Eat the Storms – The Christmas Episode 2021- Season 4

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This episode aired first on Saturday 18th December 2021. The guests are listed below. Produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly.

Adele Cordner

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

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Paul Adam Short

Paul Adam Short lives in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. The North East of England is a major influence on Paul’s writing, especially the multitude of varying landscapes, history, culture and industrial working-class heritage. Paul has been published online in Flight of The Dragonfly’s Third Issue of Flights, Stymie Magazine, The Daily Drunk Mag, Dark Poets Club, came third in a micro-poetry competition held by Black Bough poems and won the April 2021 ‘Press 53’ 53-Word Story Contest. He’s currently finalising his chapbook based on his youth and a crime novel. Every day in December up until the 24th, he is releasing a new haiku, on his website, as an alternative advent calendar.

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Find out more about Paul via his website

Marion Clarke

Marion Clarke is a writer and artist from Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. She has been studying and writing short form poetry for over a decade.  Her work—which includes the forms haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka and haiga—has been published in numerous international journals dedicated to these forms, in addition to mainstream literary journals. 

Marion’s short film ‘Time Slip’ was recently produced for the International Page and Stage event “From Opposite Corners of the Earth 4”. It features Marion’s artwork and a haibun—a literary form originating in Japan that combines prose and haiku. ‘Time Slip’ was first published in the journal Drifting Sands.

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Find out more about Marion via her website

Read some of Marion’s Haiku at

Amantine Brodeur

Amantine Brodeur’s poetry and fiction has appeared numerous online and print journals, among these, in paragraphplanet, December 2019Deep Time, Volume One2020, published by Black Bough Poetry, iamb- quarterly journal and poet librarywave three, summer 2020Pink Plastic House JournalJuly, August 2020, and in theonline and print anthology 100 Words of Solitude, edited by Philippa and Simon Holloway and published by Rare Swan Press 2021. In The Scattering of Tongues, Beckettian Women in Four Acts is featured in Thrice FictionVolume 2, Issue No 1, December 2020. alongside Ann Bogle, Eckhard Gerdes and Franny Forsman. Her piece Solitude is part of the Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast featuring the 100 Words of Solitude project edited by Philippa and Simon Holloway, directed, and produced in the UK by Chris Gregory. Numbered, Limited Edition and softcover published by Rare Swan Press in 2021. Falling Slowly is published by Book Hub Publishing and was released in November 2021. Forthcoming projects are still secretly under wraps…

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Order Falling Slowly here

Mark Antony Owen is on Twitter at and runs Iambapoet

Listen to Amantine on iamb here

Marcelle Newbold is on Twitter at

Listen to Marcelle reading on Iambapoet at

Wendy Allen

Wendy Allen’s first pamphlet came out in September as a legitimate snack from Broken Sleep. She had been published in Northern Gravy, Atrium, Damnation, Dear Reader and Poetry Wales. She is studying for an MA at Oxford Brookes. 

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Thomas McColl

Thomas McColl lives in London. He’s had poems published in magazines such as Envoi, Iota, Prole, Riggwelter, Atrium, London Grip and Ink, Sweat & Tears, His first collection of poetry, Being With Me Will Help You Learn, was published in 2016 by Listen Softly London Press. One of the poems from the book, The Chalk Fairy, was subsequently included in the Shoestring Press anthology, Poems for Jeremy Corbyn, and ended up getting quoted in the Evening Standard. He’s read and performed his poetry at many events in London and beyond -including Celine’s Salon, The Quiet Compere, Birkbeck Writer’s Room and Newham Word Festival – and has been featured on East London Radio, Wandsworth Radio and TV’s London Live. Grenade Genie published by  Fly on the Wall Press from which he read Security Pass, The Phoney War and Literal Library on this episode.

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Find out more about Thomas at his website

You can buy Grenade Genie here…

MS Evans

M.S. Evans is a Pushcart nominated poet and visual artist. Originally from Seattle, she currently resides in Butte, Montana. Her work has appeared in Ice Floe Press, Black Bough Poetry, Green Ink, Anti-Heroin Chic, Fevers of the Mind, and Feral, among others. Evans is currently at work on her first book. 

Follow MS Evans on Twitter at Twitter and Instagram @seanettleart

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 (upcoming). In the Jitterfritz on Neon, her poetry pamphlet co-written by Damien B. Donnelly with be published on the 20th January 2022 by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

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Matthew MC Smith

Matthew MC Smith is a writer from Swansea. He is a Best of the Net nominated poet, and his work has featured in The Broken Spine Artist CollectiveAnti-Heroin ChicBarren MagazineThe Lonely Crowd, and Seventh Quarry Press. Matthew is also the editor of Black Bough Poetry and the organiser of #TopTweetTuesday which encourages poets the world over to share their work on Twitter. In 2020, Black Bough’s Deep Time 1 and Deep Time 2 held the top two positions on Amazon’s poetry chart. His collection Origins 21 Poems was published in 2018 and is available on Amazon. His Black Bough Anthonogies include Crhsitmas and Winter Edition Vol 1 and Vol 2, along with Deep Time Vol 1 and 2 and Dark Confessions and Freedom Rapture, two anthologies inspired by Jim Missions.

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Find out more about Black Bough at

You can buy Origins 21 Poems at

Rhona Greene

Rhona Greene is a Dubliner mad about the arts, wild about nature and besotted with poetry reading and boosting poets on social media. She is thrilled that her first two publications are with Black Bough Poetry.

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Mairead Carroll

Mairead Carroll is a Singer/songwriter, Fiddle player and poet. She is currently working on her first Ep and poetry collection.

You can follow her on Twitter and on Instagram at @maireadcarroll12 and she would love to share her journey with you there.

Jude Marr

Jude Marr is a nonbinary poet who writes to survive. Originally from Scotland, Jude lived in the United States for the last ten years but is now back in the United Kingdom. They have an MFA from Georgia College in Milledgeville, a Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and worked for Florida State University as Director of the Reading-Writing Center and Digital Studio. Jude’s first full-length collection We Know Each Other By our Wounds came out in November, 2020 from Animal Heart Press and they also have a chapbook, Breakfast for the Birds (FLP, 2017). Jude’s work has appeared in many journals, including The Cortland ReviewCherry Tree, and ONE Magazine, and their poem “To the Man Who Left a Jar of Bees at the Bookstore” was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor lives in North Devon, England, surrounded by mud and apple trees.  Age and experience have taught her that having fun is more important than being cool. She swims all year round, tends her orchard and reads far too much. Her poems have been published by a number of presses, including Black Bough and Irisi magazine, Hencroft Hub and Spelt Magazine. Follow Sarah on Twitter or on her website for her Advent Poetry Calendar.

Sarah is on Twitter at 

Find out more about Sarah her website

She is a regular host of dVerse

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Christmas & Winter Edition Vol 2 is now available at your nearest and friendliest Amazon published by Black Bough Poetry and you can find out more about Black Bough here

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 and instagram at @damiboy

You can follow him and buy his Eat the Storms debut pamphlet and his Stickleback micro collection at is website

Backing music for Eat the Storms is from Purple Planet Royalty Free Music, with thanks…

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Published by deuxiemepeau

Published poet, writer, baker and former fashion maker, with footprints in Paris, London and Amsterdam but currently back home in Dublin with sights aimed at leaving a mark on the West coast one clear fine day...

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