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This episode aired first on Saturday 11th December 2021. The guests were D’Or Seifer, Tony Garner, Michael WIlson, Anna Chorlton, David Leo Sirois and Ankh Spice, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…
D’or Seifer lives in Limerick. She contributes to poetry gatherings such as Filí an Tí Bháin and Over The Edge. D’or co-runs the online poetry series Lime Square Poets. Her work has recently appeared in Skylight 47, Abridged, Ink Sweat & Tears, and is upcoming in The Banyan Review.
Follow D’Or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dorseifer and Facebook at D’or Seifer
Lime Square Poets https://www.facebook.com/groups/437558500682820/
Read more D’Or poems at Lothlorien Poetry Journal https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/2021/06/four-sublime-poems-by-dor-seifer.html
Tony Garner lives in Glasgow where he teaches English as a Second Language as well as writing poetry teaching resources and occasionally running poetry workshops. He has previously had short stories published in New Writing Scotland and poetry in Read This Magazine, Green Ink Journal, and Southwark Library website. He has also written a historical crime novel set in Japan, for which he is currently seeking a publisher.
Follow Tony on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pearsofpoems
For more poetry from Tony check out Green Ink Poetry https://www.greeninkpoetry.co.uk/poetry-submissions-all/tony-garner-the-poet-returns-with-nothing-to-show
Michael Wilson is a national award-winning published performance poet. His writing is a balance of light and shade. He is a multi-national slam finalist and winner of several slams, including Cheltenham Lit UK slam and Belfast Book Festival slam the Belfast Book Festival slam. He was a finalist in the BBC Radio 4 Slam, and the Ireland Slam Final. He most recently won the All-Ulster Slam in October of this year. His first one person show, and book were performed during a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe, gaining a five-star review from Bouquets and Brickbats. His first full book, Bedlam’s Best and Finest is an experimental poetic expose of mental illness and health. His pamphlet After All Tomorrows After Parties is published by Knives Forks and Spoons. His second one-person show is called Fix and is a poetic memoir of his battles with, and victories over drug addictions. Michael has toured the UK and Ireland extensively and toured central and east Canada. He has headlined many events, arts centres and festivals. He also facilitates workshops for all walks and ages. He has been published in numerous publications such as Best of Manchester Poets 1, Citizen 32, Abridged and The Ugly Tree. Michael often performs his poems along with sign language. He has been broadcast on BBC Radio regional and national as well as RTE Radio 1 in the Republic of Ireland. He has been organizing events for years and cut his teeth in Manchester. He hosts Lit Up a monthly poetry event which encourages open mic performers and headliners to read a mixture of original work and poems by poets they admire and are inspired by. He most also won the NZ At Your Place slam and qualified for the Hammer and Tongue UK Final performing at the Royal Albert Hall. Michael is representing Ireland in the Euro Poetry Slam in December in Brussels. He resides in Portstewart, Northern Ireland.
MIchael is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mikewilsonwriter
Find out more about Michael at his website https://michaelwilsonarts.com/
Anna Chorlton writes in the Cornish wilds. She lives with her husband, young daughter, and surfing son. Anna’s poems have been published in Wild Court and Atlanta Review. Anna is author of ‘Cornish Folk Tales of Place’ (The History Press, 2019) The Silver Ball, her audio drama, is released by Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast. She is a member of Liskeard Poets. Anna is working on her first poetry collection and has a pamphlet in submission.
Follow Anna on Twitter at https://twitter.com/anna_chorlton
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chorltonanna/
Find out more about Anna on her website: www.annachorlton.com
And for her book Cornish Folk Tales of Place https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/cornish-folk-tales-of-place/9780750987578/
David Leo Sirois
David Leo Sirois is a Canadian-American poet published 116 times, in 14 countries. His work has been translated into 10 languages (Hindi, Bengali, French, German, Czech, Spanish, Greek, Romanian, Chinese, & Doric). He hosts Spoken World Online, the Zoom continuation of SpokenWord Paris. First book is called Humbledoves (poems to pigeons & plants). He won Third Prize in Winning Writers’ Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, & his poetry has appeared in journals such as The Bombay Review, The Poetry Village, One Hand Clapping, Indian Periodical, The Sunday Tribune Online, THE BASTILLE, & Terre à Cièl (which also published his translations from the French). He has been featured on international podcasts, such as Eat the Storms. David is also a singer/songwriter, radio DJ, & Film/TV/Theater actor. He is currently submitting five finished manuscripts for publication, & writing several more.
Follow David on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidSirois3 and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/davidleosirois
For more info on SpokenWord Online https://www.facebook.com/groups/1258292857858374
And find out more about David and his song writing at https://www.reverbnation.com/davidleosirois
Ankh Spice is a queer-identified, sea-obsessed poet from Aotearoa (New Zealand). His work has appeared in a range of online and print publications over the last year and a half, with nearly 100 publications to date, and two of his poems nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and two nominated for Best of the Net. His poetry is rooted in the natural, and finds its heart exploring the deeply personal relationship between humans and their external and internal environments, examining mental health and identity, climate change, colonialism, and the constantly-evolving puzzle of how to navigate through the anthropocene as a decent human animal. He co-edits at Ice Floe Press and is a poetry contributing editor at Barren Magazine. His debut collection The Water Engine was published by Femme Salve Books, an imprint of Animal Heart Press.
Follow him on Twitter @SeaGoatScreams and on Facebook @AnkhSpiceSeaGoatScreamsPoetry
Soundcloud poetry readings: https://soundcloud.com/user-448322296
To buy a copy of The Water Engine go to Femme Salve Books https://femmesalvebooks.net/the-water-engine-by-ankh-spice/
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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 arriving on the 17th Jan 2022 which will be followed by 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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