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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Over The Edge celebrates its eighth birthday with readings by Michael Coady, Sarah Griffin & Dani Gill

Michael Coady

The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ of 2011 takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, January 20th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Sarah Griffin, Dani Gill & Michael Coady. This is a very special occasion as it is now exactly eight years since Over The Edge was born in Galway City Library in January 2003.

Sarah Maria Griffin is 22 years old and hails from the north side suburbs of Dublin. She is a student on the M.A in Writing at NUI Galway. She has only been performing in spoken word circles since late 2009, but since then has performed at many events such as The Glor Sessions, Exchange Words & The BrownBread Mixtape. She is also the co-founder of the diary-reading event in Dublin, Scarleh Fer Yer Ma Fer Havin Ya. Sarah writes both poetry and fiction and last October won the annual Over The Edge fiction slam.

Dani Gill is originally from Longford. For the past number of years she has worked in the Arts in Galway and has a background in theatre and Arts journalism. In October 2010 she was appointed Literature Officer for the Galway Arts Centre and Programme Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature. She began creative writing classes with the lovely Susan Millar DuMars in early 2009 and was long listed in the 2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition. This will be Dani’s first public reading.

Michael Coady was born in 1939 in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, where he has worked as a teacher, musician and writer. Winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry in 1979 and also of Listowel Writers’ Week and RTE Francis McManus short story awards, he has published five collections with The Gallery Press: Two for a Woman, Three for a Man (1980), Oven Lane (1987), All Souls (1997), One Another (2003) and Going by Water (2009). In 2004 he received the eighth annual Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry from the University of St Thomas Centre for Irish Studies, St Paul, Minnesota. Michael was Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2005. He is a member of Aosdána.

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most 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 & The Arts Council.

GMIT presents Creative Writing for Beginners with Susan Millar DuMars in the New Year

TAKING BOOKINGS NOW

Susan Millar DuMars will give support, instruction and feedback to students who are interested in writing either fiction (short stories, novels) or poetry. The course takes place one evening per week (Wednesday) for 7 weeks from 7–9 p.m. The course commences on Wednesday, February 9th. Advance booking is essential. Places cost €95.00. For further details or to book a place contact GMIT, Dublin Road, Galway. Telephone 091-742145 or see http://www.gmit.ie/lifelong-learning/lifelong-learning-programmes/general-interest/artistic-creative/creative-writing-beginners.html


Susan was born in Philadelphia in 1966 to a Belfast-born mother. She holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Her poems and short stories have been published widely in the US, UK and Ireland. Susan's stories have been short-listed for many awards, and in 2005 she received an Irish Arts Council Bursary for her fiction. American Girls, a volume of her short stories, was published by Lapwing in 2007. Since 2003, Susan and her husband Kevin Higgins have organised the successful Over the Edge reading series, showcasing new writers. Susan teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute, Galway Arts Centre, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and on the Brothers of Charity Away With Words programme. Big Pink Umbrella (Salmon Poetry, 2008) was the first full collection of her poetry. One of her poems has been chosen by editor, Mathew Sweeney, for inclusion in Best of Irish Poetry 2010 (Southword Editions). Several of her poems feature in Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland, edited by Eva Bourke (Dedalus Press, March 2010). Her second collection of poems, Dreams for Breakfast, was published this April by Salmon Poetry. Her first full collection of short stories, Lights In The Distance, is published this December by Doire Press.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Charlie Byrne's Bookshop Hosts Launch of New Poetry Collection by Anne-Marie Fyfe

Seren Books
invite you to a launch to celebrate
the publication of
UNDERSTUDIES: NEW & SELECTED POEMS
Anne-Marie Fyfe

6.30 pm
Friday 21st January

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop
Cornstore Mall
Middle Street
Galway

REFRESHMENTS



January Poetry Slam at Galway Arts Centre

The next Poetry Slam with MC Pete Mullineaux will take place Tuesday January 18th at 7pm at the Galway Arts Centre.

Anyone can participate on the night and new comers are very welcome. To participate you need one poem/piece that will take about 3 minutes to perform. Judges on the night will select their favorite and the winner will be invited to be a guest reader at the next slam as well as qualifying for the Cúirt Grand Slam which will take place during next year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature 12-17 April 2011.

In addition to this, the winner’s poem will be published on the Galway Arts Centre website along with a biography of the contestant. There will also be an interactive words game on the night with a Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop voucher up for grabs. Kevin Higgins will be the guest reader this month.The evening is free and all are welcome.

Modern Ireland has Nothing to Inspire Modern Writing

On Wednesday 2nd February the Irish Writers' Centre presents an open panel discussion on how the current economic climate is affecting modern writing in Ireland. Panellists from many areas across the Arts Sector will join together under one roof to discuss the impending budget and its possible effect on modern and aspiring writers as well as the dwindling number of arts organisations across the country.

The discussion will be chaired by poet Michael O' Loughlin, co-founder of Raven Arts Press. O’ Loughlin will be joined by The Sunday Business Post’s Books and Arts Editor Nadine O’Regan, Sean Love, co-founder of Fighting Words and former Amnesty Ireland director, author Claire Kilroy and Gerry Smyth, Managing Editor of the Irish Times and celebrated poet.

The discussion will begin at 7pm and is open to the general public.

The Irish Writers’ Centre is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers that promotes contemporary Irish literature. Since its foundation in 1991, the Centre has welcomed many award-winning writers through its doors, including Nobel, Costa, Man Booker, IMPAC, and Pulitzer Prize winners. It has also served as an important platform for breakthrough talent, with many young writers giving their first public readings here.
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Irish Writers' Centre
19 Parnell Square
Dublin 1
t: +353 (0)1 872 1302
e:
info@writerscentre.ie
w: http://www.writerscentre.ie

Ballybane Library presents Slovenian poetry in translation with Yvonne Cullen

Meta Kušar
On Wednesday 19th January the poet Yvonne Cullen will be in Ballybane Library at 2.30 pm to present some Slovenian poetry in translation.

The Slovenian poet Meta Kušar has written: “I hear a soul crying poignantly outside the door, wanting to come in.”

What world is it that the poetry of Meta Kušar and other Slovenian poets communicates? Meta Kušar writes about the self-regenerating power of life.

Yvonne Cullen promises a very interesting 40 minutes of the poetry of Slovenia.
Please join us!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

New Year Poetry Workshops with Kevin Higgins at Galway Arts Centre-BEGINNERS & ADVANCED

In the New Year Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of three poetry workshops, all facilitated by 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 April by Salmon and his work also appears in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010).

Kevin is an experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. One of his workshop participants at Galway Arts Centre won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry, while several have published collections of their poems. Kevin is also co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.

Each workshop will run for ten weeks, commencing the week of January 17th. They will take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-8.30pm (first class January 18th); on Thursday afternoons, 2-4pm (first class January 20th) and on Friday afternoons, 2-3.30pm (first class January 21st).

The Tuesday evening and Friday afternoon workshops are open to both complete beginners as well as those who’ve been writing for some time. The Thursday afternoon workshop is an Advanced Poetry Workshop, suitable for those who’ve participated in poetry workshops before or had poems published in magazines. The cost to participants is €110, with an €100 concession rate.

Places must be paid for in advance. To reserve a place contact Victoria at reception at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886 or email victoria@galwayartscentre.ie

Daytime Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars at Galway Arts Centre in the New Year

In the New Year Galway Arts Centre presents a daytime class for all those beginner and continuing creative writing students out there, both facilitated by Susan Millar DuMars. Susan Millar DuMars writes both poetry and fiction. A collection of her stories, Lights In The Distance, is just published by Doire Press; she has published two collection of poetry, Big Pink Umbrella (2008) and Dreams For Breakfast both with Salmon Poetry. She is also co-organiser of the Over The Edge reading series which specifically promotes new writers.

The class is suitable for both beginning and continuing creative writing students, working in either poetry or fiction. Students will spend their week responding to writing exercises designed to inspire, rather than inhibit. In class, they will receive gentle feedback on their work from their classmates and from the teacher. The class takes place on Monday afternoons, 2-3.30pm, commencing on Monday January 17th and runs for ten weeks.

The cost to participants is 110 Euro with an 100 Euro concession price. Booking is essential as places are limited. For booking please contact Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886 or email victoria@galwayartscentre.ie

Monday, December 06, 2010

2011 Cúirt New Writing Prize- 3 categories, cash prize PLUS opportunity to read at Cúirt

Cúirt New Writing Prize 2011

3 Categories: Poetry, Fiction, Non Fiction/Memoir


Prize: €500 cash prize and an opportunity to read at the Cúirt 2011 Over The Edge showcase reading


* We will only consider entries from writers who have not had a collection of their work published or do not currently have a collection under consideration for publication.


Deadline: Friday 4th February 2011 at 5pm.
Poetry: 3 poems, each under 50 lines
Fiction: up to 2000 words
Non Fiction/Memoir: up to 2000 words
Entries must be sent in hard copy only to:


Cúirt New Writing Prize
Galway Arts Centre
47 Dominick Street
Galway City


An entry fee of €10 is applicable for each entry. This must be a postal order or a bank draft made out to Cúirt International Festival of Literature.


* You must submit 3 copies of your work.
* Entries in both the Irish and English language are welcome.
* In addition to your work we ask that you include the following contact details on a separate sheet: Name, email address, phone number. Please do not type your name on each page you submit as we judge the entries anonymously.
* You may include a short biography of yourself if you so wish. If you do so please do not staple or attach it to your work; place it at the back of the envelope; separate to your work.


For any further enquiries please see: http://www.galwayartscentre.ie/cuirt/literature.html
or email: info@galwayartscentre.ie

2011 Arts Council Funding For Over The Edge


Over The Edge is delighted to announce that we have just this morning been informed that we will retain the same level of funding for 2011, under the Arts Council's Small Festivals and Events Scheme, as we received in 2010. In the circumstances this is a great result. Over The Edge has an exciting programme of events lined up for the coming year, which includes readings by Michael Coady, Claire Kilroy, Miriam Gamble, Rita Ann Higgins & Clare Pollard as well as the 2011 Cúirt Over The Edge Showcase reading.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

December Poetry Slam at Galway Arts Centre

The Galway Arts Centre December Poetry Slam will kick off on Tuesday 21st December at 7pm at the Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street.

The Slam with MC Pete Mullineaux takes place the third Tuesday of every month with winners earning a place in the popular Cúirt Grand Slam event next April.

Anyone can participate on the night and new comers are very welcome. To participate you need one poem/piece that will take about 3 minutes to perform. Judges on the night will select their favourite and the winner will be invited to be a guest reader at the next slam as well as qualifying for the Cúirt Grand Slam which will take place during next year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature 12-17 April 2011. In addition to this, the winner’s poem will be published on the Galway Arts Centre website along with a biography of the contestant.

There will also be an interactive words game on the night with a Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop voucher up for grabs.

Admission is free, mulled wine and mince pies will be provided. All are welcome.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Siobhán Campbell for final Over The Edge: Open Reading of 2010

Siobhán Campbell

The December Over The Edge: Open Reading takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, December 16th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Elaine Cosgrove, Edward Lee & Siobhán Campbell.


Elaine Cosgrove was born in Sligo in 1985. Since then, she has been a hippie, a rocker, a metaller and an indie kid. She moved to Galway in 2004 to study at NUIG, and graduated in 2007 with an Arts Degree. She has participated in creative writing classes at Galway Technical Institute. This year, she was shortlisted for the Fish Publishing One Page Story Prize and the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition.

Edward Lee is originally from Dublin, but now lives in Galway. His poems, short stories and photography have been published in a wide variety of publications, including The Shop, The Stinging Fly & The Sunday Tribune. He is also a visual artist and has had several exhibitions in various venues in Dublin and Galway. He has an exhibition entitled 'Playing Poohsticks: Part One' running in Galway City Library from the 1st December to the 21st December, which consists of 15 paintings and the 15 poems from his poetry collection that inspired them. Edward’s debut poetry collection Playing PoohSticks On Ha'Penny Bridge was published last year.


Siobhán Campbell’s third full poetry collection Cross-Talk, was published by Seren Press in 2009 and was declared “(a) cunning sideways take on the pastoral” by the Irish Times. She was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for That Water Speaks in Tongues (Templar Poetry). Her other books include The Permanent Wave and The Cold that Burns (Blackstaff Press). Siobhán is a Principal Lecturer at Kingston University London. She has won awards in the National Poetry Competition as well as in the Troubadour and Wigtown competitions. She is anthologised in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing and in Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Spring 2010, Bloodaxe).


There will be an open-mic when the Featured Readers have finished. This is open to anyone who has a poem or story to share. New readers are always especially welcome. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748 or see our website http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com/

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

North Beach Poetry Nights 2010 Grand Slam with Billy Ramsell & John Peppard

North Beach Poetry Nights announces the 2010 Grand Slam on Monday 13th December in the Crane Bar at 9 pm. Guest Poet Billy Ramsell (Cork). Special music guest from London - John Peppard.


Billy Ramsell was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. 'Complicated Pleasures', his first collection, was published by Dedalus Press, Dublin, in 2007. He has been shortlisted for a Hennessy award and the Strong award. He has been invited to read his work at many festivals around the world, most recently in Shanghai and in San Francisco. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company.

14 poets, winners of the North Beach Poetry Nights' Slams throughout the year will perform and compete in a 2-round Grand Slam before a select panel of four judges. The judges will decide the winners based on the quality of the poem, the quality of the performance and how well the poet engaged the audience - and on their own personal reaction. The top 3 winners will be co-published in a poetry chapbook to be launched in 2011.

Door 5/3 Euro. Info: John@ 091-593290

North Beach Poetry Nights acknowledges the financial support of Galway City Council.

Launch of 'Stacey and the Mechanical Bull' by Sarah Clancy


Stacey and The Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press) the debut poetry collection by Sarah Clancy will be launched by Kevin Higgins in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Friday, December 10th, 6pm. All welcome.

Sarah Clancy is from Salthill. She is a participant in the Galway Arts Centre Poetry Workshops facilitated by Kevin Higgins and has read her poetry at North Beach Poetry Nights, the Over The Edge open-mic and was a Featured Reader at the August Over The Edge: Open Reading. This year, in a display of what she describes as beginners luck, Sarah was shortlisted in both the poetry section of the WOW awards 2010, the Listowel Writers Week Collection of Poetry Competition 2010 and the Over The Edge New Writer of The Year Competition. Her poems have been published in Revival, Dogs Singing (Edited by Jessie Lendennie, Salmon Poetry 2010) and Behind The Masks, the anthology of poems by participants in the advanced poetry workshop at Galway Arts Centre. Stacey and the Mechanical Bull is published by Lapwing Press in Belfast and is Sarah’s debut collection of poetry.

For further details about the launch 087-6431748

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

Salmon Poetry presents Galway Launch of 'Dogs Singing' anthology

Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology
Compiled & Edited by
Jessie Lendennie


GALWAY LAUNCH:
Venue: The Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Square, Galway
Date/Time: Saturday 4th December, 2pm

"Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology" brings together poems which highlight and examine and celebrate the canine world, and our place in it.

"First love, enduring love; the witness, the stoic, the companion, the protector, the better part of us, the abiding presence, the warrior, the survivor, the guardian angel. Here is a big book of many poems, all inspired, devoted, motivated by a sacred bond that happens, the supreme privilege, that something far bigger than romance - a relationship with a dog. Dogs do sing; they also smile, socialise, engage and celebrate, mark a homecoming in proper style, even if it’s only the return from the local grocery store; they sigh, but most of all they understand, they grieve, they mourn, they empathise, they remember..." Eileen Battersby, Arts Writer & Literary Correspondent, The Irish Times

Royalties from the sale of this book go to the Soi Dog Foundation (Phuket, Thailand) and MADRA (Co. Galway, Ireland)

For more info,and to purchase copies online, visit the Salmon Poetry website:

http://www.salmonpoetry.com/

Art Exhibition By Poet Edward Lee @ Galway City Library

Playing Poohsticks: Part One

An Art Exhibition

at

Galway City Library

1st - 21st December 2010

Inspired by the poems of his first collection, Playing Poohsticks On Ha'PennyBridge (Spider Press, 2009), the artist Edward Lee is proud to present the first part of a quartet of exhibitions spanning the next four years. The first exhibition will take place in the Galway City Library on St. Augustine Street from the 1st - 21st December 2010.

The quartet will be a reflection of each of the 60 poems contained in the collection. For the first exhibition, the artist will present the first 15 paintings in the series, alongside the poems that inspired them. All of the paintings on exhibit will be for sale for 60 euro each and will include a copy of the poetry collection signed by the author. For the duration of the exhibition, the book will also be available to purchase for the special exhibition price of 6 euro.

Opening Night & wine reception will be Thursday 9th December 2010 from 6.30 ~ 8.00pm

Edward Lee's poems in PLAYING POOHSTICKS ON HA'PENNY BRIDGE have a raw, exposed emotional quality with fiercely painful images...For me though the truly original and remarkable poems are those studying love, lust, disillusionment, whether about the same woman and the same affair, and are among the best poems I have read on the theme - visceral, honest, full of powerful feelings and imagery”. ~Weyfarers Magazine Issue 107
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

lastimages@yahoo.com

Edward Lee is also a Featured Reader at the December Over The Edge: Open Reading which takes place on Thursday, December 16th (6.30-8pm) in Galway City Library. For more see here http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com/2010/11/siobhan-campbell-for-final-over-edge.html

EVENING OF HUNGARIAN POETRY @ EYRECOURT LIBRARY

Poetry is like bread!
The Nobel prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda, said that: “Poetry is like bread. It should be shared by all, by scholars and the man on the street corner, by all our vast, incredible, extraordinary family of humanity."


In Eyrecourt Library on this coming Wednesday evening, November 24th, at 7.30pm, we would like to share with you the poetry (in translation) of Hungary!


Hungarians have tended to the belief that poetry can change social life. We hope that a few of the people who attend might read aloud a Hungarian poem or paragraph which they like and which has been translated into English. There are some really interesting pieces, and the translated poems will be available in the Eyrecourt Library in advance.

Please join us. AND REMEMBER....if you do not wish to read there will be no problem: you are under no pressure to do anything but sit and listen and enjoy the event. We would like to make this a very enjoyable and social evening for everyone.

Hope you can make it!

Thank you for reading this.

Pat McMahon,
Galway County Libraries.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yvonne Cullen's Writing Train

WRITING TRAIN


WINTER 2010/ SPRING 2011


COURSE DETAILS

Day courses starting Nov/Dec 2010, booking now open:

TUES NOV 30 INTERMEDIATE WRITING TRAIN 12 weeks, €290

SAT DEC 4: POETRY ONE-DAY COURSE, €70

MON DEC 6: START TO WRITE 8 weeks, €230

ONGOING ENROLLMENT ALSO AVAILABLE IN ADVANCED WORKSHOPS.( Details below).

Writing Saloon Reading nights: SAT 29th Nov 8p.m and SAT 11 Dec 8 p.m. (details below).

Spring term at Writing Train also booking now at discount rates. Full details at http://www.yvonnecullen.com/ or email yvonnesworkshops@gmail.com

January timetable:
8 JAN, DEVELOPING POET, 12 weeks of 2.75 hrs €290

WEDNESDAY 12 JAN FORTNIGHTLY WRITING TRAIN, 16 sessions of 2.75 hrs over 32 weeks €420.

Sat 16 JAN €70 (One Day Course) START TO WRITE

February timetable:

MON 7 FEB, START TO WRITE, 8 weeks of 2.5 hrs, €230

10 FEB THURSDAY NIGHT WRITING TRAIN, 15 weeks of 2.75 hrs, €370

FRI 11 FEB: DAYTIME WRITING TRAIN, SANDYCOVE 14 weeks of 2.5 hr sessions €340

WEDS 7 FEB: New term for: WEDNESDAY DAYTIME WRITING TRAIN 14 weeks of 2.5 hours €340

March timetable:

FIRST WEEK MARCH: “FROM HISTORIES TO STORIES” – make progress with your researched creative writing project. 10 weeks of 2.5-hour sessions daytime, South city centre, from first week in March. Day will be picked to suit participants, as far as possible. €285

29 MARCH New start for TUES NIGHT INTERMEDIATE WRITING TRAIN. 12 weeks of 2.5 hour sessions, €335.

POETRY DAY SAT 4th DEC
Self-contained one -day poetry course, focusing on areas of skill chosen by participants in advance, and designed to fire up your poetry furnaces. This year, poetry students from Writing Train have been shortlisted for the important Bridport Prize, for the Strokestown Poetry Prize and for the Hennessy Award!

Venue: Glasthule (On dart line, Sandycove station)

Running time: 10.30 – 1.00 and 2.30 – 5 p.m with a break for a dash to Cavistons deli for lunch and chance of a quick run to the sea while we’re at it, plus option to eat together at Poppies café in Dunlaoghaire when afternoon sessions end, to chew over the day and go on talking poetry! Day will be completely tailored to students’ areas of interest and you’ll take materials away. NB: This will be more of a tutored course with exercises and discussion than a workshop, €70.

If there is a quorum for a “workshop” day on SAT 11th DEC this is also an option as a follow-on – fee: €125 for both.

THE DEVELOPING POET From Sat 8th Jan, 3 p.m. United Arts Club, Fitzwilliam Street, D. 2.

12 weeks of 2.5-hour sessions – a fourth season for this popular and inspiring course.

This year, poetry students from WT have been shortlisted for the important Bridport Prize, for the Strokestown poetry Prize and for the Hennessy Award.

€295 / €280 if booked and paid by 17 Dec.

Get going! Keep going! Start again - with WRITING TRAIN’s “Begin to Write” and “Intermediate Writing Train” courses. (Whether you need a big push, or a little one…)

START TO WRITE from 6 DEC 8 x 2.5 hour meetings €230

Starts Monday night, 6 DEC. 8 weeks of 2.5 hour evening sessions from 6.30 – 9 p.m. A 10-week course in 8 meetings! Running across the Christmas break will also give you time to do some interesting exercises and finish a story, short piece of drama or poem before the second part of course begins in January. Fee: €230. Venue will be Nora’s Room at the atmospheric Sweny’s Chemist’s at Lincoln Place. All the short forms will be looked at in this course. Even more importantly, in this course, the fundamentals of observation, of tuning in to your own excitement ( and tuning out the censor!), aspects of the habit and practice of writing and ways of reading more effectively will be illuminated for you. If you really do want to write, after this (touch wood!) you won’t look back!

START TO WRITE: ONE DAY COURSE: (A.K.A Getting your Ships into Bottles - or should that be out of them?)

SUN JAN 16th

City Centre venue, fee €70 for full day to get you going, to help you find the material that’s already within your reach and help you surprise yourself with your skill! This course will use my favourite techniques and approaches plus lots of focused discussion and materials to take away. Please email or phone Writing Train on number below if you’d like further details.

(See also Start To Write 8 week course, beginning 7 FEB)

For further details check http://www.yvonnecullen.com/, yvonnecullen’s writing train page at facebook, and email yvonnesworkshops@gmail.com

Friday, October 29, 2010

Matthew Sweeney, Laura Brennan & James O'Toole for November Over The Edge: Open Reading

Matthew Sweeney

The November Over The Edge: Open Reading takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, November 18th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are James O’Toole, Laura Brennan & Matthew Sweeney . The reading is sponsored by Poetry Ireland.


James O’Toole was born in Galway but caught the travel bug early and spent twenty five years on the road studying life and sports medicine in America, England and Dublin. His poetry has been published in Poetry Ireland Review and also in literary magazines in the United States. James is currently a participant in the advanced poetry workshop at Galway Arts Centre and his work features in the group’s recently launched publication Behind The Masks. He was highly commended in this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition.

Born in Dublin, Laura Brennan is a visual artist now living in Galway. Her practice combines painting drawing and writing. She is a member artist of Artspace Studios and has exhibited in Ireland and abroad and recently completed residencies in Reykjavik and Inishturkbeg Island. In the past two years she has participated in Kevin Higgins’s poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre and was shortlisted in the 2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year Competition.

Matthew Sweeney was born in Co Donegal in 1952. He moved to London in 1973 and studied at the Polytechnic of North London and the University of Freiburg. He now lives in Cork City. His poetry collections include A Dream of Maps (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1981); Blue Shoes (Secker & Warburg,1989); Cacti (Secker & Warburg 1989); The Bridal Suite (London, Jonathan Cape, 1997); Black Moon (Jonathan Cape, 2007), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and The Irish Times /Poetry Now Award; and The Night Post (London, Salt, 2010), which is a Selected Poems.

There will be an open-mic when the Featured Readers have finished. This is open to anyone who has a poem or story to share. 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 and The Arts Council and the sponsorship of this reading by Poetry Ireland.

Castlebar launch of 'In Other Words' by Mary Madec (Salmon Poetry, 2010)

You are invited you to a Poetry Reading / Launch to celebrate the publication by Salmon Poetry of


In Other Words


Poems by


MARY MADEC


MARY MADEC was born and raised in the west of Ireland. She received her early education at NUI, Galway, obtaining her B.A. in French and English, and her M.A in Old English; in 2002 she received her doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She has taught courses for NUI, Galway, UPenn, and Open University and is currently Director of the Villanova Study Abroad Program in Galway. She has received awards and accolades for her work in the Raftery Competition 2007, the WINDOWS Showcase and Anthology 2007 and the Maria Edgeworth Competition 2008. In April 2008 she was also the recipient of the Hennessy XO Award for Emerging Poetry. With her husband Claude Madec of the LIFE programme (Brothers of Charity Services) she started up a community-writing project, Away with Words, now in its third year. In Other Words is her debut collection.


Venue: The Linenhall,Castlebar,Co.Mayo


Date/Time: 24th November, 2010 - 8 pm. Admission Free.


Visit our website for further details:  http://www.salmonpoetry.com


Salmon Poetry, Knockeven, Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare Tel: 065 - 7081941 • email: info@salmonpoetry.com

Modern Ireland has Nothing to Inspire Modern Writing

On Wednesday 1st December the Irish Writers' Centre presents an open panel discussion on how the current economic climate is affecting modern writing in Ireland. Panellists from many areas across the Arts Sector will join together under one roof to discuss the impending budget and its possible effect on modern and aspiring writers as well as the dwindling number of arts organisations across the country.

The discussion will be chaired by poet Michael O' Loughlin, co-founder of Raven Arts Press. O’ Loughlin will be joined by The Sunday Business Post’s Books and Arts Editor Nadine O’Regan, Sean Love, co-founder of Fighting Words and former Amnesty Ireland director, Gavin Kostick award-winning playwright, literary officer for Fishamble and Gerry Smyth, Managing Editor of the Irish Times and celebrated poet.

The discussion will begin at 7pm and is open to the general public.

The Irish Writers’ Centre is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers that promotes contemporary Irish literature. Since its foundation in 1991, the Centre has welcomed many award-winning writers through its doors, including Nobel, Costa, Man Booker, IMPAC, and Pulitzer Prize winners. It has also served as an important platform for breakthrough talent, with many young writers giving their first public readings here.
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Irish Writers' Centre
19 Parnell Square
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

November Poetry Slam at Galway Arts Centre

The next Poetry Slam with MC Pete Mullineaux will take place Tuesday November 16th at 7pm at the Galway Arts Centre.

Anyone can participate on the night and new comers are very welcome. To participate you need one poem/piece that will take about 3 minutes to perform. Judges on the night will select their favourite and the winner will be invited to be a guest reader at the next slam as well as qualifying for the Cúirt Grand Slam which will take place during next year's Cúirt International Festival of Literature 12-17 April 2011. In addition to this, the winner's poem will be published on the Galway Arts Centre website along with a biography of the contestant. There will also be an interactive words game on the night with a Charlie Byrne's Bookshop voucher up for grabs.

Last month's winner Sarah Griffin will be a guest reader. Sarah is currently enrolled in the M.A in Writing in NUIG. She has performed at The Glór Sessions, Electric Picnic, The Flat Lake Festival, Exchange Words, The Brown Bread Mixtape and Milk & Cookie Stories. She is also the co-founder of the diary-reading event Scarleh Fer Yer Ma Fer Havin Ya, in the Twisted Pepper in Dublin.

The evening is free and all are welcome.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

North Beach Poetry Nights presents a November Double Bill in the Crane Bar at 9 pm with Jennifer Cendaña Armas & Noel King

Jennifer Cendaña Armas

North Beach Poetry Nights presents a November Double Bill on Monday 15th November in the Crane Bar at 9 pm  with Jennifer Cendaña Armas from New York

Jennifer Cendaña Armas is a NYC born and raised performer/writer/teacher/community worker. Her show, skinimin12, premiered at 2004’s Downtown Urban Theatre Festival and later featured at 2006’s New York City Hip Hop Theater Festival at the Public Theater. Poetry/Singing features include: Celebration of Latin Jazz at The Binational Center of Cusco, Lincoln Center’s La Casita, Joe’s Pub’s Urban Griots, Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art and Louder Than A Bomb (Chicago), World Stage and ‘da Poetry Lounge (L.A.), Lizard Lounge (Boston), Esperanza Peace and Justice Center (Houston), Sista’hood Festival (Vancouver), Ladyfest Bristol, Speakeasy and Poetry Café (London), Poetry Vandals Present…(Newcastle,UK). Spoken (Black Family Channel), Word (FreeSpeech TV), Curvations (PSA). Publications include: The Audacity of Humanity (e-book), my mouth may not know the words but everything else understands (self-published), NYU Review for Law and Social Change, AWOL, Aesthetica, X, Monsoon. She has organized and facilitated Red Tents and arts and activist workshops in schools, prisons, and community based organizations stateside and internationally, including El Puente Academy of Peace & Justice, Harvard University, Riker’s Island Prison, Presbyterian Secondary Boys Academy (Ghana), and Casa De Milagros (Peru). She currently facilitates arts workshops for Brooklyn Academy of Music and Arts Horizons. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in theatre and politics.

and

Noel King, poet, performer and publisher (Doghouse) from Tralee.

Noel King was born and lives in Tralee. His poems, short stories, haiku and reviews have been published in journals and magazines in over thirty countries. In Canada, he has been seen in The Annals, All Hallows, Corvid Review, The Dailhousie Review , Green’s Magazine, Labour of Love, The Mystery Review and The Nashwaak Review. His debut collection, Prophesying the Past, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010. He is the director of Doghouse Publishing.

There will also be the last qualifying North Beach Poetry Slam before the Grand Slam in December. Poets are asked to bring 2 max. 3 minute poems and sign up early for the slam.

Door 5/3 Euro.
Info: John@ 091-593290

North Beach Poetry Nights acknowledges the generous financial support of Galway City Council

Monday, October 25, 2010

Colette Nic Aodha Seoladh leabhair / Book Launch

Tá Fáilte romhat chuig/ You are invited to

Seoladh leabhair / Book Launch

6ú Samhain/ 6th of November 2010

Nuair a sheolfaidh Micheál Ó Ruairc leabhar nua filíochta , ‘Áilíos,’

le Colette Nic Aodha

When Micheál O Ruairc launches a new poetry collection, ‘Áilíos,’

from Colette Nic Aodha

I Tígh Mac Fhinn ar na duganna /In Mc Ginns On The Quay at 5pm.  

Sunday, October 17, 2010

November 'Loose Lips'


One Night, Ten Stories: Loose Lips Returns to the Roisín Dubh


Wednesday, November 24th, sees the return of Loose Lips, with MC Mags Treanor who hosts the mic. for all those who have a story to tell and can get up and do so within about five minutes. Of course it’s not just about telling stories, it’s also about listening, so if you fancy a roller coaster of emotions all in one night, come along to the Roisin Dubh at 9pm and be prepared to laugh and cry at the broad range of stories from the brilliant to the bizarre.

Everyone has a story, and Loose Lips offers a stage and a microphone to members of the audience who would like to tell their story, provided it is true and unscripted. Each month’s session is inspired by a different theme, and with November being a bleak month, it’s going to be a free for all with an open theme. So all you need is any story at all that’s worth telling, and if you don’t have one, just bring along a good pair of ears.


So, whether you just want to come along and listen, or tell your story, Wednesday the 24th of November is a night to put in your diary.


Given the popularity of this event and the fact that it is a small and intimate venue, advance booking is highly recommended.


If you wish to participate you can register on the night, when ten names will be pulled from a hat to decide who gets to tell their story.


Theme for this month’s Loose Lips event is open, so anything goes!
Cover charge: 5 euro
Time: 9pm start, registration from 8:30pm
For more information please contact Mags on 087 6500700

Friday, October 15, 2010

October 'Over The Edge: Open Reading' with Ger Reidy, Damien Drohan & Martin Dyar

Ger Reidy

The October Over The Edge: Open Reading takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, October 28th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Ger Reidy, Damien Drohan & Martin Dyar.

Ger Reidy was born near Westport in Co. Mayo in 1958, qualified as a Civil Engineer in 1979 and started writing poetry in 1980. His first collection of poems, Pictures from a Reservation, was published by Dedalus Press in 1998, and received widespread praise for its compelling voice and authentic evocation of the west of Ireland. His second collection, Drifting Under the Moon, was published earlier this year and considerably advanced his reputation, the new poems revealing an increased awareness of craft, a broadening and deepening of his vision.

Damien Drohan is a Limerick man who came to Galway and stayed for the weather. He is now a student teacher, so please excuse him if he dives for cover at any loud noises. He once tried to write a book about procrastination, but never got around to it. Damien mostly writes short fiction, but will write a poem if badgered enough. Most of his characters are a nastier version of himself, and say the things he would never say, at least in polite company. He has been a participant in creative writing classes at Galway Technical Institute and was longlisted in the 2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competion.

Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford in County Mayo. He has worked as a special needs teacher, a teacher of creative writing, and as a lecturer in medical ethics. His poetry has been published widely in journals, including the John McGahern yearbook, the Oxford Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review, the Stinging Fly, and Ropes. His writing has received a number of awards, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2009, and the Strokestown Poetry Award in 2001. This year he was selected for the Poetry Introductions Series. He is also the recipient of an Arts Council Bursary Award in Literature for 2010. Martin will also be performing his one man show Tom Loves a Lord, with soprano Anna-Louise Costello, at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway on October 29th.

There will be an open-mic when the Featured Readers have finished. This is open to anyone who has a poem or story to share. 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 and The Arts Council.

'Tom Loves A Lord' written & performed by Martin Dyar, directed by Caroline Lynch

TOM LOVES A LORD
‘A new and exciting voice in Irish writing’ -Brian Lynch


SHORE THEATRE Presents a THOMAS MOORE Experience
Written and Performed by Martin Dyar, Winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award
Directed by Caroline Lynch


Oct 29th Town Hall Theatre Galway (€15/€12) 091 569777
Nov 3rd Charlestown Arts Centre (John Healy W/E) 094 9255820
Nov 6th Anaverna House Ravensdale Dundalk (€20) 042 9371490
With selections from MOORE’S MELODIES sung by ANNA-LOUISE COSTELLO with pianist Aileen Cahill, the gripping and hilarious one man show
http://www.theshore.ie/

October 'Loose Lips' at Roisín Dubh

Loose Lips is back this Wednesday 27th of October. 9pm, upstairs at the Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street, Galway with a halloween special - SPOOKED OUT! So if you've ever seen a ghost, been scared, freaked someone out or done anything spooky, come along with your story!

Friday, October 01, 2010

2010 Over The Edge Fiction Slam with Kevin Barry


After the huge success of last year’s inaugural event, Over The Edge presents its second annual fiction slam with Featured Reader, Kevin Barry, at Café 8 @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, October 15th, 8pm.

Kevin Barry’s debut collection of short stories, There Are Little Kingdoms, was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His stage adaptation of the book has since been produced by Meridian Theatre in Cork and by Keegan Theatre in Washington DC. His first novel, City Of Bohane, is to be published in spring 2011. The short film of his screenplay, The Ballad Of Kid Kanturk, is currently showing at festivals. His short stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies including The New Yorker, Phoenix Best Irish Stories, The Stinging Fly and The Dublin Review. He lives in County Sligo.

Poetry slams have grown in popularity during the past few years, but now it’s the fiction writers’ turn. The first twelve fiction writers to make it to Café 8 @ The Museum on the evening of Friday, October 15th 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 Kevin Barry. 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.


North Beach Poetry Nights' Special

With Guest Poet: Martin Daws (Wales), Farrago Autumn Slam Champion 2010 on Monday 25th October at 9pm in The Crane Bar, Sea Road, Galway.

An electrifying poet whose live sets blend free musicality, innovative rhythm and lyrical dexterity to drive his poetry through journeys into life, nature and who the hell we think we are, anyway!

Also: extra October Poetry Slam. Poets wishing to take part in the slam should please bring along 2 max. 3 minute poems.
Door: 5/3 Euro
Info: John@ 091-593290

Galway Arts Centre Poetry Slam Returns

The Galway Arts Centre Poetry Slam will kick off again on Tuesday 19th October at 7pm at the Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street.

The Slam with MC Pete Mullineaux will take place the third Tuesday of every month with winners earning a place in the popular: Cúirt Grand Slam event next April.

Anyone can participate on the night and new comers are very welcome. To participate you need one poem/piece that will take about 3 minutes to perform. Judges on the night will select their favourite and the winner will be invited to be a guest reader at the next slam as well as qualifying for the Cúirt Grand Slam which will take place during next year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature 12-17 April 2011. In addition to this, the winner’s poem will be published on the Galway Arts Centre website along with a biography of the contestant.

There will also be an interactive words game on the night with a Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop voucher up for grabs.

Admission is free and wine will be provided. All are welcome.

Crannóg Celebrate 25th Edition

On Friday 22nd October at 6:30pm in The Crane Bar, Galway literary magazine Crannóg will celebrate their 25th Issue with a special evening of readings and music. There will also be a full bar and finger food courtesy of The Gourmet Tart Co and The Crane.


Crannóg, which has been published since the year 2002 has published the work of over 1000 writers. Its dedicated editorial team: Sandra Bunting, Gerardine Burke, Jarlath Fahy and Tony O’Dwyer, edit, produce and design the magazine which is published three times a year (February, June, October).


The journal came out of the renowned Galway Writers’ Workshop from which many leading Irish poets have emerged.


Crannóg is unique as it features work from writers not just locally and nationally but also internationally and has a very wide distribution, having readers and fans as far away as India, Australia and South America.


The 25th edition is a special, extended magazine featuring in the region of 50 writers. It will be launched by guest speaker Des Kenny upstairs in the Crane Bar and attendees on the evening will be in with a chance to win a 3yr subscription to the magazine. Animation Filmmaker Edith Peiperhoff will also talk about how Crannóg is important for artists/photographers/filmmakers, whose striking designs have been used on the covers of the magazine.


A display case containing past issues of the magazine has been placed in Galway City Library Augustine Street in advance of the launch. Earlier issues are now collectors’ items as it is difficult to get a complete set of all 25 issues.


There are also submission details published and available around the city’s bookshops and libraries for anyone who wishes to submit material for the next edition February 2011.


You are warmly invited to join Crannóg for their celebration, the evening is free and all are welcome.


http://www.crannogmagazine.com

KILTIMAGH ‘IN SIGHT OF RAFTERY’ FESTIVAL 2010

Daytime Schedule

Adult Writer’s workshops: Searching Among The Bones

Saturday, November 13th, at the Town Hall Theatre, Kiltimagh from 11am – 12.30pm, poet Terry McDonagh and author Louise Lawrence will each tackle the above title from their unique perspective and discipline. Promising a different type of workshop, each participant will begin with a blank page..........................

Schools workshops: Between Monday 8th and Friday 12th, Terry McDonagh will facilitate workshops throughout the region in participating schools.

SCHOOLS POETRY COMPETITION GRAND FINAL: Town Hall Theatre

Saturday November 13th, 2pm start
Students from regional schools have been invited to submit poetry for this competition. The finalists will read their poems in front of an audience of their supporters, plus the three judges, Colette Nic Aodha, Terry McDonagh and Louise Lawrence, who will adjudicate on the day. The gratefully received sponsored prizes are identical for both primary and secondary school categories:

1st Prize: 50euro voucher from C&C Cellular
2nd Prize: 25euro voucher from Easons
3rd Prize: Selection of stationery from TC Kitchens

Evening Schedule

Wednesday, November 10th : Town Hall Theatre at 8pm

Mise Raiftearaí an Fíodóir Focal: Exclusive footage from Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin's forthcoming documentary/drama, Mise Raiftearaí an Fiodóir Focal. Written and presented by local man Tadhg, and directed by Seán O'Cualáin from Sónta Production Company, Connemara, the documentary/drama about the life and times of legendary Mayo poet and songwriter, Anthony Raftery, is due to be aired on TG4 on Christmas Day. The festival was hoping to be able to offer an entire screening, but we have to postpone the screening until after the festival, date to be advised. We are delighted to be able to offer Tadhg's exclusive insight into the making of the film and the journey it took.

Official Festival Launch: Colette Nic Aodha will host our official launch, which follows on from Mise Raiftearaí an Fiodóir Focal, in the Town Hall Theatre with music from Ollie Burke and Mary MacNicholas

Thursday, November 11th 2010 : Cill Aodain Hotel at 8pm
The two readings this night will be from Noel King and Terry McDonagh. Noel will be launching his new book, ‘Prophesying the Past’ on the night and of course there’ll be ceol freisin!

Friday, November 12th:
Park Hotel at 7pm: Book launch with Basil Burke. This is the third volume in Basil’s collection and is appropriately titled ‘Kiltimagh Remembered, volume 3.

Cill Aodain Hotel at 8pm: Open Mic til 10.30 approximately, then on to Kitty McGreals for the traditional late night session

Saturday, November 13th: Cill Aodain Hotel at 9pm
There will be three readings on the final night, one each from Colette Nic Aodha, Ger Reidy and Louise Lawrence. Music this night will be performed by Tony Reidy.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year: THE RESULTS

The winners of this year's Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition were announced by competition judge James Martyn at the September Over The Edge: Open Reading this evening in Galway City Library.

PRIZES GO TO NICOLA GRIFFIN & SEAMUS SCANLON

Nicola Griffin won the poetry section with her poem ‘Pandora’s Well’. She will receive €300 in prize money and Salmon Poetry will read without prejudice a manuscript of her poetry.

Nicola Griffin pictured centre
Nicola Griffin grew up in Cheshire in the North West of England and studied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Keele in Staffordshire. She has lived in East Clare since 1997. She writes poetry, non-fiction and fiction, is a graduate of the MA in Writing at NUIG and a participant in the Advanced Poetry Workshop at Galway Arts Centre. She has a regular column in Inland Waterways News and her poetry has recently been published in Ropes Unravelled, The Sunday Tribune, The Stinging Fly, Behind The Masks and Crannóg.

Seamus Scanlon won the fiction section with his story ‘The Butterfly Love Song’. Seamus is also the 2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year. He will receive €700 in prize money and will be a Featured Reader at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in the next few months.


Seamus Scanlon, 2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year
Seamus Scanlon is originally from Galway but has lived in New York City for the past few years, where he has been a student of creative writing at City College New York. Seamus was short-listed for the 2009 Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and his work has appeared in Global City Review, Promethean and the Journal of Experimental Fiction. He has read his work at The Cell Theater, the Mysterious Bookshop, McNally Robinson Bookshop, St. Patrick's Day Literary Brunch, the Ulysses Bar and the Over The Edge open-mic.

The following fiction writers were highly commended by competition judge James Martyn:
Niamh Mulvey for her story ‘Swansong’
Kevin Doyle for his story ‘Those Days He Was Here’
Suzanne Walsh for her story ‘The Best Job’
Evelyn Parsons for her story ‘Mr. Right’.

The following poets were highly commended:
Marie Cadden for her poem ‘Seduced’
Tom Lavelle for his poems ‘One-To-One’, ‘Citeog’ and ‘Beds’
Angela Carr for her poems ‘Brink’, ‘After The Storm’ and ‘Once I Was A Tree’
Maresa Sheehan for her poems You’re your Greens’, ‘Parsnips and Cats’, and ‘A Strawberry of a man’
James O’Toole for his poem ‘Template For The Future’.

Over The Edge would like to thanks our competition sponsors, Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop and Michael D. Higgins TD, our competition judge James Martyn and all the writers who entered this year’s competition.

The competition short-list can be read here
http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com/2010/08/short-list-announced-for-2010-over-edge.html

The long-list can be read here
http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com/2010/08/2010-over-edge-new-writer-of-year-long_18.html

Friday, September 24, 2010

Salmon Poetry presents Rita Ann Higgins, Aideen Henry & Glenn Shea @ Charlie Byrne's Bookshop


Poetry Reading with Rita Ann Higgins, Aideen Henry & Glenn Shea in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop.

Date: Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time: 6pm
Venue: Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway
http://www.salmonpoetry.com/event-details.php?ID=111

Thursday, September 23, 2010

North Beach Poetry Nights welcomes Elaine Feeney

North Beach Poetry Nights welcomes Elaine Feeney on Monday 11th October at 9pm in The Crane Bar, Sea Road, Galway.

Elaine Feeney brings her Nationwide Summer/Autumn tour to an end this week at North Beach Poetry Nights' monthly poetry slam.

Elaine began her literary career by winning the NBN Grand Slam in 2006 and went on to win the Cuirt Festival's prestigious Grand Slam in 2008. This success meant performances to critical acclaim at International venues including The Vilenica Literature Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She performed with poet Dave Lordan at this years Electric Picnic. Elaine published her first chapbook in 2007 and this summer saw the publication of her debut collection, Where's Katie? by Salmon Poetry.

Her work was described in review on Radio One's Arena as 'Wonderful, wonderful stuff, poetry not for the faint hearted'. She has since recorded some of her work which has been aired on RTE Radio One.

Elaine is spending the winter finishing a drama, 'Playing with Women'. She is a powerful and captivating voice of the New Irish poetry scene and is well worth checking out.

Poets wishing to take part in the poetry slam should bring along 2 max. 3 minute poems.

Door: 5/3 Euro

Info: John@091-593290

North Beach Poetry Nights gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Galway City Council.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

North Beach Poetry Nights offers Performance Workshop with Welsh Spoken Word Poet Martin Daws

North Beach Poetry Nights is offering a Performance Workshop with Welsh Spoken Word Poet Martin Daws on Monday 25th October from 17.30 to 20.00 upstairs in The Crane Bar, Sea Road Galway.

For 10 participants on a first come basis. Price 10 Euro.
Sign up by email: johnmawalsh@gmail.com  

An electrifying poet whose live sets blend free musicality, innovative rhythm and lyrical dexterity to drive his poetry through journeys into life, nature and who the hell we think we are, anyway! Martin Daws is Farrago Autumn Slam Champ 2010, has been a runner-up in the Glastonbury Festival Slam and the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry. He got a coveted five star review at the Edinburgh Festival and is the author of the acclaimed book/cd 'Skin Tight the Sidewalk'.

Martin Daws writes about multi-culturalism, identity, personal integrity, and the evolution of culture. He is also fascinated with the way we build relationships with that which is bigger than us; nature, society, the universe, God... His aim is to make meaningful music out of spoken word, with as much freedom to improvise as possible.

In 2008 Martin published his first book/CD, titled ‘Skin Tight the Sidewalk’. His work has been broadcast by BBC Radio Wales, been published in international journals, and has been performed extensively around the UK and Ireland. More recently Martin’s musical collaborations with Rob Mackay have toured internationally, taking video of Martin in performance and recordings of his voice to multi-media performances in 4 continents.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Yvonne Cullen's Writing Train is taking off into Autumn!

Classes and workshops in Dublin at all levels start soon. They include Writing Train's original Fortnightly workshops starting on 13 Oct, Intensive Beginners classes on 18 Oct and the long-running Thursday night Writing Train. This last mentioned workshop has started but some 'late-start' places remain. Writing Train had 7 workshop participants, 5 current and 2 previous, shortlisted for the Over The Edge award this year, with participant Maresa Sheehan highly commended!

"Best Creative Writing Teacher in Dublin" Dubliner Magazine.

For an overview of Writing Train's approaches and other up-coming courses including Hallowe'en Writing Jaunt to Inis Mor, Yvonne's brochure is available at http://www.yvonnecullen.com/

You can also follow Yvonne's thoughts on the writing life at Facebook page Yvonne Cullen's Writing Train.

Monday, September 20, 2010

September ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ with Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Nicola Griffin & Billy Ramsell PLUS New Writer of The Year To Be Announced

The September Over The Edge: Open Reading takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, September 30th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Nicola Griffin, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh & Billy Ramsell. The evening will also see the announcement of the winners of this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year competition by competition judge, James Martyn.

Nicola Griffin grew up in Cheshire in the North West of England and studied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Keele in Staffordshire. She has lived in East Clare since 1997. She writes poetry, non-fiction and fiction, is a graduate of the MA in Writing at NUIG and a participant in the Advanced Poetry Workshop at Galway Arts Centre. She has a regular column in Inland Waterways News and her poetry has recently been published in Ropes Unravelled, The Sunday Tribune, The Stinging Fly, Behind The Masks and Crannóg.


Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh was born in Kerry in 1984. She studied Irish and French at NUI Galway. She has lived in France and spent a year teaching Irish in New York with the Fulbright programme. The Arts Council awarded her an artist’s bursary in 2008. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fusion, An Guth, Crannóg, The Stinging Fly and Poetry Ireland Review. She has read in Ireland, New York, Montreál and the Outer Hebrides. She is currently carrying out doctoral research in Galway. Her first collection, Péacadh, was published by Coiscéim in 2008.

Billy Ramsell was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. Complicated Pleasures, his first collection, was published by the Dedalus Press, Dublin, in 2007. He has been shortlisted for a Hennessy award and a Strong award. He has been invited to read his work at many festivals around the world; most recently in Shanghai and in San Francisco. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company.

There will be an open-mic when the Featured Readers have finished. This is open to anyone who has a poem or story to share. 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 and The Arts Council

Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 'Loose Lips'

LOOSE LIPS! is back this Wednesday night 29th of September at 9pm, upstairs in the Roisín Dubh and the theme is ROBBED. Have you ever robbed anything? An orchard, a bank, someone else's partner? Have you ever been robbed, mugged or had an idea stolen from you? Whatever the connection with robbed, come along and tell the story as long as it's your own story and you can do it in about five minutes.

Salmon Poetry announces Galway Launch of 'Hurting God' by Rita Ann Higgins

Salmon Poetry
invites you to celebrate the Galway launch of

Hurting God
Part Essay Part Rhyme
by
Rita Ann Higgins

God, púcas, jiving factory girls, a crocodile-wielding father, long-lost lives and equally long-lost multinationals all form part of the brilliant world of Rita Ann Higgins’s As well as collection of essays and poems, Hurting God – Part Essay Part Rhyme. highlighting Rita Ann’s unique voice, this book gives a special insight into how closely prose and poetry can work together to bring a perspective that enables deep understanding.

For over two This is as decades Rita Ann Higgins has been a poetic voice for the voiceless. Now, in these essays which form a poetic true in her plays as in her poetry. memoir, she shows yet again that she is one of the best contemporary Irish writers.

“Higgins’s work does not function to keep anyone out, but invite them to sit on the back wall with her, looking in all directions from this edge.” from ‘Watch your Language’: Speculative Theory and the Poetry of Rita Ann Higgins by Moynagh Sullivan, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Launch Introduction by
DES KENNY

Venue: The Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Square, Galway
Date/Time: Saturday 25th September, 2pm
All are welcome.
We look forward to seeing you and your friends/family there!

For more info about this book,
and to purchase copies online, visit our website:

Published by:
Salmon Poetry, Knockeven,
Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

Culture Night @ Galway City Library: an evening of Finnish Poetry & Music

Friday, September 24th @ Galway City Library

Europe can be comprehended outside its interaction with other cultures. Europe is a fragmented space that always strives toward some form of integration. There is a profound, non-negotiable need for communication with the world. Galway City Library will present an evening of Finnish poetry and music. At any stage of the evening, audience members may read aloud a Finnish poem or paragraph, which has been translated into English. The translated poems will be available in the library in advance. Please join us. The evening will be facilitated by the Philadelphian born poet and writer Susan Millar DuMars.

Culture Night reading by Galway Writers at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 6.30-9.30pm. One of Galway's much loved institutions, Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, will host an evening of readings by Galway Based authors who have published work over the past year. Featuring prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction this magical evening will take place in the relaxed atmosphere of Charlie Byrne's. MC for the evening will be Kevin Higgins. (To be broadcast live by Galway Bay FM's Arts Show.)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mexican literary magazine seeks emerging Irish writers

Joaquín Guillén Márquez, one of the editors of Mexican literary magazine Cuadrivio (http://cuadrivio.net/) has been in touch with Over The Edge to let us know that the magazine is planning a special edition devoted to emerging Irish literature.

Cuadrivio has already published some of the best young writers of Mexico. The magazine is seeking poem and stories by emerging writers in Ireland who are under the age of 35 which they will translate into Spanish for the issue which will be launched on Bloomsday 2011.

Joaquín Guillén Márquez can be contacted at zoo@cuadrivio.net

Friday, September 03, 2010

Over The Edge September Writer's Gathering at Café 8 @ The Museum with Jean O'Brien, James Byrne, Niall McDevitt, Geoff Page PLUS the launch of 'Behind The Masks'

Jean O'Brien to read at September Writers' Gathering
The Over The Edge September Writers’ Gathering presents readings by poets from Ireland, the UK and Australia. Jean O’Brien, James Byrne, Niall McDevitt & Geoff Page will read their work at Café 8 @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, September 10th, 8pm. The evening will also see the launch of Behind The Masks, a collection of work by the Advanced Poetry Workshop at Galway Arts Centre, co-edited by Marie Cadden, Denise Garvey, Nicki Griffin & Tom Lavelle.


Jean O'Brien is a Dubliner now living in the Midlands. She has published three collections of poetry, The Shadow Keeper (Salmon, 1997), Dangerous Dresses (Bradshaw Books, 2005) & Lovely Legs (Salmon Poetry, 2009). She facilitates creative writing classes for venues as diverse as the Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin City Council and Mountjoy and Limerick Prisons. She was Writer-in-Residence for Co. Laois in 2005 and received Fish International Poetry Award in 2008. Her poetry was described by Fiona Sampson in the Irish Times as “effortless writing, graceful and exact as any pirouette in its insight”.

James Byrne is the Editor and co-founder of The Wolf poetry magazine. His debut collection, Passages of Time, was published by Flipped Eye in 2003. Blood / Sugar his second collection was published recently by Arc. He is the co-editor of Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century, an anthology of British and Irish poets under 35, published by Bloodaxe in 2009, and the Collected Poems of Hope Mirrlees, forthcoming from Carcanet in 2011. In 2008 he won the Treci Trg poetry prize in Serbia. As a result his Selected Poems was published (in a bilingual edition) in Belgrade in 2009. Since 2006 James has taught the regular Wolf Workshops, which have helped many students with first book and pamphlet publications. He was born in 1977 and lives in London and New York.

Niall McDevitt is an Irish poet based in London. He has worked as an actor/ musician in Neil Oram’s 24-hour play The Warp, Ken Campbell’s Pidgin Macbeth, and John ‘Crow’ Constable’s The Southwark Mysteries. For radio, he was resident Pidgin poet/translator on John Peel’s Home Truths. As an activist, McDevitt has campaigned to secure the future of the Rimbaud/Verlaine House at 8 Royal College Street, and for the release of poet Saw Wai from Insein prison in Burma. His poetry collection ‘b/w’ was published this year by Waterloo Press. Fans of his poetry include such luminaries as Patti Smith and John Cooper Clarke.

Geoff Page is an Australian poet who has published eighteen collections of poetry as well as two novels, four verse novels and several other works including anthologies, translations and a biography of the jazz musician, Bernie McGann. He retired at the end of 2001 from being in charge of the English Department at Narrabundah College, a position he had held since 1974. He has won several awards, including the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Poetry and the 2001 Patrick White Literary Award. Selections from his work have been translated into Chinese, Hindi, German, Serbian, Slovenian and Greek. Geoff is delighted to be returning to Galway having previously read for Over The Edge in 2007.

Behind The Masks is a collection of poems by participants in the renowned Thursday afternoon Advanced Poetry Workshop at Galway Arts Centre. The poems are accompanied by a foreword by Galway City Council’s Arts Officer, James Harrold, and a thought provoking introductory essay by co-editors, Marie Cadden, Denise Garvey, Nicki Griffin & Tom Lavelle.

There is no entrance fee. Café 8 @ The Museum has a wine licence. All welcome. For further information contact 087-6431748.

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

Over The Edge supports the National Campaign for The Arts Day of Action


Over The Edge supports the National Campaign for The Arts
day of action on Friday, September 17th

The National Campaign for The Arts has set out the following goals and demands for the upcoming budget:

"There is now a broad consensus that the arts will play a dynamic part in Ireland’s economic and social recovery. To maintain their role as a significant driver of employment, cultural tourism, the creative industries, our collective wellbeing and international reputation, NCFA asks that the next budget will:

1
Maintain current levels of funding to the statutory agencies for the arts, including Irish Film Board, Culture Ireland and in particular The Arts Council, whose investment in the development of Irish artists generates the cultural assets that are central to our future.

2
Make significant new funding available to the arts and culture sector to build on its cultural tourism potential, through the creation of a dedicated cultural tourism fund.

3
Protect local authority arts funding and its essential role in the cultural diversity, social cohesion, economic impact, participation and identity of communities and regions."

Arts Groups all around the country will be seeking meetings with their public representatives, of all parties, on the National Day of Action, Friday September 17th.

On that day the Advanced Poetry Workshop facilitated at Galway Arts Centre by Over The Edge co-organiser Kevin Higgins will be reading their work at Clifden Arts Week. Venue: Clifden Library. Time 1pm. For more see http://clifdenartsweek.ie/index.php?option=com_redevent&view=details&id=118:galway-writers-advanced-workshop-under-tutor-and-poet-kevin-higgins&xref=141&Itemid=79 

Workshop participants recently published an anthology of poems, Behind The Masks, with a foreword by Galway City Council's Arts Officer James Harrold. The Advance Poetry Workshop @ Galway Arts Centre is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished in the country. Participants have won prizes for their work, published books and read their work at some of Ireland's leading literary festivals. 

The workshop includes participants who live in the Galway West, Clare and Mayo constituencies.

As our contribution to the national day of action Over The Edge invites all of the public representatives for the Galway West, Clare and Mayo constituencies to join us for the reading on Thursday, September 17th, 1pm @ Clifden Library so that they can express their support for the goals of The National Campaign for The Arts in relation to the forthcoming budget.

The public representatives for the Galway West constituency are

Frank Fahy T.D. (Fianna Fáil)
Noel Grealish T.D. (Independent)
Michael D. Higgins T.D. (Labour)
Padraic McCormack T.D. (Fine Gael)
Eamonn O'Cuiv T.D. (Fianna Fáil)
Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames (Fine Gael)
Senator Niall Ó'Brolcháin (Green Party)

The public representatives for the Clare constituency are

Pat Breen T.D. (Fine Gael)
Joe Carey T.D. (Fine Gael)
Timmy Dooley T.D. (Fianna Fáil)
Tony Killeen T.D. (Fianna Fáil)

The public representatives for the Mayo constituency are
Dara Calleary T.D. (Fianna Fáil)
Beverley Flynn T.D. (Fianna Fáil)
Enda Kenny T.D. (Fine Gael)
John O'Mahony T.D. (Fine Gael)
Michael Ring T.D. (Fine Gael)

Copies of the group's publication Behind The Masks will be available for sale for €5 to public representatives and anyone one else who attends the reading at Clifden Library on Friday, September 17th @ 1pm. The reading is part of Clifden Arts Week.