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Thursday, August 11, 2022

August Over The Edge: Open Reading with Hazel Naughton, beam, & Donald Gardner PLUS open-mic

The August ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 25th, 6pm-7.30pm. The Featured Readers are Donald Gardner, beam, & Hazel Naughton
. 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 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. Note the new slightly earlier 6pm start time.

For those of you attending via Zoom:  Over The Edge is inviting you to the August Over The Edge: Open Reading on Zoom. Thursday, August 25th, 6pm-7.30pm

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Meeting ID: 738 901 3549

The reading will also be broadcast live via Over The Edge’s Facebook page

Hazel Naughton is a Galway native. She has taken Kevin Higgins's poetry workshop twice over the years and has read at several open mics in the past. She has had her writing published by Yasodhara Ashram and Berlin Art Parasites. She will be attending Queen's University Belfast in September to begin her post grad in creative writing. Her writing deals with themes of love, loss, home, and spirituality. 

beam is a poet from Galway. She has participated in workshops led by Kevin Higgins and read as a featured reader for Lime Square Poets. Her work has been published in,, Cabinet Of Heed, Poetry With Pride (Belfast Pride 22’), Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amos, WordCityLit, Ink Sweat & Tears, Lothlorien Journal, impspired, Open Skies and has been included in Corks Quare festival as an interactive audio piece. Upcoming work will appear in Stoney Thursday (edited by Annemarie Ní Churreáin) and Skylight 47 (16th issue). You can find more of her poetry @personalbeam on instagram.

Donald Gardner is described as ‘one of the most entertaining and perceptive poets of his generation’. He has been giving readings of his work since the mid-60s when he lived in New York. Recently Grey Suit editions brought out his New and Selected Poems (1966-2020).One reviewer has said: ‘Every section of this book is a time capsule containing poems that are as fresh and meaningful today as the day they were written’. London-born, Gardner currently divides his time between Co. Kildare and Amsterdam.


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.