Culture Night in Charlie Byrne’s

Culture Night in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, winder of Best Bookshop in Ireland, 2013, awarded Best Shop i Ireland by The Irish Times

Charlie Byrne’s annual Culture Night Readingextravaganza is back- and this year it will be complimented with 2 radio Arts Shows broadcasting live in store! Culture Night takes place on Friday the 20th of September, and is a national night of free cultural events for everyone.

Each year Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop invites over twenty local authors who have published in the past twelve months to read for 5 minutes. Curated by Galway Bay FM Arts Show’s own Vinny Browne the evening features prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction, creating a magical few hours in one of the world’s greatest bookshops.  Last year we had an astonishing 28 authors reading on the night, which was a fantastic success! As well as readings, two radio Arts Shows will broadcast from Charlie Byrne’s. Vinny Browne’s Arts Show on Galway Bay FM and Arena, the celebrated RTE Arts Show, will both broadcast from during Culture Night, interviewing authors, discussing the Arts, and soaking up the atmosphere! The readings take place from 6-8 pm, and  Gary McMahon will be M.C. for the evening. Each author will read for only 5 minutes, which creates a fast pace, a great gathering of writers, and the opportunity to catch several readings in a short amount of time!

Culture Night is a unique night in the Irish calendar where you can experience the myriad of cultural possibilities your city has to offer for free. More than 190 organisations and 32 regions will showcase Ireland’s unique cultural life on Friday September 20th. Check out other events in Galway here.

As always all ages are welcome to visit, engage and celebrate Culture Night with us.

Authors Reading on Culture Night:

JOHN WALSH was born in Derry. His first collection, Johnny tell Them, was published in 2006 by Guildhall Press. In 2007 he received a Publication Award from Galway County Council to publish his second collection Love’s Enterprise Zone. His third collection, Chopping Wood with T.S. Eliot, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010. His poems have been published in Ireland, the UK, Austria and the United States. He is organizer of North Beach Poetry Nights in Galway.

AILEEN ARMSTRONG grew up in Sligo, Ireland, and now lives in Galway with her husband and daughter. She works as a technical writer in the mornings, and deliberates over fiction in the afternoons. A graduate of N.U.I. Galway’s M.A. in Writing programme, she was awarded a literature bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Three Times Daily, Cuadrivio, Some Blind Alleys and The Long Story, Short, as well as in Galway Stories. End of Days is her first collection of short fiction.

OLAF TYARANSEN is well known for his journalism and as a contributing editor of Hot Press magazine.  His journalism has appeared in Rolling StoneMojoPenthouse, the Sunday Independent, and other publications. Tyaransen’s first book, a poetry collection The Consequences of Slaughtering Butterflies, was published by Salmon Poetry in 1992.In 2000, he released The Story Of O (which he described as “an accidental autobiography”). Sex Lines – Adventures in The Erotic Underground was published in 2002 , followed by Palace of Wisdom, a selection of Hot Press Interviews in 2004. Selected Recordings, published in 2010, gathers a decade of iconic interviews.

REGINI SAMUEL, writing as R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents from Kerala. She grew up in different parts of Nigeria with a brief stint in boarding school in the Nilgiri Hills in India and occasional summers in Kerala, London, and New York. She moved to Ireland at 17 to complete her medical studies and vividly remembers the shock of arriving at Galway Train Station on an icy October night. Despite that traumatic first meeting, she fell in love with Galway and has remained there since. Her first novel, ‘Heart Stopper,’ was published in February 2012 and her second novel, ‘Falling Colours – The Misadventures of a Vision Painter,’ in June 2012. Her third novel, Casting Shadows – The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter, was published in January 2013. Her novels are set in the West of Ireland, in Galway and Connemara, and also in Kerala, India. Her story ‘Helmets’ was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge ‘New Writer of the Year Competition’ and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press ’1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition’ in January 2012. Her story ‘Parallel Lives’ was shortlisted for the 2012 Over the Edge ‘New Writer of the Year Competition’.

HUGO KELLY is a Galway based  fiction writer and an active member of the very successful Galway writers’ group Talking Stick. Hugo has won over twenty awards for his short fiction works in Ireland and in Great Britain including most recently the Brian Moore Award.

MICHAEL FAHERTY: Born in Birmingham of Irish parents in 1952, before moving to Dublin in the 1960s, Faherty’s life was marked by a prolific career in fashion on Bond St., London, together with consistent literary expression: most of which has been lost. Amit Mediratta is an artist and philosopher residing in Galway City, Ireland, whose career has witnessed a rich output of creative expression in the visual, literary and performing arts. Mediratta is also a research scholar and teacher with the Philosophy Department at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His first collection of poetry was published by Amit Mediratta Publications, and launched in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop.

RUTH QUINLAN is from Tralee, County Kerry. She worked in IT before taking a break to complete the MA in Writing at NUI Galway. She was shortlisted for the 2012 Cúirt New Writing fiction prize, longlisted for the 2012 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition, and won the Hennessy First Fiction Award in April 2013. She was also a Featured Reader at the February 2013 Over the Edge: Open Reading. Her work has been published by the Irish IndependentEmerge Literary JournalThresholdsSINSkylight47, and Scissors and Spackle. She has also contributed to three anthologies, Watching my Hands at Work: A Festschrift for Adrian Frazier (fiction)Abandoned Darlings (fiction) andWayword Tuesdays (poetry).

PAUL MICHAEL GARRETT is a senior lecturer at the National University of Ireland Galway and the author of four single-authored books critically examining social work and social policy. His work has also appeared in academic journals across a range of disciplines. His latest book Social Work and Social Theory was launched in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop.

OISIN BROWNE is the author of ‘The Binman’s Guide To Selling‘, an internationally acclaimed business book published in 2013, which has received praises from top global business experts Marshall Goldsmith, Verne Harnish, Libby Gill, Jeffrey F. Fox, Steve Schiffman, Al Ries and Dr Paddy Lund. Oisin’s business learning’s come from his time and experience in one of the most exciting and fastest growing companies in Ireland, The City Bin Co., an award winning utility company based in Ireland.

RAB FULTON writes and perform stories, poems and plays for children, teenagers and adults. Specially commissioned children shows include Scary Tales by Torchlight for Baboró in 2008 and Pirates Dragons and Moon Monsters for Múscailt 2011. This work has featured on RTE ‘Nationwide’, RTE Radio’s ‘The Tubridy Show’ and ‘Arena’ arts programme. His poetry and prose has featured in: Books IrelandChapmanCriterion, Cutting TeethCyphers, The Herald,New Writing ScotlandNorthwordsOrphan Leaf ReviewPeace NewsPoetry Ireland ReviewPoetry London NewsletterPoetry ScotlandThe ShopWest Coast MagazineWest 47.

NDREK GJINI is an Albanian journalist and poet living in Ireland. He is author of books published in Albanian and English. He holds an MA in Writing from NUI Galway. He worked for Galway City Council as Arts Office Assistant, and currently works as Managing Editor for The Galway Review.

MIKE MCCORMACK was born in 1965 and comes from the west of Ireland. He is the author of a collection of short stories, Getting it in the Head (1996), and two novels, Crowe’s Requiem (1998) and Notes from a Coma (2005). In 1996 McCormack was awarded the Rooney Prize for Literature. Getting it in the Head was chosen as New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1998. In 2006 Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award. He has received several Arts Council Awards and in 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. The author currently lives in Galway.

AMIT MEDIRATTA is an artist, philosopher, dancer and writer living in Galway City. Amit has independently published his own writings since the age of eighteen, and extablished his own publishing house Amit Mediratta Publications in 2012. His most recent collection, Exile Songs and Other Poems, was launched in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop.

PAUL DUFFY is an engineer who has lived and worked in Galway for the past thirty-eight years. He has lectured and published extensively on various aspects of Galway’s heritage and history. He has been a regular contributor to radio and television broadcasts on all manner of topics relating to Irish heritage. Paul’s postcard collection began by accident in the late 1960s and has steadily grown ever since. At present there are over 3,500 postcards in the collection.

DOMINIC ROONEY has had a lifelong interest in the history of his native Leitrim. He has been contributing articles of a historical nature to the county’s premier magazine, the Leitrim Guardian, for over twenty years. He recently launched his book The life and times of Sir Frederick Hamilton in the fitting setting of Manorhamilton Castle.

CONOR MONTAGUE is the author of several plays, including Who Needs Enemies, a comic hit in Galway, as well as the co-author of George Moore, Dublin, Paris, and Hollywood, with Professor Adrian Frazier. He is currently a post-graduate researcher in The Moore Institute, National University of Ireland Galway.

We will also have several group readings, shared talks, and are delighted to announce that actor Noel McGee will close the night with a scene from his upcoming show I, Kavanagh, a celebration of the life and work of Patrick Kavanagh. As always all ages are welcome to visit, engage and celebrate Culture Night with us.

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