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Sunday, August 16, 2020

August Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom with Knute Skinner, Derek Coyle, & Sinead Mongan

The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ after the summer break takes place on Zoom on Thursday, August 27th  at the usual Over The Edge time 6.30-8.00pm (local Galway time). The Featured Readers are Sinead Mongan, Derek Coyle, & Knute Skinner. There will, as always at Over The Edge: Open Readings, be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always especially welcome at the open-mic. Anyone interested in taking part in the open-mic should text Kevin Higgins on 087-6431748 or email between 6pm and 6.30pm on the evening of the reading. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars.     


Sinéad Mongan is based in Galway and has participated in poetry workshops since January 2018. In 2019, she won the Galway University Hospital Arts Trust Poems for Patience competition. In 2020, she was placed 3rd in the Cathal Buí Poetry competition. Previously she has been published by Skylight 47, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, and her work has also featured in TACTIC’s Archives of Shame exhibition.

Derek Coyle has published poems inThe Irish Times, Irish Pages, The Texas Literary Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Orbis, Skylight 47, Assaracus, and The Stony Thursday Book. He has been shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award,and he has been a chosen poet for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Poems of his have been set to music by leading Irish composer Grainne Mulvey, premiered in VISUAL Carlow as ‘The Carlow Song Cycle’. A new work from Mulvey is just about to be premiered in Tokyo as part of an Irish flute festival this Midsummer and will contain words from Derek’s poems. He is a founding member of the Carlow Writers’ Co-Operative. He lectures in Carlow College/St Patrick’s. His first collection, Reading John Ashbery in Costa Coffee Carlow was published in a dual-language edition in Tranas Sweden and Carlow Ireland in April 2019 and was shortlisted for the 2020 Shine/Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish poet.

Knute Skinner is originally from Missouri but has lived in County Clare for many years. His collected poems, Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2007.  Help Me to a Getaway–a memoir appeared from Salmon in 2010.  His most recent collection, also from Salmon, is An Upside Down World. Knute recently celebrated his 91st birthday.

Over The Edge is inviting you to the August Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom. Thursday, August 27th, 6.30-8pm

Join The Over The Edge Zoom Meeting at

Meeting ID: 738 901 3549


As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always particularly welcome. 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.