Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 14 – 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 28th August 2022, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to the guest stars…

Boliver T Caseres

Bolivar T. Caceres has studied creative writing as an undergraduate at Hunter College. He currently writes for the quarterly film blog Film Studies 401 and the news blog New York Positivity. His poems appear on ShortEdition and Ariel Chart. He is also the author of the chapbook “Outside My Garret Window,” published in 2020.

For more about Boliver follow him at

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Geoff Ward

London-born Geoff Ward is a poet, writer, musician, singer-songwriter, freelance journalist and book editor. For many years, with his Irish wife Angie, he’s lived on the Beara peninsula, in the south-west of Ireland, overlooking Bantry Bay. With MA and BA (Hons) degrees in English literature, he’s also a tutor and mentor in creative writing. He’s published two books, ‘A Raft of Dreams’ (Pound Hill Press, 2014), a collection of some of his poems and short stories, and ‘Spirals: the Pattern of Existence’ (Green Magic, 2nd edition, 2013), a study of the spiral form and pattern in nature and human culture. He’s always engaged on new work, whether poetry, stories or songs, and writes regularly at the publishing platform where he’s placed more than a hundred articles and essays to date on matters literary and philosophical.

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Or at his website

Or on Medium

Mary Gilliland

MARY GILLILAND after college apprenticed to Gary Snyder in the Sierra foothills where she studied Buddhism and helped to build a wood-framed public school. She is author of two award-winning poetry collections: The Ruined Walled Castle Gardenand The Devil’s Fools. Her poetry has been anthologized most recently in Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Prose, and Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands. In her gardens, she has more than once faced a newborn fawn in one of the mass plantings. !She is not afraid of delight, neither does she shirk the hard tasks of anger, pain, and deep caring,” said Mary Oliver about Gilliland”s letterpress collection Gathering Fire. A featured reader at the Al Jazeera International Film Festival, Mary has received the Stanley Kunitz Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center and a Council on the Arts Faculty Grant from Cornell University, where she taught such courses as Ecosystems & Ego Systems for the Biology & Society Program and Mind & Memory: Creativity in the Arts & Sciences for the Society for the Humanities.

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or follow Mary at her website

Róisín Tierney

Róisín Tierney is an Irish poet who taught English in Spain for several years (Valladolid and Granada) and is now based in London.  Her pamphlet, Dream Endings (Rack Press) won the 2012 Michael Marks Pamphlet Award. More recent pamphlets include Five Poems (Clutag Press) and Mock-Orange (Rack Press). Tierney has won prizes in many national competitions including the Strokestown, the Brendan Kennelly, the Bridport and the Winchester Poetry Prize. She featured as one of Ireland’s ‘Rising Poets’ in Poetry Ireland Review in 2016. Her debut collection The Spanish-Italian Border (Arc 2014) was followed by Tiger Moth (Turas Press 2022), which was favorably reviewed in The Irish Times.

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Sinead McClure

Sinead McClure’s poetry and prose have appeared online, in print and on radio. Most recently her work can be found in The Stinging Fly, Ink Sweat & Tears, Live Encounters, StepAway Magazine, The Ekphrastic Review and RTEjr radio. Sinéad won the 2022 Cathal Buí Poetry Competition and the O Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Prize in 2021. She has work forthcoming in Howl Magazine, The Poetry Bus & Southword. She is the 2022 recipient of the Roscommon Chapbook Award and her chapbook The Word According to Crow will be published in late Autumn 2022. Her chapbook The songs I sing are sisters co-authored with Cáit O Neill McCullagh is available from Dreich Press.

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Cait O’Neill McCullagh

Cáit O’Neill McCullagh started writing poetry in December 2020. Since then over forty of her poems have been published in diverse media, including the journals Northwords Now, The Poets Republic, Poetry Scotland, The Banyan Review, Drawn to the Light Press, The Storms, Howl, and in anthologies including Dreich’s ‘The Edge of All Storms and the ‘Not the Time to be Silent’ commemorative volume. She has also had poems commissioned for  exhibitions including North Antrim Pub Poetry’s ‘This is the World’, and Crowvus’ ‘ Book Week Scotland: Poetry in the High Street ‘. She has been fortunate enough to experience winning and being placed in various competitions including being longlisted for a prize in Galway’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature and in the Scottish Poetry Library’s ‘Roddy Lumsden Memorial Mentorship Programme’. Recently, Cáit has embarked on a series of new multimedia collaborations, including with Ceramic artist Rachel Ho, with whom she is exploring fresh readings of her poem ‘Birth’’. Currently working on a new small collection invited for consideration by an independent publisher in Scotland, Cáit continues to be a becoming poet.

Find out more about Cait at

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The songs I sing are sisters, Dreich Press, Winner of the Dreich Classic Chapbook Competition 2022, is available at…/the-songs-i-sing-are-sisters/

Nicole B Cabral

Nicole B. Cabral discovered the spectacular approach to literature and art at a young age. She is a poet and an aspiring artist based in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines. In high school, her passion for writing and art made her participate in competitions sponsored by various non-governmental organizations. She’s currently in college, taking up a Bachelor of Science major in Medical Biology at De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. Her first poetry collection was published by a local publishing house (KM and H Blackpaper Forest, 2021). Then she followed her second book, Universal Quest (Ukiyoto Publishing, 2021), in the same year at age 18.  

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James Pollock

James Pollock is the author of Sailing to Babylon (Able Muse Press, 2012), a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award in Poetry, and winner of an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association; and You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada (The Porcupine’s Quill, 2012), a finalist for the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for a collection of essays. He is also editor of The Essential Daryl Hine (The Porcupine’s Quill), which made The Partisan‘s list of the best books of 2015. A new book of his poems, Durable Goods, is forthcoming from Véhicule Press/Signal Editions in September, 2022. His poems have appeared in The Paris ReviewAGNI, Plume, The Walrus, and many other journals. They have also won the Manchester Poetry Prize, the Magma Editors’ Prize, and the Guy Owen Prize from Southern Poetry Review, and have been reprinted in anthologies in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., including The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry. His essays have appeared in Contemporary Poetry ReviewCanadian Notes & QueriesLiterary Review of Canada,and elsewhere. He graduated from York University in Toronto, earned a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and is now Professor of English at Loras College. He lives with his wife and son in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Janes Ayres

UK based neurodivergent writer Jane Ayres re-discovered poetry studying for a part-time Creative Writing MA at the University of Kent, which she completed in 2019 at the age of 57. In 2020, she was longlisted for the Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize. In 2021, she was nominated for Best of the Net, shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and a winner of the Laurence Sterne Prize. Her first collection edible was published by Beir Bua Press in July 2022. Her micro-chapbook my lost womb still sings to me is published by Porkbelly Press in 2022/23

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Jane is on Twitter at

In memory of her parents, Jane is raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK (Registered charity no. 1112708) via her JUST GIVING page.

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! coming 29th August 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 and it was launched on 21st August 2022.

The Storms journal is available at

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

You can purchase his pamphlets and pre-order Enough! 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…

Published by deuxiemepeau

Published poet, writer, baker and former fashion maker, with footprints in Paris, London and Amsterdam but currently back home in Dublin with sights aimed at leaving a mark on the West coast one clear fine day...

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