it to be published.

Jude Flynn is a graphic designer and an emerging writer of predominantly short fiction originally from Athlone. He has attended a series of writers’ workshops at GTI and GMIT during his time living in Galway. Major influences on his writing have been the works of David Foster Wallace, Cormac McCarthy, Raymond Carver, Lionel Shriver and many others. Thematically, Jude's short stories tend to centre around childhood and adolescence and how the world is interpreted and misinterpreted through a youthful gaze.
Lisa Harding is a playwright, short story writer, actress and novelist. She played Connie in RTÉ’s Fair City and has performed at the Abbey, the Gate, and the Lyric, among others. Her prize-winning novel Harvesting was published by New Island to critical acclaim and has just been optioned by an IFTA and BAFTA winning director. Her second novel is shortly to go on submission with Aitken Alexander, and she is about to embark on the process of adapting Harvesting for screen.

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.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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

Susan Millar DuMars & Kevin Higgins

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 24th, 2018. 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 25th, 2018. 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