The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ after the summer break takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 28th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Australian poet Jane Williams, Mary McGill & Majella Kelly. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. The evening will also see the announcement of the long list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which received a very healthy number of entries again this year, an increase on last year.
Majella Kelly is a native of Tuam, Co. Galway. A graduate of UCC she also holds an MA in Modern Drama Studies from UCD. She teaches English, French and Italian in St. Colman's College, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. She was short listed for the Cuirt New Writing Prize and The Fish Poetry Prize 2014. She is also a photographer, half of the creative duo known as Fotissima. She just started writing in September 2013 when she signed up for a creative writing class with Susan Millar DuMars and is now a regular attendee at Kevin Higgins Tuesday Nights poetry workshop. Her first poem will be published in the Autumn issue of Skylight 47.
Mary McGill lives in Galway. Her fiction has appeared in The South Circular, The Bohemyth, Crannóg and Wordlegs. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Penguin / RTÉ Guide short story competition and the Irish Times ‘Legends of the Fall’ competition. Mary was also long listed for the 2013 Over the Edge award and short listed for the 2014 RTÉ Radio One Francis MacManus Award. She tweets at @missmarymcgill and blogs at missmarymcgill.com.
Jane Williams was born in England in 1964 to an Irish father and Australian mother. She has lived all her adult life in Australia where her poetry has been widely published since the early 1990’s. Awards for her poetry include the Anne Elder Award for her first book outside temple boundaries, the Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize and the D.J.O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship. She is co-editor of the new online literary magazine, Communion. Jane’s most recent collection of poems, Days Like These: New and selected poems 1998-2013, was published last year by Interactive Press.
As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome. The evening will also see the announcement of the long list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which received a very healthy number of entries again this year.The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748.
Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing financial support of Galway City Council & The Arts Council.