JULIAN GOUGH, the award winning novelist and former lead singer of the great Irish indie band Toasted Heretic, reads at this month’s Over The Edge.
Julian won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2007, while The iHole was shortlisted for the one-off 2012 BBC International Short Story Award. He has also been shortlisted, twice, for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction. He represented Ireland in Best European Fiction 2010; won a Pushcart Prize in the US in 2011; and represented Britain in Best British Short Stories 2012. 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. In 2011, he wrote the ending to Time’s computer game of the year, Minecraft.
Also reading is Appalachian born, Dublin-based poet Erin Fornoff, who has performed her poetry at Glastonbury and Electric Picnic. She has been published in The Stinging Fly, Skylight 47, and New Planet Cabaret. The third reader is Christine Valters Paintner, the author of eight non-fiction books on spirituality and creativity.
The Over The Edge: Open Reading takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday February 26 at 6.30pm. There will be an open-mic after the featured readers. New readers are especially welcome. The MC will be Susan Millar DuMars.