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Thursday, January 24, 2019

2019 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop

The 2019 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase, featuring Trevor Conway, Rachel Coventry, Maureen Curran, Kate Ennals, Jessamine O’Connor, Moya Roddy, Eileen Sheehan, Denis Mockler, Bernie Crawford, John W. Sexton, Ruth Quinlan, Anne Bevan, Susan Lindsay, Lindy Newns, James O'Toole, AndrĂ© Rostant, Liz Quirke, The Blue Nib chapbook III and the anthology Poems for Grenfell Tower  (Onslaught Press), will take place at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Friday, February, 8th at 6pm. 
In this annual retrospective of the year just past, poets based in the West of Ireland, who published a new collection of poems during 2018, are invited to read three poems from the collection in question. There will also be readings from the Blue Nib chapbook III and the anthology Poems for Grenfell Tower (Onslaught Press).  

All welcome. There is no cover charge. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

January Over The Edge: Open Reading Tim Cumming, Jonathan Harper, & Sarah Padden PLUS launch of issue 11 of Skylight 47

The January ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, January 24th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Sarah Padden, Jonathan Harper, & Tim Cumming. The evening will also see the launch, by Tim Cumming, of issue eleven of perhaps Ireland’s most exciting, informative, and accessible poetry magazine Skylight 47. There will be readings by contributors. All welcome. This reading marks the sixteenth anniversary of the first Over The Edge reading in Galway City Library. 

Sarah Padden is of Irish descent and was raised in West Yorkshire. She returned to live in her dad’s county of Mayo over a decade ago and moved to Galway, to attend NUIG. Since living in Galway, she has attended Kevin Higgins’s poetry workshop and many Over The Edge events. Her poetry has been published in the 2017 anthology Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry (Arlen House). She has also had poems published in Skylight 47, ROPES, A New Ulster, & Freehand. She won the June 2017 Galway Poetry Slam and was shortlisted for both the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year 2017 competition and the Poems for Patience Competition 2018.

Jonathan Harper has participated in creative writing classes with Susan Millar DuMars at Galway Technical Institute and is currently a participant in Susan’s Advanced Fiction Writing class. He arrived in Galway from the UK via a short stay of a few years in Australia. Having held many jobs since leaving school he is currently an engineer. Writing influences are varied, from J.K Rowling (non Harry Potter) to Jim Crace. He aims to finish his first novel this year.

Tim Cumming
Tim Cumming’s first collection, The Miniature Estate was published in 1991, and subsequent books include Apocalypso (1992, 1999, 2004), Contact Print (2002), The Rumour (2004), The Rapture (2011), Etruscan Miniatures (2012) and Rebel Angels in the Mind Shop (2015). He has made a series of acclaimed film poems and exhibited poems and paintings at Sladers Yard gallery in Dorset, and wrote and narrated the acclaimed Hawkwind: Do Not Panic BBC documentary. His work has appeared in three editions of The Forward Book of Poetry, its 2004 Best of the Decade anthology, and Bloodaxe Books’ 2010 anthology, Identity Parade. He lives in London.

There will be a limited open-mic after the Featured Readers and Skylight 47 contributors have finished. New readers are always especially welcome. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748. Afterwards we will celebrate Over The Edge’s sixteenth birthday.

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