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Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Over The Edge Open Reading with Harry Browne, Henry McDonald & PJ Moore PLUS the announcement of the winners of the 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year

Harry Browne, Henry McDonald & PJ Moore for October Over The Edge: Open Reading PLUS the announcement of the winners of the 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year

The October ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 30th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are PJ Moore, Henry McDonald & Harry Browne. This is a special Over The Edge event in that all three featured writers primarily write non-fiction. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. This month’s open-mic will showcase, among others, some of the poetry students from this year’s MA in Writing at NUI Galway.  The evening will also see the announcement of the winners in this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which received a large number of entries again this year. This year’s competition judge is Eleanor Hooker. 

Harry Browne is the author The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power), a critical study of Bono’s extra-musical activities. In it, he criticises the singer's support for global capitalism and US militarism. Harry Browne’s journalism has appeared in CounterPunch, the Irish Times, Village magazine, the Sunday Times, Irish Daily Mail, Evening Herald, Sunday Tribune, Sunday Business Post and The Dubliner. He has made numerous appearances as a guest on radio and television programmes, served on the steering committee of the Irish Anti-War Movement in 2003-04 and is a member of Gaza Action Ireland. He has been a consulting editor on the multicultural newspaper Metro Eireann. Born in Italy in 1963, he grew up in the United States with activist parents: his mother, Flavia Alaya, is a historic-preservationist who has also campaigned for rights for immigrant detainees; his father, Henry J Browne (who died in 1980), was a radical priest in New York City.

Henry McDonald's childhood and teenage years were dominated by the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Growing up in the Markets - a working-class Catholic district of central Belfast - he witnessed IRA men and British soldiers being shot down outside his door. His home was smashed up by the British troops on Internment Day in 1971, then bombed by loyalist terrorists four years later. But despite being caught up in the maelstrom of incipient civil war, McDonald managed escape his background. He is now the Ireland correspondent of The Guardian newspaper and the author of several books, including Colours: Ireland - From Bombs to Boom and INLA - Deadly Divisions, which he co-authored with the now deceased Jack Holland. Henry also writes fiction. 
Henry McDonald
PJ Moore is an actor and writer currently living in Galway. Having previously taken a creative writing class with Susan Millar DuMars and a poetry workshop with Kevin Higgins, PJ is now the author of the no nonsense book of humorously given financial advice, offering financial freedom on a shoestring for all, 'The Justified Tight B****rd's Guide To Life' which is available online at and from all good bookshops. The book includes well over 300 witty money saving tips, written by an ordinary man for the ordinary man and woman. Copies will be on sale on the evening. 

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. This month’s open-mic will feature, among others, some of the poetry students from the MA in Writing at NUI Galway.  New readers are always especially 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.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Madeleine D’Arcy Featured Reader & Judge at Sixth Annual Over The Edge Fiction Slam at The Kitchen @ The Museum

Madeleine D'Arcy 

After the event’s huge success in the past five years, Over The Edge presents its sixth annual fiction slam with Featured Reader, Madeleine D’Arcy, at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish, Galway on Friday, October 17th, 8pm.

Madeleine D’Arcy was born in Ireland and later spent thirteen years in the UK. She worked as a criminal legal aid solicitor and as a legal editor in London before returning to Cork City in 1999 with her husband and son. She began to write short stories in 2005. In 2010, she received the Hennessy Literary Award for First Fiction and the overall Hennessy Literary Award for New Irish Writer. Her work has also been short-listed and commended in many other competitions. Madeleine has been awarded bursaries by the Arts Council of Ireland and by Cork City Council. She is currently a scholarship student on the inaugural MA in Creative Writing at University College Cork. Her short film ‘Dog Pound’ featuring the distinguished Irish actor Frank Kelly, is now available on Youtube. WAITING FOR THE BULLET, Madeleine’s debut collection of short fiction, was published by Doire Press in April 2014.

The first twelve fiction writers to make it to The Kitchen @ The Museum on the evening of Friday, October 17th and register will be guaranteed a place in the slam. All participating writers should bring two pieces of their own fiction, as there are two rounds. The time limit in both rounds is five minutes. Extracts from longer stories are admissible. Stories do not have to be memorised. The Fiction Slam will be judged by a three person jury made up of two audience members and Madeleine D’Arcy. Three writers will go through to the second round and the prize for the winner is a bottle of wine.

There is no entrance fee. All welcome. For further information contact 087-6431748.

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

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING FEBRUARY 2015

Starting in early February, Over The Edge is offering aspiring poets worldwide a ten week online poetry workshop with poet Kevin Higgins, whose best-selling first collection, The Boy With No Face, published by Salmon Poetry, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet. Kevin’s second collection of poems, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in 2008 by Salmon Poetry and his poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry. His third collection Frightening New Furniture was published in 2010 by Salmon and his work also appears in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed. Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, April 2014). A collection of Kevin’s essays and book reviews, Mentioning The War, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2012. Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Japanese &Portuguese. His most recent collection of poetry, The Ghost in The Lobby, was published in February 2014, also by Salmon.

 workshop facilitator Kevin Higgins

Each of the ten weeks Kevin will email participants a poetry writing exercise for the following week and participants will submit one of their poems to Kevin for constructive criticism. Kevin will work with participants on making each of their poems the best possible poem it can be.

Kevin is a highly experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. He has facilitated poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre for the past ten years. One of his workshop participants at won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry, two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize, and another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam, while several have published collections of their poems with reputable publishers.

Kevin also teaches poetry on the NUI Galway Summer School programme and mentors poetry students on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme .Kevin is co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge: Open Reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.

The workshop will run for ten weeks, commencing Wednesday February 4th, 2015. The cost to participants is €110. There are no refunds. The workshop will be conducted in English only.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

THE SHORTLIST for 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year

Niall Ó’Sioradáin, Dun Laoighaire
Eileen Keane, Kildare
Micheál Ó’Síocháin, Cork
Carol Farrelly, Edinburgh
Rory Duffy, Westmeath
Ava Sedgwick, Co. Clare
Averil Meehan, Donegal
Selina Oram, Roscommon
Elizabeth Reapy, Mayo
Teresa Sweeney, Galway
Anne Donnelly, Mayo
Edel Burke, Mayo
Rachael Hegarty, Dublin
Matt Flesk, Galway

Maurice Devitt, Dublin
Jennifer Matthews, Cork
Christopher Meehan, Co. Galway
Sighle Meehan, Galway
Christine Paintner, Galway
Connie Roberts, New York
Victoria Kennefick, Tralee
Michael J. Whelan, Dublin
Christian Wallace, Texas
Dawn Wisniewski, Dublin
Ruth Quinlan, Galway
Angela Carr, Dublin

The longlist is available here 

We would like to thank our competition sponsors: 

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop,
ISupply Flood Street,
Ward’s Hotel,
Clare Daly TD,
Kenny’s Bookshop
& Derek Nolan TD

This year's competition judge is Eleanor Hooker
at the October Over The Edge: Open Reading 
                                  in Galway City Library, Thursday October 30th (6.30-8pm)