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Saturday, October 14, 2017

October Over The Edge: Open Reading with Angela Nagle, Fiona Neary, & Jonathan Sugarman PLUS announcement of winners of 2017 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year

The October ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 26th, 6.30-8.00pm. This is Over The Edge’s annual non-fiction special, at which all of the Featured Readers are writers of non-fiction; however poets and fiction writers are still welcome at the open-mic. The Featured Readers are Jonathan Sugarman,  Fiona Neary, & Angela Nagle. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished.  The evening will also see the announcement of the winners in this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which received a large number of entries again this year. This year’s competition judge is Nicki Griffin. The shortlist can be read here.

Angela Nagle is a writer for The Irish Times, Jacobin, Current Affairs magazine, and The Baffler. Her first book Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right is published by Zero Books. Jacobin Magazine has said of her “Unlike much of the Left who've grown far too accustomed to marginalization and defeat, Nagle still believes in politics as the only way of changing an increasingly brutal world.” Reviewing Kill All Normies in The Stinging Fly Rob Doyle said “Angela Nagle strikes me as an uncommonly sane voice in a culture war defined by astounding cruelty, extremism and intolerance. Kill All Normies is as absorbing as it is important. I hope everyone reads it.”

Fiona Neary

Fiona Neary started doing creative writing classes at Galway Arts Centre in 2016, is no relation to Bishop Neary and absolutely, unequivocally, utterly no relation to Patrick Neary. She is a former Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Network Ireland and is currently working on a memoir.

Jonathan Sugarman

Jonathan Sugarman is a former executive at Unicredit Bank Ireland in Dublin’s IFSC who resigned in September 2007 after giving a detailed account of enormous liquidity breaches at his bank a year before the financial crash. Mr Sugarman, whose warning were ignored by the Central Bank, launched his book The Whistleblower, published with the help of Luke Flanagan MEP, last December.

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always especially 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, Poetry Ireland, & The Arts Council.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Ninth Annual Over The Edge Fiction Slam with Karl Parkinson

After the event’s huge success in the past eight years, Over The Edge presents its ninth annual fiction slam with Featured Reader, Karl Parkinson, at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, October 13th, 8pm.

Karl Parkinson

In 2016, New Binary Press published Karl Parkinson's debut novel, The Blocks, inspired by the author's childhood in a troubled part of inner-city Dublin. Parkinson grew up in O'Devaney Gardens, described as "one of Dublin’s most troubled and dilapidated complexes". The novel received considerable critical acclaim in Ireland. Aiden O'Reilly writes in The Irish Times that "Parkinson has set himself up unashamedly and without irony as a singer of the human soul in its contrary states of degradation and exaltation". Karl Parkinson has also published two collections of poetry, Litany of the City (Wurmpress 2013) and Butterflies of a Bad Summer (Salmon Poetry 2016). He has a regular literary column in the online publication The Dublin Inquirer.

The first twelve fiction writers to make it to The Kitchen @ The Museum on the evening of Friday, October 13th and register will be guaranteed a place in the slam. If you want to be sure of a place, get there early! All participating writers should bring two pieces of their own fiction, as there are two rounds. The time limit in both rounds is five minutes. Extracts from longer stories are admissible. Stories do not have to be memorised. The Fiction Slam will be judged by a three person jury made up of two audience members and Karl Parkinson. Three writers will go through to the second round and the prize for the winner is a bottle of excellent red wine.

There is no entrance fee. All welcome. For further information contact 087-6431748. 

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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

2017 Over The Edge New Writer of Year SHORTLIST


Teresa Sweeney, Galway, ‘Stars’
Una Mannion, Sligo, ‘Dogwood’
Niamh MacCabe, Leitrim, ‘Steer’, ‘Memorise’, ‘Dark’
David O’Dwyer, Dublin ‘The Empty’
Niall Bourke, London ‘The Hands’
Gerard McKeown, London ‘Sisters’
Edna Faye Kiel, Clare, ‘Circles’
Edel Burke, Mayo, ‘One’
Barbara Lovric, Kerry, ‘Commitment’
Kathryn Burke, Dublin, ‘The Depth’, ‘A Legacy’
Paula Conway, East Sussex, ‘The Chalk’
P.J. Moore, Galway ‘Thick’
James Finlan, Galway, ‘The Gospel’
Maeve Mulrennan, Galway, ‘End of’
Richard Newton, Hampshire, ‘Loose’
Edna Faye Kiel, Clare, ‘Circles’
Angela Victory, Galway, ‘Aussie’

James Anthony, Athlone
Sarah Padden, Galway
Ursula Shields-Huemer, Galway
Alyn Fenn, Cork
Julie Irigaray, France
Anne Walsh Donnelly, Mayo
Roisin Browne, Dublin
Caroline Am Bergris, London
Emily V, North Dakota
Connie Masterson, Galway
Jean Tuomey, Mayo
Colin Dardis, Belfast
Evan Costigan, Kildare
Morag Anderson, Scotland
Stephanie Brennan, Galway
Caroline Bracken, Wicklow
Kathryn Guille, Limerick
Ruth Aylett, Scotland
Christine Valters-Paintner, Galway
Art Ó Súilleabháin, Galway
Jo Burns, Germany
Simon Murphy, Bristol
Chris Jenkins, Belfast
Nollaig Rowan, Dublin
Lauren Garland, London
Flish McCarthy, Galway
Bogusia Wardein, Norway
Audrey Molloy, Australia
Aidan Hynes, Dublin,
Karin Molde, Germany
Patrick Holloway, Brazil
Sighle Meehan, Galway
Steve Fraser, Scotland

We would like to thank our competition sponsors: 
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Dock No. 1, Ward’s Hotel
Clare Daly TD, Kenny’s Bookshop 
& Senator Trevor Ó’Clochartaigh 

We would also like to thank this year's competition judge, Nicki Griffin
The longlist can be read here
The October Over The Edge: Open Reading
on Thursday, October 26th 
Galway City Library, 6.30-8pm

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.