The February ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, February 23rd, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Jaki McCarrick, Ciaran Ferriter, & Paul Lewis. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always especially welcome at the open-mic.
Paul Lewis was born in Cork and lived there for many years, enamoured of the city's many charms. He now lives in Galway where he continues to work as a cook. Daily preparing vegetables for hours allows Paul time to "write in his head". Some of this makes it onto the page. Paul is very much looking forward to his first reading outside of writing workshops. He has participated in writing workshops with both Susan Millar DuMars and Kevin Higgins and, so far, lived to tell the tale.
Ciaran Ferriter works in catering in a top secret location in Galway. He lives in rural Mayo, where the peace cajoles him to write every evening without fail. His first ever submission was published by the Mayo Advertiser called the 'Passing Storm' which has proved very popular online. Currently he is working with Susan Millar DuMars, in her Advanced Fiction class, on a major project which is a very complicated work, entwining biblical history, treachery, espionage and a Pope who has been earmarked by extremists to join his creator. Ciaran has only been writing seriously for two years and intends to add another twenty two to that if life permits.
Jaki McCarrick lives in Dundalk and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, gaining a Master of Philosophy Degree, Creative Writing – Distinction. Jaki is a playwright and short story writer who is also working on a novel. Her critically acclaimed short story collection The Scattering was published in 2013 by Seren and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. She has won many awards for her work including: Winner of the 2005 SCDA National Playwriting Competition for The Mushroom Pickers; Shortlisted for the Sphinx Playwriting Award 2006, Bruntwood Prize 2006, Kings Cross Award 2007 for The Moth-Hour; Shortlisted for the 2009 Adrienne Benham Award for Leopoldville and the 2009 Asham Award for short fiction for The Congo. Jaki was also the first ever winner of the Liverpool Lennon Paper Poetry competition, which she was awarded by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Jaki McCarrick's blog is jakiscloudnine.blogspot.ie
Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing generous financial support of Galway City Council, Poetry Ireland & The Arts Council.