Over The Edge Celebrates Tenth Birthday

January 2013 Over The Edge Open ReadingOver The Edge Celebrates Tenth Birthday with Reading by Harry Clifton, Jennifer Matthews & James Martyn Joyce PLUS the Launch of the first issue of Skylight 47(possibly Ireland’s most interesting poetry publication) Skylight 47 is generously sponsored by Food 4 Thought restaurant & Charlie Byrne’s bookshop.

Over The Edge in association with Poetry Ireland presents the first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ of 2013 atGalway City Library on Thursday, January 24th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are James Martyn Joyce, Jennifer Matthews & Harry Clifton. This is a very special occasion as it is now ten years since Over The Edge was born in Galway City Library in January 2003. A most important part of the evening will be the launch of the first issue of Skylight 47, the new bi-annual poetry paper from the Skylight Poets, which will be on sale for the first time on the evening. The first issue includes new poems by established and emerging poets, an interview with Harry Clifton, a poetry masterclass with Paul Maddern and reviews.

James Martyn Joyce is from Galway and he is a member of The Talking Stick Workshop. His work has appeared in The Cúirt JournalWest 47Books IrelandCrannogThe Sunday TribuneThe Stinging Fly and The Shop. He has had stories broadcast on RTE and BBC and has won the Listowel Writers Week Originals Short Story Competition. He was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award in 2006. He was shortlisted for the Francis McManus award in 2007 and 2008 and The William Trevor International Short Story Competition in 2007 and 2011. His first collection of poetry, Shedding Skin, was published by Arlen House in 2010. His collection of short stories, What’s Not Said, was published by Arlen House in 2012.

Jennifer Matthews writes poetry and book reviews, and is editor of the Long Story Short literary journal. Her poetry has been published in The Stinging FlyMslexiaRevivalNecessary FictionPoetry SalzburgFoma & Fontanelles and Cork Literary Review, and anthologised in Dedalus’s collection of immigrant poetry in Ireland,Landing Places (2010). In 2012 she read at Electric Picnic with Poetry Ireland, and had a poem shortlisted by Gwyneth Lewis in the Bridport poetry competition. She is currently working on a collaboration with poet Anamaría Crowe Serrano.

Harry Clifton was born in Dublin in 1952. He studied at Blackrock College and later at University College Dublin. He was also an International Fellow at the University of Iowa. In 1981, he won the Patrick Kavanagh award. He has published seven books of poems and two books of prose. Le Canto d’Ulysse, his Selected Poems in French, was published in 1996. His book Secular Eden won the Poetry Now/ Irish Times award in 2008. He teaches at University College Dublin and is Ireland Professor of Poetry. His most recent poetry collection is the highly acclaimed The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass, which was published by Bloodaxe in May 2012.

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome. 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, who have funded Over The Edge since 2004; The Arts Council, who have funded us continuously since 2006; and Poetry Ireland who have sponsored several readings over the years, including this reading by Harry Clifton.

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Beginners & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes at Galway Technical Institute In The New Year 

Creative Writing for Beginners with Kevin Higgins takes place one evening per week (Monday) from 7-9.30pm. (8 weeks) It commences on Monday, January 14th, 2013. 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 poems, stories or memoir. To book a place, go to http://www.gti.ie/aeapply/course/detail/t/62/c/201301-002811

Intermediate Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars takes place one evening per week (Tuesday) from 7-9.30pm (8 weeks) It commences on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013. 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. To book a place go to http://www.gti.ie/aeapply/course/detail/t/62/c/201301-002889

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