Over the Edge open reading for new and experienced writers

Galway Daily arts Over the Edge open mic night on Thursday evening

The monthly gathering of local writers, poets, and anyone who fancies a turn at the pen for the Over the Edge Open Reading will take place on Thursday, September 26.

The featured readers for this month’s Over the Edge gathering are Ingrid Casey, Barbara Dunne, & Leah Keane, and after they’re done new readers are always welcome to take the mic.

Ingrid Casey is a poet, parent, artist and activist who has been writing since poetry and some prose since 2015.

Her work has appeared in literary journals from Brooklyn to Kentucky, Dublin to Cardiff, and her first collection, Mandible has been described as a “vital addition to Irish poetry”.

This year she also produced a groundbreaking short documentary Through the Cracks on families living in homeless accommodation.

Barbara Dunne is a parent, writer, visual artist, and blogger living in Moycullen where she teaches art to children and works as a Special Needs Asssistant.

She is a member of the Oughterard writer’s group and her reviews appear in Circa, Circa Arts Magazine, and on on-line magazines and websites.

One of her poems was chosen to be performed at the 2018 Cúirt festival Spoken Word word event, and her work has recently appeared in print for the first time in the Writer’s group poetry collection Shadows (2018).

Leah Keane is a native of Castlerea, Roscommon who graduated from NUI Galway with a BA in English, German and Creative Writing.

Leah has studied poetry under Alvy Carragher, and was longlisted for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition in 2017. Her work has been published in Poetry Ireland Review and Skylight 47.

The Open Reading will take place at Galway City Library from 6:30pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, September 26.

The evening will also see the announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year competition, judged by poet, fiction writer, and publisher Liz McSkeane.