Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Email Problems

Our email spam filter decided to take matters into its own hands and has been eating a bit of our mail. If anyone received a failure notice or has had any problems submitting to the journal do try and send your material again!

We're hopeful that the problem has been resolved. If your emails still get rejected do let us know by hitting this thread!

Apologies for the inconvenience,


Tuesday, 22 April 2008

2008 Cuirt Festival Over The Edge Showcase Reading

The 2008 Cúirt Festival
in association with Ireland’s leading literary reading series presents the 
OVER THE EDGE, Emerging Writers Showcase

  • Mary Madec
  • Megan Buckley
  • Fergal McNally
  • & Mary Mullen

11.00am, Thursday 
April 24th
Town Hall Theatre

Mary Mullen is an Alaskan-born writer who has lived in south County Galway for a decade. Her work has been published in We Alaskans, Sunday Miscellany 2003-2004, The Stinging Fly, the Cork Literary Review, Galway Now, West47online, the Anchorage Daily News, and the chapbook The Whole Building Could Be On Fire. She is working on a collection of personal history essays and short stories. Mary is a graduate of NUIG’s MA in Writing programme. She is currently facilitating a memoir writing class at Galway Arts Centre. She was a Featured Reader at the January 2007 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

Fergal Mc Nally is originally from Navan. He enrolled at N.U.I.G in 2003 where he studied English, political science and sociology. In 2007 he graduated with a first from the university’s M.A. in Writing programme. He has twice had poetry published in ROPES magazine. His one act play Spilt Milk won best production in the 2007 Muscailt Festival one act play series. His work was displayed during Cúirt last year as part of DOCUMENT, a collaborative project between writers and artists. He is currently working on his first novel. He was a Featured Reader at the May 2007 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

Mary Madec was born in County Mayo. She started writing poetry about four years ago and since then has published in Crannóg, West 47, The Cúirt Annual, the SHOp, The Sunday Tribune, WOW and Iota among others. In Spring 2007 she was chosen for the Poetry Ireland Introductions; in July she was runner-up in the Raftery competition and chosen for the WINDOWS showcase and anthology. Last autumn she started up a community-writing project Away with Words for people with intellectual disabilities. Mary has just been short-listed for this year's Hennessy Literary Awards for New Irish Writing in the Emerging Poetry category. She was a Featured Reader at the November 2005 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

Megan Buckley is a Doctoral Teaching Fellow in the English Department at NUI, Galway, where she teaches seminars on nineteenth-century women's poetry. Her poems have been published in the US, the UK, and Ireland, in publications such as The Ledge (US), The Pedestal (US), eclectica. org (US); the Dazzle and Attract Project in Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK, in which one of her poems was projected onto the wall of a building (UK); Crannóg, ROPES, TribeVibes, and others. She collaborated with visual artists in DOCUMENT, 2005 and 2006, and she was shortlisted for the Over The Edge Writer of the Year Award in 2007. She was a Featured Reader at the November 2007 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing support of the Cúirt international festival of literature, Galway City Library, Sheridan's Wine Bar, Galway City Council & The Arts Council.

http://overtheedgeliteraryevents. blogspot. com
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Friday, 18 April 2008

Nicola "Mammy" Jennings rocks the nation!

Forgive the nepotism but.

My Mum has been shortlisted for a Hennessy Award! And I want everyone to know.

You can read her short story, 'Muscle Memory', here.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

London, UK: Poetry at Leon


p o e t r y g o e s s o n i c

Poets with their fingers on the button. Charging up on a fusion of word and music. Mayhem and tenderness, intimate and open, two nights that will take you to the edge where page transforms into sound. Two nights with great food and Leon warmth too, so book your table of 5 or more now.

Track 1

Monday 21st April 2008, 7-9pm
Leon Spitalfields, 3 Crispin Place, E1 6DW
Tel: 020 7247 3287
featuring: Zorras, Shaun Levin, Jay Bernard

Track 2

Tuesday 22nd April 2008, 7-9pm
Leon Bankside, 7 Canvey St, SE1 9AN
(behind Tate Modern)
Tel: 020 7620 0036
featuring: Amphibia and Zorras


Wednesday, 16 April 2008

New Issue

The latest issue of Moloch has just been launched.  

With writing by Noel Harrington, John Holten, Alex Hughes, Andrew David King, Gavan Lennon, Chris Major, Alan Jude Moore, Christopher Mulrooney, Jim Murray, Aongus Murtagh, Mark Noonan, Joseph Robert, and Sean Ryan.

Artists include Conor Callan, Nessa Darcy, Eva Kelly, Will St Ledger, Sarah Quigley, Daire Lynch, Jeanne Merer, Mark O'Keeffe, and Damien O'Reilly.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Moloch on Facebook

You can join the Moloch group on Facebook here.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Spring at The Cortland Review

Spring brings the following from The Cortland Review editor Ginger Murchison:

Dear Reader,

As we turn the corner into April, The Cortland Review, rather than simply giving you more poetry, wants to honor the relationship of poetry to all the arts, particularly its relationship to its 'sister art' of painting, a link that began with Horace's phrase "ut pictura poesis" in "Ars Poetica"—"as in poetry, so in painting." Aptly, Debra Allbery begins her essay on ekphrasis with a definition:

. . . the word comes from the Greek rhetorical figure, ekphrassein, originally meaning "to speak forth" or "to tell in full"—is generally the term given to a verbal representation of a visual representation.

It's not only inspiration but instruction that poets take from the visual arts, and the poets Allbery mentions that invoke the work of Joseph Cornell are among your favorites, and she builds a case, as well, for how inspirational and instructional their work was to Cornell, enlightening us all as to the far reach of poetry. How can we better honor the art, then, for National Poetry Month?

For your own inspiration and instruction, we include three of Allbery's own ekphrastic poems and ten more from poets giving a nod, not only to the visual arts, but to music, photography, film, and one charming nod at (uh oh) body art.

For more music, enjoy McFadyen-Ketchum's conversation with Ed Pavlic on the subject of Pavlić's latest book: "Winners Have Yet to Be Annonced: A Song for Donny Hathaway," that he describes as

my attempt to articulate, to translate, what I hear in Donny's music and to imagine its origins, its contradictions and the way it fits and doesn't fit into a world . . . beyond the stage.

Carolyne Wright, in "A Change of Maps," pays homage of her own, as David Rigsbee points out in his book review. Her collection is

. . . less a concession to the spell of technique . . . than a kind of knowledge about poetry's secret sway and coterie wisdom and therefore of abiding interest to poetry's serious readers.

For all poetry is on the page, it continues to tap into and feed all of the cultural arts in an ever-widening way, enriching to all of us, a good argument, perhaps, that every month is really poetry month.

Ginger Murchison

The Cortland Review Spring Issue is here.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Galway, Ireland: Over The Edge presents An Evening of Polish Poetry

Friday April 11th is the date for an evening of Polish poetry organized by Over the Edge at Sheridan’s Wine Bar, opposite St. Nicholas’s Church, Galway, with the help of Galway-based Polish journalist Magalena Szulc. Also reading on the evening will be Loughrea-based Polish writer, Kinga Cybulska. The evening is being supported by the Polish Embassy in Ireland. The reading will start at 8pm.

There will be readings from the work of the great Polish poets Halina Poswiatowska, Wislawa Szymborska, Zbigniew Herbert and Czeslaw Milosz and more. Verses will be read by volunteers in both Polish, and English. On top of that, some of Galway’s Polish residents will present their own poems to the audience. Galway’s Writer-in-Residence Michael O’Loughlin will also read some of his favourite Polish poems. Kevin Higgins will MC the evening. All are welcome.

Cambridge, UK: Pat Borthwick and Kate Rhodes read at Michaelhouse

Pat Borthwick and Kate Rhodes read at Michaelhouse, on Trinity Street, tonight. The event also features short poem floor spots, books for sale and a licensed bar. Doors open at 7:30pm. £5 / £3 concessions.

Pat Borthwick was awarded a Hawthornden fellowship in 2003. She has published two full length collections, 'Between Clouds and Caves' (Littlewood Arc, 1990) and 'Swim' (Mudfrog, 2005). Her latest pamphlet, 'Wave' (Hearing Eye) was a prizewinner in the 2007 Templar poetry competition.

Kate Rhodes' poems have appeared in The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday, and she won third place in the 2007 Bridport Prize. Enitharmon published Kate’s first full collection, Reversal in 2005. The book moves confidently across an eclectic range of subjects from a portrait of Alfred Wallis to a one-to-one dialogue with Damien Hirst's shark, all written in a style that Don Paterson commends as 'pared to the bone, elegant and precise.'

Monday, 7 April 2008

Moloch has just been given a face lift.

The new issue will be published this weekend, with some amazing new art and writing...Go and have a look!

Readings & spoken word at thisisnotashop

beyond redemption @ thisisnotashop

Friday 11th April

Doors open 8.30

Terry Markey and thisisnotashop present an open event of live art and alternative performance, which invites artists and performers to attend and participate. Any and all live actions are welcome (less than ten minutes) no submissions required just turn up and make contact come early to secure a slot. This event is to create a forum for live art and action where artists and performers can relay work in an informal environment. Live art, live action, free style spoken word, readings, dance, burlesque, comedy magic and music any and all are welcome.

Followed by reception at Dice bar.

For more info,

26 Benburb St, Dublin 7

The Wolf launches Issue 17 tonight

Issue 17 of The Wolf launches on Monday 7th April, 8pm sharp. Limited seating!
Venue is The Poetry Studio, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London.

Readers on the night will be Andrea Brady, Jonathan Morley, James Womack, Siddhartha Bose, Kate Potts with poet/translator Stephen Watts and Ziba Karbassi reading poems and translations from Persian.

This is a FREE event and will mark the unveiling of an all-new look to The Wolf. Do come and celebrate with us.

James Byrne

Editor, The Wolf

The Wolf acknowledges the support of the Arts Council England

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Launch of Story Tellers Unlimited

Rab kindly sent this to us...

Launch of Story Tellers Unlimited

Saturday 5th April at 4pm in Galway City Museum.

You are warmly invited to the international launch of Funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaion the website contains a video archive of stories researched and performed for Galway City Museum by acclaimed storytellers Rab Swannock Fulton and Clare Muireann Murphy. It also includes information on Rab and Clare's teaching work, up and coming performances and shows that can be booked.

The launch is on Saturday 5th April and begins at 4pm in Galway City Museum. Rab will host the Irish launch, along with guest speaker Fionnuala Gallagher, the Arts Officer of National University of Ireland, Galway. At 5pm the launch will then be handed over to Clare in America. The American launch takes place in the Children Museum of Denver and begins at 11am,
Denver time.

As well as Rab and Clare are busy working on new projects. At present Rab is finishing a new collection of short stories and essays for his American fanzine, and putting together a show of 'Dark Tales' for the Town Hall Theatre studio, Galway. Clare recently finished a highly praised three-week tour of England, and is
currently touring in the U.S.A.

For more details contact: 00353 (0) 87 654 5411