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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Over The Edge: Open Reading with Seán Lysaght, Gráinne McHale, & Tim Dwyer

The March ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, March 26th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Sean Lysaght, Tim Dwyer & Gráinne McHale. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are especially welcome. 

Gráinne McHale is from County Galway. She graduated in 2010 with a BA Fine Art in GMIT Galway and is currently studying for a MA Writing at NUIG. She writes poetry and fiction; has made a number of short films and her artwork has been exhibited both internationally and at home. 

Tim Dwyer lives in upstate New York but has extensive family collections in the west of Ireland. His poetry collection Smithy Of Our Longings- Poems From The Irish Diaspora will be published by Lapwing Publications this month. His poetry has also appeared in such journals as Southword, The Stinging Fly, Boyne Berries, and Galway’s own Skylight 47 poetry paper.

Seán Lysaght
Seán Lysaght was born in 1957 and grew up in Limerick. He now lectures at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and lives with his wife Jessica in Westport, County Mayo. His first collection of poetry, Noah’s Irish Ark was published in 1989, followed by The Clare Island Survey (Gallery, 1991). His work on the life and writings of Robert Lloyd Praeger: The Life of a Naturalist was published by Four Courts Press in 1998. His verse narrative of the life of Edmund Spenser was published under his own imprint in 2011. His subsequent poetry collections, Scarecrow (1998), Erris (2002), The Mouth of a River (2007), his translations after Goethe, Venetian Epigrams and Selected Poems are published by The Gallery Press. His most recent collection Carnival Masks was published in 2014. In 2007 he received the O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry.

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 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.

Spring Beginners & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes at Galway Technical Institute BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Creative Writing for Beginners with Kevin Higgins takes place one evening per week (Monday) from 7-9.30pm (8 weeks) with a mid-term break. It commences on Monday, April 13th, 2015. Advance booking is essential. Places cost €120. Kevin Higgins will provide writing exercises for, and give gentle critical feedback to, those interested in trying their hand at writing stories, poems, or memoir.

Intermediate Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars takes place one evening per week (Tuesday) from 7-9.30pm (8 weeks). It commences on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015. Advance booking is essential. Places cost €120. This class is suitable for those who’ve participated in creative writing classes before or begun to have work published in magazines. Flexible exercises and work-shopping of assignments, together with the study of the works of published writers, will help each class member to find their own writing voice.

YOU CAN ALSO BOOK in person at Galway Technical Institute, Monday-Friday, (10am-4.30pm).

For further information contact Galway Technical Institute, Father Griffin Road, Galway, phone 091-581342 or email or see