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Sunday, November 08, 2020

November Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom with Liam Boyle, Audrey Molloy, Laurence McKeown PLUS open-mic

 The November ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place on Zoom on Thursday, November 19th at the usual Over The Edge time 6.30-8.00pm (local Galway time). The Featured Readers are Liam Boyle, Audrey Molloy, & Laurence McKeown. 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.

Liam Boyle was born in Drogheda and moved to Galway in the 1970s. He wrote poetry in his teens and twenties but then didn’t write any for several decades. In the past year he has rediscovered the joys and challenges of poetry and has read his work in various settings. His poems deal mainly with memoir and reckonings. 


Audrey Molloy is an Irish poet based in Sydney. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The North, Magma, The Moth and The Irish Times. She was selected for the 2019 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series by Martina Evans. In 2019 she received the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and the APIBA (An Post Irish Book Award) for Irish Poem of the Year. Her debut pamphlet, Satyress (Southword Editions), was published in 2020.  Her debut collection, The Important Things, will be published by The Gallery Press in 2021.

Laurence McKeown is an author, playwright, filmmaker, and academic though sees those roles within the broader context of political activism and the role that the arts can play in that. His involvement in creative works, political education, and academia began during his period of incarceration as a political prisoner in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh (1976-1992). Following his release from prison Laurence completed a doctoral thesis at Queen’s University, Belfast. His thesis was published in 2001 entitled Out of Time. 

Whilst pursuing his PhD studies, Laurence co-wrote (with Brian Campbell) a feature film, H3 (2001, Metropolitan Films), based on the 1981 hunger strike within the prison, which Laurence participated in (for 70 days) and during which 10 prisoners died.  Laurence has written twelve plays, three books, one TV series, a radio drama, and three documentary films. His most recent play, Green and Blue (produced by Kabosh Theatre) was premiered at the Belfast International Arts Festival in 2016. It has toured Ireland extensively and been performed in Paris, Dresden, and London. Laurence was short-listed for the Irish Writers Guild of Ireland Zebbie Award (2017) for Green and Blue. His debut collection of poems, Threads, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2018.

Over The Edge is inviting you to the November Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom. Thursday, November 19th, 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.