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Creative writing at Galway Arts Centre

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Susan Millar DuMars.

Galway Arts Centre is running a daytime class for creative writers, starting this month. Aimed at beginners and those with some experience, the class will be facilitated by writer Susan Millar DuMars who co-hosts Galway’s Over the Edge monthly readings in Galway City Library.

Susan writes both poetry and fiction. A collection of her stories, Lights in The Distance, was published in December 2010 by Doire Press and she has produced four collections of poetry, all published by Salmon Poetry.

Bone Fire was launched at last year’s Cúirt Festival of International Literature, while Big Pink Umbrella was published in 2008, Dreams for Breakfast in 2010 and The God Thing in 2013.

Susan was the Featured Fiction writer in a recent issue of the American online magazine The Atticus Review. She co-organises the Over the Edge reading series which specifically promotes new writers. Susan edited the anthology Over the Edge – The First Ten Years, also published by Salmon, which includes work by 47 writers who have published a first book since they did a reading at an Over the Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library.

Her course at Galway Arts Centre 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 which are designed to inspire, rather than inhibit them. In class, they will receive gentle feedback on their work from their classmates and from Susan.

Classes take place on Monday afternoons, from 2.30-4pm, commencing on Monday, January 16. They will run for 10 weeks.

The cost is €110 or €100 concession price. Booking is essential and places are limited. There are no refunds once the course has started.

■ For booking, please contact Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway City, phone 091 565886 or email info@galwayartscentre.ie.

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Comedian Julie Jay for Town Hall Studio

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Comedian Julie Jay.

Comedian and secondary school teacher Julie Jay will perform in the city’s Town Hall Theatre Studio on Thursday next, February 27, as part of her first solo tour of Ireland.

Julie Really Love Me? explores her quest for validation, applying lessons gleamed from Oprah in the early 1990s to modern life, navigating being childless in the state of Gilead and guards. Lots and lots of guards.

An exciting new voices on the Irish comedy scene, her show is a mix of warmth and self-deprecation, with wry wit, neurotic ponderings and clever jokes.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Jazz brunch at Flannery’s Hotel

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Larry Cooley, Jackie Kelly, P.J. Duggan and Frankie McDonald.

Flannery’s Hotel on the Dublin Road is hosting a jazz brunch every Sunday, running from 12-4pm, with the hotel band – consisting of well-known local musicians Larry Cooley, Jackie Kelly, P.J. Duggan and Frankie McDonald – playing popular melodies from 1pm to 3pm.

The menu includes wide selection of brunch favourites made from top-quality Irish Ingredients.  Items include French toast, traditional pancakes, Flannery’s Full Irish, falafel salad, and steak, eggs and chips.

For those looking for food throughout the week, Flavours@Flannerys is a gourmet sandwich and salad bar open 11-9pm daily. It has a range of salads to choose from, along with a cooked meats, chicken dishes and a choice of salmon for fish-eaters or quiche for vegetarians. There’s also a bakery counter with homemade pastries, desserts and treats. In addition,a carvery lunch is served 12-3pm. And Frankie’s Bar & Bistro has an extensive menu, with food served 3-9pm daily.

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Jacqui chooses self-publishing route as she launches her new novel After

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Bern Butler, Caherlistrane; author Jacqui Louise Broderick, Moycullen; and Lucie Shelley, Galway City celebrating the publication of Jacqui's new novel, After, at The House Hotel in Galway City.

Having once enjoyed great success with a series of romance novels, Moycullen author Jacqui Louise Broderick — who writes under the name Louise Broderick — has returned with a new independently published book, After.

In the 2000s, Jacqui Broderick’s work was hot property. The Derbyshire native who moved with her family to the West of Ireland in 1997, signed a three-book deal with Poolbeg Press and over the next five years she released Trainers (2003), Winners (2005) and Millionaires (2007).

The series was set in the horseracing world and Poolbeg employed a clever marketing strategy on the release of Winners – it ran a competition inside the cover, offering a luxury day at the 2005 Irish Derby, which included Champagne, gourmet lunch, a complimentary bar and a celebrity racing guide.

New author Jacqui was living the dream, appearing in newspaper, radio and television interviews. “I loved it,” she says, “because it was what I wanted to do. To be allowed to do it and for somebody to say you are good enough was just amazing.”

By that time, the mother-of-three, who had set up Galway Life (the precursor to Galway Now) in the late 1990s with her now ex-husband, was already an established writer, having penned The Shane Broderick Story (no relation) in 2000.

Charting the career of the talented jockey, Jacqui’s non-fiction book recounted the horrific fall in 1997 that left Shane Broderick paralysed from the neck down.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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