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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Over The Edge Culture Night Event @ Kenny's

Over The Edge is holding a special Culture Night open-mic, with prizes for the best readers, at Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery, Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway on Friday, September 19th, starting 6pm. The event is open to both poets and prose writers and all are welcome to participate. 


The evening will be MCed by Kevin Higgins and will also see a reading from their long-listed stories and poems by some of the writers on the long list for the 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, for which Kenny’s is one of the generous sponsors. All long-listed writers, who can make it to Kenny’s on the evening, are invited to come and read

ClifdenArts Week reading: Skylight 47/The Thursday Afternoon Advanced Poetry Workshop



Skylight 47/The Thursday Afternoon Advanced Poetry Workshop
reading at ClifdenArts Week
on Friday 19/09/2014, starting 2:00 pm
@ Clifden Library, Market Street Clifden, Co Galway Ireland
Phone: 095 21092

Participants in the Thursday afternoon Advanced Poetry Workshop at Galway Arts Centre will be reading their poems, including some poems from issue 3 of Skylight 47, the groups acclaimed poetry paper.

For full details fo the reading see the Clifden Arts Week website.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering with poets from Australia, Northern Ireland, & Galway



September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering
at Galway Arts Centre’s
Nuns’ Island Theatre
presents
Northern Irish poets
Maria McManus & Deirdre Cartmill,
Australian poet Teresa Bell,
Galway poet & writer Vinny Finn
PLUS
The AWAY WITH WORDS writers.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th, 8pm


The September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents readings by Galway based poet and writer Vinny Finn, visiting Australian poet Teresa Bell, Northern Irish poets Deirdre Cartmill & Maria McManus and the AWAY WITH WORDS writers.  The event will take place at Galway Arts Centre’s NUNS’ ISLAND THEATRE, Nuns’ Island, Galway on Friday, September 12th, 8pm. All are welcome. There is no cover charge.

Vinny Finn is a Psychotherapist based in Galway.  He has enjoyed some success in writing having won the Marie Edgworth Award for Poetry as well as the Windows Award.  He was involved in several projects with the Longford Arts Council and Poetry Ireland before moving to Galway.  His writing is influenced principally by spiritually and how it affects the mind, with a focus on psychotherapy, theology and philosophy as a constant background in his work.  He enjoyed the sporadic nature of poetry and how it blends well with an organic, holistic sense of self.  He is currently working on his first book, a true story and what may be described as a 'psychological noire'; expected (with publishers help) in 2015.
Vinny Finn
Teresa Bell is a writer, performer, teacher and director based in Sydney. Teresa’s performances are always unique and combine a blend of music, physical theatre, performance and the poetic. She was Founding Director of Australia’s first national poetry centre, Australian Poetry and prior to this was Artistic Director for Playworks, the national script development organisation. Teresa has directed performances and toured her work to nearly every state in Australia and overseas. Her directing and writing work have won numerous awards including the Wal Cherry, an AWGIE and the George Fairfax and Shelton Lea awards for performance. Teresa is appearing at an interdisciplinary conference titled ‘Making Sense of Madness’ at Oxford University in early September where she will be giving a paper and performing an extract from her new book before coming to Ireland to read her new work.  
Teresa Bell
Maria McManus is a poet and playwright. Maria's most recent publication is We are Bone (Lagan Press 2013). Her previous poetry includes The Cello Suites (Lagan Press 2009), which has been recorded with an original score composed and played by the cellist Tom Hughes.  Reading the Dog (Lagan Press 2006) her first collection of poetry, was runner up in the 2007 Strong Awards at the Poetry Now International Festival and was also short-listed for the 2007 Glen Dimplex New Writers Award.  In 2008  & 2012 she was awarded an Arts Council individual artist award. Of We Are Bone the poet Joan Newmann said ‘A joyful read as if you are coming towards each reader with your arms held out.’ 
Maria McManus
Deirdre Cartmill is a Belfast based poet, writer and screenwriter. She has published two poetry collections The Return of the Buffalo (Lagan Press, 2013) and Midnight Solo (Lagan Press, 2004). The Return of the Buffalo deals with grief and loss, and attempts to make sense of the seemingly meaningless, but this is always weighted with how suddenly, unexpectedly joyous life can be. Midnight Solo is written from the perspective of a generation who grew up through the conflict in the north of Ireland and their struggle to envision a new normality in a post-conflict society.  She received an Artists' Career Enhancement Scheme Award from the Arts Council in 2011 and spent a year affiliated with the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's University.
Deirdre Cartmill
Away with Words is an innovative arts project which enables people with intellectual disability to explore and develop their creativity through writing. Away with Words offers a wide range of theme based workshops and events facilitated by local writers who also support people to engage in the arts life of their community through participation in public readings and publication of their work. In 2012, a collection of their writing Jessica Casey & Other Works was published by Salmon and launched at the Cúirt Festival. http://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=257&a=217
There is no entrance fee.
For further information contact 087-6431748.

 Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing financial support of the Arts Council
and Galway City Council.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 OVER THE EDGE NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR - THE LONGLIST






LONGLIST
Niall Ó’Sioradáin, Dun Laoighaire
Meadbh NÍ Eadhra, Co. Galway
John Haskins, Dublin
Phyl Herbert, Dublin
Margaret Cahill, Limerick
Creighton O’Sullivan, Limerick
Mary O’Rourke, Galway
Eileen Keane, Kildare
Carol Farrelly, Edinburgh
S.J. Ryan, Canada
Bart Van Goethem, Belgium
Rory Duffy, Westmeath
Alison Wells, Wicklow
Chris Connolly, Dublin
Rachel Coventry, Galway
Maurice Devitt, Dublin
Dagmar Drabent, Galway
Kate Ennals, Cavan
Anne Irwin, Galway
Lorraine Kelly, Galway
Brian Leeson, Belfast
Jennifer Matthews, Cork
Christopher Meehan, Co. Galway
Sighle Meehan, Galway
Mary McGill, Galway
Anita Coffey Ouellette, Massachusetts, USA
Micheál Ó’Síocháin, Cork
James O’Toole, Galway
Christine Painter, Galway
Valerie Ryan, Kildare
Maresa Sheehan, Carlow
Deborah Watkins, Co. Galway
Barry Kavanagh, Norway
Ava Sedgwick, Co. Clare
Adam Trodd, Dublin
Peter Bearder, Oxford
Averil Meehan, Donegal
Sharon Quigley, Galway
Ciara Broderick, Co. Galway
Joe Crotty, Galway
Selina Oram, Roscommon
Liz Harding, Dublin
Elizabeth Reapy, Mayo
Andrea Lutz, Galway
Teresa Sweeney, Galway
Michelle Coyne, Galway
Roz Spafford, Canada
Anne Donnelly, Mayo
Mark A. Keane, Edinburgh
Anne O’Neill, Kerry
Edel Burke, Mayo
Coirle Mooney, Galway
Lauren Foley, Australia
Tanya Farrelly, Dublin
Rory James, Galway
Rachael Hegarty, Dublin
Matt Flesk, Galway
Roisín O’Donnell, Meath
Ruth Aylett, Edinburgh
Kieran Furey, Roscommon
Lindsey Bellosa, New York
Colette McAndrew, Dublin
Armel Dagorn, Nantes  
Rob Childers, Co. Galway
Connie Roberts, New York
Victoria Kennefick, Tralee
Marie MacSweeney, Drogheda
Michael J. Whelan, Dublin
Christian Wallace, Texas
Liz Quirke, Co. Galway
Stephen Byrne, Galway
Phil Lynch, Dublin
Dawn Wisniewski, Dublin
Angela Carr, Dublin
Bernie Ashe, Galway
Winifred McNulty, Donegal
Karen McDonnell, Clare
Patricia Bender, New Jersey
Ciaran O’Rourke, Dublin
Brian Stewart, Galway
Ruth Quinlan, Galway

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
THE LONGLISTED WRITERS ARE INVITED TO READ 
FROM THEIR LONGLISTED WORK
@ the Over The Edge Culture Night event 
@ Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery,
Liosbán Retail Park
on Friday, September 19th, 6.30pm

THE SHORTLIST WILL BE ANNOUNCED 
@ The September Over The Edge: Open Reading
on Thursday, September 25th

THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED
@ the October Over The Edge: Open Reading
in Galway City Library,
Thurs October 30th