Over The Edge Celebrates 20th Birthday this month

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The event will feature Ferdia Mac Anna, Terri Metcalfe & Séan Gibbons

This month's ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place at Galway City Library on Thursday, January 26 between 6 and 7.30pm. Featured readers are Séan Gibbons, Terri Metcalfe, & Ferdia Mac Anna. There will, as always, also be an open-mic which will include a showcase of some of the poets from this year’s MA in Writing at the University of Galway.

Ferdia Mac Anna was born in Dublin. He has worked as a television producer/director, journalist, magazine editor and novelist. At present, he lectures in Screenwriting at DCU and ACD, and also facilitates Creative Writing courses.

Cumbria native Terri Metcalfe moved to Ireland with her Mayo born partner and two children in 2019. Considering herself from a down-to-earth, tools of the practical trade family, she only recently, in her forties, thought it acceptable to be a serious poet. She had an impressive total of eighteen poems published during 2022, her first year of sending her work out.

Seán Gibbons, originally from Galway City, now lives in Wexford. He is a graduate of the University of Galway and Brunel University, London. After a career spent mostly in youth work and social care, Seán is at last able to indulge his lifelong passion for writing.

This reading celebrates a historic twenty years since the first ever Over The Edge reading in Galway City Library. Over The Edge has had a transformative effect on the literary scene in the West of Ireland and nationally in this time. There will be a befitting birthday cake to celebrate Over The Edge’s status as, easily, the longest running and most influential literary reading series in Ireland. There will also be a bit of a party afterwards!

The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars, and there will be a free open mic following the Featured readers. New readers are always particularly welcome! Anyone interested in reading should give their names to one of the Over The Edge volunteers at the Galway City Library before the reading starts, at 6pm.


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