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Monday, September 01, 2014

AUTUMN Beginners & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes at Galway Technical Institute BOOK NOW

Autumn Beginners & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes at Galway Technical Institute TAKING BOOKINGS NOW

Creative Writing for Beginners with Kevin Higgins takes place one evening per week (Monday) from 7-9pm (10 weeks) with a mid term break. It commences on Monday, September 29th, 2014. 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. 

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Intermediate Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars takes place one evening per week (Tuesday) from 7-9pm (10 weeks) with a mid term break. It commences on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. 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.

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YOU CAN ALSO BOOK in person at Galway Technical Institute, Monday to Friday (10am-4.30pm) when it re-open in September.

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

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

Starting in early October, 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 &Portuguese. His most recent collection of poetry, The Ghost in The Lobby, was published in February 2014, also by Salmon.

 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 ten years. One of his workshop participants at won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry, two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize, and another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam, while several have published collections of their poems with reputable publishers. Kevin is also 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 October 8th. The cost to participants is €110. There are no refunds. The workshop will be conducted in English only.


Autumn Daytime Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars at Galway Arts Centre

Starting in the September, Galway Arts Centre presents a daytime class for all those beginner and continuing creative writing students out there, facilitated by Susan Millar DuMars. Susan Millar DuMars writes both poetry and fiction. A collection of her stories, Lights In The Distance, was published in December 2010 by Doire Press; she has published three collections of poetry, Big Pink Umbrella (2008), Dreams For Breakfast (2010) & The God Thing (2013) all with Salmon Poetry. She is also co-organiser of the Over The Edge reading series which specifically promotes new writers. Susan recently edited the anthology Over the Edge – the first ten years, published by Salmon, which includes work by forty seven writers who have published a first book since they did a reading at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library.

The class is suitable for both beginning and continuing creative writing students, working in either poetry or fiction. Students will spend their weeks responding to writing exercises designed to inspire, rather than inhibit. In class, they will receive gentle feedback on their work from their classmates and from the teacher. The class takes place on Monday afternoons, 2.30-4pm, commencing on Monday, September 22nd. It runs for ten weeks. 

The cost to participants is 110 Euro with an 100 Euro concession price. Booking is essential as places are limited. For booking please contact Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886 or email 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Over The Edge Culture Night Event @ Kenny's

Over The Edge is holding a special Culture Night open-mic, with prizes for the best readers, at Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery, Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway on Friday, September 19th, starting 6pm. The event is open to both poets and prose writers and all are welcome to participate. 

The evening will be MCed by Kevin Higgins and will also see a reading from their long-listed stories and poems by some of the writers on the long list for the 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, for which Kenny’s is one of the generous sponsors. All long-listed writers, who can make it to Kenny’s on the evening, are invited to come and read

ClifdenArts Week reading: Skylight 47/The Thursday Afternoon Advanced Poetry Workshop

Skylight 47/The Thursday Afternoon Advanced Poetry Workshop
reading at ClifdenArts Week
on Friday 19/09/2014, starting 2:00 pm
@ Clifden Library, Market Street Clifden, Co Galway Ireland
Phone: 095 21092

Participants in the Thursday afternoon Advanced Poetry Workshop at Galway Arts Centre will be reading their poems, including some poems from issue 3 of Skylight 47, the groups acclaimed poetry paper.

For full details fo the reading see the Clifden Arts Week website.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering with poets from Australia, Northern Ireland, & Galway

September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering
at Galway Arts Centre’s
Nuns’ Island Theatre
Northern Irish poets
Maria McManus & Deirdre Cartmill,
Australian poet Teresa Bell,
Galway poet & writer Vinny Finn
The AWAY WITH WORDS writers.

The September Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents readings by Galway based poet and writer Vinny Finn, visiting Australian poet Teresa Bell, Northern Irish poets Deirdre Cartmill & Maria McManus and the AWAY WITH WORDS writers.  The event will take place at Galway Arts Centre’s NUNS’ ISLAND THEATRE, Nuns’ Island, Galway on Friday, September 12th, 8pm. All are welcome. There is no cover charge.

Vinny Finn is a Psychotherapist based in Galway.  He has enjoyed some success in writing having won the Marie Edgworth Award for Poetry as well as the Windows Award.  He was involved in several projects with the Longford Arts Council and Poetry Ireland before moving to Galway.  His writing is influenced principally by spiritually and how it affects the mind, with a focus on psychotherapy, theology and philosophy as a constant background in his work.  He enjoyed the sporadic nature of poetry and how it blends well with an organic, holistic sense of self.  He is currently working on his first book, a true story and what may be described as a 'psychological noire'; expected (with publishers help) in 2015.
Vinny Finn
Teresa Bell is a writer, performer, teacher and director based in Sydney. Teresa’s performances are always unique and combine a blend of music, physical theatre, performance and the poetic. She was Founding Director of Australia’s first national poetry centre, Australian Poetry and prior to this was Artistic Director for Playworks, the national script development organisation. Teresa has directed performances and toured her work to nearly every state in Australia and overseas. Her directing and writing work have won numerous awards including the Wal Cherry, an AWGIE and the George Fairfax and Shelton Lea awards for performance. Teresa is appearing at an interdisciplinary conference titled ‘Making Sense of Madness’ at Oxford University in early September where she will be giving a paper and performing an extract from her new book before coming to Ireland to read her new work.  
Teresa Bell
Maria McManus is a poet and playwright. Maria's most recent publication is We are Bone (Lagan Press 2013). Her previous poetry includes The Cello Suites (Lagan Press 2009), which has been recorded with an original score composed and played by the cellist Tom Hughes.  Reading the Dog (Lagan Press 2006) her first collection of poetry, was runner up in the 2007 Strong Awards at the Poetry Now International Festival and was also short-listed for the 2007 Glen Dimplex New Writers Award.  In 2008  & 2012 she was awarded an Arts Council individual artist award. Of We Are Bone the poet Joan Newmann said ‘A joyful read as if you are coming towards each reader with your arms held out.’ 
Maria McManus
Deirdre Cartmill is a Belfast based poet, writer and screenwriter. She has published two poetry collections The Return of the Buffalo (Lagan Press, 2013) and Midnight Solo (Lagan Press, 2004). The Return of the Buffalo deals with grief and loss, and attempts to make sense of the seemingly meaningless, but this is always weighted with how suddenly, unexpectedly joyous life can be. Midnight Solo is written from the perspective of a generation who grew up through the conflict in the north of Ireland and their struggle to envision a new normality in a post-conflict society.  She received an Artists' Career Enhancement Scheme Award from the Arts Council in 2011 and spent a year affiliated with the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's University.
Deirdre Cartmill
Away with Words is an innovative arts project which enables people with intellectual disability to explore and develop their creativity through writing. Away with Words offers a wide range of theme based workshops and events facilitated by local writers who also support people to engage in the arts life of their community through participation in public readings and publication of their work. In 2012, a collection of their writing Jessica Casey & Other Works was published by Salmon and launched at the Cúirt Festival.
There is no entrance fee.
For further information contact 087-6431748.

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