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There are a couple of events coming up in the next ten days or so: a free Writing Workshop in Larne (everyone welcome, but only 12 places so book ahead) and a Reading in Galway (also free and, even better, the venue has a wine licence). Details below, including links to publications and prizes that may be of interest. Maybe see you at one or the other?


The John Hewitt Society in association with Larne Borough Council are offering a Free Writing Workshop at Larne Museum & Arts Centre  on Tuesday 6th March from 7-9pm. Whether you've already begun to write and would like some professional feedback on your work, or are putting pen to paper for the first time, you are very welcome to come along to this workshop and find out what all the fuss is about. Bernie McGill (that’s me) will facilitate the session with some 'getting started' exercises, and for those who have brought along pieces to read, there’ll be advice on how to develop work further. Everyone is welcome. For those who are bringing work: please be prepared to read around 500 words of prose or two poems per person, so that we have time to hear everyone's writing. For those who are coming for the first time: bring pen and paper and join in. To book telephone the Museum on 028 28279482 or email Rachael McMaster, Arts & Events Officer at Larne Borough Council at mcmasterr@larne.gov.uk.

Over The Edge in association with Poetry Ireland presents the March Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering with readings by poets and fiction writers Kerrie O’Brien, Maureen Boyle, Bernie McGill (me again) & Deirdre Cartmill. (By the way, that’s ‘March’ as in ‘the month of March’, not ‘march’ as in ‘Stride over the edge in military fashion’. We wouldn’t encourage you to do that. Certainly not before you've heard us all read.) The evening will also see the launch of Galway-based writer Eamonn Harrigan’s debut novel, Where The Dead Go. The event will take place at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Friday, March 9th, 8pm. All are welcome. There is no cover charge. The Kitchen @ The Museum has a wine licence. (Huzzah!) For further information contact 087-6431748. Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing generous financial support of the Arts Council and Galway City Council.

Eamonn Harrigan was shortlisted for new writer of the year in the Over the Edge competition. His first novel Where the Dead Go has just been published by Solstice Publishing. He did a Masters in Screenwriting in the Huston Film School NUIG and the Professional Programme in Screenwriting in UCLA. He has written two feature length screenplays and several short scripts.

Kerrie O' Brien has been published in various Irish and UK literary journals including Southword, Orbis and Crannóg. Her poem Blossoms was chosen as the winning entry in the Emerging Talent category of the 2011 iYeats Poetry Competition. She was also highly commended for the Over the Edge New Writer of The Year Competition 2011. (The 2012 competition is now open, closing August this year.) Her new chapbook Out of the Blueness is now available on her website.

Maureen Boyle grew up in Sion Mills in County Tyrone, now lives in Belfast, and studied at Trinity College Dublin and the universities of East Anglia, London, University of Ulster and Queens. In 2004 she was runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize for an unpublished collection. She was awarded Arts Council bursaries in 2006, 2007 and 2009; and in 2007 she was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Prize and the Strokestown International Poetry Prize. In 2011 she was awarded an ACES – Artist’s Career Enhancement Award - from the Arts Council Northern Ireland. She is completing her first collection of poems.

Deirdre Cartmill’s debut poetry collection Midnight Solo was published in 2004 and her second collection The Return of the Buffalo is forthcoming from Lagan Press. She received an ACES Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2011 and spent a year affiliated with the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s. She’s previously received three Literature Awards from the Arts Council. Her work has been widely anthologised. She holds an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Queen’s University. She also writes in other mediums and tutors in creative writing as Deirdre Alexander. She is originally from Tyrone and currently lives in Belfast. Deirdre blogs here.


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