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This episode aired first on Saturday 10th July 2021. The guests were Briony Collins, Catherine Graham, Robert Fanning, Marcelle Newbold, Lisa Mary Armstrong, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…
Briony Collins is a poet, novelist, and playwright. She won the 2016 Exeter Novel Prize and has several prominent publications. Her debut poetry book, Blame it on Me, is forthcoming with Broken Sleep Books in August 2021. She is co-founder and co-editor of Cape Magazine
Find out more about Briony at her website https://brionycollins.co.uk/
Follow Briony on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ri_collins and Instagram at @ri_collins96
You can pre order her collections at Broken Sleep Books https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/product-page/briony-collins-blame-it-on-me
Catherine Graham is a Toronto-based writer of poetry and fiction. Her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, was nameda CBC Best Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry and her debut novel, Quarry,was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction and Fred Kerner Book Award and won the Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Award and an Independent Publisher Book Awards’ gold medal for Fiction. Her poems have been translated into Greek, Serbo-Croatian, Bangla, Chinese and Spanish and have appeared in The Malahat Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Glasgow Review of Books, Poetry Daily, Poetry Ireland Review, Gutter Magazine, Crannóg, The Bangor Literary Journal,Southwordand more. A finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, she won the Arc Award of Awesomeness. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. A previous winner of the Toronto International Festival of Authors’ Poetry NOW, she leads their monthly book club and is an interviewer for By the Lake Book Club. Æther: An Out-of-Body Lyric is her seventh book. Her second novel, The Most Cunning Heart, is forthcoming.
Catherine is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/catgrahampoet and Instagram at @catgrahampoet
Follow Catherine on her website at https://catherinegraham.com/
You can find more about her at Linktr; https://linktr.ee/CatGrahamPoet
Robert Fanning is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: Severance (Salmon Poetry, 2019), Our Sudden Museum, (Salmon Poetry, 2017), American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), and The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (Three Bee Press, 2015) and Old Bright Wheel (The Ledge Press, 2001). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, The Atlanta Review, Waxwing, THRUSH, The Cortland Review, The Common, and many other journals. He is a Professor of English at Central Michigan University, as well as the Founder/Facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI., and the Founder/Director of PEN/INSULA POETRY, a resource for Michigan poets
Robert is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FanningPoet
Follow Robert at his website https://robertfanning.wordpress.com/
You can buy his books at Salmon Poetry https://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=487&a=298
Marcelle Newbold loves poetry as a way of exploring inner spaces, place, and inheritance. She addresses the day to day: the unexceptional as precious moments. Pushcart Prize nominated and winner of the Poetry in the Arcades competition in 2020, her poems have been published online and in print magazines, and in recent anthologies by Black Bough Poetry, Maytree Press, and Indigo Dreams. She is a Managing Editor of Nightingale & Sparrow and lives in Cardiff, Wales where she trained as an architect.
Marcelle is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/marcellenewbold and Instagram at @marcellenewbold
You can find more about Marcelle at her website http://poems.sketch31.co.uk/
And also on Linktr; https://linktr.ee/marcellenewbold
Lisa Mary Armstrong
Lisa Mary Armstrong lives in Scotland with her children and tutors law and criminology at Strathclyde University. She is a children’s rights advocate and researcher and writes about women and children’s experiences of the criminal justice system. She started writing poetry during the pandemic and has had over forty poems published in journals such as Anti Heroin Chic, the Aurora Journal, Yours Poetically Magazine, Dwelling Literary, The Daily Drunk, Fahmidan Journal, Heath and Coffin, Spillwords and many more. She is currently putting together two collections of poetry on women and war and a series of character monologues in which she explores the lives and loves of 50’s Hollywood Actresses.
Lisa is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/earlgrey79_lisa
You can follow her at her website https://lisaarmstrong2179.wixsite.com/website
Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet
Damien B Donnelly returned to Ireland in 2019 after 23 years in Paris, London and Amsterdam, working in the fashion industry as a pattern maker for various brands including Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, Pepe Jeans, Reiss and G-Star. His writing focuses on identity, fragility and connection. His interests revolve around falling over and learning how to get back up while baking delicious cakes. His work had been published in numerous journals online and in print including Black Bough Poetry, Barren Magazine, Anti Hereon Chic, Icefloe Press and The Bangor Literary Journal. His debut poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms, which was featured on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and his Stickleback micro collection Considering Canvases with Boys were both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. His next collection with be a conversation pamphlet he co-wrote with fellow Irish poet Eilín de Paor called In the Jitterfritz of Neon. He is currently finishing his first full collection documenting his love affair with Paris called Enough!
He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/deuxiemepeau and instagram at @damiboy
You can follow him and buy his Eat the Storms debut pamphlet and his Stickleback micro collection at is website https://deuxiemepeaupoetry.com/
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