Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 8 – 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 2nd July 2022. The guests were Sinéad Nolan, Stewart Carswell, Alice Kinsella, Rick Lupert, Ben Ray, Giovanna MacKenna, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…

Sinéad Nolan

Sinéad Nolan was one of 13 poets chosen for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series in 2020. Her work has been published in Skylight 47, Abridged, The Honest Ulsterman, Alba and elsewhere. She is working on her first collection.

Follow Sinéad on Twitter at

Stewart Carswell

Stewart Carswell grew up in the Forest of Dean and currently lives in Cambridgeshire, where he pilots the Fen Speak open mic night. He studied Physics at Southampton University, and has a PhD from the University of Bristol. His poems have recently been published in magazines including Under the Radar, Envoi, Ink Sweat & Tears, and The Fenland Reed. He has a pamphlet “Knots and branches” (Eyewear Publishing, 2016), and his
debut full-length collection is “Earthworks” (Indigo Dreams, 2021).

You can follow Stewart on Twitter at

 Find out more about Steward at his website where you can also buy Earthworks and Knots and Branches

Alice Kinsella

Alice Kinsella was born in Dublin and raised in Co. Mayo, where she now lives.

Her work has been published in The Irish TimesPoetry Ireland Review, RTÉ, Banshee, and The North, among others. Her work has been translated into Polish, Arabic, and Greek. She has read her poetry in Ireland, the UK, and France and her work has been performed or screened in Australia, Greece, USA, and Iraq. Her pamphlet Sexy Fruit (Broken Sleep Books) was a Poetry Book Society Spring 2019 Selection. She is the editor of Empty House: poetry and prose on the climate crisis (Doire Press, 2021).

She received support from Words Ireland and The Arts Council of Ireland to complete her first full-length poetry collection. Alice won the inaugural AIS alumni creative writing award for her first piece of creative non-fiction. Her creative non-fiction debut Milk will be published by Picador in 2023. 

Find Alice on Twitter at

Find out more about Alice at

Rick Lupert

Rick Lupert has been involved with poetry in Los Angeles since 1990. He is the recipient of the 2017 Ted Slade Award, and the 2014 Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Distinguished Service Award, a 3 time Pushcart Prize Nominee, and a Best of the Net nominee. He served as a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets for 2 years, and created Poetry Super Highway. Rick hosted the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading for almost 21 years which has lived on as a weekly Zoom series since early 2020. His spoken word album “Rick Lupert Live and Dead” featured 25 studio and live tracks. He’s authored 25 collections of poetry, including “The Tokyo-Van Nuys Express,” “Hunka Hunka Howdee!” and “God Wrestler: A Poem for Every Torah Portion” (Ain’t Got No Press) and edited the anthologies “A Poet’s Siddur”, “Ekphrastia Gone Wild”, “A Poet’s Haggadah” and the noir anthology “The Night Goes on All Night. He also writes and draws (with Brendan Constantine) the daily web comic “Cat and Banana” and writes a Jewish poetry column for He has been lucky enough to read his poetry all over the world.

Rick is on Twitter at

Rick’s website is

For more on Cobalt Poets and on Facebook

Ben Ray

Ben Ray is a poet, writer and reviewer with work in various anthologies and journals including The Poetry Review & Poetry Wales. His third collection ‘The kindness of the eel’ is published with The Poetry Business. He is a winner of the 2019 New Poets Prize and is long-distance Poet in Residence for the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. Ben currently lives in Brussels, where he works as a writer in the European Parliament.

Follow Ben on Twitter at

Find out more about Ben at his website

The Kindness of the Eel is available at

Giovanna MacKenna

Giovanna MacKenna grew up on Scotland’s west coast and has built her life around words. Her first poetry collection – How the Heart can Falter – was released this year from The Museum of Loss and Renewal Publishing. Giovanna was Visual Verse’s lead writer for June and has been recently published by Stanza Cannon, Lapidus Scotland, Black Bough and Nine Pens.

Giovanna is on Twitter at

How the Heart Can Falter is available at

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The Storms as featured in The Monthly from CAP

The Monthly discusses the development of a new arts magazine from the Eat the Storms podcaster Damien Donnelly

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…

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