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Over the Edge returns

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Poet Jessica Traynor.

Aoife Reilly, Matt Flesk and Jessica Traynor are the featured writers in August’s Over The Edge Open Reading. It will take take place in Galway City Library next Thursday, August 27, from 6.30-8pm and is the first, following the summer break. The evening will also see the announcement of the long-list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition.

Aoife Reilly is originally from Laois, but has been living in Galway since 2012. She works as a psychotherapist and teacher and has been attending the workshops run by poet Kevin Higgins at Galway Arts Centre since Autumn 2013. Aoife’s poetry has been published in Crannóg, Skylight 47, on the Poethead website, and in a wide variety of other poetry magazines recently.

Matt Flesk is originally from Tuam, and now lives just outside Galway City. He is a retired school teacher and has completed a number of creative writing classes with fiction writer Susan Millar DuMars. Matt was short-listed for 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year.

Poet Jessica Traynor was born in Dublin in 1984. The Literary Reader at the Abbey Theatre and a creative writing teacher, she has published poems in a variety of magazines and journals and her work is included in a number of anthologies including If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dublin’s One City One Book, 2014) and The New Planet Cabaret Anthology. She won the 2011 Listowel Poetry Prize and the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award in 2013. Jessica was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary in 2014. Her debut collection Liffey Swim, was published last year by Dedalus Press and shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish poet. She has recently been commissioned to write a poem as part of the Poet’s Rising project, sponsored by the Arts Council, to mark the 1916 Rising.

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.

 

 

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Success for Galway at Book Awards event

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The award for the An Post Short Story of the Year, sponsored by writing.ie, went to Deirdre Sullivan for Little Lives.

Galway shone at the 2021 An Post Irish Book Awards, held virtually on Tuesday night and broadcast on the RTÉ website.

The Irish Language Book of the Year award was won by an Spidéal writer Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin for Madame Lazare, while Kennys in Galway City won the inaugural Best Bookshop Award and Deirdre Sullivan from Knocknacarra in the city, won Short Story of the Year for Little Lives.

This annual ceremony has been running since 2006 and is the country’s biggest literary awards event, with 20 prizes across 20 categories.

The new bookshop award was introduced to acknowledge the role played by bookshops countrywide in helping local communities to find the books they wanted during Covid-19. Kennys celebrated the win by offering their online subscribers an extra 10 per cent off all titles for a 24-hour period.

There were celebrations too in an Spidéal, where Barzazz, the new company that published Madame Lazare, is based.

It’s an imprint of Futa Fata, the successful Irish-language publisher specialising in children’s books that was established in the early 2000s. Barzazz was launched just this summer to publish contemporary fiction, poetry and translations for adults in Irish, and Madame Lazare was its first book – it’s also the debut novel from screenwriter, children’s author and songwriter, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin.

A novel about secrets and truths, it follows the life of the mysterious Hana Lazare, with the action moving backwards and forwards in time between the Irish-speaking West of Ireland of the 1930s, to a devout Jewish community in 1990s Paris, to present day Brussels.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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From The Milking Parlour Bar to Town Hall Theatre

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Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Galway’s Whileaways will be in concert in the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday, December 11, as they celebrate the release of their single The Milking Parlour Bar, a song that celebrates friendship and the magic of music shared.

It showcases a new, fresh sound from The Whileaways while still featuring their trademark rich vocal harmonies. That’s a taste of what’s to come from their new album, In All Honesty, due for release in Spring.

The Whileaways are singers Noelie McDonnell, Noriana Kennedy and Nicola Joyce, who first got to know each other on Galway’s session circuit in 2012. Since joining forces, they have released three critically acclaimed albums, toured the world, and been nominated for Best Group and Best Album in the RTÉ Folk Awards.

In 2019, the group embarked on a new proect, teaming up with Kerry singer, Pauline Scanlon for Bird On The Wire, a celebration of Leonard Cohen, featuring a ten-piece band, which has now been revived.

This new single, The Milking Parlour Bar has its roots in recent Covid experiences, as Noelie explains.

“We’ve all missed things we previously took for granted – singing together, playing together, dancing together, even just being together.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Local publisher extends invite to Open Evening

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Marguerite Tonery....Tribes Press.

Local publishing company, Tribes Press, is hosting an online Open Evening with several of its authors next Wednesday night, December 1, starting at 7pm.

Anyone who’s interested in book-related topics is invited to link up with the group’s authors.

Tribes’ founder Marguerite Tonery describes the occasion as “an incredible opportunity to ask questions about writing and publishing. But not only that, it is an opportunity to get to know your favourite Irish author a little better”.

Authors from a range of genres are taking part in this free event. They include Marguerite, whose books include the Kapheus fantasy adventure series and Covid Monster’s Visit.

James L Keogh, author of Little Kitten, Geraldine Renton (Ethan and Me), Jack Walsh (Jingles’ Christmas Adventure), Maria Breen-Fahy (Silly Sammy) and Lynn Maloney (A Fairy Wonderland of Rhymes) are also taking part, as is Kevin Lawlor, author of A Guide to Starting Business the Irish Way and Grace Alice O’Shea, whose book Sex Educated promises to answer all the questions that young people ask about sex – including consent, body image, relationships, pornography and reproduction.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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