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This episode first aired on Saturday 24th August 2022. This was a special episode celebrating the launch of the inaugural issue of The Storms, a new printed journal of poetry, prose and visual art, from editor-in-chief Damien B Donnelly and sub-editor Gaynor Kane.
Below is a list of all the guest contributors to this episode. The podcast is hosted and produced by Damien B Donnelly
Sarah Terkaoui is Irish/ Syrian and lives in London. After twenty years working in the arts, she is studying for an MA in Writing Poetry (Newcastle University/ Poetry School) and working on her first collection. She was commended in the Hippocrates Poetry Prize 2021 and longlisted for the Live Canon international poetry Prize 2021. Her work appears in both anthologies and in Green Ink ‘Tempest’ and the August ’21 issues of ‘Dreich’ and ‘Wee Dreich’
Karen Mooney started penning her thoughts when her father passed away 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’.
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Sue Finch’s debut collection, ‘Magnifying Glass’, was published in 2020. Her work has also appeared in a number of online magazines. She lives with her wife in North Wales. She loves the coast, peculiar things and the scent of ice-cream freezers.
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Marie Studer is a past winter of the Trocáire Poetry Ireland Competition, twice winner of the Bangor Ekphrastic Poetry Challenge and shortlisted in the Northwest Words Poetry Competition. Her poetry has been published in the Stony Thursday Book, The Waxed Lemon, Drawn to the Light Press, Dreich, Bangor Literary Magazine, Visual Verse, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis and local anthologies. Work forthcoming in the Not the Time To Be Silent Anthology.
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Georgia Hilton is an Irish poet and fiction writer living in Winchester, England. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, such as The Rialto, Prole Magazine,192 Magazine, and Perhappened. Georgia has a pamphlet, I went up the lane quite cheerful (2018) and a collection, Swing (2020), both published by Dempsey and Windle. Most recently, her collaborative pamphlet Sea Between Us (2022) was published by Nine Pens Press. Georgia’s poem, Dark-Haired Hilda Replies to Patrick Kavanagh, won the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize (2018) and her short poem The Lost Art of Staring into Fires was a runner-up in the Briefly Write Poetry Prize (2021). Georgia lives with her husband and three children.
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Charlotte Oliver is a writer who lives in Yorkshire. She has had poetry commissions from the BBC and Scarborough’s South Cliff Gardens, and has been published widely including with iambapoet, Dream Catcher, Green Teeth, Ice Floe, Black Bough, Cape, Spelt and Fevers of the Mind. She is BBC Radio York’s Saturday Poet Laureate and has been a guest on Eat The Storms. Her debut pamphlet is How To Be A Dressing Gown (Dreich) and her first radio ballad, The Dark Store (funded by the Arts Council England) premieres in June 2022.
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Patricia M Osborne
Patricia M Osborne is married with grown-up children and grandchildren. In 2019 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (University of Brighton). She is a published novelist, poet and short fiction writer. Patricia has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. Her poetry pamphlets, Taxus Baccata, The Montefiore Bride and Sherry & Sparkly were published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. She has a successful blog at Whitewingsbooks.com featuring other writers. When Patricia isn’t working on her own writing, she enjoys sharing her knowledge, acting as a mentor to fellow writers.
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Lynda Tavakoli is a poet, novelist and freelance journalist from County Down. She has been winner of both poetry and short story prizes in Listowel, The Westival International Poetry Prize and runner-up in The Blackwater International Poetry Competition and Roscommon Poetry Competition. Her poems have been published in The Irish Times ‘New Irish Writing’ and broadcast on the ‘Words Lightly Spoken’ podcast, and she has been a guest poet on RTE 1 The Poetry Programme. Lynda’s debut poetry collection, ‘The Boiling Point for Jam’ is published by Arlen House.
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Kris Spencer is a British poet. His poems have been published in journals in the UK, US, Europe and SE Asia. Previous to his life as a poet, he wrote Geography textbooks, most published by Oxford University Press. Some won awards. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. The RGS is a grand institution that celebrates explorers. Kris is a Headteacher living and working in West London. He encourages pupils, teachers and parents to see the poetry in things.
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Susan Richardson is an award winning, internationally published poet. She is the author of “Things My Mother Left Behind”, from Potter’s Grove Press , and also writes the blog, “Stories from the Edge of Blindness”.
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John D Kelly
John D. Kelly lives in Co. Fermanagh. His work has appeared in various literary publications including Poetry Ireland Review, Magma, Southword, Cyphers, Skylight 47, Boyne Berries, Crannog, The Honest Ulsterman, O’ Bheal Five Words, The Stony Thursday Book, Poetry NI. among others. In 2020 he won the Listowel Short Poetry Collection Award and the Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition. His manuscript was highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2016. He achieved Silver Medal in the International Dermot Healy Poetry Competition in both 2015 and 2014. His first collection The Loss Of Yellowhammers (Summer Palace Press) was published in 2020.
Samantha Carr is based in Plymouth where she completed an MA in Creative Writing. Her work has been published in Acumen and Quill and Parchment magazines and she was a highly commended runner up for the 2020 Causley International Poetry Prize. In her spare time she enjoys wild swimming.
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Matt Hohner’s recent publications include Live Canon Anthology, New Contrast, takahē, Bealtaine, and Prairie Schooner. An editor on Loch Raven Review, Hohner’s collection Thresholds and Other Poems (Apprentice House) was published in 2018. His next collection will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2023.
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Patrick Wright has a poetry collection, Full Sight Of Her, published by Eyewear (2020). He has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the Open University. He is also currently finishing a PhD in Creative Writing, on the ekphrasis of modern and contemporary art, supervised by Jane Yeh and Siobhan Campbell.
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Liberty Price is a first-year Creative Writing student at the University of Lincoln. She enjoys exploring nature, cycling; but most of all, reading and writing (in equal measure!) She reads voraciously, enjoys looking up the meanings of long words and is currently thinking of a new short story plot.
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S Reeson [she/they] is 55 and an ‘early’ career multidisciplined artist who has suffered with anxiety since childhood. They are married, have two children, and came out as bisexual during the 2010s.Work has been previously published by The Poetry Society, Bloomsbury/One World and Black Bough Poetry, plus their poems have appeared in the Flights / Quarterly ejournal, Green Ink Poetry, Fevers of the Mind, Acropolis Journal and the Selcouth Station Blog. In 2022 they have been physically published by Dreich and Flapjack Press. When not starting conversations online, they can found lifting heavy weights or on a static bike.
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Alice Stainer is a lecturer in English Literature on a visiting student programme in Oxford, as well as a musician and dancer. This intersection of arts is at the heart of her creative life. She is a little shy about sharing her work, but you can find some of it online at Green Ink Poetry, The Phare, 192 Magazine, Atrium, The Dirigible Balloon and Corvid Queen, and in print at Marble Poetry and The Dawntreader, amongst other places. She won the Gloucestershire Poetry Competition in 2020/21 and is gradually putting together her first pamphlet, with great trepidation.
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Michelle Walshe is from Dublin. She has been published in The Irish Times, The Examiner, The Sunday Independent, The Gloss, Púca, Ellipsis Zine, Loft Books, and several anthologies. In 2021 she was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant by Dun Laoghaire County Council, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. She has won bursaries and scholarships most recently to the Iceland Writers Retreat.
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Fiona McKay lives beside the sea in Dublin, Ireland with her husband and daughter. She is a flash fiction writer and is also revising a novel. Writes with Writers’HQ. Her Novella-in-Flash Longlisted in the 2022 Bath, and Reflex Novella competitions. Words in various places, including: Reflex Fiction, Janus Literary, Scrawl Place, EllipsisZine, The Waxed Lemon, The Birdseed, Twin Pies, Bath Flash, Lumiere Review, Books Ireland. Nominated for Best Microfiction 2021. Supported by Arts Council Ireland Agility Award.
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Helen Jenks (she/her) is a poet from Dublin, bumbling history student, and avid knitter who writes of memory and myth, among other things. Her work has been published in various journals across Ireland, the UK, and the US, and she acts as the editor of The Madrigal, an Irish poetry publication focused on work that is emotive, sincere, and familiar.
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Aisling Keogh is a writer and psychotherapist, who lives in County Galway. Her work has been published with The Honest Ulsterman, The Irish Independent, Crannog Magazine, Wordlegs, Ropes, Bangor Literary Journal, A New Ulster, and various anthologies. Her first published short story, “How to Save a Life,” was shortlisted for the Hennessy Irish Literary Awards 2011. She is currently writing her second novel. In her free time Aisling likes to write and sing.
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Simon Alderwick is originally from England but has spent most of the last eight years in the Philippines. His poetry has appeared in Magma, Eye Flash, Ink Sweat & Tears, Acid Bath, Broken Spine, Acropolis, Impractical Things and Anthropocene, among others.
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Oz Hardwick is a European poet, photographer, occasional musician, and accidental academic, whose work has been published in countless journals worldwide and who has read and held residencies in the UK, Europe, the United States and Australia. He has published nine full collections and chapbooks, including Learning to Have Lost (IPSI/Recent Work, 2018) which won the 2019 Rubery International Book Award for poetry, and most recently the prose poetry sequence Wolf Planet (Hedgehog, 2020). His next full collection, A Census of Preconceptions, will be published by SurVision Books in late 2022.
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Michelle Moloney King
Michelle Moloney King (she/her) is a poet, asemic poet, editor of Beir Bua Press and works as a primary teacher. Moloney King is inspired by family life in flux, signifier and signified, plurality of time, and the surreal absurdism of life. She is published in Abridged Magazine, M58, 3 AM Magazine, Streetcake, Babel amongst others, Collections: Another Word For Mother with SurVision Books, 2022, Womxn Heatwave Mama by Beir Bua Press, 2021, and Shapes of Motherhood by ABP, 2020.
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Margaret Royall has published five books of poetry and a memoir. She has appeared widely in print, online and in poetry anthologies, has won or been short-listed in several competitions and her collection ‘Where Flora Sings’, published by Hedgehog Press Nov 2020, was nominated for the Laurel Prize.First of all Her latest collection, ‘Immersed in Blue’ was published in January 2022 by Impspired Press. She leads a women’s poetry group in Nottinghamshire and takes part in open mic sessions online and in person. She is currently working on a third poetry collection.
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Matthew McGuirk teaches and lives with his family in New Hampshire. BOTN 2021 nominee and regular contributor for Fevers of the Mind with words in 50+ lit mags, 100+ published pieces and a debut collection with Alien Buddha Press called Daydreams, Obsessions, Realities on Amazon.
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Ankh Spice is a queer poet from Aotearoa (New Zealand). His poetry has been widely published over the last three years, eight-times nominated for the Pushcart Prize and/or Best of the Net. He was joint winner of The Poetry Archive’s WorldView2020 competition. Ankh co-edits at IceFloe Press, and is a poetry contributing editor at Barren Magazine. His debut collection, ‘The Water Engine’ (Femme Salvé Books) is available from http://www.ankhspice-seagoatscreamspoetry.com.
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Gillian Craig is from Scotland, but has spent almost half her life teaching and living in the Middle East, South East Asia and East Asia. She has had poems published by New Writing Scotland, Far Off Places, The Adriatic, Orbis, Dreich and 192 magazine among numerous other journals and anthologies. She is also a children’s author and poet, writing under the name Gillian Spiller. She is currently living in the UK with her family.
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Fokkina McDonnell recently moved back to The Netherlands. Her poems have been widely anthologised, broadcast, published online and in magazines, and commended and placed in competitions. She blogs weekly on http://www.acaciapublications.co.uk where she also showcases other poets. She has two collections: Another life (Oversteps Books Ltd, 2016) and Nothing serious, nothing dangerous (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2019) and a pamphlet A Stolen Hour (Grey Hen Press, 2020). Fokkina received a Northern Writers’ Award for poetry from New Writing North in 2020 and the collection Remembering / Disease will be published by Broken Sleep Books in October 2022.
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Sinéad Griffin lives in Dublin, her poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Channel Magazine, The Honest Ulsterman, Skylight 47, The Waxed Lemon, Poems from the Heron Clan VIII and The Irish Times Hennessy New Irish Writing. Category winner Trócaire Poetry Ireland Competition 2021, she has previously participated in Eat the Storm poetry podcast.
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Claire HM is a working-class writer from Birmingham, who writes about the possibility of magic in the mundane. Her poetry has appeared in Tears in the Fence, streetcake, Cape Magazine and Coven Poetry., amongst others, and she was shortlisted for the streetcake experimental writing prize in 2021. Her novella ‘How to Bring Him Back’ (Fly on the Wall Press) is set in 90s Brum indie subculture, and is a story framed by a spell to let go of the past. It has also been shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards 2022.
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Matthew M C Smith
Matthew M. C. Smith is published with Poetry Wales, Finished Creatures and Barren Magazine. He is ‘Best of the Net’ nominated and is the editor of Black Bough Poetry, TopTweetTuesday and the Silver Branch project.
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Jen Feroze lives by the sea in Essex with her husband and two small sleep thieves. Her work has recently appeared in Dust, Atrium, Ink Sweat & Tears and The Madrigal, among others, and her first collection, The Colour of Hope, was published in 2020. She loves sudden glowering clouds, rainfall on skylights, classic Disney and cheese you can eat with a spoon.
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Julie Stevens writes poems that cover many themes, but often engages with the problems of disability. Her poems have recently been published in Fly on the Wall Press, Ink Sweat & Tears and Black Nore Review. Her Stickleback pamphlet Balancing Act was published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press (June 2021) and her chapbook Quicksand by Dreich (Sept 2020). Her next collection Step into the Dark will be published this year by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.
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Daniel Hinds lives in Newcastle. He won the Poetry Society’s Timothy Corsellis Young Critics Prize. His poetry was commended in the National Centre for Writing’s UEA New Forms Award and has been published, or is forthcoming, in The London Magazine, The New European, Wild Court, Stand, Southword, Poetry Salzburg Review, Blackbox Manifold, The Honest Ulsterman, The Poetry Bus, Abridged, Poetry Birmingham, Prairie Fire, Finished Creatures, Perverse, anthologies by Acid Bath Publishing, and elsewhere. His poetic sequence The Stone Men of Newcastle was broadcast on BBC Introducing Arts with Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Sounds.
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Jude Marr (they, them) is a Pushcart-nominated nonbinary poet. Jude’s full-length collection, We Know Each Other By Our Wounds, came out from Animal Heart Press in 2020. Their work has appeared in many journals in the US, the UK, and beyond. A native Scot, Jude recently returned to live in the UK after 10 years of teaching, writing, and learning in the US. The transatlantic connection remains strong, though. Jude is currently on the masthead at SWWIM Miami and Poetry is Currency, and they also now tweet for Animal Heart.
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Andy Breckenridge lives in Brighton but is originally from Oban. He writes mainly about self imposed exile, relationships, and memory. He is also an honorary member of East Kilbride rock group, The Moes. He has work in several print and online journals such as Dreich, Green Ink, Southlight, Take Flight, Acid Bath and Eat the Storms He is currently filleting his first collection, The Fish Inside, and has been a featured reader on Flight of the Dragonfly Spoken Word, Eat The Storms, and reads regularly at the Northern Poets Society.
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Born in Newport, South Wales, Adele Cordner’s pamphlet The Kitchen Sink Chronicles was published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2021 and her new collection Tea & Toast will be published in 2022. Her poems have been placed in competitions including The Plough Poetry Prize, Poetry On The Lake and The Welsh Poetry Competition and appear in anthologies and magazines including Red Poets, Poems For Grenfell Tower and Pandemic Poetry.
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Jaden Pierce is a young emerging poet from the DC area.
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Attracta Fahy, Psychotherapist, MAW NUIG ‘17. Winner of Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2021. Irish Times; New Irish Writing 2019, Pushcart & Best of Web nominee, shortlisted for: Fish International Poetry Competition, OTE 2018 New Writer, Allingham Poetry competition both 2019 &’20, Write By The Sea Writing Competition 2021, Dedalus Press Mentoring Programme 2021. Her poems have been published in many magazines and anthologies at home and abroad. Fly on the Wall Poetry published her best selling debut chapbook collection Dinner in the Fields, in March’20. She is presently working towards a full collection.
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Gerry Stewart is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor based in Finland. Her poetry collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK. Totems is to be published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2022.
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A few years ago Roger Hare, now retired, rediscovered a love for poetry. He writes primarily from a love of being diverted by an idea, something overheard, an observation, a fascination, insight or emotion and particularly enjoys the stimulation offered by works of art. He’s grateful to have been published in several online and in-print projects and journals, been a prizewinner or shortlisted in a couple of recent competitions and Pushcart nominated in 2021.
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Lynn Valentine lives in the Scottish Highlands. She had her debut collection, Life’s Stink and Honey, published by Cinnamon Press in 2022, after winning the Cinnamon Literature Award in 2020. Lynn’s Scots language pamphlet, A Glimmer o Stars, was published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2021, after winning their dialect competition. She was runner up in the Scots category of the Wigtown Poetry Prize in 2021. She is currently being mentored by the poet Niall Campbell after winning a place on the inaugural year of the Roddy Lumsden Memorial Mentoring Scheme.
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Merril D Smith
Merril D. Smith’s first poetry collection, River Ghosts, was published by Nightingale & Sparrow Press in 2022. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Black Bough Poetry, Anti-Heroin Chic, Fevers of the Mind, Vita Brevis, and Roi Fainéant. She lives in southern New Jersey near the Delaware River.
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Fran Fernández Arce
Fran Fernández Arce is a Chilean poet currently living in the intersection between Suffolk, England, and Santiago, Chile. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Pollux Journal, The Hyacinth Review, and gaia lit, among others.
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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. His latest book is All This Light In Which To See The Dead: Pandemic Journals 2020-21 (Rancid Idols Productions, 2022). A new collection, Apocrypha: Collected Early Poems, will be released later in 2022 by Cyberwit.
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Tara A Elliot
Tara A. Elliott’s poems have appeared in such journals as Ninth Letter, TAOS Journal of International Poetry & Art, and The American Journal of Poetry. Founder and director of Maryland’s Salisbury Poetry Week, she also serves as co-chair of the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, and President of Eastern Shore Writers Association. A fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, past Poet-in-Residence for the Freeman Arts Pavilion, and recipient of the Christine D. Sarbanes award from MD Humanities, she recently received a Literary Arts Independent Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.
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Jane Dougherty lives and works in southwest France. Her poems and stories have been published in magazines and journals including Ogham Stone, the Ekphrastic Review, ink sweat and tears, Gleam, Nightingale & Sparrow, Green Ink and Brilliant Flash Fiction. She blogs at http://www.janedougherty.wordpress.com. Her poetry chapbooks, thicker than water and birds and other feathers were published in October and November 2020.
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Mairead Carrroll is an emerging Singer/Songwriter and Poet and established fiddle player from Newbridge, Co. Kildare. She is currently working on her debut EP and 1st Poetry Collection to follow ‘If the Stars Could See You Now’. Poetry has been one of the silver linings for Mairead during Covid times, a gift of expression and self-discovery came and opened Mairead’s heart to a whole new world where poetry was at the heart of it.
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Kerry Darbishire lives in Cumbria where most of her poetry is rooted. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and magazines including: Ink Sweat & Tears, The Birmingham Journal, Artemis, Mslexia, Finished Creatures. She has two pamphlets (a collaboration) with Grey Hen Press and recently with Dempsey & Windle. Her third collection Jardiniѐre was published in June 2022 by Hedgehog Press.
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Ryan Gibbs lives in London, Canada. His works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in Words Gathered (Canada), Last Leaves (United States), The Turning Point (Australia), Travels & Tribulations (United Kingdom), Paper Lanterns (Ireland), Short Circuit (France), The Wild Word (Germany), Eyelands 10 (Greece), Literature for the People (Malta), and Haiku Pond (Thailand). His children’s poetry has been included in the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness.
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Doreen Duffy MA in Creative Writing at DCU, studied creative writing and poetry at NUIM, UCD and at Oxford online. Doreen has been published internationally, in Poetry Ireland Review by Eavan Boland, Washing Windows Too, Arlen House, Beyond Words Literary Magazine (Germany), The Galway Review, Flash Fiction (USA), Live Encounters (Indonesia), The Woman’s Way and The Irish Times. She won The Jonathan Swift Award and was presented with The Deirdre Purcell Cup at the Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival. Shortlisted in The RTE Short Story Competition (in memory of Francis MacManus) and her story ‘Tattoo’ was broadcast on RTE Radio One.
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Helen Openshaw is a Drama and English teacher, from Cumbria. She enjoys writing poetry and plays and inspiring her students to write. Words in Green Ink Poetry magazine, Words and Whispers magazine, The Madrigal, Fragmented Voices, Roi Faineant Press and The Dirigible Balloon magazine.
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Fidel Hogan Walsh
Fidel Hogan Walsh’s work has appeared in Poethead, Pendanic, UCD Archives, Poetry Ireland – Poetry Town Pocket Poems booklet and The Irish Times. Fidel’s first collection of poems Living with Love launched in 2020. Her second collection of poetry in collaboration with photographer, Julie Corcoran, launched Culture Night 2020. Time is the fruit of a lockdown project undertaken between March and June 2020. The fifteen poems and sixteen images reflect on the human condition during unprecedented times. Time was named in the top 10 non-fiction of 2020 by Dublin City Libraries.
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Cáit O’Neil McCullagh
Cáit O’Neill McCullagh started writing poetry at her home in the Scottish Highlands during December 2020. Her poems have been published in journals and anthologies, including Northwords Now, Poets Republic, Poetry Scotland, and The Banyan Review. In this time she has been invited to read at numerous gatherings throughout Britain and Ireland. A co-director of the Wee Gaitherin ‘Scotland’s most democratic poetry festival’, she is committed to nurturing the work of fellow ‘becoming poets’. In May 2022 she was announced as a joint winner of Dreich’s Classic Chapbook Competition along with her sister in poetry Sligo’s Sinead McClure.
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Vicky Allen is the illustrator/artist and the author of Broken Things and other tales (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2020). She’s been published in print and online including Mslexia, Stravaig, Saccharine Poetry, Writers Cafe, as well as anthologies published by Proost, Dove Tales, Fevers of the Mind and Black Agnes Press. Her spoken word work Wonderlines was performed at the Edinburgh Book Fringe in 2018 and Fringe at the Yard in 2019. She was a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee. Vicky has a forthcoming Stickleback micro collection being published with Hedgehog Poetry Press, and is working on a full collection.
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Sub-editor Gaynor Kane
Gaynor Kane, inaugural issue sub-editor, is the author of Circling the Sun, Memory Forest, Venus in Pink Marble and her new pamphlet, Eight Types of Love, was published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press on 30th July. She loves lots of different things including smashing down literal & metaphorical walls and often uses her writing to give others a voice.
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Editor-in-chief Damien B Donnelly
Damien B Donnelly, editor-in-chief, is the Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated author of Eat the Storms, a poetry pamphlet listed on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21, a Stickleback micro-collection and the co-author of the conversational pamphlet In the Jitterfritz of Neon. His first full collection Enough! arrives on 29th August from The Hedgehog Poetry Press.
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Musical guest Anne Tuite
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