Cúirt’s annual showcase of emerging writers returns for 2021. Discover the best of new writing talent at the Cúirt New Writing Showcase. Presenting emerging voices in poetry and fiction, the Cúirt New Writing Showcase brings together writers involved in the Over the Edge Literary Series in Galway, the winners of the annual Cúirt New Writing Prize and our PENxCommon Currency Writer in Residence for a dynamic reading event.

Bern Butler is a writer of prose and poetry, from Shantalla in Galway. She has been short and long-listed in the Fish, Over the Edge and Listowel writing competitions and published in Force 10, The Grey Castle, ROPES and Skylight 47. She co-edited the first ever Irish anthology of prison writing, Another Place, and was the co-ordinator of the Writers in Prisons Scheme for ten years.

Riona Mac Eoin is the co-owner of Briarhill Vet Clinic in Galway City. She is very interested in psychology, specifically the influence our childhood years have on the development of our adult selves. She recently took a break from work where she discovered her love of writing and since has been writing fiction. Riona was a Featured Reader at the November 2019 Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library.

Paul McCarrick’s poetry has been published in The Blue Nib, Crannóg, Skylight 47, The Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review, and elsewhere. He was selected to participate in the 2019 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series, and received an Arts Bursary Grant from the Westmeath County Council Arts Office in 2019. 

Suad Aldarra is a Syrian storyteller, data scientist, and software engineer based in Dublin, Ireland. Suad is the Common Currency Writer in Residence for the festival and is currently writing a book about home and identity after being long-listed for the Penguin Random House WriteNow 2020 programme.

Winners of the 2021 Cúirt New Writing Prize for Short Fiction and Poetry will also feature.

With thanks to Kevin Higgins and Susan Millar DuMars at Over the Edge and our judges for the 2021 New Writing Prize, Stephen Sexton and Colin Barrett.

This is a live broadcast event. It will not have a Q&A.

Event Location

Online (YouTube)

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