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This episode aired first on Saturday 17th July 2021. The guests were Adele Cordner, Jack B Bedell, Julie Stevens, Karen Mooney, Darren J Beaney, Lynn Valentine, Patricia M Osborne, Eilín de Paor, Anne McMaster, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…
Adele Cordner was born in Newport, South Wales and worked an advertising copywriter, editor and account manager before becoming a full-time mum of her four children. Since they have all started to grow up, Adele has found time to focus on her creative writing.
The Kitchen Sink Chronicles, Adele’s first pamphlet, was published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in January 2021. Her poetry has been placed in various international competitions including The Plough Prize, Poetry on the Lake, The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, and The Welsh Poetry Competition. She has also won prizes in Abergavenny and Upper Chapel Eisteddfods and her work has featured in Red Poets Magazine and anthologies such as Poems For Grenfell Tower, Pandemic Poetry and Ways To Peace. Adele hosts Newport Poetry Society Stanza workshop and attends NaCOT poetry workshop in Chepstow. She recently achieved an MA(Distinction) in Scriptwriting from Bath Spa University and has written two stage plays which will be performed in South Wales in 2022.
Adele is an actor and director for Newport Playgoers Society and Everyman Theatre Cardiff, and sings with The Singing Club in Chepstow. She also works as a Supporting Artist in film and television so you might spot her as a background nurse in Casualty.
Find out more about Adele at her website https://www.adelecordner.com/
Follow Adele on Twitter at https://twitter.com/adele_cordner
Jack B Bedell
Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. Jack’s work has appeared in Barren, Pidgeonholes, The Shore, Okay Donkey,EcoTheo, The Hopper, The Night Heron Barks, and other journals. His latest collection isColor All Maps New (Mercer University Press, 2021). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.
Jack is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jackbedell and Instagram at @jackbbedell
Follow Jack on his website at http://www.jackbbedell.com/
Julie Stevens writes poems sometimes reflecting the impact Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has on her life. Her winning Stickleback pamphlet Balancing Act was recently published by Hedgehog Poetry Press (June 2021) and her debut chapbook Quicksand by Dreich (Sept 2020).
Julie is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JulesJumping
Follow Julie at her website https://www.jumpingjulespoetry.com/
A career in human resource management provided preparation for some of Karen Mooney’s current activities; cats and words. Sometimes they hide, reappearing unexpectedly; sometimes they scratch, sometimes they purr. Her words have appeared in online publications and in Penned In, co-written with Gaynor Kane published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. Her own pamphlet is due to be published later this year by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.
Karen is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/1karenmooney
Karen is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/observationsbykaren/photos/?ref=page_internal
Darren J Beaney
Darren J Beaney is one half of Flight of the Dragonfly, who host a regular spoken word evening on Zoom and produce Flights a poetry, prose and flash e-journal. He hosts two online poetry clubs for Home-stage and has recently been enlisted as a guest editor for Sledgehammer Lit to help sift through 120 chapbook submissions and select a handful for future publication. He has had poems published in a number of journals and anthologies and has two pamphlets published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press – Honey Dew and The Machinery of Life.
Darren is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DJ_Be_An
You can follow him at his website https://djbeaney.wordpress.com/
For more info on Flight of the Dragonfly… https://flightofthedragonfly.com/
Patricia M Osborne
Patricia M Osborne is married with grown-up children and grandchildren. In 2019 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (University of Brighton).
Patricia is a novelist, poet and short fiction writer. She has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. The final book in House of Grace family saga trilogy was published March 2021. Taxus Baccata and The Montefiore Bride were published byThe Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2020.
She has a successful blog at Whitewingsbooks.com featuring other writers. When Patricia isn’t working on her own writing, she enjoys sharing her knowledge, acting as a mentor to fellow writers.
Patricia is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PMOsborneWriter
Follow Patricia at her website https://whitewingsbooks.com/
Patricia is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/triciaosbornewriter/
Lynn Valentine is working towards her debut poetry collection which will be published by Cinnamon Press in April 2022, after winning their Literature Award. She has a Scots language pamphlet out with Hedgehog Poetry Press, after winning their dialect competition. Lynn was one of five ‘North’ poets to be commissioned by the Scottish Poetry Library as part of their Champions project 2020. She is widely published in places like Atrium, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Northwords Now and Poetry Scotland.
Lynn is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dizzylynn
Follow Lynn at her website at https://lynnvalentine.com/
Anne McMaster lives on a much-loved old farm in rural mid Ulster. Once a full-time farmer, she spent several years teaching in California and traveling the US before returning to Northern Ireland. She has lectured in both English literature and performing arts while developing original products and theater productions – working as a playwright and theater director for over 25 years. She now spends her time as a poet, professional voice actor, editor, project designer and creative writing mentor. Her work has been published extensively in the USA, Canada, the UK and Ireland. Her collection Walking off the Land offers a series of glimpses into a disappearing way of life – a rural childhood on a small Ulster farm. Drawing the soft echo of remembrance into the present moment, this collection of poems explores seasonal rituals and traditions that once shaped the days and lives of those who worked the land. It also traces the gradual decline of a family and an old farm.
Anne is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Rosehill_girl
Follow Anne at her website at http://annemcmaster.co.uk/
Eilín de Paor
Eilín de Paor lives in Dublin and works in health and social care. Selected for The Stinging Fly Summer School 2019, her poems have been published by Algebra of Owls, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Stony Thursday Book, Vox Galvia, Abridged and Dreich Wee Books.
Eilín is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/edepaor
The Hedgehog Poetry Press
For all you need to know about The Hedgehog Poetry Press, created by Mark Davidson, https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/
EastSide Arts Festival, Belfast, 5th to 15th August 2021
On 6th August at 7.30pm online, Join Belfast poet Gaynor Kane, as she hosts an event showcasing poets from the Hedgehog Poetry Press, celebrating the connections between them and their homelands of Scotland and Ireland, North and South. You will be entertained by readings from Anne McMaster, Damien B Donnelly, Karen Mooney, Lynn Valentine, Martin Malone, Peter A and Vicky Allen.
Gaynor is east Belfast born and bred, author of three Hedgehog Press publications and co-author of a fourth. Her full collection of poetry ‘Venus in Pink Marble’ was released last September on her fiftieth birthday. Her website is https://gaynorkane.com/
For the Eastside Arts Festival head to their website https://www.eastsidearts.net/
For direct links to Who Needs a Bridge? The Hedgehog Poetry Press Showcase https://www.eastsidearts.net/event/who-needs-bridge-hedgehog-poetry-press-showcase
To follow Gaynor Kane on Twitter https://twitter.com/gaynorkane
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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