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Thursday, September 26, 2019

2019 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year SHORTLIST



FICTION

Eamonn McGuinness,  ‘Names’
PJ Moore,  ‘Noddy’
Kathryn Burke, ‘Interim’
Kate Ennals, ‘Cobbler’
Colin Kerr, ‘When’
Kirsty Warren, ‘Lionheart’
Aongus Murtagh, ‘Puppet’
Eileen Keane, ‘Summer’
Helena Farrell, ‘Journey’ & ‘Where’
Rory Duffy, ‘Soul’
Molly Harris,  ‘Last’


POETRY

Kathryn Burke, ‘Sherbrooke’
Gavan Duffy, ‘Subjective’
Molly Twomey, ‘Atalanta’
Evan Costigan, ‘Trouble’
Rob Childers, ‘Fish’
Kevin Chesser, ‘Off-Roading’
Denise Nagle, ‘Racer’
Helena Kilty ‘Battlecry’
Stephen de Búrca, ‘Scoping’
Andrea Ward, ‘Abbey’
Grace Wilentz, ‘Coral’
Jon McLeod, ‘Versus’
Sacha Hutchinson, ‘Last’
Caroline Bracken, ‘Coral’
Lorraine Wood, ‘Snuff’



We would like to thank our competition sponsors: Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Ward’s Hotel, Clare Daly MEP, & Kenny’s Bookshop.


This year's competition judge is Liz McSkeane. 

The longlist can be viewed here

THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED @  the  Over The Edge: Open Reading on Thursday, October 31st,  6.30pm   @ Galway City Library

September Over The Edge: Open Reading with Leah Keane, Barbara Dunne, Ingrid Casey plus open-mic


The September ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 26th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Ingrid Casey, Barbara Dunne, & Leah Keane. The evening will also see the announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year competition, judged by poet, fiction writer, and publisher Liz McSkeane. And there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished; new readers are always especially welcome.

Leah Keane is a native of Castlerea, County Roscommon. She recently graduated from NUI Galway with a BA in English, German and Creative Writing. Unsurprisingly, she is now a barista. Leah has studied poetry under Alvy Carragher, and was longlisted for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition in 2017. Her work has been published in Poetry Ireland Review and Skylight 47.

Barbara Dunne is a parent, writer, visual artist, and blogger living in Moycullen Co. Galway. She is originally from Killeshin, on the Carlow/Laois border. She teaches art to children and is also a Special Needs Asssistant. She writes poetry, short stories, and reviews and regularly updates her blog. Her reviews appear in Circa, Circa Arts Magazine, and on on-line magazines and websites. She is a member of the Oughterard Writers Group and the creative writing course at Galway Technical Insitute, run by Susan Millar DuMars. Her poetry has recently appeared in print for the first time in the Writers  group poetry collection Shadows(2018). One of her poems was selected to be performed  at the 2018 Cuirt Spoken Word.  Her blog address is barbaradunneblog.wordpress.com/ Barbara is currently working on exploring fiction and children’s fiction in particular.  She is also working towards her first collection of poetry.
Ingrid Casey
Ingrid Casey is a poet, parent, artist and activist. She has been writing poetry since 2015, and some prose, with publications in literary journals from Brooklyn to Kentucky, Dublin to Cardiff. She is a John Hewitt bursary recipient, amongst other accolades. Her debut collection, Mandible (the Onslaught Press, 2018) has been described by poet Jessica Traynor as a ‘vital addition to Irish poetry.’ This year she also produced a groundbreaking short documentary on families living in homeless accommodation: www.throughthecracks.ie Ingrid is currently editing a bilingual anthology of poetry by Irish poets translated into Greek for Athens based Vakxikon Press.

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.

Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING February 2020

Starting in February, Over The Edge is offering aspiring poets worldwide a ten week online poetry workshop with poet Kevin Higgins, whose best-selling first collection, The Boy With No Face, published by Salmon Poetry, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet. Kevin’s second collection of poems, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in 2008 by Salmon Poetry and his poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry. His third collection Frightening New Furniture was published in 2010 by Salmon and his work also appears in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed. Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, April 2014). A collection of Kevin’s essays and book reviews, Mentioning The War, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2012. Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, & Portuguese. The Ghost in The Lobby, was published in February 2014, also by Salmon. In 2014 Kevin's poetry was the subject of a paper 'The Case of Kevin Higgins, or, 'The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire' presented by David Wheatley at a Symposium on Satire at the University of Aberdeen.  '2016 - The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins' was published by NuaScéalta in early 2016. A pamphlet of Kevin’s political poems The Minister For Poetry Has Decreed was published in December 2016 by the Culture Matters imprint of the UK based Manifesto Press; Song of Songs 2:0 - New and Selected Poems was published by Salmon in April 2017. His poems have been praised by, among others, Tony Blair’s biographer John Rentoul, Observer columnist Nick Cohen, historian Ruth Dudley Edwards, and Sunday Independent columnist Gene Kerrigan; been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mirror, Hot Press magazine, and on Tonight with Vincent Browne; and read aloud by film director Ken Loach at a political meeting in London. The Stinging Fly magazine recently described Kevin as "likely the most read living poet in Ireland." His most recent collection of poems, Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital, was published last June by Salmon Poetry; one of the poems from which will feature in A Galway Epiphany, the final installment of Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor series of novels.

 workshop facilitator Kevin Higgins

Each of the ten weeks Kevin will email participants a poetry writing exercise for the following week and participants will submit one of their poems to Kevin for constructive criticism. Kevin will work with participants on making each of their poems the best possible poem it can be.

Kevin is a highly experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. He has facilitated poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre for the past twelve years. One of his workshop participants won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry; two have been shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet; two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize; and another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam; several have published collections of their poems with reputable publishers.


Kevin is the Creative Writing Director of the NUI Galway International Summer School and teaches poetry on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme. Kevin is co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge: Open Reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.

The workshop will run for ten weeks, commencing Wednesday, February 2020. The cost to participants is €110. There are no refunds. The workshop will be conducted in English only. THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE LIMITED TO 30 REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS, SO IF YOU WANT TO ENSURE A PLACE YOU SHOULD BOOK NOW.


For queries, email over-the-edge-openreadings@hotmail.com


YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Autumn Poetry Workshops at Galway Arts Centre



Starting in September, Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of three poetry workshops, all facilitated by poet Kevin Higgins, whose best-selling first collection, The Boy With No Face, published by Salmon Poetry, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet. Kevin’s second collection of poems, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in 2008 by Salmon Poetry and his poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry. His third collection Frightening New Furniture was published in 2010 by Salmon. His work also appears in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed Neil Astley, Bloodaxe April 2014).  A collection of Kevin’s essays and book reviews, Mentioning The War, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2012. Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, Serbian, Russian, & Portuguese. In 2014 Kevin's poetry was the subject of a paper 'The Case of Kevin Higgins, or, 'The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire' presented by David Wheatley at a Symposium on Satire at the University of Aberdeen.  He was Satirist-in-Residence at the Bogman’s Cannon (2015-16). '2016 - The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins' was published by NuaScéalta in 2016; a pamphlet of Kevin’s political poems The Minister For Poetry Has Decreed was published, also in 2016, by the Culture Matters imprint of the UK based Manifesto Press. His poems have been praised by, among others, Tony Blair’s biographer John Rentoul, Observer columnist Nick Cohen, historian Ruth Dudley Edwards, and Sunday Independent columnist Gene Kerrigan; have been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK), The Independent, The Daily Mirror, Hot Press magazine and on Tonight With Vincent Browne; and read aloud by the film director Ken Loach at a political meeting in London. In 2016 The Stinging Fly magazine described Kevin as "likely the most read living poet in Ireland." He has published five collections of poetry with Salmon, most recently Song of  Songs 2.0: New & Selected Poems (2017).  Kevin has read his work at Arts Council and Culture Ireland supported poetry events in Kansas City, USA (2006), Los Angeles, USA (2007), London, UK (2007), New York, USA (2008), Athens, Greece (2008); St. Louis, USA (2008), Chicago, USA (2009), Denver, USA (2010), Washington D.C (2011), Huntington, West Virginia, USA (2011), Geelong, Australia (2011), Canberra, Australia (2011), St. Louis, USA (2013), Boston, Massachusetts, USA (2013) & Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (2013), & New Mexico, USA (2018). Kevin’s most recent poetry collection, Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital, is just published by Salmon Poetry (June 2019).
Kevin Higgins
Each week Kevin will give participants a poetry writing exercise for the following week and will offer each participant constructive suggestions as to how her or his poem can become the best possible poem it can be.

Kevin is an experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. One of his workshop participants at Galway Arts Centre won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry, two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize, and yet another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam, while several have published collections of their poems; two being shortlisted for the Shine-Strong Award for Best First Collection of poems. In 2013 a group of his students set up the poetry newspaper Skylight 47, which publishes new poems, reviews of poetry books and opinion pieces about poetry related matters. Kevin teaches poetry on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme and is Creative Writing Director for the NUI Galway Summer School. Kevin is also co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.

Each workshop will run for ten weeks, commencing the week of Monday September 23rd.  They will take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-8.30pm (first class Tuesday, September 24th); on Thursday afternoons, 2-4pm (first class Thursday, September 26th) and on Friday afternoons, 2-3.30pm (first class Friday, September 27th).

The Tuesday evening and Friday afternoon workshops are open to both complete beginners as well as those who’ve been writing for some time. The Thursday afternoon workshop is an Advanced Poetry Workshop, suitable for those who’ve participated in poetry workshops before or had poems published in magazines. The cost to participants is €110, with a €100 concession rate.

Places must be paid for in advance. To reserve a place contact reception at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886, email info@galwayartscentre.ie, or go to https://www.galwayartscentre.ie/courses