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Friday, June 27, 2014

July Over The Edge Writers' Gathering with Eamon Grennan AND the best of Skylight 47

Eamon Grennan

July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering
at Galway City Library
on Thursday, July 10th
presents a rare reading by renowned poet
Eamon Grennan,
PLUS
Kernan Andrews, Eleanor Hooker & Drucilla Wall
share their favourite poems from the first three issues of Skylight 47
probably Ireland’s most interesting poetry publication

The July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering which takes place at Galway City Library on Thursday, July 10th, 6.30-8pm will feature a rare reading by renowned American-based, Irish poet Eamon Grennan and a reading by Kernan Andrews, Eleanor Hooker, and Drucilla Wall of their favourite poems from the first three issues of Skylight 47, probably Ireland’s most interesting poetry publication. Copies of the magazine will be on sale on the evening and can also be purchased online http://skylight47poetry.wordpress.com/buy-skylight-47/.

Skylight 47 is edited by Nicki Griffin, Susan Lindsay, Ruth Quinlan, Marie Cadden, and Bernie Crawford, participants in Poetry Workshops, facilitated by Kevin Higgins, at Galway Arts Centre.  

Eamon Grennan was born in Dublin in 1941 and educated at UCD, where he studied English and Italian, and Harvard, where he received his PhD in English. The Gallery Press has published his poetry collections Wildly For Days (1983), What Light There Is (1987), As If It Matters (1991), So It Goes (1995), Selected and New Poems (2000), Still Life with Waterfall (2001), The Quick of It (2004), Out of Breath (2007) and But the Body (2012). From 1974 he taught at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, until he retired as the Dexter M. Ferry Jr. Professor of English. He teaches in the graduate writing programmes of New York University and Columbia University. Eamon divides his time between the US and the west of Ireland.

Drucilla Wall was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She teaches poetry and essay writing, and Native American literature, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has earned awards and fellowships for her work, including the Mari Sandoz Prairie Schooner Short Story Award, the Western Literature Association Willa Pilla Prize for Humor in Writing, and University of Nebraska Fling and Larson Fellowships. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and has spent summers with family and friends in Wexford and Galway, Ireland, since 1985. Her debut collection of poetry, The Geese at the Gates, was published in 2011 by Salmon Poetry and warmly reviewed in the Irish Times and elsewhere.

Eleanor Hooker lives in North Tipperary. She has an MPhil in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Trinity College, Dublin. She is a founding member and Vice-Chairperson of the Dromineer Literary Festival. She is a helm and Press Officer for the Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat. In 2011: she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. In February 2012, her debut collection of poetry, The Shadow Owner’s Companion was launched by The Dedalus Press. Eleanor Hooker is the judge for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, the deadline for which is Wednesday, August 6th. http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.ie/2013/08/2014-over-edge-new-writer-of-year-to-be.html

Kernan Andrews is from Galway and is the arts editor and political correspondent of the Galway Advertiser. He writes short stories in his spare time and has been published in The Galway Review and elsewhere. He has read his work at the Cúirt Festival in 2013 and 2014; as part of the launch for NUI Galway's theatre events in the Galway Fringe Festival 2013; and at numerous Over The Edge open mics. Kernan was a Featured Reader at the August 2013 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

All welcome. There is no entry fee.

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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June Over The Edge Writers' Gathering - Nathalie Anderson, Celeste Augé, John Menaghan, Ger Burke, Quincy Lehr, John Walsh


June Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering
at Galway City Library
Thursday, June 26th, 6.30-8pm
visiting American poets
Nathalie Anderson, John Menaghan,
& Quincy Lehr
Nathalie Anderson 

PLUS
READINGS
by Celeste Augé, Ger Burke
& John Walsh
from the anthology
Over the Edge – the first ten years
(edited by Susan Millar DuMars)
published by Salmon poetry, December 2013

The June  Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents readings by visiting American poets Natalie Anderson, John Menaghan & Quincy Lehr plus readings by Celeste Augé, Ger Burke & John Walsh from the recent anthology Over The Edge-the first ten years. As well as reading their own contribution to the book Celeste, Gerardine & John will each also read work by one other writer featured in Over the Edge-the first ten years. Celeste Augé will read a poem by Sandra Bunting; Ger Burke will read a poem by Jarlath Fahy; and John Walsh will read poems by Adam White.  

Over the Edge: the first ten years is edited by Susan Millar DuMars and was published late last year by Salmon. This lively and varied anthology includes poetry & fiction by forty seven writers who have published a first book since being Featured Readers at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library. Over The Edge has, during the past decade, been a vital platform for emerging writers in Ireland and beyond. This book celebrates the writers who have emerged via Over The Edge thus far. 

All are welcome to attend. The book will be on sale on the evening. It can also be purchased directly from the Salmon website http://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=317&a=39 and at all bookshops in Galway City. 

The event will take place at Galway City Library, St. August Street, Galway on Thursday, June 26th, 6.30-8pm. All are welcome. There is no cover charge.

Nathalie Anderson directs the creative writing program at Swarthmore College outside of Philadelphia, and serves also as Arts Representative for the American Conference for Irish Studies. She has authored three books of poetry – Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers, and Quiver – and libretti for three operas – The Black Swan; Sukey in the Dark; and an operatic version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia.

John Menaghan is a winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize and other awards, he has published poems and articles in various journals and given readings in Ireland, England, France, Hungary, and the U.S. He has also had several short plays produced in Los Angeles. Menaghan teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. John’s fourth collection of poems, Here and Gone was published by Salmon in February.

Quincy R. Lehr, the associate editor of The Raintown Review, is the author of several poetry collections, most recently Shadows and Gifts (2013) and the book-length Heimat (2014). His poetry and criticism have appeared in numerous venues in North America, Europe, and Australia, and he lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches history.

Celeste Augé was a Featured Reader at the February 2005 Over The Edge: Open Reading. She is the author of The Essential Guide to Flight (Salmon, 2009) and the collection of short stories Fireproof and Other Stories (Doire Press, 2012). She has received an Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary for her poetry. In 2011, she won the Cúirt New Writing Prize for Fiction. She lives in Connemara. 

Ger Burke was a Featured Reader at the October 2004 Over The Edge: Open Reading. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Francis McManus Short Story Award and long-listed for the Fish Histories Prize and the 2012 Fish Flash Fiction Competition. Her novel, My Father’s Lands, was published in 2010 by Wordsonthestreet. Braided Loves, Ger’s new novel, was published in 2013. She is a member of the editorial board of Crannóg. 

John Walsh was a Featured Reader at the April 2003 Over The Edge: Open Reading. He has published three poetry collections, the most recent of which, Chopping Wood with T.S. Eliot was published by Salmon in 2010. John received a Galway County Council Publication Award for his debut short story collection Border Lines (Doire Press, 2012). 

For further information contact 087-6431748.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PROBABLY THE BIGGEST OPEN-MIC EVENT OF THE YEAR Westside Arts Festival/Over The Edge Summer Open-mic



PROBABLY THE BIGGEST OPEN-MIC EVENT OF THE YEAR

Westside Arts Festival/Over The Edge Summer Open-mic

Over The Edge in association with Westside Arts Festival presents the 2014 Over The Edge Summer Open-mic at Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road on Wednesday, July, 9th 6-8pm

Everyone who has a poem or story to share is most welcome to take part. 
So, if you have some writing you’d like to read to an audience, this is your opportunity to do so.

The MCs for the evening will be Kevin Higgins & Susan Millar DuMars. All are welcome to attend.

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Come and read your favourite piece of literature or poetry aloud


Reading from the anthology Over the Edge: the first ten years as part Westside Library celebrations

On Thursday, June 12th, 6.30-8pm, writers who contributed poems and stories to the anthology Over the Edge: the first ten years will read from the book at Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road. All are welcome to attend. There is no cover charge. 
 
Over the Edge: the first ten years is edited by Susan Millar DuMars and was published late last year by Salmon. This lively and varied anthology includes poetry & fiction by forty seven writers who have published a first book since being Featured Readers at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library. Over The Edge has, during the past decade, been a vital platform for emerging writers in Ireland and beyond. This book celebrates the writers who have emerged via Over The Edge thus far. 


Writers taking part in this reading, which is part of Westside Library’s celebration of its own tenth birthday – it opened in 2004 – include: Aideen Henry, Aileen Armstrong, Alan McMonagle, Brendan Murphy, Deirdre Kearney, Eamonn Harrigan, Jim Mullarkey, Lorna Shaughnessy, Martin Dyar, Mary Madec, Miceál Kearney, Órfhlaith Foyle, Paul Casey, Pete Mullineaux, Stephen Murray, Susan Lindsay & Trevor Conway


All are welcome to attend. The book will be on sale on the evening. It can also be purchased directly from the Salmon website http://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=317&a=39 and at all bookshops in Galway City.