continues its successful reading series in the gallery, with a special reading to celebrate
All Ireland Poetry Day,
7pm, Thursday 7th October,
Admission is free.
The featured readers are:
Rita Ann Higgins - Internationally acclaimed Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins reads from her new book, Hurting God - Part Essay Part Rhyme, just published by Salmon, which includes essays and accompanying poems, drawing us into a childhood world of God, púcas, jiving factory girls and a crocodile-wielding father. Her first five collections were published by Salmon: Goddess on the Mervue Bus (1986); Witch in the Bushes (1988); Goddess and Witch (1990); Philomena's Revenge (1992); and, Higher Purchase (1996). Bloodaxe Books published her next three collections: Sunny Side Plucked (1996); An Awful Racket (2001); and Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems in May 2005 to mark her 50th birthday.
Kevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events. He facilitates poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre, teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute and on the Brothers of Charity Away With Words programme. He is also Writer-in-Residence at Merlin Park Hospital and the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser. He has had three books published with Salmon, The Boy With No Face, Time Gentlemen, Please and, earlier this year, Frightening New Furniture.
Susan Millar DuMars is American-born, now living in Galway. Also co-organiser of Galway's Over the Edge events, she works as a teacher of creative writing, and has had two books published with Salmon; Big Pink Umbrella and Dreams for Breakfast. She also writes fiction.
Mary Madec was born and raised in the west of Ireland, and is currently Director of the Villanova Study Abroad Program in Galway. With her husband Claude Madec, she started up a community-writing project, Away with Words, now in its third year. She published her first collection, In Other Words, with Salmon this year.
Mary Mullen, taught memoir writing at Galway Arts Centre, and now tutors writers privately. Mary was born in Anchorage, and raised on her parent's homestead in Soldotna, Alaska. She moved to Ballinderreen, Co. Galway, Ireland in 1996, where she still lives with her daughter Lily, a sparkly Galway girl who was born with Down Syndrome. Her first collection, Zephyr, was published by Salmon this year.
Glenn Shea was born and has lived most of his life in Connecticut. He is living for the moment in an old farmhouse in Uncasville and works with a group of illuminati in a huge used-book shop in Niantic, Connecticut. He has published two chapbooks. Find A Place That Could Pass For Home, his first full-length collection, has just appeared from Salmon.