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This episode aired first on Saturday 1th January 2022. The guests were Daniel McCosh, Nora Blascsok, Mike Gordon, Margaret Viboolsittiseri and Polly Oliver, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…
Daniel McCosh writes poems in Bavaria, Germany and enjoys exploring the lakes, forests and mountains when he is not writing, tinkering with typewriters or making experimental electronic music. Seldom Croak the Hawk is Daniel’s latest collections of poems that sets out to find joy in diversity in the human world and among nature. His previous publications include Escaping, Ausgang, Dream Catcher, Da Capo and Aspire. In January 2021, Daniel joined the Poetry Society Stanza for Germany, where he is proud to contribute to a caring and constructive community of poets and will be co-editing the group’s anthology. Daniel’s poetry has been published by Dreich, Sarasvati Magazine and Beautiful Dragons. Daniel is also a translator from German into English and works in higher education.
Follow Daniel on Twitter at https://twitter.com/daniel_mccosh
Find more about Daniel on his website on www.danielmccosh.com
Nora Blascsok is a Hungarian poet based in the UK. Her most recent poems can be found in Atrium, Acumen, Selcouth Station and has work forthcoming in the Broken Sleep Books ecopoetry anthology. A selection of Nora’s poems titled ‘Headspace’ was published by Broken Sleep Books imprint Legitimate Snack in September 2021. Her first full pamphlet will be out with BSB in June 2022.
Follow Nora on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NBlascsok and on Instagram at @brighton_indoors
Mike Gordon is 73. He and his wife, Penny, have lived in London for the last 42 years. He has three grown up stepsons, a daughter-in-law, and one grandson, a young man, whom for the last 13 years, “has kept the sun in our eyes”. He was the inspiration for the poem “The Vanishing Point”. Since childhood he has been writing and “collecting” words, poems, aphorisms, quotes, haiku. All are words. They have offered and given to him, a perspective of the world around him. His sole criteria for choosing the words for The Walking Bird has been if he felt that they still resonate today. These thoughts, prompted by ideas, places, relationships and humour, the prerequisite to everyday living, can and do only reflect one person’s life. The desire is that they will contribute to what we share in common. They are his attempt at making simple that which, at times, seems complex.
Follow Mike on Twitter at https://twitter.com/IamMike_Gordon
You can buy The Waking Bird on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/walkingbird-collectedwords/dp/1527294676
Margaret Viboolsittiseri uses the pen name Maggs Vibo. She experiments in print, broadcast, special events, glitch media, and online.
Follow Maggs on Twitter at https://twitter.com/maggsvibo
Find out more about Maggs at her website: maggsvibo.com
Polly Oliver is a Broadcast Journalist and Communications freelancer from Wales. She has two children for whom she finds herself both mother and PA, and a needy cat. She writes poetry in the rare between spaces, when inspiration and time come together. Polly only started writing poetry in the last few years when her voice began to fledge and when she was inspired by the atmosphere and quality of work at local open mic nights in Swansea. She has been published online by Black Bough Poetry, The Tide Rises, Falls, Wombwell Rainbow and Spillwords, and is pushcart nominated. Most recently she was the featured writer in the “Silver Branch” series by Black Bough Poems.
Follow Polly on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PollyOl83109005
Read Shipwrecked by Polly at The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls https://www.thetiderises.org/read/shipwrecked
Read Polly’s work as featured Silver Branch artist at Black Bough https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/polly-oliver
Immersed in Blue, poetry collection launch for Margaret Royall
An Evening Poetry Launch with Margaret Royall and Friends. Margaret Royall will read from her new book along with host Damien B Donnelly and guests Kerry Darbishire + Kelly Davis, Patricia M Osborne + Brian McManus, Steve Cawte, Jo Weston, Paul Brookes and Simon Royall. Immersed in Blue is published by Steve Cawte for Impspired. Sunday 9th Jan at 7pm GMT
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/
Backing music for Eat the Storms is from Purple Planet Royalty Free Music, with thanks…
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