Kernan Andrews, Ron Houchin & Art Stringer for August Over The Edge: Open Reading . The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ after the summer break takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 29th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Art Stringer, Ron Houchin & Kernan Andrews. 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.
is from Galway and is the arts editor and political correspondent of the Galway Advertiser. He writes short stories in his spare time and has been published in The Galway Review. He has read his work at Cúirt 2013; as part of the launch for NUI Galway’s theatre events in the Galway Fringe Festival 2013; and at numerous Over The Edge open mics.
is the author of three collections of poems, Channel Markers (Wesleyan University Press), Human Costume (Salmon Poetry) and, most recently, Late Breaking, which was published in February by Salmon Poetry. His work has appeared in such journals as The Nation, Antaeus, The Ohio Review, Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, and in Backcountry: Contemporary Writing in West Virginia. He also edited and introduced an edition of Louise McNeill’s Paradox Hill (West Virginia University Press). For twenty-four years, he has taught writing and literature at Marshall University.
Ron Houchin was born in San Diego, California, and raised from the age of three in Huntington, West Virginia. He comes from a family of factory workers, coal miners, and farmers who have always lived in Appalachia. For thirty years he taught in an Ohio public school in the southernmost tip of Ohio. His most recent books are The Quiet Jars, a new and selected poetry collection, published last spring by Salmon Publishing and a short story collection, Tales Out Of School, published in December from Wind Publications of Kentucky. Louisiana State University Press will publish a new volume of his poems, The Man Who Saws Us In Half, this autumn in its Southern Messenger Series. Ron lives in a haunted house, built by the grandson of an ex-slave, on the banks of the Ohio River.
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 & The Arts Council.
STARTING IN SEPTEMBER
GMIT presents Creative Writing for Beginners with Susan Millar DuMars
In September GMIT is offering a course in Creative Writing for Beginners with Susan Millar DuMars. The course takes place at GMIT Dublin Road Campus one evening per week (Wednesday) for 7 weeks from 7–9p.m. It commences on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013. Advance booking is essential. The course fee is €95.
During the seven weeks Susan Millar DuMars will give support, instruction and feedback to students who are interested in writing either fiction (short stories, novels) or poetry. The class will work on techniques for forming ideas and getting started; engaging the reader’s senses; using figures of speech effectively; being alert to the importance of the sound of words, the rhythm of writing; how to manage the truth in a fictitious piece; the different forms of poetry; awareness of character and point of view in fiction; editing and polishing work. Whether the student seeks publication, self-expression, a rewarding hobby (or possibly all three), this course is a wonderful place to start.
For further details or to book a place contact GMIT, Dublin Road, Galway. Telephone 091 742145, email email@example.com or see
Susan Millar DuMars’ debut poetry collection, Big Pink Umbrella, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2008. Her next collection, Dreams for Breakfast, appeared in April 2010. Her work features in Landing Places, Dedalus’ 2010 anthology of immigrant poetry written in Ireland; and also in The Best Of Irish Poetry 2010. A fiction writer as well, she published a collection of short stories, American Girls, with Lapwing in 2007. She published a book of short stories in 2010: Lights in the Distance, published by Doire Press. She has been the recipient of an Arts Council Literature Bursary. Susan’s third collection of poetry, The God Thing, was published by Salmon Poetry in March. She lives in Galway, where she and her husband have run the Over the Edge readings series since 2003.
Autumn Beginners & Intermediate Creative Writing Classes at Galway Technical Institute
STARTING IN SEPTEMBER TAKING BOOKINGS NOW
Creative Writing for Beginners with Kevin Higgins takes place one evening per week (Monday) from 7-9.30pm. (8 weeks) It commences on Monday, September 23rd, 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.
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Intermediate Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars takes place one evening per week (Tuesday) from 7-9.30pm (8 weeks) It commences on Tuesday, September 24th, 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.
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For further information contact Galway Technical Institute, Father Griffin Road, Galway, phone 091-581342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or see
AND AT GALWAY ARTS CENTRE THIS SEPTEMBER
AUTUMN POETRY WORKSHOPS AT GALWAY ARTS CENTRE WITH KEVIN HIGGINS
Starting in September, Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of three poetry workshops, all facilitated by 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). A collection of Kevin’s essays and book reviews, Mentioning The War, was published in 2012 by Salmon Poetry. His next collection of poetry, The Ghost in The Lobby, will be published in early 2014, also by Salmon.
Kevin is a highly experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. One of his workshop participants at Galway Arts Centre won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry, two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize, one has been awarded an Arts Council Bursary and yet another won the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam, while several have published collections of their poems. Kevin is also co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.
Each workshop will run for ten weeks, commencing the week of September 23rd. They will take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-8.30pm (first class September 24th), Thursday afternoons, 2-4pm (first class September 26th); on Friday afternoons, 2-3.30pm (first class September 27th).
The Tuesday evening and Friday afternoon workshops are open to both complete beginners as well as those who’ve been writing for some time. The Thursday afternoon workshop is an Advanced Poetry Workshop, suitable for those who’ve participated in poetry workshops before or had poems published in magazines. The cost to participants is €110, with a concession rate.
Places must be paid for in advance. To reserve a place contact reception at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886 or email email@example.com
Autumn Daytime Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars at Galway Arts Centre
Starting in 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 all with Salmon Poetry. She is also co-organiser of the Over The Edge reading series which specifically promotes new writers.
The class is suitable for both beginning and continuing creative writing students, working in either poetry or fiction. Students will spend their week 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, 2-3.30pm, commencing on Monday, September 23rd.
The cost to participants is 110 Euro with a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org