Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 5 – Season 5

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 aired first on Saturday 4th June 2022. The guests were Colin Dardis, Alan Parry, Karen Mooney, Stephanie Conn, Alan Garrigan, Michelle Penn, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…

Colin Dardis

Colin Dardis is a neurodivergent poet, editor and sound artist from Northern Ireland. 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 All This Light In Which To See The Dead: Pandemic Journals 2020-21 (Rancid Idols Productions, 2022), Endless Flower (Rancid Idols Productions, 2021) The Dogs of Humanity (Fly on the Wall Press, 2019, shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet, Saboteur Awards 2020), the x of y (Eyewear, 2018), Post-Truth Blues (Locofo Chaps, 2017) and Dōji: A Blunder (Lapwing, 2013). Recent albums include Back To Work (1tracktape, 2021) and Fluxus Incapacitated (Default Standard Records, 2021).
Follow Colin on Twitter at @purelypoetry

Find out more about Colin at his website

To buy his latest collection from Rancid Idols Productions All This Light In Which To See The Dead

Listen to this latest album Back To Work

Alan Parry

Alan Parry is a poet, playwright and poetry editor from Merseyside, England. He is an English Literature graduate and English teacher. Alan enjoys gritty realism, open ends, miniature schnauzers and 60s girl groups. He has previously had work published by Dream Noir, Streetcake Magazine, Black Bough Poetry, Porridge, Ghost City Press, Anti-Heroin Chic, and others. He cites Alan Bennett, Jack Kerouac, and James Joyce as inspiration. His debut collection, Neon Ghosts, is available from The Broken Spine website. In 2021, Alan formed the collective The Southport Poets with Paul Robert Mullen, Mary Earnshaw, and David Walshe and their debut, Belisima, was released by Dreich in autumn 2021.
Follow Alan on Twitter at @AlanParry83

Echoes is available from Rare Swan Press at

Karen Mooney

Karen Mooney started penning poems and lyrics in 2016. Since then, she has shared them in fund-raising pamphlets and been published in the UK, USA and Ireland. She has enjoyed hosting local writers on radio and community television and has organised literary events, collaborating with the National Trust. More recently, she has been involved in judging the Waterways Storymaking Festival. She co-wrote ‘Penned In’ with Gaynor Kane, published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2020, who recently published her debut pamphlet ‘Missing Pieces’.

Follow Karen on Twitter at

Follow Karen on Facebook at

Buy Missing Pieces and support Marie Curie Northern Ireland at

Missing Pieces was our Talk About Books featured chapbook at Eat the Storms a few weeks ago…

Joseph Fasano

Joseph Fasano is a poet, novelist, and songwriter.  His novels include The Swallows of Lunetto (forthcoming from Maudlin House, 2022) and The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing (Platypus Press, 2020), which was named one of the “20 Best Small Press Books of 2020.”  His books of poetry include The Crossing (2018), Vincent (2015), Inheritance (2014), and Fugue for Other Hands (2013).  His honours include the Cider Press Review Book Award, the Rattle Poetry Prize, seven Pushcart Prize nominations, and a nomination for the Poets’ Prize, “awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year.”  His work has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Boston Review, Missouri Review, Tin HouseVerse Daily, the Academy of American Poets’ poem-a-day program, and other publications and anthologies.  He serves on the Editorial Board of Alice James Books, and he is the Founder of the Poem for You Series. His debut album is coming soon and the first track is now available on Spotify The Wind that knows the Way.

Follow Joseph on Twitter at

His “living poem” for his son Leonardo can be found and followed on Twitter at

Find him on Spotify at

Find out more about Joseph at his website

Stephanie Conn

Stephanie Conn is a poet, creative writing facilitator, poetry mentor and former primary school teacher and literacy co-ordinator. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the Seamus Heaney Centre, QUB, and holds a PhD by Practice: Poetry from Ulster University. Her research explores the poetry of chronic illness. Stephanie is the author of Island (Doire Press, 2018), The Woman on the Other Side (Doire Press, 2016), Copeland’s Daughter (Smith/Doorstep, 2016) and has recently launched her new collection, off-kilter, also with Doire Press. Her prizes include the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing and the Yeovil Poetry Prize. The Woman on the Other Side was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award for Best First Collection and Copeland’s daughter won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. She is the recipient of arts awards, bursaries and residencies, and has read her work locally, nationally and internationally. Stephanie will be one of the 2023 resident artists at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.

Stephanie is on Twitter at

Find out more about Stephanie via her website

off-kilter is available from Doire Press at

Alan Garrigan

Alan Garrigan is a Master of Arts graduate, set to feature in the upcoming LGBTQIA+ Anthology Peace in the Valley, 2022 and Out loud LGBTQ+ literary Art Anthology. He has also had poems featured in Hullwrites magazine (University of Hull), Poetry during lockdown (UCD) as well as Washington Square Review (upcoming). He has also had his poetry featured in both Consilience and BASCE journals. These journals explore intersections between areas such as art, culture, and the environment. The Canadian journal of child and adolescent psychiatry (JCACAP) are also due to publish Alan’s presentation paper on David Wojanrowicz that was given for the EAAS. Alan is a dedicated volunteer, writer, interested in social justice.

Find out more about Alan via his website

Alan is on Facebook at

Michelle Penn

Michelle Penn grew up in the US and worked in Paris for seven years before moving to London in 2005. Her book-length poem, Paper Crusade, will be published in June 2022 by Arachne Press. Her chapbook, Self-portrait as a diviner, failing, won the Paper Swans Poetry Pamphlet Prize and was published in 2018. Recent poems have appeared in journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including The London Magazine, Bad Lilies, PN Review and Tentacular. As part of Corrupted Poetry (with Nic Stringer and Fiona Larkin), she hosts innovative poetry/art/music events in London. She is also a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. When not writing poetry, she works on interpretation projects for museums and cultural sites worldwide.

Press release for Paper Crusade:

‘O wonder!’ Arachne Press to publish Paper Crusade – a brave new reinvention of Shakespeare’s last play

On 21 June 2022, independent London-based publisher Arachne Press will release a new poetry collection which reimagines The Tempest for a modern audience, through the prism of Crystal Pite’s dance piece, Tempest Replica.

Paper Crusade, which will be published as a paperback and ebook, is a collection of original poetry by Michelle Penn, a poet who uses vivid imagery and startling, sensual language to create an unforgettable dystopia for our own time.

‘i-i-i will not / / s-saviour / / for you / / f-father
of nothing / / if you’re so / / m-magical / / make
a boat and / / g-go /’ –
The Boy’s first day as soldier, Paper Crusade

On a wasted island in perpetual sun, the Father practices magic, laments his lost kingdom and commands a ragtag army of three: the passionate and damaged Daughter, the winged Spirit and an indigenous being known only as C. Behind their uniforms — white suits and full-face paper masks — the soldiers seethe with rebellion…

Cherry Potts, Director of Arachne Press said: ‘We’ve published Michelle Penn in numerous anthologies and I’m always pleased to see she has submitted. We are delighted to have the opportunity to publish a collection from such a talented poet; her take on Shakespeare’s Tempest is so visual that I was sufficiently convinced I’d seen an animation to go searching online for the reference, but it was simply that her imagery had sunk into my mind as fact.’

Follow Michelle on Twitter at

Find out more about Michelle at her website

Paper Crusade is available at

Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet

Damien B Donnelly is a 46-year-old Irish, adopted, gay, writer and podcast producer who spent 23 years living in Paris, Amsterdam, and London, returning to Dublin in 2019. In 2020, his debut pamphlet Eat the Storms appeared on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize followed by a Stickleback collection, and second Pushcart Prize nomination, in Jan 2021, both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. He produces and hosts the poetry podcast Eat the Storms, now in its 5th season with 300+ international guests on over 12 platforms. In the Jitterfritz of Neon, a poetry pamphlet co-written with Eilin de Paor, was published in Jan 2022 followed by his first full collection Enough! in July 2022, for which he was awarded an Agility Award by Arts Council, Ireland. The Fingal Arts have funded his next collection Back from Away, due in 2023. His poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals, both online and in print. In May 2022 he opened submissions to the inaugural issue of The Storms, a journal of poetry, prose and visual art.

He is on Twitter at and instagram at both @damiboy and @weshallalwayshaveparis

You can purchase his pamphlets at his website

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

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

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