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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 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

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.