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Monday, September 18, 2017

September Over The Edge: Open Reading with Oisín Fagan, Paul Denby, & Dara O'Foghlu

The September ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 28th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Oisín Fagan, Paul Denby, & Dara O Foghlu. The evening will also see the announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year competition, judged by writer, poet, and Skylight 47 editor Nicki Griffin.

A native of Galway, Dara O Foghlu graduated from the Writing MA in NUI Galway in 2008. He has published his fiction in Ropes as well as in three collections of short stories with The Atlantis Collective, which were launched as part of the Cúirt festival. He has been a freelance editor for seven years, and has recently returned from Vietnam where he was editing state propaganda for the Communists. 

Paul Denby  has been in Galway since 2005, having previously lived in England and Germany. He studied Mathematics and Economics, and works as a Software Engineer. Paul participates in poetry workshops at the Galway Arts Centre and was longlisted for the 2016 ‘Over the Edge’ New Writer of the Year Competition.

Oisín Fagan
Oisín Fagan is a fiction writer and activist. He does work with the Irish Housing Network, and spends much of his time outside his job as a language teacher campaigning on social issues.  He stories has previously been published in The Stinging Fly, New Planet Cabaret and Young Irelanders and his work has featured at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Earlier this year he won the inaugural Penny Dreadful Novella Prize for The HierophantsHostages, his first collection of short stories, was published in 2016 by New Island.

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, Poetry Ireland, & The Arts Council.

Over The Edge Culture Night Open-Mic at Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery

Over The Edge is holding two special Culture Night open-mics - one for fiction writers, the other for poets - with prizes for the best readers, at Kennys Bookshop and Gallery in Liosbán Retail Park on Friday, September 22nd.
The open-mic for fiction writers starts at 3.30pm. Participants should bring along two pages of a story to read. The reading will include a guest appearance from Kevin Doyle who will be reading from his recently published short story collection Do You Like Oranges?
Kevin Doyle
The open-mic for poets starts at 5.45pm. Participants should bring along two poems to read. The reading will include guest appearances from Australian poets Catherine Bateson and Jane Williams
Catherine Bateson
The evening will be MC’d by Kevin Higgins and both open-mics will feature readings from their long-listed stories and poems by some of the writers on the long list for the 2017 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, for which Kenny’s is one of the sponsors.

This reading is open to all. If you have a poem or story you want to share, come along.
About our special guests: 

Kevin Doyle won the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award in 2016, in the same year his eBook collection Do You Like Oranges? won top prize in Ireland’s inaugural ‘indie’ book awards, The Carousel Book Awards. The Worms That Saved The World, an illustrated kids book about a community of earthworm who fight to save their home from a luxury golf course was published in May; Noam Chomsky has described the book as ‘charming’.  His short stories have been published in Cork Literary Review, Stinging Fly, Southwords, Burning BushCúirt Journal, Duality, Liblit and Sunday Tribune.  His work has also been included in anthologies such as Irish Writers Against War (Dublin, 2003), Pulse Fiction (London, 1998) and Snapshots (London, 1999) as well as Cork millennium collection, An Gob Saor.  He has been shortlisted for many prizes (including Over The Edge, 2010) and has won top placings in the Ian St James Short Story Award, Kilkenny Prize, Tipperary Short Story Weekend Prize and the Highlands and Islands Short Story Award.  His work was described by the late Patrick Galvin as ‘terse and original’.  He blogs regularly on Irish and radical politics at  . He has read on a number of occasions at the Frank O’Connor International Festival of the Short Story.

Catherine Bateson is an award-winning poet and writer for children and young adults. She has three poetry collections published, including, Marriage for Beginners, John Leonard Press, 2009. She has also had three verse novels for young adults published with University of Queensland Press. Her poetry has been widely anthologised. She has also published over a dozen books for children and young adults and twice won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year, Younger Readers. Her latest book for young adults, Lisette’s Paris Notebook was published early in 2017 by Allen & Unwin.  She is currently working on both a new poetry collection and a new book for younger readers. Catherine has taught creative writing for the past thirteen years, and has been a guest writer at many schools. Her work has been read on radio and featured on television. She has also appeared at various poetry and writers festivals throughout Australia.
Jane Williams
Jane Williams was born in England in 1964 to an Irish father and Australian mother. She lives in Tasmania, Australia. Since the early 1990s her poems have been published in most major Australian literary journals and newspapers, in anthologies, and online in countries including Ireland, USA, Canada, England, Japan, Sweden and India. She has been a featured reader at reading venues and festivals around Australia and in Ireland, England, Canada, USA, Malaysia, Czech Republic and Slovakia where she held a three month residency at the Bridge Guard Residency in Sturovo in 2016. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from Canberra University. Jane has published six collections of poetry, most recently 2013 Days Like These - selected and new poems, published by Interactive Press.

Over The Edge acknowledges the generous financial support of Galway City Council, Poetry Ireland, & The Art Council.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING February 2018

Starting in February, Over The Edge is offering aspiring poets worldwide a ten week online poetry workshop with 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 2010 by Salmon and his work also appears in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed. Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, April 2014). A collection of Kevin’s essays and book reviews, Mentioning The War, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2012. Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, & Portuguese. His most recent collection of poetry, The Ghost in The Lobby, was published in February 2014, also by Salmon. In 2014 Kevin's poetry was the subject of a paper 'The Case of Kevin Higgins, or, 'The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire' presented by David Wheatley at a Symposium on Satire at the University of Aberdeen.  '2016 - The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins' was published by NuaScéalta in early 2016. A pamphlet of Kevin’s political poems The Minister For Poetry Has Decreed will be published in December 2016 by the Culture Matters imprint of the UK based Manifesto Press; Song of Songs 2:0 - New and Selected Poems was published by Salmon in April 2017. His poems have been praised by, among others, Tony Blair’s biographer John Rentoul, Observer columnist Nick Cohen, and Sunday Independent columnist Gene Kerrigan; and have been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, and The Daily Mirror. The Stinging Fly magazine recently described Kevin as "likely the most read living poet in Ireland."

 workshop facilitator Kevin Higgins

Each of the ten weeks Kevin will email participants a poetry writing exercise for the following week and participants will submit one of their poems to Kevin for constructive criticism. Kevin will work with participants on making each of their poems the best possible poem it can be.

Kevin is a highly experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. He has facilitated poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre for the past twelve years. One of his workshop participants won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry; two have been shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet; two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize; and another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam; several have published collections of their poems with reputable publishers.

Kevin also teaches poetry on the NUI Galway Summer School programme and on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme. Kevin is co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge: Open Reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.

The workshop will run for ten weeks, commencing Wednesday February 7th, 2018. The cost to participants is €110. There are no refunds. The workshop will be conducted in English only. THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE LIMITED TO 30 REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS, SO IF YOU WANT TO ENSURE A PLACE YOU SHOULD BOOK NOW.

For queries, email