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Sunday, January 26, 2014

February Over The Edge: Open Reading with Alvy Carragher, Kate Ennals & Michael Farry PLUS announcement of details of 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition



The February ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, February 27th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Michael Farry, Kate Ennals & Alvy Carragher. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are especially welcome. The evening will also see the announcement of details of this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which will then be made available here on our website.   


Alvy Carragher is currently a student on the MA in Writing at NUI Galway. Her poetry has been commended in the Gregory O’Donoghue Award, highly commended in the 2013 Over the Edge New Writer of The year competition and she came third in the 2013 Doire Press Poetry Competition. Alvy is the current Connaught Slam Poetry Champion. Her blog “with all the finesse of a badger” won best humour blog in the Irish Blog Awards and is a finalist for blog of the year in the Samsung Digital Media Awards 2014. 

Kate Ennals completed the MA in Writing in NUI Galway last year. She writes both poetry and fiction. She currently facilitates both poetry and writing workshops in Cavan. Her writing has been published in Crannog, Skylight 47 and the Galway Review. She has had stories and poems in the anthology, From Ballyjamesduff to Belleek, which was published by the International Fund for Ireland. And Kate features in the new anthology, The Adventure Hat, published by the Black Fort Writers. She won third Prize in the Dead Good Poetry Competition, run by the Galway Rape Crisis Centre in May 2013. Kate’s writing will also to be published in the next edition of Burning Bush 2 and Ropes 2014.


Michael Farry is a retired primary school teacher who writes both poetry and non-fiction. His poetry collection, Asking for Directions, was published by Doghouse in 2012 and his book Sligo: The Irish Revolution 1912-23, was published by Four Courts Press in the same year. He is founder and for many years was editor of Boyne Berries magazine published by Boyne Writers Group.

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome at the open-mic. THE EVENING WILL ALSO SEE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S OVER THE EDGE NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION. The MC for the evening will be Kevin Higgins. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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

2014 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase at Nuns Island Theatre


The 2014 Over The Edge Poetry Book Showcase featuring Stephen Murray, Terry McDonagh, Elaine Feeney, Adam White, Michelle O’Sullivan, the New Planet Cabaret anthology, Nicki Griffin, Noel Duffy, the Adventure Hat anthology, Patrick Stack, Jean Folan, the Artistic Atlas of Galway, Emily Cullen, Susan Lindsay & the anthology  Watching My Hands At Work: A Festschrift For Adrian Frazier, will take place at Galway Arts Centre’s Nuns’ Island Theatre on Friday, February, 7th at 8pm. 
In this annual retrospective of the year just past, Galway-based poets, who published a new collection of poems during 2013, are invited to read three poems from the collection in question. There will also be short readings from the anthologies Adventure Hat (NUI Galway MA in Writing class of 2013), the Artistic Atlas of Galway (Edited by Liam Duffy), Watching My Hands At Work: A Festschrift For Adrian Frazier (Edited by Megan Buckley, Eva Bourke &; Louis de Paor, published by Salmon) & New Planet Cabaret (Edited by Dave Lordan, published by New Island).

All welcome. There is no cover charge. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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