Date(s): Monday 10th – Thursday 13th September 2008 7.30pm
Phone: 096 73593
The EDGE series is a writers’ residency programme initiated by Ballina Arts Centre, in partnership with Mayo County Library Services in 2006. The inaugural EDGE06: Rebel Yell! – A Celebration of Contemporary Scottish Literature, featured four writers from Scotland (Laura Hird, Kevin Williamson, Paul Reekie, Gordon Legge). The writers completed a very successful week-long programme of readings, workshops and talks. Last year, EDGE07: On the Road – Remembering Jack Kerouac’ celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of Kerouac’s feted novel On the Road.
This year throughout the week a number of writers, Ferdia Mac Anna, Peter Murphy, Past Larkin and John W Sexton will conduct workshops in secondary schools and on Monday & Wednesday nights at 7.30pm in Ballina Library. The programme will culminate on Thursday 11th September in the library with a night of readings featuring the EDGE '08 writers, all reading from their work. The event kicks off at 8pm and promises to be a real treat.
All of the EDGE '08 writers has had a direct involvement with the punk movement or have been influenced by it. Peter Murphy is a writer and journalist from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. His first novel, ‘John the Revelator’, will be published by Faber & Faber/Harcourt Books in early 2009. A contributing editor with Dublin’s Hot Press magazine, he has contributed articles to Rolling Stone, Music Week, the Sunday Business Post, and other publications, and has been a guest panellist on music, literature, culture, and the arts are regularly featured on RTE Television’s arts programme, The View as well as various radio programmes.
Ferdia Mac Anna was born in Dublin in 1955. In the early 1980s he was known as Rocky de Valera, lead singer with punk band The Gravediggers, and later The Rhythm Kings. His novels are ‘The Last of the High Kings’, ‘The Ship Inspector’ and ‘Cartoon City’. The film of ‘The Last of the High Kings’ was released in 1996. He has edited The Penguin Book of Comic Irish Writing, and has published two memoirs, ‘Bald Head, A Cancer Story’ and ‘The Last of the Bald Heads’, reissued as ‘The Rocky Years: The Story of an (Almost) Punk Legend’. His play ‘Mom’ was produced at the Project Arts Centre in 1994. He has been a producer/director for RTÉ television and lives in Dublin.
Pat Larkin was a founder member and drummer with legendary Irish band The Blades. His book of short stories ‘The Coalboat Kids and Other Stories’ was published in 2007. He wrote a TV pilot based on one of the stories from the book, ‘The Coalboat Kids and the Pickaroonie’, which was produced by Zanzibar films in September 2006 and directed by Graham Cantwell.
He has also written a number of plays, one of which will soon be produced by the Attic Theatre group.
John W Sexton was born in London, of Irish parents, in 1958. He is the author of the collections, ‘The Prince’s Brief Career’ (1995), ‘Vortex’ (2005) and ‘Shadows Bloom/Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth’ (2004, translated by Gabriel Rosenstock). He has published two childrens’ novels, ‘The Johnny Coffin Diaries’ and ‘Johnny Coffin School-Dazed’ and has also recorded an album of songs with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons Of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records.
His play, ‘Voices of Light and Darkness’, was broadcast by Radio Kerry in 1995, and he is the creator and scriptwriter of the RTÉ children’s series The Ivory Tower. He lives in Kenmare, County Kerry.