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Thursday, August 27, 2015

2015 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year LONGLIST ANNOUNCED


Betsy Carreyette
Michelle Coyne
Eamonn McGuiness
Angela Finn
Paul Duffy
Melanie Lohan
Fergal Ó’Dubhghaill
Edward Jecky
Selina Oram
Margaret Cahill
Aidan Hynes
Katie McDermott
Lauren Foley
Chris Connolly
Anne Hayden
Dermot Duffy
Adam Trodd
Brian Leeson
Mark Stevenson Curry
Valerie Ryan
John Butler
A.M. Shine
Barbara Leahy
Michael Sheehan
Niall Bourke
Paul Anthony Corbett
Armel Dagorn
Anne Donnelly
Audrey Molloy
Maeve Galvin
P.J. Moore
Eleanor O’Reilly
L.S. Harding
Martin Halliday
Alex Reece Abbott

Breda Spaight
Nollaig Rowan
Dagmar Drabent
James Anthony
Niall Bourke
Vincent Steed
Anne Irwin
Sighle Meehan
James O’Toole
Jessamine O’Connor
Stephen De Burca
Aoife Reilly
Majella Kelly
Gerard Gallen
Rachel Coventry
Kevin Murtagh
Clifton Redmond
Ruth Aylett
Annesley Downey
Hannah Kiely
Bobbie Sparrow
Judy O’Kane
Wilma Kenny
Maresa Sheehan
Maurice Devitt
Paul McCarrick
Rob Childers
Ginny Sullivan
Jayne Brogan
Dawn Wisniewski
Lindsey Bellosa
Lisa Allen
Liz Quirke
Stephanie Klapp
Helena Kilty
Bennet McNiff
Gavan Duffy
Bernie Ashe
Marion Cox

We would like to thank our competition sponsors: 
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop,  
Dock No. 1, ISupply Flood Street, Ward’s Hotel, Clare Daly TD,  
Kenny’s Bookshop &Derek Nolan TD

This year's competition judge is Dave Lordan

@ the Over The Edge Culture Night event 
@ Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery,
Liosbán Retail Park on Friday, September 18th
The fiction writers reading starts 4pm.
The reading by poets: 6pm

The September Over The Edge: Open Reading
on Thursday, September 24th

@ the October Over The Edge: Open Reading
in Galway City Library,
Thurs October 29h  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August Over The Edge: Open Reading with Aoife Reilly, Matt Flesk & Jessica Traynor

The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ after the summer break takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 27th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Jessica Traynor, Matt Flesk & Aoife Reilly. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. The evening will also see the announcement of the long list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition which received a very healthy number of entries again this year.

Aoife Reilly is originally from Laois, but has been living in Galway since 2012. She works as a psychotherapist and teacher and has been attending Kevin Higgins’s poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre since Autumn 2013. Aoife’s poetry has been published in Crannóg, Skylight 47, on the Poethead website, and in a wide variety of other poetry magazines recently.

Matt Flesk is originally from Tuam, and now lives just outside Galway City. He is a retired school teacher and has completed a number of creative writing classes with Susan Millar DuMars, including her Advanced Fiction Writing Class. Matt was short-listed for 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year.

Jessica Traynor was born in Dublin in 1984.  Literary Reader at the Abbey Theatre and a creative writing teacher, she has published poems in a variety of magazines and journals and her work is included in a number of anthologies including If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dublin’s One City One Book, 2014) and The New Planet Cabaret Anthology. She won the 2011 Listowel Poetry Prize and the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award in 2013. She was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary in 2014. Liffey Swim, Jessica’s debut collection of poems, was published last year by Dedalus Press and shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish poet. She has recently been commissioned to write a poem as part of the Poet’s Rising project, sponsored by the Arts Council, to mark the 1916 Rising. 

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome. The evening will also see the announcement of the long list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which received a very healthy number of entries again this year.

The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748.

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

September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering at The Kitchen @ The Museum

The September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents an exciting variety of readings by poets and fiction writers Clara Rose Thornton, Kernan Andrews, Kate Ennals, Susan Lanigan, and Ruth Aylett. The evening will see the launch by Kevin Higgins of Kate Ennal’s debut poetry collection At The Edge, which is just published by Lapwing Press.

 The event will take place at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, September 11th, 8pm. All are welcome. There is no cover charge.

Kate Ennals is a poet and writes short stories. She has been published in various literary publications such as Crannog, Skylight 47, Burning Bush 2, The Galway Review, Ropes, Boyne Berries, and North West Words. She has published a novella, Slainté, on Amazon. A Londoner, Kate has lived in Ireland for 21 years and runs poetry and writing workshops in County Cavan. Her blog can be found at At The Edge, her debut poetry collection, is just published by Lapwing Press.

Clara Rose Thornton is a spoken word artist, culture journalist, and RTÉ radio and television broadcaster originally hailing from Chicago. She publishes arts and culture criticism internationally, including for the Irish Independent, and her provocative spoken word is performed at festivals and venues across Europe. She is the 2014-15 Dublin Slam Poetry Champion. Meet her at and @ClaraRose. 

Kernan Andrews is from Galway and work as the Arts Editor and Political Correspondent of the Galway Advertiser newspaper and its website, . His short story, Im Niemandsland, was published in the anthology Noir By Noir West, published by Arlen House. Kernan will read from, Northern Uproar, his tale of a young Protestant lad in 1970s Northern Ireland whose life is turned upside down by punk and the Sex Pistols.

Ruth Aylett teaches computing and researches artificial intelligence and robotics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. She jointly wrote the collaborative online epic Granite University, performed with Sarah the Poetic Robot at the 2012 Edinburgh Free Fringe and wants to write poems that can enter the lives of everyone everywhere. She has been published by Envoi, Bloodaxe Books, New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland, and Doire Press and tweets as ruthaylett; read more at

Susan Lanigan, lives in Dublin and is a graduate of the MA in Writing at NUI Galway. He is the author of WWI novel White Feathers. This story of passion, betrayal and war has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2015, and is published by O’Brien Press Brandon imprint.

For further information contact 087-6431748.

All Welcome. No Cover charge.

Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing financial support of 
the Arts Council, Poetry Ireland, and Galway City Council.