Thursday, 25 September 2008

Alan Jude Moore Book Launch

Salmon Poetry, in association with Poetry Ireland, presents

the Dublin launch of three collections of poetry

Ground Forces 

by Paul Allen

The Odor of Sanctity 

by Michael Heffernan

by Alan Jude Moore

Alan recently read some of his work at the moloch showcase, and appeared in the latest issue of the journal  

His poetry has that rare ability to suck you in until you feel like you're crawling across maps and different landscapes alongside him. His poetry features many people and places, borderlands but there are no borders between his poems and their readers, you find yourself becoming immersed in his world.   

Do go along and discover it for yourself!

Venue: The Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2

Date/Time: Wednesday 1st October, 6.30pm

Writing Festival to Open With Humour

Writing Festival to Open With Humour 

The second annual Claremorris Literary Festival opens on Friday September 26th. and organisers, local writing group, The Mayo Writers Block, promise a humorous start with 'Happy Hour.'   Happy Hour is an open mic session where visiting writers will read or perform their work.  The only stipulation is that the piece has to be funny. Anyone interested in taking part is invited to attend on the night. Bring along your funniest pieces to Claremorris Library and share the fun. The event is sponsored by the McWilliam Park Hotel and a prize of a mid week break in the hotel will be awarded to whomever the audience on the night decide gave them the most enjoyment. Workshop facilitators, Susan Millar DuMars and Helen Falconer, will both read on the night also.


The Festival programme includes workshops on Saturday, Sept 27th, on Short Fiction and Poetry.  

Short Fiction with Helen Falconer 10-4 Clár IRD Ballyhaunis Rd Claremorris Saturday 27th September 

Novelist Helen Falconer was born and brought up in London. She was educated at Camden School for Girls, Dartington School, Devon, and St. Anne's College, Oxford. She works as a book reviewer for the Guardian newspaper. 

Her first novel, Primrose Hill, the story of a group of North London teenagers, was published in 1999. Her second, Sky High: A Novel (2003), depicts love, sex and violence in a forbidden relationship set against an urban landscape.

Poetry with Susan Millar DuMars Dalton Inn  Hotel 1-0-4 Saturday 27th September 

Susan Millar DuMars is an American born writer living in Galway.  Her first collection of poems, Big Pink Umbrella, was published by Salmon in April, 2008. A mini-collection of her short stories, titled American Girls, was published by Lapwing in 2007.  Susan and her husband teach creative writing, and organise the Over the Edge literary events that take place in Galway
Each workshop costs €25 and money with name and contact details must to sent to: Mayo Writers Block, c/o Clár IRD, Ballyhaunis Rd, Claremorris, Co Mayo. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Booking essential.
Information on the festival is available on the website or by calling Margaret 087 958 2004 or John 0879843900. Booking for the workshops cannot be taken over the phone, as they must be accompanied by the relevant fee to be considered for a place. MWB wish to thank the following for their support of the event; Mayo County Council, The McWilliam Park Hotel. The Dalton Inn, Clár IRD.

Bookings To: Mayo Writers Block, C/o Clár IRD, Ballyhaunis Rd, Claremorris, Co Mayo. 
Check out the The Mayo Writers' Block Website at: - Ink All-Ireland Writers Group of The Year 2008

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Over the edge reading with Orla Higgins, Des Kavanagh & Colette Bryce

Acclaimed Derry poet for September Over The Edge: Open Reading


Over The Edge in association with Poetry Ireland presents the September Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, September 25th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Orla Higgins, Des Kavanagh & Colette Bryce.


Orla Higgins lives in Galway, loves to travel and wants to be a writer when she grows up. She works as a Business & Communications Consultant, primarily with arts and non-profit organisations. She also lectures part-time at NUIG with both the Department of Marketing and the Huston School of Film. Her first love is fiction but she has recently collaborated on writing a play titled 'For Pete's Sake'. She has been a serial attender of Susan DuMars’s creative writing classes and is now a student on the MA in Writing at NUIG.

Des Kavanagh 
hails originally from the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal. He has been writing for four years and is a regular participant in Kevin Higgins’s advanced Poetry Class at Galway Arts Centre. He also takes an active interest in folklore and local history and has chaired the McGlinchey Summer School in Inishowen for most of the past ten years. He recently co-edited the Irish language version of his father’s book, The Last of the Name. He has read his poetry at Westside Library and Clifden Arts Week.

Colette Bryce 
is originally from Derry; she now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne where she held the North East literary fellowship from 2005-2007. She has published three poetry collections with Picador, The Heel of BernadetteThe Full Indian Rope Trick and, this month, Self-Portrait in the DarkThe Observations of Aleksandr Svetlov, a pamplet, appeared in 2007. She was the winner of the UK National Poetry Competition in 2003 and of the Cardiff International in 2007.  


As usual there will be an open-mic when the Featured Readers have finished. This is open to anyone who has a poem or story to share. New readers are always especially welcome. The evening will also see the announcement by competition judge Celeste Augé of the winner of this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year. MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748.

Over The Edge acknowledges the financial support of Poetry Ireland, Galway City Council and The Arts Council


Monday, 1 September 2008

Kevin Higgins Book Launch

Salmon Poetry, in association with Poetry Ireland, presents the Dublin launch of three collections of poetry this Wednesday.  Kevin Higgins, who recently read at the Moloch showcase and whose poetry has appeared in Moloch, will launch his book Time Gentlemen, Please.   Do go along and buy a copy, it is a brilliant book!

Big Pink Umbrella
by Susan Millar DuMars
(speaker Enda Coyle Green)

Torching the Brown River 
by Lorna Shaughnessy
(speaker Noel Monahan)

by Kevin Higgins
(speaker Dave Lordan)

Date: Wednesday, September 3rd 
Time: 6.30 pm