The May ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library tomorrow, Thursday 25 May, from 6.30pm-8pm. The Featured Readers are Eileen Battersby, Chris Connolly, and Kathryn Guille.
Kathryn Guille is an American writer and choreographer living in Limerick City. Her screenplay, Enemy of the Freak State, has won the David Dortort Prize for Screenwriting, and her play, Venla and Henry, has won the Alice Stark Award for Playwriting. Kathryn is a founding member of the New York Time’s acclaimed Ateh Theatre Group. She was an Off-Broadway and regional fight director and actress for over ten years before moving to Ireland. Kathryn was the winner of the 2016 Cúirt New Writing Poetry Prize. She is now a participant in the Thursday Advanced Poetry Workshop at Galway Arts Centre.
Chris Connolly writes fiction and was born in Dublin in 1983. In 2016, for his short stories, he won both the RTE Francis McManus Award and the Hennessy Award for Emerging Fiction. He is also the 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year and this featured reading is part of prize. Novelist Niamh Boyce, who judged the 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year and chose Chris as her overall winner said that his winning story, There’s No One New Around You, “showed an awareness of form usually found in poetry and applied it to a short story. It worked because it expressed the tensions within the story, the tensions in life to conform, to contain something that cannot be contained”.
Eileen Battersby is literary correspondent of the Irish Times. She has written about all aspects of the arts, particularly classical music and literature, as well as archaeology, historical geography and architectural history and has championed fiction in translation. Four times winner of the Arts Journalist of the Year award, she recently won the Critic of the Year. Her first novel Teethmarks On My Tongue was published late last year to very favourable reviews.
As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome at the open-mic.
The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars.
For further details on Over the Edge phone 087-6431748.