The Over the Edge Poetry Book Showcase

8 February 2008

A lively crowd of Galwegian (and beyond) poetry enthusiasts ventured out last Friday to Sheridan’s Wine Bar, to enjoy readings by eight of Galway’s most active contemporary poets. They represented over ten from the area who brought out collections in 2007.

Kevin Higgins, who organises the ongoing Over the Edge reading series compèred a cheerful, refreshing event and at the halfway mark Mayor Tom Costello came out in full regalia to declare well-deserved words of praise for the ongoing success in the Galway poetry scene. The audience were in great spirits (partially thanks to the world of cheesy odours wafting up the stairs), and filled this very elegant venue comfortably.

With fine poetry from Elaine Feeney, Jarlath Fahy, Moya Cannon, Mags Treanor, Knute Skinner, Sheila Phelan, John Walsh and Neil McCarthy, no-one was left athirst, and as Kevin says, ‘a little from a lot’ is far more delectable than the contrary.

This is an annual event well worth the journey. Long may it last.


Videos of the Readings


Elaine Feeney
Cork

Where’s Katie?

Elaine reads Dave Lordan’s Bad Luck Story


Jarlath Fahy
The day I fell in love with a housecoat in O’Tooles Supervalu, Tuam –
The Haberdashery section.

I wore my white overalls

All that day he corrected things


Mags Treanor
Tribes from the Ashes

Two Night Stand

A letter to Sappho


Knute Skinner
The World at Eleven

A brief quotation from a student’s test response


Sheila Phelan
Night Catch

Phoenix Street

Blue Carpet


Neil McCarthy
Reading Stephen Murray’s An Ode to Bearna

Caucasus

Vienna


A few words from Kevin Higgins and Mayor Tom Costello