Rockys, NY Cassidys DN
Seven Towers is delighted to announce the expansion to Rocky Sullivans New York of our reading and open mike event The Last Wednesday Series
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From the Last Wednesday in April 2009,The Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mike will run simultaneously in Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin 2 and Rocky Sullivan’s, Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York City on the last Wednesday of every month.
For detailed directions to either venue, check out their websites (www.cassidysbar.ie) or to to Rocky Sullivans, Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York City. <www.rockysullivans.com > click on the Rockys image for a comprehensive list of directions in getting there...
We would like to thank Fáilte Ireland for their help and encouragement in this venture.(www.failteireland.ie)
This exciting event will help establish an ongoing sharing and twinning relationship between the vibrant writing scene in both communities, and also provide an established space in Dublin for writers visiting from America, and in New York for Irish writers visiting there.
The Seven Towers Agency have been running the The Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mike for almost 3 years in Dublin, where it has been based for the last two years in Cassidy’s Bar.
View Larger Map The reading is a showcase event for published writers from Ireland and abroad, (including self publications) with an opportunity to publicise and sell books, as well as a combined showcase and peer review event for new and upcoming writers. The Seven Towers Agency publishes an anthology Census which carries the ‘best of’ from this event. The first anthology was published in December 2008 and included the work or more than 30 writers. In addition a number of the writers represented by and/or published by the Seven Towers Agency were discovered at this event – including Steve Conway, author of Shiprocked: Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline and Quincy R Lehr author of the poetry collection Across the Grid of Streets, and current associate editor of The Raintown Review. The Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mike is unlike most other events of its type
It is run by the Seven Towers Agency which is a literary agency, and publishing house;
This event rarely has a feature as such, but rather mixes resident published writers with new-comers;
This provides an atmosphere where writers can test new work and learn from each other in a safe peer review atmosphere
The Last Wednesday Series welcome readers of all types of literature – poetry, fiction, non-fiction, short drama. Resident Writers at The Last Wednesday Series in Ireland currently include Ross Hattaway, Oran Ryan, Noel Ó Briain, Steve Conway.
Resident writers at The Last Wednesday Series in Brooklyn New York will include Quincy R Lehr, R Nemo Hill and Rick Mullin. MC at The Last Wednesday Series in Cassidy’s Bar in Dublin is Declan McLoughlin; MC at The Last Wednesday Series in Rocky Sullivan’s in Brooklyn is Lisa McLaughlin of Rocky Sullivan’s.
Other poets who read regularly with the Seven Towers Agency are Catherine Ann Cullen, Barbara Smith, Liam Aungier, Patrick Chapman, Seamus Cashman, Hugh McFadden.
In order to make things run more smoothly we do have a small number of rules at Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mike:
1. Absolutely no heckling. Reading your work can be a daunting experience and the Seven Towers is serious about establishing a safe place for writers to do this, and we are equally serious about encouraging new writers;
2. No stand-up comedy or music. We believe that these are already served sufficiently by open mikes and want The Last Wednesday Series to remain dedicated to literature. Structure:Both events will commence at 7.30pm local time. 3.
3. Those wishing to read will sign in – indicating the nature of their material (i.e. poetry, prose, drama). These will then be allotted time slots and will read alongside resident readers who will also be allotted timeslots across the evening.
Any visiting writers wishing to attend and/or writers wishing to publicise their books at either event can contact Seven Towers at
in advance of the event and their details will be circulated with event publicity notices.
The event is usually divided into a number of parts, with 3 – 4 readers in each part. There will be a five minute break between each part for attendees convenience. Length of time allotted to each reader will vary depending on number of people signed up to read but will rarely exceed 10 minutes. If you believe your work will need 10 minutes, you may discuss this with the MC at the beginning of the evening. In all cases MC decision is final. Each venue, Cassidy’s Bar and Rocky Sullivan’s give their space free of charge to this event, so we encourage you to support them. There is a full bar, including soft dinks and tea/coffee available and each venue also have good food menus. We encourage all patrons to drink sensibly.