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This special episode aired first on Saturday 22nd January 2022 and it was a celebration of Conversational Poetry Pamphlets. The guests were Dawn Gorman & Rosie Jackson, Amina Alyal & Oz Hardwick, Kerry Darbishire & Kelly Davis, Patricia M Osborne & Maureen Cullen, Eilín de Paor & host and producer of Eat the Storms, Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…
Dawn Gorman & Rosie Jackson
Dawn Gorman is an award-winning poet, creative writing tutor and mentor, who works with poetry in therapeutic settings, including ‘positive thinking’ creative writing workshops for Frome Community Education. She is Poetry Editor of Caduceus magazine, presents The Poetry Place monthly poetry radio show on West Wilts Radio, and runs the poetry reading series Words & Ears in Bradford on Avon. She collaborates widely – her work has been turned into a symphony, films, porcelain artworks and dance. Her four poetry books include two Pushcart Prize-nominated pamphlets – This Meeting of Tracks, published in the four-poet collection Mend & Hone (Toadlily Press, 2013), and Aloneness is a Many-Headed Bird (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2020), a conversation in poetry with Rosie Jackson.
Dawn is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dawngormanpoet
Follow Dawn at her website http://www.dawngorman.co.uk/
Rosie Jackson has a background in teaching and therapy and has run writing workshops in universities, communities and health care settings, including Skyros, Cortijo Romero, Ammerdown, summer schools, online and Dorchester Hospital. Her poetry has won numerous prizes including 1st prize Teignmouth 2021, 3rd prize Hippocrates 2020, 1st prize Poetry Space 2019, 1st prize Wells 2018, 1st prize Stanley Spencer 2017. Publications include The Light Box (2016), The Glass Mother: A Memoir (2016), Light Makes it Easy (2021). As well as collaborating with Dawn, she co-wrote with the late Graham Burchell Two Girls and a Beehive: Poems about Stanley Spencer and Hilda Carline (2020), has worked with sculptor Andrew Whittle, artists, photographers and film-makers, and is currently working with Frome composer Helen Ottoway on a Requiem which will address our personal and global losses.
Follow Rosie on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_rosiejackson
Follow Rosie at her website http://www.rosiejackson.org.uk/
For more information about Aloneness is a Many Headed Bird check out The Hedgehog Poetry Press https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/product/aloneness-is-a-many-headed-bird-rosie-jack-son-dawn-gorman-print-edition/
Amina Alyal & Oz Hardwick
Amina Alyal has published poetry collections The Ordinariness of Parrots (Stairwell Books, 2015) and Season of Myths (Wordspace/Indigo Dreams, 2016), and has appeared in a number of journals and magazines, including The House in the Forest (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2020). She teaches Creative Writing and English at Leeds Trinity University and has also published scholarly research, specialising in Renaissance and Victorian literature. She was editor of Dream Catcher magazine in 2020. OZ HARDWICK has published nine full poetry collections and chapbooks, most recently Wolf Planet (Hedgehog, 2020), as well as countless individual poems in journals and anthologies. He has performed and held residencies in the UK, US, Europe and Australia. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University and has also published widely on medieval art and literature, and on medievalism. AMINA and OZ are members of the group The Forgotten Works with musician Karl Baxter, performing music and poetry shows at a number of festivals, including online, since 2018.
Find out more about Amina at Stairwell Books https://www.stairwellbooks.co.uk/authors/amina-alyal/
Oz Hardwick has published nine full poetry collections and chapbooks, most recently Wolf Planet (Hedgehog, 2020), as well as countless individual poems in journals and anthologies. He has performed and held residencies in the UK, US, Europe and Australia. He teaches Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University and has also published widely on medieval art and literature, and on medievalism.
Amina and Oz are members of the group The Forgotten Works with musician Karl Baxter, performing music and poetry shows at a number of festivals, including online, since 2018.
Find out more about Oz at is website https://ozhardwick.co.uk/
For more information about their pamphlet The Still and Fleeting Fire check out The Hedgehog Poetry Press https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/product/the-still-and-fleeting-fire-amina-and-oz-print-edition/
Kerry Darbishire & Kelly Davis
Kerry Darbishire lives in Cumbria where most of her poetry is rooted. After her mentorship with Judy Brown in 2013, her first collection: A Lift of Wings was published in2014 followed by Distance Sweet on my Tongue in 2018 with Indigo Dreams Her biography Kay’s Ark was published by Handstand Press in 2016. Her pamphlets A Window of Passing Light with Dempsey & Windle October 2021, and Glory Days – a collaboration with poet Kelly Davis, was also published in October 2021 by Grey Hen Press. Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies and magazines including Mslexia, Artemis, Envoi, Birmingham Journal. She has won and been highly commended in several competitions. Her poems were performed by The Cumbria Opera Group’s Lakeland Cycle in September 2021. She regularly reads via zoom at poetry festivals and open mics. Kerry’s third collection (joint winner of the Full Fat Collection) will be published by Hedgehog Press in Spring 2022.
Follow Kerry on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KerryDarbishire
For Kerry’s books…
Biography: Kay’s Ark – Handstand Press
Kelly Davis was born in London, studied English Literature at Oxford, and worked for Penguin, Longman and BBC Books in the 1980s. She moved to West Cumbria in 1989, where she works from home as a freelance editor. She has had poems published in many anthologies and in magazines, including Mslexia, Magma, The Journal, Southlight and Shooter. She won a Magma subscribers’ competition in 2018 and came second in the 2021 Borderlines Poetry Competition. She has twice been shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and she appears in the Best New British and Irish Poets 2019–2021 anthology (Black Spring Press). In 2021 she was longlisted for the Erbacce Prize for Poetry and selected for a series of funded workshops with Kim Moore for Emerging Northwest Poets. She thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Kerry Darbishire on their recent poetry pamphlet Glory Days (Hen Run, 2021).
Follow Kelly at her website https://www.kellydavis.co.uk/
Kelly is on Instagram at @kellyc.davis
Their pamphlet Glory Days is available via https://www.greyhenpress.com/hen-run/
Patricia M Osborne & Maureen Cullen
Patricia M Osborne is married with grown-up children and grandchildren and lives in West Sussex. In 2019 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing. She is a published novelist, poet and short story writer. Her short stories and poems have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies and the final instalment of her House of Grace family saga trilogy was published March 2021. Taxus Baccata and The Montefiore Bride (Poetry pamphlets) were published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press 2020.
She has a successful blog at Whitewingsbooks.com where she features other writers and poets. When Patricia isn’t working on her own writing, she enjoys sharing her knowledge, acting as a mentor to fellow writers.
Follow Patricia on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PMOsborneWriter
Follow Patricia at her website https://whitewingsbooks.com/
Maureen Cullen was born in West Dunbartonshire and now lives in Argyll and Bute. She is a retired social worker who specialised in fostering and adoption. In 2015, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University where she studied poetry and short fiction. She has been shortlisted in various competitions, including The Fish Short Story Prize and The Bristol Short Story Prize. In 2016, she was published by Nine Arches Press, along with three other poets, in Primers 1. She has poetry published in a range of magazines, including Shooter and The Interpreter’s House. Her current project is a collection of linked short stories based in a fictional town in the West of Scotland.
For more information about their pamphlet Sherry and Sparky https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/product/sherry-and-sparkly-mareen-cullen-patricia-m-osborne-print-edition/
Eilín de Paor & Damien B. Donnelly
Eilín de Paor lives in Dublin with her husband, two boys and their dog. She works in a service for people with intellectual disabilities and has recently begun studying towards a PhD. Her poems have appeared in Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Stony Thursday Book, The Waxed Lemon, The Bangor Literary Journal, Abridged, An Capall Dorcha and Dedalus Press’ Local Wonders Anthology, among other publications.
Find out more about Eilín at Linktree: www.linktr.ee/edepaor
Follow Eilín on Twitter at https://twitter.com/edepaor
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/
In the Jitterfritz of Neon, a conversational poetry pamphlet
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