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Sunday, January 31, 2021

2021 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase takes place on Zoom in association with Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop

The 2021 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase, featuring Aoife Reilly, John D. Kelly, Rita Ann Higgins, Attracta Fahy, Vinny Glynn-Steed, Danielle Holian, Christine Valters Paintner, Mary Turley McGrath, Jessamine O’Connor, John W. Sexton, Marion Kilcoyne, Hilary Wakeman, Denis Mockler, Eileen Sheehan, Peadar O’Donoghue, Kevin Higgins, and the anthologies The Shop: An Anthology of Poetry (Liffey Press, edited by Hilary Wakeman & Hilary Elick) & Galway Then, Galway Now – The Crannóg 2020 Anthology (Wordsonthestreet) will take place on Zoom on Friday, February, 12th starting at 6.30pm (Galway local time - GMT). The event will be jointly MCed by Kate Ennals and Kevin Higgins.

In this annual retrospective of the most peculiar year just past, poets based in the West of Ireland, who published a new collection of poems during 2020, are invited to read three poems from the collection in question. There will also be readings from the anthologies The Shop: An Anthology of Poetry & Galway Then, Galway Now – The Crannóg 2020 Anthology, to which several Galway-based poets contributed.


 

Over The Edge is inviting you to the 2021 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase Reading on Zoom. Friday, February 12th, 6.30-8pm.

Join The Over The Edge Zoom Meeting at

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7389013549

Meeting ID: 738 901 3549

 


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

 

All of the poetry books showcased at this event will be available for purchase via Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop https://charliebyrne.ie/product/silver-spoon/

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

January Over The Edge: Open Reading as Over The Edge Celebrates 18th Birthday on Zoom with Ciaran O’Rourke, Kathryn Slattery, & Stephen McNulty

The January ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place on Zoom on Thursday, January 21st  at the usual Over The Edge time 6.30-8.00pm (local Galway time). The Featured Readers are Stephen McNulty, Kathryn Slattery, & Ciaran O’Rourke. 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 over-the-edge-openreadings@hotmail.com between 6pm and 6.30pm on the evening of the reading. This reading celebrates the eighteenth anniversary of the first Over The Edge reading in Galway City Library and there will be an online birthday party throughout, even possibly a birthday cake to celebrate the fact that Over The Edge is now old enough to legally drink alcohol.  The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars.


Stephen McNulty is a radiographer at Galway University Hospital. Stephen scribbles poetry whenever he is not forcing a member of the public into a CT scanner. A regular attendee of the Galway Arts Centre poetry workshops, his poems have appeared in Boyne Berries, Drawn to the Light, ROPES and Vox Galvia. He is, for his many sins in both this life and his past lives, an avid Mayo GAA fan. 


Kathryn Slattery was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up just across the state line in Mississippi. A graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, she now lives in the West of Ireland with her husband and an ever-increasing amount of rescue pets. Her poetry and prose have been published in Ropes Literary Journal, Nightingale and Sparrow, The Siren’s Call, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Planet in Peril Anthology, The Blue Nib, Impspired, The Wellington Street Review, Analogies and Allegories, and Streetcake. She was shortlisted for the 2019 Nightingale and Sparrow Chapbook Competition and has was longlisted for the 2018 and 2019 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year. Most recently she received a special mention in the 2020 Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition. Her debut poetry collection will be published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in September 2021. 

 

Ciaran O’Rourke has won the Cúirt New Irish Writing Award, the Westport Poetry Prize, and the Fish Poetry Prize. His first collection, The Buried Breath, was published by Irish Pages Press in 2018 to considerable acclaim, and his second collection is due in 2021. He lives in County Leitrim.


Over The Edge is inviting you to the January Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom. Thursday, January 21st, 6.30-8pm

 

Join The Over The Edge Zoom Meeting at

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7389013549

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.


Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING May 2021

Starting in May Over The Edge is offering aspiring poets worldwide a ten week online poetry workshop with poet Kevin Higgins. Kevin  is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway. He has published five full collections of poems: The Boy With No Face (2005), Time Gentlemen, Please (2008), Frightening New Furniture (2010), The Ghost In The Lobby (2014), & Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital (2019). His poems also feature in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed Neil Astley, Bloodaxe May 2014). Kevin was satirist-in-residence with the alternative literature website The Bogman’s Cannon 2015-16. 2016 – The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins was published by NuaScéalta in 2016. The Minister For Poetry Has Decreed was published by Culture Matters (UK) also in 2016. Song of Songs 2:0 – New & Selected Poems was published by Salmon in Spring 2017. 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 and taught Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute for the past fifteen years. Kevin is the Creative Writing Director for the NUI Galway International Summer School and also teaches on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme. He has published topical political poems in publications as various as The New European, The Morning Star, Dissent Magazine (USA), Village Magazine (Ireland), & Harry’s Place. The Stinging Fly magazine has described Kevin as “likely the most widely read living poet in Ireland”. One of Kevin’s poems features in A Galway Epiphany, the final instalment of Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor series of novels which is just published. His work has been broadcast on RTE Radio, Lyric FM, and BBC Radio 4. His book The Colour Yellow & The Number 19: Negative Thoughts That Helped One Man Mostly Retain His Sanity During 2020 is just published by Nuascealta. Kevin’s sixth full poetry collection, Ecstatic, will be published by Salmon next summer. 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 described Kevin as "likely the most read living poet in Ireland."

 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, 19th May 2021. 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