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Sunday, May 08, 2022

Over The Edge Returns To Galway City Library After Covid!

Caoimhe May, Sinead Mears, & Morag Anderson for May Over The Edge: Open Reading

The May ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, May 26th, 6pm-7.30pm. This is a big occasion as it is the first Over The Edge: Open Reading to take place in Galway City Library since February 2020. The Featured Readers are Morag Anderson, Sinead Mears, &
Caoimhe May. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always especially welcome at the open-mic. People outside Galway can still join the reading via Zoom. We hope that those who wish to will be able to read remotely at the open-mic via Zoom. The technology is a work in progress, so we ask that potential open-mic readers bear with us for what is our first post-Covid Over The Edge: Open Reading! Note the new slightly earlier 6pm start time.

For those of you attending via Zoom:  Over The Edge is inviting you to the May Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom. Thursday, May 26th, 6pm-7.30pm.

Join The Over The Edge Zoom Meeting at

Meeting ID: 738 901 3549

Caoimhe May is a teenage writer, spoken word artist and performer in Galway. She is an avid activist who focuses on issues such as eating disorder recovery, sex positivity, and self love. Caoimhe’s writing has been published in Vox Galvia, Skylight 47 and elsewhere and she is a published children's author. 

Sinead Mears has always had a love for language. She won a National writing competition at 12 years old. She stumbled upon a Spoken Word group in Debarra’s pub in Clonakilty, Co Cork at aged 17 and partook in their Open Mics from then on. She learned a lot about life and writing from everyone I listened to. They gave her the confidence to pursue writing. Sinead then moved to Galway and studied Creative Writing at NUIG for two years. She recently took part in Susan DuMars’ writing course via GTI. Sinead has read here work at poetry readings held in Galway City and had a poem published in the Galway Advertiser’s Vox Galvia creative writing page.

Morag Anderson

Morag Anderson is a Scottish poet based in Highland Perthshire, Scotland. Her debut chapbook, Sin Is Due to Open in a Room Above Kitty’s (Fly on the Wall Press, 2021), explores human connections—concealed violence, love, and everything in between. It was a Winter 2021 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her poetry appears in Finished Creatures, Gutter, Popshot Quarterly, Skylight 47, The Broken Spine Arts Collective, and The Scotsman as well as several anthologies, including Best Scottish Poems 2021. She collaborated on a chapbook, How Bright the Wings Drive Us, which won the Dreich Alliance Competition 2021. She was placed in the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2021, the Edwin Morgan Trust Competition 2021, shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize 2021, and won Over the Edge New Poet 2018.She is currently working on a series of commissions by the Scottish Poetry Library.

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. Those interested in reading at the open-mic should give their names to Kevin Higgins at Galway City Library before the reading starts at 6pm. Those who wish to read remotely should text 087-6431748 in the half hour before the reading starts; if you are texting from outside the Republic of Ireland please add the international code and knock off the first zero on the number.

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

Monday, May 02, 2022

Advanced Fiction Class DAYTIME CLASS on Zoom with Susan Millar DuMars

 STARTING EARLY JUNE Over The Edge announces DAYTIME CLASS in Advanced Fiction Writing with Susan Millar DuMars on Zoom STARTS THURSDAY June 2nd

THE CLASS TAKES PLACE on THURSDAY AFTERNOONS, 2-4pm for 6 weeks STARTING Thursday, June 2nd on Zoom. Finishes July 7th. Maximum Number students: 5. Each student will receive close individual attention. 

Price: €150 for 6 weeks payable in advance. There are no refunds. To guarantee a place you must pay in advance. If you have been struggling with a short story or a novel, this is the class for you. 

CLASS DESCRIPTION: this class is for those serious about writing short or long fiction; those who are working on a fiction project independently and feel they need feedback and support. From week one, each student will be responsible to email an extract from their story or novel to Susan Millar DuMars and their classmates by Monday noon.  Students will also bring hard copies of the piece into class. Students can submit up to 5 double spaced pages each week. In each session we will provide feedback to each student. Susan’s feedback will be detailed as it will be based on her earlier reading of the work. Thus, each student will receive detailed feedback on a total of 30 pages of work.

The class is organised by Over The Edge literary events and will take place via Zoom at at

Meeting ID: 738 901 3549


ABOUT THE TUTOR: Susan Millar DuMars’ debut poetry collection, Big Pink Umbrella, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2008. Her next collection, Dreams for Breakfast, appeared in April 2010. Her work features in Landing Places, Dedalus’ 2010 anthology of immigrant poetry written in Ireland; and also in The Best Of Irish Poetry 2010. A fiction writer as well, she published a collection of short stories, American Girls, with Lapwing in 2007. She published a book of short stories in 2010: Lights in the Distance, published by Doire Press, and was the Featured Fiction writer in the American online magazine The Atticus Review. She has been the recipient of an Arts Council Literature Bursary. Susan's third collection of poetry, The God Thing, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2013; her fourth collection, Bone Fire, was launched at the 2015 CĂșirt Festival of International Literature. She lives in Galway, where she and her husband have run the Over the Edge readings series since 2003. Susan edited the anthology Over the Edge – The First Ten years, published by Salmon, which includes work by forty seven writers who have published a first book since they did a reading at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library. Susan’s New & Selected Poems was published in Spring 2019 by Salmon Poetry. In March 2020 she received a literature bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland to work on her hotly anticipated forthcoming collection of short stories.