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Monday, November 01, 2021

November Over The Edge: Open Reading with Gioconda Belli, Estelle Birdy, & Sacha Hutchinson

The November ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place on Zoom on Thursday, November 18th at the usual Over The Edge time 6.30-8.00pm (local Galway time). The Featured Readers are Sacha Hutchinson, Estelle Birdy, & Gioconda Belli. 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 or register their interest on the Over The Edge Facebook page between 6pm and 6.30pm on the evening of the reading. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars.

Sacha Hutchinson is an eye doctor working in Galway. She was born in Dublin. She attends a weekly poetry workshop with Kevin Higgins and many Over The Edge events. Her poetry has appeared in Ropes 2018, in the 2018 and 2021 spring editions of Skylight 47, the 2019 autumn edition of The Curlew, Inspired volume 3, Live Encounters June 2020, Pendemic May 2021, Drawn to the Light Press Febuary 2021, Poetry in Lockdown Archive UCD 2021 and Lothlorien Poetry Journal 2021.She was shortlisted for Poetry for Patience  2018 and 2019. She was longlisted for Over the Edge New Writer of the Year 2018 and shortlisted in 2019. She received a Bachelor of Arts in art and design in 2010. She has an interest in exploring the environmental message through paint and poetry. 


Estelle Birdy describes herself as “Louth and proud” but is a long-time resident of Dublin’s Liberties. She is a graduate of UCD’s Masters in Creative Writing, with teachers Anne Enright and Sebastian Barry. Her reviews and nonfiction have appeared in the Sunday Independent, the Irish Times and others. She has won or been shortlisted in Dalkey Creates, Penfro Book Festival, Verve Poetry Festival and IWC Novel Fair competitions. Her debut novel Ravelling, which has been described as “Fast-paced, funny and eye-popping, descending from Trainspotting, White Teeth and Milkman in its portrayal of urban life in the twenty-first century” is forthcoming from Lilliput Press. Estelle received literature bursaries from the Arts Council in both 2020 & 2021 for the short-story collection she is currently working on.

Gioconda Belli is a Nicaraguan poet and novelist. She’s had an active political life in her country as a feminist and defender of human rights. Although she was part of the struggle to topple Somoza’s regime and the Sandinista Revolution (1979), she split from the new sandinismo of Daniel Ortega in 1993. She writes both poetry and novels. Her poetry has received many prizes: Mariano Fiallos Gil prize, the Casa de las Americas Prize, Generacion del 27 Prize, Ciudad de Melilla and in 2020, the Jaime Gil de Biedma prize in Spain. Her first novel The Inhabited Woman (1988) became a literary and commercial success and was awarded the Best Political Novel of the Year and the Anna Seghers award in Germany in 1989. For her novel Infinity in the Palm of her Hand (2008) she won Seix Barral’s Biblioteca Breve and the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz prizes. In 2010 she was awarded the Latin American prize, “La Otra Orilla” for her novel El PaĆ­s de las Mujeres,  (Womenland). In 2019, she was a finalist for the III Mario Vargas Llosa Prize for her 2018 novel Las Fiebres de la Memoria (“Fevers of Memory”). She’s written four children’s books and a memoir of her guerrilla years: The Country under my skin. PEN Germany awarded her the Hermann Kesten Prize in 2018 for her defense of freedom of the press and her role as a women’s advocate. She’s a member of the Nicaraguan Royal Academy of Letters and Chevalier des les Arts et Letres of France. Her works have been translated in 20 languages. Web page: Twitter: @GiocondaBelliP Facebook:

Over The Edge is inviting you to the November Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom. Thursday, November 18th, 6.30-8pm

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 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.