Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Poetry Day Ireland 2022

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, CastBox, iTunes, Podbean, Podcast Addicts and many more platforms.

This episode first airs on Thursday 28th April 2022 from 5pm GMT. Produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly, below are details and links to all the guest stars…

Jen Herron – County Antrim

Jen Herron won the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2022. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Honest Ulsterman, Poetry Jukebox, Lumpen Magazine and BBC Radio Ulster. She lives in Larne, County Antrim. 

Follow Jen on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_jenherron

Rad an interview with Jen at The Monthly from Cap https://www.capartscentre.com/2022/03/the-weekly-talks-with-jen-herron-winner-of-the-seamus-heaney-award-for-new-writing-2022/

Glen Wilson – County Armagh

Glen Wilson is a multi-award winning Poet from Portadown. He won the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing  in 2017, the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Award in 2018, the Trim Poetry competition in 2019, the Padraic Fallon Poetry competition and Slipstream Open Poetry competition in 2021. His poetry collection An Experience on the Tongue is available with Doire Press. 

Follow Glen on Twitter at https://twitter.com/glenhswilson

An Experience on the Tongue is available from Doire Press at https://www.doirepress.com/bookstore/poetry/

Find out more about Glen at his website https://glenwilsonpoetry.wordpress.com/

Simon Lewis – County Carlow

Simon Lewis’ first collection, Jewtown, published by Doire Press, was a finalist in the Shine/Strong Award in 2017.  He was the winner of the Hennessy Prize and runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2015. His second collection Ah, Men! was published in 2019. Both books are available in all good independent book shops or directly from Doire Press.

Follow Simon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/simonmlewis

Find out more about Simon at his website http://simonlewis.ie/

Listen to Simon’s podcast at http://anseo.net/

You can buy Simon’s collections at Doire Press https://www.doirepress.com/writers/simon-lewis

Fidel Hogan Walsh – County Cavan

Fidel Hogan Walsh a native of Dublin now living in Cavan has written and performed her poetry to a wide audience. Fidel’s first collection of poems ‘Living with Love’ was launched on the 8th February 2020. Her second collection of poetry ‘Time‘ in collaboration with conceptual photographer Julie Corcoran, launched on Culture Night 2020 on the 18th September from Bailieborough Courthouse. Time was named in the top 10 non-fiction of 2020 by Dublin City Libraries.

Appearances: Her poem ‘2020, Memories’ was published 12th May 2020 Pendemic.ie online literary magazine. Two of Fidel’s poems have been selected for ‘Poetry Town — Pocket Poems’ booklet 2021 September 2021 Guest poet at Poetry Town – Poetry Ireland, Bailieborough. 29th April 2021 guest poet on The Artist Room, Iontas Theatre, Monaghan. Guest poet on Eat the Storms Podcast for National Poetry Day October 2020, the Christmas Special, December 2020 and Valentine’s Special 13th February 2021 for Season 2. 16th October 2020 – Inaugural Winner of the Enlighten Prize by Hambly & Hambly, Enniskillen with her poem ‘What Peace Feels Like’, and again in September 2021 with her poem ‘for you’. She has performed at Intercollective (Dublin), during Poetry Day Ireland 2019, Heritage Week, The Next Chapter, Monaghan Arts Network, Culture Night and at ‘A Haunting’, a theatrical event organised by Bailieborough Creative Hub of which Fidel is a founding member. Imagine: Arts Unlocked at Hambly & Hambly Dunbar House, Enniskillen and ‘Culture by Candlelight’ with Fermanagh Omagh Arts Office.

She has also been involved in two Cross Border Peace IV Projects and has written poems for both, ‘Peaceful Photography’ August 2019 Bailieborough Development Association and Dungannon & Cookstown Camera Club funded by Peace IV and SEUBP and ‘Empowering Women’, Next Chapter.

Follow Fidel on Twitter https://twitter.com/dragonslayerma and Instagram at @dragonslayerma

Fidel is on Facebook at fidelhoganwalsh

You can buy both Living with Love and Time here http://eprint.ie/shop/Time

Grace Wells – County Clare

Grace Wells is an award-winning eco-poet and environmental writing currently celebrating the launch of her third collection of poems ‘The Church of the Love of the World’, (Dedalus Press, 2022). Nature, spirit-of-place and ecological concern have been large themes in writing since the publication of her debut children’s novel ‘Gyrfalcon’ which was a Bisto Prize winner, and an International White Ravens’ Choice. She lives in Ennistymon, County Clare.

Find out more about Grace at her website https://www.gracewellslittlesanctuary.com/447860082

Matthew Geden – County Cork

Matthew Geden is a poet living in Kinsale, Co Cork. He has been widely published throughout Ireland and abroad and his collections include Swimming to Albania (Bradshaw Books, 2009), The Place Inside (Dedalus Press, 2012) and Fruit (SurVision Books, 2020). A new collection is forthcoming from Doire Press in the autumn of 2022. He was Writer in Residence for Nanjing Literature Centre, China in 2019 and is currently Writer in Residence for Cork County Library and Arts Service.

Writer in Residence for Cork County Library and Arts Service
https://corkcountywriterinresidence.wordpress.com/blog/

The Place Inside is available from Dedalus Press https://www.dedaluspress.com/authors/geden-matthew/

Kendra Reynolds – County Derry

Kendra Reynolds is an international literature academic, Arts Council of Northern Ireland-funded poet, and former Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Tulsa Community College and the University of Tulsa, Kendra is currently working as Research Associate in Literature for The Verbal in Derry, Northern Ireland. Whilst she has won multiple awards for her academic writing and research, Kendra turned to creative writing, particularly poetry, after completing her PhD at Ulster University in 2018. Her poetry is therefore heavily based on the feminist and literary theories that make up her academic research and often revolves around the themes of identity, empowerment, boundaries, magical-realism, social change, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and ‘otherness’. She is currently editing her debut full-length collection of poetry. Kendra has individual poems published in various journals and anthologies, including The Bangor Literary Journal (2019); The Paperclip (2019); The Honest Ulsterman (2018); North Star: An Anthology of Literature by Northern Irish Women (2020); and Leschenault Press’ new anthology Forgiveness is the Hardest Thing (2022).

Follow Kendra on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Dr_K_Reynolds

Forgiveness is the Hardest Thing is available widely including Foyles https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/forgiveness-is-the-hardest-thing-a,leschenault-press-9781922670373

Lorraine Carey – County Donegal

Lorraine Carey’s from Greencastle, Donegal. Widely published in anthologies and journals, her poems feature in The Stony Thursday Book, Gyroscope Review, Orbis, Prole, Poetry Ireland Review, Bindweed, Ink Sweat &Tears, One, The High Window, Rust+Moth, Vita Brevis, One Hand Clapping, Abridged, The Honest Ulsterman, Poetry Birmingham, Epoque Press and Atrium among others. Her art and photography have appeared in Barren, Olentangy Review, Skylight 47, North West Words and Three Drops From A Cauldron. Runner up in both Trocaire Poetry Ireland and The Blue Nib Chapbook Competitions 2017, she was shortlisted for The Allingham Prize (2019, 2020 and 2021) Longlisted in The National Poetry Competition 2019, she’s working on a second collection. Her debut, From Doll House Windows was published by Revival Press in 2017. She now lives in Fenit, Co. Kerry.

Follow Lorraine on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lcarey73

Lorraine is on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lorrainecareypoetry/?hl=en

Read more from Lorraine at The High Window https://thehighwindowpress.com/2021/03/08/the-high-window-issue-21-spring-2021/#Lorraine%20Carey

Amy Louise Wyatt – County Down

Amy Louise Wyatt is a poet, artist and lecturer from Bangor in Northern Ireland. She edits The Bangor Literary Journal. Amy was shortlisted for The Seamus Heaney Award in 2018 and 2020; won The inaugural Poetrygram Prize and The 2021 Waterways Poetry Competition. She recently completed her MA in Creative Writing and has been nominated for both a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award. ‘A Language I Understand’ is her debut poetry pamphlet published by Indigo Dreams. Amy is working on her first full poetry collection.

Follow Amy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/amywyattpoet

Find out more about Amy at her website https://amylouisewyatt.com

A language I Understand is available here… https://amylouisewyatt.com/books/

Eilín de Paor – County Dublin

Eilín de Paor lives in Dublin. She works in services for people with disabilities and is studying towards a PhD in that field. Her poems have appeared in The Stony Thursday Book, The Waxed Lemon, Abridged, An Capall Dorcha, The Raleigh Review and Dedalus Press’ Local Wonders Anthology, among others. Her debut pamphlet, ‘In the Jitterfritz of Neon’, a collaboration with Damien B. Donnelly, was recently published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

Follow Eilín on Twitter at https://twitter.com/edepaor

Eilín is on Linktree at https://linktr.ee/edepaor

In the JItterfritz of Neon is available at https://deuxiemepeaupoetry.com/book-shop-in-the-jitterfritz-of-neon/

Trish Bennet – County Fermanagh

Trish Bennett grew up on the border in Leitrim during the Troubles. She worked as an engineer for years before beginning to write and perform. She writes poetry and memoir about the landscape of her people and the antics of her family and other creatures. 
Bennett’s won The Leitrim Guardian Literary Award for Poetry twice. In 2021, she received a Poetry Ireland Poetry Town Bursary, was a Winner in the Dedalus Press Local Wonders Poetry Postcard Competition, Runner-Up in the New Roscommon Writing Award and was listed or placed in several others including, The National Poetry Competition, Mslexia, Allingham, Trim, Mono, and The Bangor Literary Journal. 

She’s widely published in print and online. In 2019, she received an Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP Award. Hedgehog Poetry Press published her micro-pamphlet,Borderlines. She’s currently working on her debut poetry collection. 

Bennett loves to connect through her words. She was an invited performer at numerous events in Ireland and the UK including, The London Irish Centre, Cúirt Spoken Word Platform, North West Words Culture night, The Poetry Programme on RTÉ, and BBC Radio Ulster. 

Follow Trish on Twitter at https://twitter.com/baabennett

For more details, performance videos and social media links, see trishbennettwriter.com 

Luke Morgan – County Galway

Luke Morgan’s second collection, “Beast”, is published by Arlen House 2022. His debut, “Honest Walls”, was published in 2016. He has published work in Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, the Irish Independent among others. As well as poetry, he is also an award-winning filmmaker and theatre director. He lives in Galway.

Follow Luke on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LukeMorganPoet

Find out more about the Morgan Brothers at http://www.morgancreative.org/

Ciarán O’Rourke – County Leitrim

Ciarán O’Rourke is an Irish poet. His first collection, The Buried Breath, was highly commended by the Forward Foundation for Poetry in 2019, and his second collection, Phantom Gang, is forthcoming from The Irish Pages Press. His extended essay on the work William Carlos Williams, American Epic: On Paterson, is available as a pamphlet from Beir Bua Press.

Ciarán is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/corourke91

The Buried Breath is available at The Irish Pages https://irishpages.org/product/the-buried-breath-by-ciaran-orourke/

For information on Ciarán’s upcoming Beir Bua launch check out https://beirbuapress.com/events/

Island’s Edge was founded by Ciarán in 2018 as a place for poets in Ireland to share their thoughts about their work and craft https://www.islandsedgepoetry.net/

Leanne Quinn – County Louth

Leeanne Quinn’s debut collection of poetry, Before You, was published by Dedalus Press in 2012 and highly commended in the Forward Prize for Poetry 2013. Her second collection, Some Lives, was published in 2020 and noted as a Book of the Year by The Irish Times and The Irish Independent. Her poems have been widely anthologised, appearing in The Forward Book of Poetry 2013, Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916, Hold Open the Door: A Commemorative Anthology from The Ireland Chair of Poetry, and Queering The Green: Post-2000 Queer Irish Poetry. Originally from Drogheda, Co. Louth, she now lives in Munich, Germany.

Follow Leanne on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Leeanne_Quinn_

Some Lives is available at Dedalus Press https://www.dedaluspress.com/product/some-lives/

Queering the Green is available from Lifeboat Press https://lifeboatpress.com/queering-the-green-1/queering-the-green

Arthur Broomfield– County Laois

Dr Arthur Broomfield is a poet, short story writer and Beckett scholar from County Laois. His current collection is Ireland Calling. Revival Press. Arthur is poet laurate of Mountmellick.

Follow Arthur on Twitter at https://twitter.com/youdontmakemesc

Follow Arthur at https://twitter.com/youdontmakemesc

For more on Arthur check out Poetry Ireland https://www.poetryireland.ie/poetry-town/mountmellick/town-details/poet-laureate

Eoin Devereux – County Limerick

Eoin Devereux is a writer from Limerick City, Ireland. He co-writes and co-performs The Cedarwood Chronicles with Gavin Friday on U2 X-Radio which is broadcast monthly in the USA and Canada on the Sirius Platform.

Currently completing his first poetry collection, Eoin’s poetry and short fiction has been published The Irish Times; Janus Literary Magazine; The Stony Thursday Book, Southwords;  The Poetry Bus; HCE Review and broadcast by RTE’s The Poetry Programme, The Bookshow on One and Sunday Miscellany. 

A professor by day, Eoin leads the module Creative Writing In The Community on University of Limerick’s MA in Creative Writing. As an academic, he has published widely on media and music, most notably on David Bowie, Joy Division and Morrissey.  He has also written detailed sleevenote essays for the re-issued versions of The Cranberries albums ‘Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?’ and ‘No Need To Argue.’  

He is the curator of April Is The Cruellest Month  – a poetry broadsheet for National Poetry Day featuring work by Denise Chaila, Donal Ryan, Emily Cullen, Kerrie O’Brien and many more. 

https://www.ul.ie/artsoc/news-centre/events/limerick-writers-centre-april-cruellest-month

Follow Eoin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ProfDevereux

and for the Centre for the Study of Popular Music and Popular Culture, University of Limerick follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CSPMPCatUL

Patrick DexterSpecial Musical Guest

Patrick Dexter is a globally-renowned cellist from Ireland. Though Patrick spent much of youth in Dublin, he now lives in a tiny stone cottage in County Mayo with his wife and daughter, surrounded by immense amounts of nature. The remoteness provided both solace from the business of city life and excellent fodder for writing music. During the Coronavirus lockdown, Patrick developed a habit of practicing the cello outside. One day, he posted a video of himself online, and the Internet took the wheel (as it tends to do).

His performances started to rack up millions of views, and messages from people all over the world who had taken comfort in his rich, expansive playing flooded in. He was invited to do a talk on the healing power of music for TEDX Stormont, and his virtuosic arrangements of classical, traditional Irish folk and contemporary pop music saw him skyrocket to international notoriety, all while he wasn’t allowed more than 5 kilometres from his front door.

Patrick released his debut album, Solace, in April 2022. Exploring themes of home, the natural world, and the dichotomy of despair and joy found in both the landscape of the west of Ireland and the sonic depth of the cello (one of classical music’s most arresting instruments), Solace weaves through a complex and fascinating history of traditional Irish music, as well as Patrick’s own personal history. It’s a vast, accomplished, and incredibly life-affirming body of work that comes during one of the darkest moments in human history, from an artist who has much more to offer.

Follow Patrick on Twitter at https://twitter.com/patrickdextervc

Find out all about Patrick at his website https://patrickdexter.com/

For where to buy Solace, his debut album, check out Linktree https://linktr.ee/Patrickdexter

Edward Denniston – County Longford

Edward Denniston,  a retired teacher of English and Drama, was born and grew up in Longford, where many of his family continue to live and keepshop. 

He lives in Waterford, the city in which his Longford ancestor came to live and preach as a dissenting Presbyterian minister in the early 18th Century.

Edward has published three poetry collections and a collection of drama scripts. Recently he has been collaborating with an Irish composer on a text with the working title, ‘Song For A Civil War’.

Follow Edward on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EdwardDenniston

His collection For Crying out Loud is available from Salmon Poetry https://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=445&a=246

Find out more about Edward at his website http://edwarddenniston.weebly.com/#:~:text=%E2%80%8BEDWARD%20DENNISTON%20has%20been,Newtown%20School%2C%20Waterford%2C%20Ireland

Mairead Carroll  – County Kildare

Mairead Carroll  is an emerging Singer /Songwriter, Poet and Fiddle player from Newbridge, Co. Kildare. She is currently working on her first EP and Poetry Collection.

Follow Mairead on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MauneyCarroll

Follow and listen to Mairead preform on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/maireadcarroll12/?hl=en

Darren Donohue – County Kilkenny

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), Kildare Nationalist, Kilkenny People, Poetry Ireland (A Bowl of Mysteries). His work was nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award on four occasions 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 is published by Turas Press.

Follow Darren on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DarrenDonohue1
and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/darren.donohue

Find out more about Darren at his website https://donohuegoresbridge.wixsite.com/darren-donohue

His agent is https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/client/darren-donohue

Victoria Kennefick – County Kerry

Victoria Kennefick‘s first poetry collection, Eat or We Both Starve (Carcanet Press, 2021), was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Costa Poetry Award. It was a book of the year in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Irish Times, The Sunday Independent and The White Review. She is the poet in residence at the Yeats Society in Sligo.

Follow Victoria on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VKennefick

Eat or We Both Starve is available at Carcanet Press https://www.carcanet.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9781800170704

Find out more about Victoria at https://linktr.ee/VKennefick and via her website https://www.victoriakennefick.com/

Anne Walsh Donnelly – County Mayo

Anne Walsh Donnelly lives in Co Mayo. She is the Poet Laureate for Belmullet in Co. Mayo. She writes poetry, prose and plays and describes her writing process as: “Bungee jumping, naked, off the Cliffs of Moher.” Her debut poetry collection, Odd as F*ck, was published by Fly On The Wall Poetry Press in 2021.  She is also the author of the poetry chapbook, The Woman With An Owl Tattoo, also published by Fly On The Wall Poetry Press. It was awarded second prize in the International Poetry Book Awards in 2020.

Follow Anne on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AnneWDonnelly

Odd as F*ck and The Woman With An Owl Tattoo are available at https://www.flyonthewallpress.co.uk/product-page/bundle-anne-walsh-donnelly-poetry

Orla Fay – County Meath

Orla Fay is the editor of Drawn to the Light Press. She is the Poetry Town Laureate for Dunshaughlin, County Meath. Recently her work has appeared in SouthwordCrow of Minerva and Abridged. She is working on her second chapbook, What Became of the Horses, and received a professional artist development bursary from Meath County Council Arts Office and Creative Ireland earlier in the year.

Follow Orla on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FayOrla

Find out more about Orla at her website http://orlafay.blogspot.com/ 

Check out Drawn to the Light Press at https://drawntothelightpress.com/

Mary O’Donnell – County Monaghan

Poet and fiction-writer Mary O’Donnell’s work is often cited as key in expanding the horizons of Ireland’s formerly male-dominated literary world. Fiction includes the novels The Light-Makers (1992 & 2018), The Elysium Testament (1999), and Where They Lie (2014). She has just completed a fifth novel. Short fiction includes Storm Over Belfast.

    She has published collections of poetry since 1990, including Unlegendary Heroes (Salmon, 1998), and Those April Fevers (Arc UK, 2015). Massacre of the Birds was published in October 2020. She was part of Poetry Ireland’s Poet Town Laureate scheme last autumn and was selected as Naas Town Poet Laureate.

A collection of essays on O’Donnell’s work appeared during 2018: Giving Shape to the Moment: the Art of Mary O’Donnell, Poet, Novelist, Short-story Writer (Peter Lang), edited by Prof Elena Jaime de Pablos.

    She has held many residencies, including at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, and next autumn will take up a residency in KU Leuven. She has recently completed a new novel and is represented by the Marianne Gunne O’Connor Literary Agency. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing and taught for many years on Carlow College Pittsburgh’s MFA programme, and at Irish universities. During 2019, she contributed to the Irish Literature programme at the University of São Paulo and is interested in the expansion of Irish Studies in South America.

    She is a member of Ireland’s affiliation of artists, Aosdána.

Follow Mary on Twitter at https://twitter.com/maryodonnell03

Find out more about Mary at http://www.maryodonnell.com/

For everything you need to know and love about Mary’s poetry collections have a look here http://www.maryodonnell.com/mod-poetry/

Cormac Lally – County Offaly

Cormac Lally is one of Ireland’s top spoken word artists. Originally from Tullamore, he moved to Skibbereen in 2015 with his family and put roots down. His work has been featured on RTE and is a familiar face at the country’s top festivals, (remember them!) He has performed with Mick Flannery, Blindboy, Linton Kwesi Jonson, Luca Bloom, Ronan O Snodaigh, Liam O Maoilai, and Stephen James Smith. In 2016 himself and his poetry wife Julie Goo wrote a show called Me, Myself and Ireland, a look back at Ireland her history and culture and have toured the country with it. He was the founder of the Scene Of The Rhyme spoken word night, which still runs, and the Under The Hammers spoken word, music and comedy showcase in the iconic Connolly’s of Leap. In 2021 he was chosen by Poetry Ireland as one of their national poet laureates. He runs his own full time professional speech writing and public speaking business Be Spoke.

His work is a mix of utter lies, hard truths, politics and family life, dropped on the listener with a cutting humour with deep emotional levels, delivered in a flowing rhythm. 

“One of a kind” 

“The most engaging, hilarious and hard hitting poet in Ireland today.”

You can find him at www.bespokeweddingspeeches.com

Rad more about Cormac as Poet Laureate for Tullamore  https://www.poetryireland.ie/poetry-town/tullamore/town-details/poet-laureate

Jessamine O’Connor – County Roscommon

Jessamine O’Connor’s latest book “Silver Spoon” is out now with Salmon Poetry. She has lived on the Roscommon Sligo border for exactly half her life, recently held a Countdown festival, tutors English and creative writing, and is an editor with Drunk Muse Press, and Scrimshaw Journal of new writing and visual art, with a launch in IT Sligo on Friday 29th April, 6.30pm. She is part of the new multicultural Women’s Club in Ballaghaderreen, whose last meeting was Friday 22rd April. She is put on her first ever Countdown festival, an all-day contest called  Co:Mon!!2022 on Saturday 23rd April and will launch the book “The Return” by local legend Helen B Grehan, in King House, Boyle, on Sunday the 29th May at 2pm.

Follow Jessamine at www.jessamineoconnor.com

She was the editor of Drunk Muse Press which has its launch on May 29th in Boyne www.drunkmusepress.com

Gerard Beirne – County Sligo

Gerard Beirne lectures on the BA Writing and Literature Program, IT Sligo. He has published three novels, a collection of short stories, and two collections of poetry. A third collection, The Death Poems: Songs, Visions, Mediations is forthcoming from Salt Publishing in October of this year. A Hennessy Award winner, he has been shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award (best first collection of short stories in Canada), the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards, and Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. He is the founder of The Irish Literary Times website promoting Irish writing.

Follow Gerard on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gerardbeirne

Find out more about Gerard at http://www.gerardbeirne.com/

For writing services check our Gerard’s website https://www.awritersguide.com/

Eleanor Hooker – County Tipperary

Eleanor Hooker’s third poetry collection Of Ochre and Ash (Dedalus Press) and her chapbook Legion (Bonnefant Press, Holland) were published in 2021. A recipient of the Markievicz Award in 2021, her poetry book Where Memory Lies (Ponc Press)is due for publication later this year. Her sequence of plague poems is forthcoming from Salvage Press. Eleanor is working on a novel.
Eleanor holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA (Hons) in Cultural History from the University of Northumbria, and a BA (Hons 1st) from the Open University, UK. She will begin studies for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick in September 2022. Eleanor is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (FLS). She’s a helm and Press Officer for Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat. She began her career as an Intensive Care Nurse and trained as a midwife at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin.

Follow Eleanor or Twitter at https://twitter.com/EleanorHooker_

Of Ochre and Ash is available at Dedalus Press https://www.dedaluspress.com/product/of-ochre-and-ash/?fbclid=IwAR2f3Ji81K9Mw-12sAuO4Jgk1svdjxIytqBkvR30D3k0GzTb1cHu1OFEU_Y

Legion is available from https://drukwerkindemarge.org/uitgave/eleanor-hooker-%c2%b7-legion/

Find out more about Eleanor at her website eleanorhooker.com

Colin Dardis – County Tyrone

Colin Dardis is a neurodivergent writer, editor and sound artist from Northern Ireland. His most recent book is All This Light In Which To See The Dead: Pandemic Journals 2020-21 (Rancid Idols Productions, 2022).

His work, largely influenced by his experiences with depression and Asperger’s, has been published widely throughout Ireland, the UK and USA, and shortlisted for the Erbacce Prize, Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing, and Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Award, amongst others. 

Previous collections include Endless Flower (Rancid Idols Productions, 2021) The Dogs of Humanity (Fly on the Wall Press, 2019, shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet, Saboteur Awards 2020), and the x of y (Eyewear, 2018). The latest sound release from his DARDIS sound project is THING (4-way split album, attenuation circuit, 2022)

Follow Colin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/purelypoetry

Find out more about Colin at his website http://www.colindardispoet.co.uk/

You can order All this Light in Which to See the Dead from here http://www.colindardispoet.co.uk/all-this-light-in-which-to-see-the-dead.html

Robin McNamara – County Waterford

Robin McNamara is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet from Ireland & the author of Under a Mind’s Staircase published with Hedgehog Poetry Press.

Follow Robin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/thewindingroad1

Under a Mind’s Staircase is available here https://robinmcpoet.com/

Read more poetry from Robin McNamara at Fevers of the Mind https://feversofthemind.com/2022/04/04/2-poems-from-robin-mcnamara-theres-a-morning-waiting-sunflower-seeds-in-your-pocket/

Jackie Gorman – County Westmeath

Jackie Gorman is from Athlone. Her poetry has been published in a number of journals including Poetry Ireland Review and The Honest Ulsterman.  She received the Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Award  in 2017 and in the same year was commended in the BGEIBA Poem of the Year. She completed an MA in Poetry Studies at the Irish Centre for

Poetry Studies at Dublin City University in 2019. Her debut collection “The Wounded Stork” was published in 2019 and was described by Martin Dyar as an “engrossing and ecologically attuned debut.”  She recently featured in the Ireland Chair of Poetry Anthology “Hold Open The Door”, published by UCD Press.  She was awarded an Agility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2021 to develop a short collection of new poems exploring the ecology of Westmeath. 

Follow Jackie on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jackiepoetry

The Wounded Stork is available here http://onslaughtpress.com/product/the-wounded-stork-by-jackie-gorman/

RJ Breathnach – County Wexford

RJ Breathnach is a Wexford-born journalist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. His work has been published in The MadrigalTír na nÓg Magazine, and The Honest Ulsterman, among others. His debut poetry chapbook, I Grew Tired of Being a Zombie, is available from Alien Buddha Press.

Follow RJ on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RJBreathnach

Find out more about RJ here https://linktr.ee/RossWalshJourno

His chapbook is available here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09NRBVGS8

Jane Clarke – County Wicklow

Jane Clarke is the author of two collections, The River and When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books 2015 & 2019), as well as an illustrated chapbook, All the Way Home, (Smith|Doorstop 2019). Jane’s awards include the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry and the 2016 Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year. Her third collection will be published by Bloodaxe Books in June 2023. Jane lives with her wife in Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow.

Follow Jane on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jane_janeclarke

Find out mor about Jane at her website www.janeclarkepoetry.ie

When the Tree Falls and The River are available at Blood Axe Books https://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/category/jane-clarke

Upcoming Events

Saboteur Awards 2022 from Sabotage Reviews

Eat the Storms has been nominated for Best Collaborative work at the Saboteur Awards 2022 and you can vote for us via the link below. Voting is open until 4th may 2022

http://sabotagereviews.com/2022/04/14/saboteur-awards-festival-2022-the-shortlists/

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 interests revolve around falling over and learning how to get back up while baking delicious cakes. His work has been published in numerous journals online and in print including Black Bough Poetry, Barren Magazine, Anti Hereon Chic, Icefloe Press , Bealtaine, Adrift, Fevers of the Mind, The Bangor Literary Journal. His debut poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms 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. Both were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. The conversation pamphlet he co-wrote with fellow Irish poet Eilín de Paor called In the Jitterfritz of Neon arrived on the 17th Jan 2022 and will be followed by his first full collection documenting his love affair with Paris called Enough! coming July 2022.

He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/deuxiemepeau and instagram at @damiboy

You can follow him and buy Eat the Storms, Stickleback and Jitterfritz at his website https://deuxiemepeaupoetry.com/

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

https://www.purple-planet.com/

You can find us on many platforms including Spotify and here is the link…

2 responses to “Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Poetry Day Ireland 2022”

  1. Wow. What a mammoth posting, Damien, for what looks to be an amazing podcast. You do such a wonderful job in giving voice to so many of your fellow poets and those of us in the audience are truly appreciative, as undoubtedly are the poets themselves. Your boundless energy and creativity is truly inspirational. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks so much as always Mike for your support and enthusiasm. This was a joy to put together, despite the time it took and I’m so pleased with how it turned out and has been welcomed by everyone 🙏🙏☘️☘️🤗🤗

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