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SLAM EVENTS provide an opportunity for poets to read their work in public are plenty, but there are fewer opportunities for fiction writers, so the seventh annual Over The Edge Fiction Slam is a welcome event.
COLUM MCCANN, one of Ireland’s finest writers, will read from his new book, Thirteen Ways Of Looking, at an event tomorrow evening [Friday October 9], organised by Cúirt International Festival of Literature and An Taibhdhearc Theatre.
PATRICK LAFCADIO Hearn is the most famous Irishman you have never heard of, but for people in Japan he is an Irish writer whose stature is rivaled only by WB Yeats and James Joyce - and Galway is about to become aware of him through a celebration of his life and work in the city.
I am writing about the above topic this week because recently we have had the obvious race beginning between the successors to Enda Kenny.
COLUM MNCANN, the Irish author of such acclaimed works as Let The Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, will be in Galway this week to read from his new novel, Thirteen Ways Of Looking.
The 40th Westport Arts Festival kicks off next Wednesday, September 30, and this year’s festival features an eclectic mix of events for all ages across all art forms. The literary programme for this year’s festival includes the award-winning writer, John Banville, whose novel, The Sea, won the Man Booker Prize. There will also be readings from Donal Ryan, Martin Dyar, Geraldine Mills, and Orfhlaith Foyle. Dr Eimear O’Connor, art historian and author and curator, will give a presentation on Seán Keating and the Art of the Rebellion. The winners of the festival’s Poetry Competition will be announced at a special prize-giving evening of poetry and music in The Creel, featuring writer and singer-songwriter, Orlagh de Bhaldraithe.
ONE OF the highlights of the upcoming Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway is The Simpsons Backstage Tour presented by series writer/producer Mike Reiss, which will take audiences inside the lives of Springfield’s first family, revealing secret trivia of the show, insane dealings with network censors, and lots of juicy gossip about celebrity guest stars.
RAFIQ KATHWARI, the first non-Irish recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, will be among the featured readers at the Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday September 24 at 6.30pm.
THE CAUSTIC wit, high times, eventful life, and inner shadows of writer Dorothy Parker are all evoked in The Whistling Girl, a new musical show featuring the combined talents of composer Trevor Knight and actor/singer Honor Heffernan.