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Sunday, June 16, 2019

July Over The Writers' Gathering with Niamh Boyce, Liz McSkeane PLUS Fiction Slam

Niamh Boyce and Liz McSkeane Featured Readers & Judges at Eleventh Annual Over The Edge Fiction Slam at The Kitchen @ The Museum

Over The Edge presents its eleventh annual fiction slam with Featured Readers, Liz McSkeane and Niamh Boyce, at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish, Galway on Friday, June 28th, 8pm.
Liz McSkeane
Liz McSkeane born in Scotland of Scottish and Irish parents and has lived in Dublin since 1981. She is an award-winning novelist, poet and short story writer. Her d├ębut novel, Canticle, was a winner in the Irish Writers' Centre/Greenbean Novel Fair of 2016. In 2011,  she was an Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice winner and in 1999, she won the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year.  Liz has three poetry collections and her poetry and short stories have been published in the Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Irish Pages, The Shop, Stinging Fly, Orbis, Stepaway, Gutter Magazine, The Lea-Green Down and others. In 2016, Liz set up her own small press, Turas Press, which published six books during 2016-18,with a further four scheduled for 2019.
Niamh Boyce
Niamh Boyce was named Newcomer of the Year at the 2013 Irish Book Awards for The Herbalist, her first novel ('The most entertaining yet substantial historical novel since Joseph O'Connor's Star of the Sea' Irish Times) which was also a Number One bestseller. She won the 2012 Hennesssy XO New Irish Writer Of  The Year Award and Emerging Poetry Award for her poem 'Kitty'. Her short fiction has been widely published in anthologies. Her Kind is her second novel and has been called 'Enthralling' by the Irish Examiner while the  Sunday Independent described it as'Masterful ... Boyce delicately unfolds this atmospheric, magical thriller with pace and juice, while also making sure that the sentiments (vilification of women, policing of female biology, etc) echo through time'.

The first twelve fiction writers to make it to The Kitchen @ The Museum on the evening of Friday, June 28th and register will be guaranteed a place in the slam. If you want to be sure of a place, get there early! All participating writers should bring two pieces of their own fiction, as there are two rounds. The time limit in both rounds is five minutes. Extracts from longer stories are admissible. Stories do not have to be memorised. The Fiction Slam will be judged by a three person jury made up of Niamh Boyce, Liz McSkeane and an audience member. Three writers will go through to the second round and the prize for the winner is a bottle of excellent red wine.

There is no entrance fee. All welcome. For further information contact 087-6431748.

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