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This episode aired first on Saturday 8th January 2022. The guests were Darren Donohue, Arden Hunter, David Nash, Margaret Royall, Neil Fox and Amanda McLeod, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…
Darren Donohue is a poet and playwright living in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny. His poetry is widely published in journals and newspapers including Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, Irish Times, Sunday Independent, Banshee Press, Strokestown Poetry Anthology, The Blue Nib, Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Dedalus Press (Anthology, Local Wonders), The Sea (Anthology, Rebel Poetry), fathers and what must be said (Anthology, Rebel Poetry), Pandemic.ie, Sixteen Magazine, The Universe Inside (Anthology, Poehemian Press), Poeming Pigeons (Anthology, The Poetry Box), Miracle, Poems of Adventure (Anthology, edited by Jessica Clark and Stephanie Hanson), Kilkenny People, Poetry Ireland (A Bowl of Mysteries).
His work was nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award in 2012, 2014, 2017, 2020 and he received the Dennis O’Driscoll Literary Award, 2020. Darren was writer-in-residence at Carlow College, St Patrick’s, 2019, and the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, 2020.
His debut poetry collection titled; Secret Poets will be published by Turas Press in April, 2022.
Follow Darren on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DarrenDonohue1
Arden Hunter is originally from the UK but they currently lives in Indonesia. They are an aroace agender writer, artist and performer. With an eclectic range of interests from the horrific to the whimsical, the theme tying all of their work together is an inexplicable and unconditional love of the ridiculous beast that is called ‘human’. They write poetry, flash fiction, short stories and are currently working on their first novel, ‘Wilde Haven.’ Arden also likes to mess around with form, experimenting with erasure poetry, audio poetry, collage, found and digital visual poetry. Arden is entirely self-taught.
Arden is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HunterArden
Follow Arden at their website ardenhunter.com
David Nash is a poet and writer from County Cork, Ireland, who lives and works between Europe and Chile. His poetry has appeared in various publications such as The White Review, The Stinging Fly, and Pilot Press’ Queer Anthologies series, and he has won several awards, being the first poet to win Goldsmiths’ Pat Kavanagh Prize. His art texts have appeared in numerous exhibitions and art books thoughout the UK and Ireland, most recently for Wolfgang Tillmans at IMMA. His first children’s book, Bajo Mis Pies, was released in Latin America in 2020, as did two translations of books on the social and cultural history of Chile. He writes a column for Harper’s Bazaar Korea, and other essays have appeared in Elle and the Irish Times. A book of poems written during lockdown is forthcoming in 2022/3, as is another children’s book in Spanish.
Follow David on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidofNash
Follow David at his wesbite https://davidnash.ie/
Neil J. Fox is a poetry writer that has been featured on the Amazon UK Poetry Best Seller chart with his debut poetry collection Dreamland, Somewhere Else in 2019 and most recently in 2021 at the number 2 spot on the Inspiration Poetry Chart behind Amanda Gorman’s The Hill We Climb. A native of the West of Ireland, he has always been involved and interested in art and its many forms, coming from a creative family. Having emigrated to the United States twice, Neil has experienced what is widely considered “The American Dream”, having resided in Los Angeles and New York, and is a significant inspiration behind his poetry collections.
Follow Neil on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bruthaniall
Link to Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neil-Fox/e/B07ST9TFV3?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000
Amanda McLeod is an Australian author, poet, and artist. She is the author of flash fiction collection Animal Behaviour (Chaffinch Press, 2020) and has poetry and fiction published in many places both in print and online. Amanda won the Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award and the Australian Writers Centre Furious Fiction monthly contest in 2018, and is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. A lover of good coffee and quiet places, she spends as much time outside as she can.
Follow Amanda on at https://twitter.com/AmandaMWrites and Instagram @AmandaMWrites
Follow Amanda on her website at AmandaMcLeodWrites.com
For more info about Amanda and her writing check out https://linktr.ee/AmandaMcLeod
Margaret Royall has enjoyed several careers as a modern languages teacher, colour and image consultant, aura-soma practitioner, holistic stress manager, freelance languages for business tutor and finally in retirement has settled into becoming a poet and memoirist.
She has been widely published in journals and online, has won or been shortlisted for several poetry competitions including a Laurel Prize nomination and has five publications to her name. This one, her sixth, Immersed in Blue,is a travelogue-cum-journal of poetry and prose documenting her nine years of writing on retreat on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Iona under the tutelage of author and poet Angela Locke MA and David William Clemson.
Margaret is a cat lover and francophile. She lives in a quaint listed cottage by the river Trent in Nottinghamshire, where she leads a women’s poetry group. She is a regular performer at open mic evenings on and offline. Currently she is in the throes of writing a first novel but admits that poetry comes more easily to her.
Follow Margaret on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RoyallMargaret
Follow Margaret at her website https://margaretroyall.com/
See Upcoming Events for the launch of Margaret’s collection Immersed in Blue
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
In the Jitterfritz of Neon, a conversational poetry pamphlet
Pre-sales are now open for In the Jitterfritz of Neon, a conversational poetry pamphlet by Eilín de Paor and Damien B Donnelly published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press…
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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