The February ‘Over the Edge’ open reading takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, 26 February, at 6.30pm. The featured readers are Julian Gough, Erin Fornoff and Christine Valters Paintner
Julian Gough is an award winning author who first shot to fame in the 1980s when, as a student at University College Galway, he was leader singer and lyricist with alternative rock band Toasted Heretic. He won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2007 and his ‘The iHole’ was shortlisted for the one-off BBC International Short Story Award in 2012. He has also been shortlisted, twice, for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction. He is the author of three novels, ‘Juno & Juliet’, ‘Jude in Ireland’, and ‘Jude in London’; two radio plays, ‘The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble’, and ‘The Great Squanderland Roof’; and a poetry collection, ‘Free Sex Chocolate’. London-born and Irish-raised, Julian now lives in Berlin.
Christine Valters Paintner is an American living in Galway, and has found Ireland to be a wondrous poetic muse. She is the online Abbess of a virtual monastery called Abbey of the Arts leading retreats and pilgrimages with her husband John of twenty years. She is the author of eight books on spirituality and creativity.
Appalachian born, Dublin-based poet Erin Fornoff has performed her poetry at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, and dozens of other festivals and events across the UK and Ireland. In 2013 she was featured at Farmleigh House’s ‘New Voices’ alongside Hozier.
As usual there will be an open-mic after the featured readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome at the open-mic.