Treats at the final Over The Edge: Open Reading of 2022

Over The Edge, Galway City's literary events organisation, organise readings of poetry and fiction at a variety of venues around Galway City. The December ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ will take place in Galway City Library on Thursday, December 15 from 6-7.30pm.

Featured readers to look forward to are Marc Gregg, Abby Oliveira, and Bill Heaney. There will, as usual, be an open-mic after the Featured Readers, during which new readers are especially welcome to take part. Afterwards, a fitting celebration will take place with a few surprises and maybe even some mince pies. Everyone is invited to come and mark the end of 2022 with Over The Edge!

Here's a little more about our featured readers.

Bill Heaney grew up in the heart of Galway. His family had a pub in the dock area of the city. He worked in Dublin and London for many years before returning to Galway. He had a variety of work situations from pubs to prisons to homeless services, which he cites as inspiration for some of his writing. Bill began attending writing classes with Susan Millar DuMars and Kevin Higgins about five years ago. He writes both poetry and short stories. He has had some of his poems published in Vox Galvia. His poetry is mainly inspired by the injustices in society.

Abby Oliveira is a writer and performer based in Derry. Her work is often cross-discipline and collaborative - comprising poetry, storytelling, music, prose, playwriting, and/or physical performance. Her work has been most recently published in The 32: An anthology of Irish Working Class voices (Unbound, 2021 ), The New Frontier: reflections from the Irish border (New Island Books, 2021 ), and Empty House: poetry & prose on the climate crisis (Doire Press, 2021 ). She has been commissioned as a writer by organisations such as The MAC in Belfast, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Foyle and RTÉ Radio.

Marc Gregg is a writer and classical vocalist from Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Previously, he was the host and co-producer of a show called Soap Opera on BBC Radio Ulster that examined the stories we tell through the voice. He also founded "Button Mash", Northern Ireland's largest video game tournament series for the Tekken franchise. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Producer with Outburst Arts in Belfast producing their queer literature magazine "Catflap" among other pieces of theatre, opera, gallery shows, concerts and artist development work. His current work focuses around queerness, class and technology and the hazy boundaries between the three. An essay of his recently featured in The 32 – An Anthology of Irish Working ClassVoices (edited by Paul McVeigh ).


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