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This episode aired first on Saturday 04th March 2023, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to the guest stars…
Sarah Wallis is originally from London and moved to Yorkshire for University. She stayed in Leeds until moving four years ago to live by the sea on the East Coast of Scotland at Dunbar, about 30 miles from Edinburgh. Her chapbooks include Medusa Retold from Fly on the Wall Press, Precious Mettle from The Alien Buddha Press and How to Love the Hat Thrower from Selcouth Station.
The reading consists of five poems, The World Stands Still to Weep, The Double Bass Goes Rogue, Dreamboat and Visits with Giants with thanks to The Broken Spine and Lunate which first published a couple of these poems. The longer poem The Silence of the Gannetries is concerned with the spread of avian flu among the Northern Gannets during the summer breeding season 2022, which impacted the East Lothian coastline and nearby islands, The Bass Rock, The May Isle and the Farne Islands and is the centrepiece of a new book Poet Seabird Island forthcoming from Boats Against the Current.
Follow Sarah on Twitter at https://twitter.com/wordweave
Find our more about Sarah at http://sarahwallis.net/
Phil Lynch’s poetry has appeared in a range of literary journals and anthologies and has been featured on national and local radio. He has been a winner, runner up and highly commended in various poetry competitions. Phil is a regular performer of his work at poetry and spoken word events and festivals in Ireland and further afield and has also been involved as an organiser of such events. His collection, In a Changing Light, (Salmon Poetry), was published in 2016. A new collection is in preparation.
Find out more about Phil at https://www.salmonpoetry.com/author-details.php?ID=394&a=284
For more about Phil, including audio and video, check out https://artnetdlr.ie/poet-phil-lynch/
Amy Abdullah Barry
Amy Abdullah Barry is published globally. She has been awarded Literature bursaries from the Arts Council and Words Ireland. A travel lover, Amy has performed her work in Ireland and internationally. She regularly organises poetry events in her hometown, Athlone. She is a professional member with Irish Writers Centre and the Founder of Global Writers. Chosen for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series 2022. Amy’s debut collection, ‘FLIRTING WITH TIGERS,’ will be published by Dedalus Press.
Follow Amy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AmyBarry12
Flirting with Tigers is available to pre order at https://www.dedaluspress.com/product/flirting-with-tigers/
Louise McCormack is a social activist currently completing her professional diploma in University College Dublin in Innovation for Sustainability. Louise became involved in poetry while conducting an ethnographic study of The Whitehouse Poets in Limerick while completing her masters in the University of Limerick in 2015.
Follow Louise on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Lou_Mc_Cormack
Vatsala Radhakeesoon was born in Curepipe, Mauritius on 17 October 1977. She started writing poems in English at the age of 14 in 1992 and kept on expanding her poetic skills in other languages such as French, Mauritian Kreol and Hindi. Her poetry is occasionally published in local newspapers, international journals and some anthologies. She is also the author of numerous poetry books and an experimental abstract artist. She considers Poetry to be her first love and Visual Art, her healer in all circumstances of life. After writing her 13th poetry book, marking her 30th year of poetry-writing, she immersed into experimental short stories writing and is currently working on her first novel. She is one of the representatives of Immagine and Poesia, an Italy based literary movement uniting artists and poets’ works. She has been selected as one of the poets for Guido Gozzano Poetry contest, Italy from 2016 to 2022. She is also a supporter of Child Survival Art movement linked to Razi Museum, founded under the name of the great Persian physician, philosopher and alchemist, Zakariya Al Razi
(ca.865- 925). Vatsala currently lives at Rose-Hill, Mauritius and is a self- employed/freelance literary translator.
Find out more about Vatsala on https://booksbyvatsalaradhakeesoon.wordpress.com/
James William Dillon / Jimbo
James William Dillon, fondly known as Jimbo, is a poet hailing from Coolock in Dublin Ireland. He is the 2022 Fingal poetry Slam Champion, a gifted wordsmith with a unique style that seamlessly blends humor and depth. Jimbo’s poetry captures life in a relatable and often lighthearted way, but he is also capable of crafting thought-provoking pieces that tackle serious issues with poignancy and nuance. Jimbo is on a mission to “Make Ireland Grand Again”. He uses his poetry as a means to shed light on the issues facing his nation and to inspire hope for a brighter future. Whether he is making people laugh or stirring their emotions, Jimbo’s poetry always leaves a lasting impression.
Follow Jimbo on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Jimbosmyname
Find out more about Jimbo at https://www.jameswdillon.com/
Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet
Damien B Donnelly is a 47-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 6th season with 375+ 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! on 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. His poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals, both online and in print. He is the editor-in-chief of The Storms, a journal of poetry, prose and visual art.
The Storms journal is available at https://eatthestorms.com/the-storm-shop/
He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/deuxiemepeau and instagram at both @damiboy and @weshallalwayshaveparis
You can purchase his pamphlets and collections at his website https://deuxiemepeaupoetry.com/
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