Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 6 – Season 3

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, CastBox, ITunes, Podbean and many more platforms.

This episode aired first on Saturday 31st July 2021. The guests were Matthew Rice, Ellie Rees, Andy Brechenridge, Susan J Farese and Champion Things, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…

Susan Richardson

Matthew Rice was born in Belfast. Poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Asheville Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The Tangerine, and in the anthologies The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017(Eyewear), and Hold Open the Door: The Ireland Chair of Poetry Commemorative Anthology (UCD Press / University of Chicago Press). He was awarded runner-up for the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2017, and was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series the same year. He was the recipient of a SIAP Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for 2017/18, and also received an IERP Award in 2020. He is currently completing an MA in Poetry and Criticism at The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast. His debut collection of poems, The Last Weather Observer, was published in 2021 with Summer Palace Press.

You can find Matthew on Twitter https://twitter.com/Wordswritten and Instagram at @pawnsacrifice

Ellie Rees

Ellie Rees is an internationally-minded, award-winning writer who writes across many genres including poetry, creative non-fiction and memoir. Her work is widely published in various journals including: New Welsh Review, Poetry Wales, Cabinet of Heed, The Lonely Crowd, The Broken Spine and Black Bough Poetry. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Swansea University. Ellie’s first collection of poetry, Ticking won the Hedgehog Poetry Press ‘Selected or Neglected’ Book Collection Competition in 2020 and will be published by them in 2021.

Ellie is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ellierees23

Follow Ellie on her website at https://elliereeswriter.com/

Andy Brechenridge

Andy Breckenridge is an English teacher living in Brighton, via London, Paris and Glasgow, but is originally from Oban in Argyllshire. His debut pamphlet, The Liquid Air, was published by Dreich in Jul 2021. He won the East Sussex County Council poetry prize in 2005, and has also had work published in the Common Breath poetry blog, Nutmeg Magazine (the Scottish Football Periodical), Stanza’s Poetry Map of Scotland and the Shoreham Wordfest Anthology 2020. Poems are due out in Dreich’s Summer Anywhere anthology, and in The Best Worst Years by Acid Bath Publishing. He is currently editing his first collection. 

Andy is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/drbafc and Instagram at @brechenridgeandy

Read more poems from Andy at Common Breath here http://thecommonbreath.com/poetry.html

And find his pamphlet The Liquid Air at Dreich were https://hybriddreich.co.uk/product/andy-breckenridge-the-liquid-air/

Susan J Farese

Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN, (Veteran), a native of NJ, is owner/president of SJF Communications, San Diego, CA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Widener University (PA) and Master’s of Science degree from Seton Hall University (NJ). Ms. Farese has diversified experience in health care and communications, including military and civilian nursing practice, management, education/training, public speaking, research, and consulting. Susan is the author of the book Poetic Expressions in Nursing… Sharing is Caring (1993 and 2021), currently teaches ‘Capturing Your Creativity with Haiku’ workshops and has published poetry and articles on a variety of topics. In addition to her being on the advisory board of San Diego Film Week, Susan is a member of SAG-AFTRA, American Legion Post 43, Veterans in Media & Entertainment, San Diego Writers Ink, The San Diego Press. Since 2017, Susan has been a Mentor in San Diego State University’s Aztec Mentor Program.

Susan’s passions include birdwatching, nature photography, writing/poetry, as well as film/tv/theatre. Susan is in awe of hummingbirds, seahorses, heart-shaped items/art and the colors purple and teal. She lives in sunny San Diego with her husband Mike, daughter Emmy and also is human caregiver to her family’s geriatric tuxedo cat Chloe Marie and Betta Fish Alvin Danny Boy.

Susan is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sjfcommo and Instagram at @sjfcommo

SJFCommunications website is https://sjfcommunications.com/

Find more about her work at https://linktr.ee/Sjfcommo

Her book Expressions in Nursing… Sharing the Caring is available on Amazon in Audiobook, Print and Kindle formats here https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/173697761X

Champion Things

Champion Things, Belfast based Wordcore outfit, release new album, “Deep Within the Slum Kitchen”

The new Champion Things album, “Deep Within the Slum Kitchen”, is now available to purchase on Bandcamp. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Vic Bronzini Fulton at Earth Music Studios in Belfast during April, May and June of 2021 and is the 4th album in 2 years.

Champion Things are a Belfast based group based around Gordon Hewitt who writes spoken word narratives which are then added to with various forms of groove based music. The music on the new album was produced by Hewitt on guitar and Bronzini Fulton who added, bass, guitar, keyboards, synths and drum patterns. The hand drummer, Thomas Annang, originally from Ghana, contributes two tracks to the album and plays on a bonus track as does bass player Michael McKinney.

The themes of the narratives on this album are a continuation of Hewitt’s investigation into viruses and pandemics and how people are impacted in different ways by viral outbreaks, heard on last year’s “Isle of plagues” album. From people who work for farming journals, to women living in slums in India to characters based in Belfast, the narratives are a reminder of how lives are affected in a myriad of different ways when major global events like the pandemic emerge.

“I try to find stories which are beyond the standard narrative regarding the reporting the situation of the pandemic. Whereas the last album concentrated on more general themes, where viruses come from, how they spread, the situation inside hospitals, the role of lawyers and funeral directors, this album concentrates on people who are slightly outside the immediate impact and some who try to profit from a difficult situation. Musically there is a lot more electronic sounds on this album and a lot slower and less jazz influenced grooves but we haven’t given away that unique Champion Things sound.”

Champion Things and their albums are available now on Bandcamp https://championthings.bandcamp.com/album/deep-within-the-slum-kitchen

They are on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ChampionThings_

Follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/championthingsmusic/

The Monthly

Click on The Monthy from the Community Arts Partnership in Northern Ireland to find out what’s happening in Culture with a focus on Spoken Word and Poetry every month, edited by Champion Things frontman Gorgon Hewitt

https://www.capartscentre.com/monthly/

Events Coming Soon

Fevers of the Mind Press

Submission are currently open at Fevers of the Mind Press, created by poet David L O Nan. Right now they are accepting pieces for Fevers of the Mind anthology; Fevers 5, Fevers of the Mind Issue 6 as well as a follow up to Anthology to Avalanches in Poetry Writings and Art inspired by Lenard Cohen, the  submission period for the last one closes on September 1st.

Fevers of the Mind is currently running an interview series called Quick 9 which has spoken to wonderful poets and musicians such as Ken Stringfellow from the Posies, Ron Sexsmith, Frank Watkinson, U.S. National Beat Poet Laureate Ron Whitehead, Writer of Three Martinis at the Ritz (about Anne Sexton & Sylvia Plath) Gail Crowther, Anne Casey and many more. You can find the most recent interview here with Shaindel Beers https://feversofthemind.com/2021/07/28/a-fevers-of-the-mind-quick-9-interview-with-shaindel-beers/

Follow Fevers of the Mind on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FeversOf

Follow creator of Fevers and poet David L O Nan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidLONan1

EastSide Arts Festival, Belfast, 5th to 15th August 2021

On 6th August at 7.30pm online, Join Belfast poet Gaynor Kane, as she hosts an event showcasing poets from the Hedgehog Poetry Press, celebrating the connections between them and their homelands of Scotland and Ireland, North and South. You will be entertained by readings from Anne McMaster, Damien B Donnelly, Karen Mooney, Lynn Valentine, Martin Malone, Peter A and Vicky Allen.

Gaynor is east Belfast born and bred, author of three Hedgehog Press publications and co-author of a fourth. Her full collection of poetry ‘Venus in Pink Marble’ was released last September on her fiftieth birthday. Her website is https://gaynorkane.com/

For the Eastside Arts Festival head to their website https://www.eastsidearts.net/

For direct links to Who Needs a Bridge? The Hedgehog Poetry Press Showcase https://www.eastsidearts.net/event/who-needs-bridge-hedgehog-poetry-press-showcase

To follow Gaynor Kane on Twitter https://twitter.com/gaynorkane

Gaynor Kane & Matthew MC Smith headline Cheltenham Poetry Festival

On Tuesday 3rd August, at 7pm, Gaynor Kane (Venus In Pink Marble) and Black Bough Poetry creator Matthew MC Smith (Origins: 21 poems) headline at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival online with tickets available at https://cheltenhampoetryfestival.co.uk/

Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet

Damien B Donnelly returned to Ireland in 2019 after 23 years in Paris, London and Amsterdam, working in the fashion industry as a pattern maker for various brands including Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, Pepe Jeans, Reiss and G-Star. His writing focuses on identity, fragility and connection. His interests revolve around falling over and learning how to get back up while baking delicious cakes. His work had been published in numerous journals online and in print including Black Bough Poetry, Barren Magazine, Anti Hereon Chic, Icefloe Press and The Bangor Literary Journal. His debut poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms, which was featured on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and his Stickleback micro collection Considering Canvases with Boys were both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. His next collection with be a conversation pamphlet he co-wrote with fellow Irish poet Eilín de Paor called In the Jitterfritz of Neon. He is currently finishing his first full collection documenting his love affair with Paris called Enough!

He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/deuxiemepeau and instagram at @damiboy

You can follow him and buy his Eat the Storms debut pamphlet and his Stickleback micro collection at is website https://deuxiemepeaupoetry.com/

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

https://www.purple-planet.com/

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

Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 5 – Season 3

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, CastBox, ITunes, Podbean and many more platforms.

This episode aired first on Saturday 24th July 2021. The guests were Susan Richardson, George Sandifer-Smith, Julie Irigaray, Michael Conley and Claire HM, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…

Susan Richardson

Susan Richardson is an award winning, internationally published poet, and the author of “Things My Mother Left Behind” from Potter’s Grove Press.  In 2002, she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, and in 2010, began writing  the blog https://floweringink.wordpress.com/

She lives in Ireland with her husband, two pugs and two cats. 

You can find Susan on Twitter https://twitter.com/floweringink 

You can also find Susan on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuGPTQc7r6si_oKvk0_baIQ?view_as=subscriber

And Susan is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SRFloweringink

George Sandifer- Smith

George Sandifer-Smith is a Welsh writer. His poetry has appeared in various journals and magazines including New Welsh Review, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Stockholm Review, and Black Bough, and numerous anthologies including Poems from Pembrokeshire (Seren Books, 2019) and Hit Points (Broken Sleep Books, 2021). His debut poetry collection Nights Travel at the Right Speed will be published by Infinity Book this year and his pamphlet Empty Trains will be published in 2022 by Broken Sleep Books.  

George is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SandiferSmith

For Infinity Books https://infinitybooksuk.com/books/

For Broken Sleep Books https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/

Julie Irigaray

Julie Irigaray is a French Basque poet dividing her time between the UK and France. Her début pamphlet Whalers, Witches and Gauchos was published by Nine Pens this year. Her poems have appeared internationally (US, UK, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, Singapore and South Korea) in Ambit; Magma; Stand and Mslexia. She was commended in the 2020 Ambit Magazine Poetry Prize; shortlisted for The White Review Poet’s Prize 2019, and selected as one of the 50 Best New British and Irish Poets 2018 (Eyewear Publishing), among other prizes.

Julie is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/IrigarayJulie and Instagram at @IrigarayJulie

Follow Julie at her website https://www.julieirigaray.com/

And on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Irigaray/100008045718243/

Michael Conley

Michael Conley is a writer and teacher from Manchester.  His poetry has appeared in Rialto, Magma, Interpreters House, Butcher’s Dog, Strix, among other magazines. His first pamphlet, ‘Aquarium’ was published in 2015 by Flarestack, and his latest, “These Are Not My Dreams And Anyway Nothing Here Is Purple” is published by Nine Pens. He also writes short stories and flash fiction, and his prose collection, ‘Flare And Falter’, was published by Splice and longlisted for the 2019 Edge Hill Prize.

Michael is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mickconley

For his pamphlet at Nine Pens Press https://ninepens.co.uk/michael-conley

For his prose collection Flare and Falter at Splice https://www.thisissplice.co.uk/our-titles/phase-1/flare-and-falter/

Claire HM

In 2019 Claire HM had an essay published in the anthology, I Wrote it Anyway, about her experience of accessing university, and the long journey of finding the confidence to write as a woman in her forties from a working class background. How to Bring Him Back, her debut novella set in the seedier side of 90s Birmingham, is a story framed by a spell to let go of the past and will be published by Fly on the Wall press in October 2021. Claire has also written a poetry pamphlet Ask Those Birds that takes the motif of birds, and other winged creatures, to chart a journey of self acceptance through a piecing together of a personal mythology of desire. She hopes to find a publisher for these poems in 2021.

Claire’s poems have most recently been published in Black Flowers Literary Journal, streetcake, Flights, Cape MagazineNymphs and Tears in the Fence.

Claire is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/clairehmwriter and on Instagram and Facebook at clairehmwriter

You can follow Claire at her website https://clairehm.com/

To pre-order Claire’s novella at Fly on the Wall Press https://www.flyonthewallpress.co.uk/product-page/how-to-bring-him-back-by-claire-hm

Nine Pens Press

For more about Nine Pens Press, created by Colin Bancroft https://ninepens.co.uk/poets-1

Events Coming Soon

EastSide Arts Festival, Belfast, 5th to 15th August 2021

On 6th August at 7.30pm online, Join Belfast poet Gaynor Kane, as she hosts an event showcasing poets from the Hedgehog Poetry Press, celebrating the connections between them and their homelands of Scotland and Ireland, North and South. You will be entertained by readings from Anne McMaster, Damien B Donnelly, Karen Mooney, Lynn Valentine, Martin Malone, Peter A and Vicky Allen.

Gaynor is east Belfast born and bred, author of three Hedgehog Press publications and co-author of a fourth. Her full collection of poetry ‘Venus in Pink Marble’ was released last September on her fiftieth birthday. Her website is https://gaynorkane.com/

For the Eastside Arts Festival head to their website https://www.eastsidearts.net/

For direct links to Who Needs a Bridge? The Hedgehog Poetry Press Showcase https://www.eastsidearts.net/event/who-needs-bridge-hedgehog-poetry-press-showcase

To follow Gaynor Kane on Twitter https://twitter.com/gaynorkane

Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet

Damien B Donnelly returned to Ireland in 2019 after 23 years in Paris, London and Amsterdam, working in the fashion industry as a pattern maker for various brands including Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, Pepe Jeans, Reiss and G-Star. His writing focuses on identity, fragility and connection. His interests revolve around falling over and learning how to get back up while baking delicious cakes. His work had been published in numerous journals online and in print including Black Bough Poetry, Barren Magazine, Anti Hereon Chic, Icefloe Press and The Bangor Literary Journal. His debut poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms, which was featured on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and his Stickleback micro collection Considering Canvases with Boys were both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. His next collection with be a conversation pamphlet he co-wrote with fellow Irish poet Eilín de Paor called In the Jitterfritz of Neon. He is currently finishing his first full collection documenting his love affair with Paris called Enough!

He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/deuxiemepeau and instagram at @damiboy

You can follow him and buy his Eat the Storms debut pamphlet and his Stickleback micro collection at is website https://deuxiemepeaupoetry.com/

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

https://www.purple-planet.com/

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

Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 4 – Season 3

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, CastBox, ITunes, Podbean and many more platforms.

This episode aired first on Saturday 17th July 2021. The guests were Adele Cordner, Jack B Bedell, Julie Stevens, Karen Mooney, Darren J Beaney, Lynn Valentine, Patricia M Osborne, Eilín de Paor, Anne McMaster, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…

Adele Cordner

Adele Cordner was born in Newport, South Wales and worked an advertising copywriter, editor and account manager before becoming a full-time mum of her four children. Since they have all started to grow up, Adele has found time to focus on her creative writing.

The Kitchen Sink Chronicles, Adele’s first pamphlet, was published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in January 2021. Her poetry has been placed in various international competitions including The Plough Prize, Poetry on the Lake, The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, and The Welsh Poetry Competition. She has also won prizes in Abergavenny and Upper Chapel Eisteddfods and her work has featured in Red Poets Magazine and anthologies such as Poems For Grenfell Tower, Pandemic Poetry and Ways To Peace. Adele hosts Newport Poetry Society Stanza workshop and attends NaCOT poetry workshop in Chepstow. She recently achieved an MA(Distinction) in Scriptwriting from Bath Spa University and has written two stage plays which will be performed in South Wales in 2022.

Adele is an actor and director for Newport Playgoers Society and Everyman Theatre Cardiff, and sings with The Singing Club in Chepstow. She also works as a Supporting Artist in film and television so you might spot her as a background nurse in Casualty.

Find out more about Adele at her website https://www.adelecordner.com/

Follow Adele on Twitter at https://twitter.com/adele_cordner

Jack B Bedell

Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. Jack’s work has appeared in BarrenPidgeonholesThe ShoreOkay Donkey,EcoTheoThe HopperThe Night Heron Barks, and other journals. His latest collection isColor All Maps New (Mercer University Press, 2021). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.

Jack is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jackbedell and Instagram at @jackbbedell

Follow Jack on his website at http://www.jackbbedell.com/

Julie Stevens

Julie Stevens writes poems sometimes reflecting the impact Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has on her life. Her winning Stickleback pamphlet Balancing Act was recently published by Hedgehog Poetry Press (June 2021) and her debut chapbook Quicksand by Dreich (Sept 2020).

Julie is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JulesJumping

Follow Julie at her website https://www.jumpingjulespoetry.com/

Karen Mooney

A career in human resource management provided preparation for some of Karen Mooney’s current activities; cats and words.  Sometimes they hide, reappearing unexpectedly; sometimes they scratch, sometimes they purr.  Her words have appeared in online publications and in Penned In, co-written with Gaynor Kane published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. Her own pamphlet is due to be published later this year by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

Karen is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/1karenmooney

Karen is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/observationsbykaren/photos/?ref=page_internal

Darren J Beaney

Darren J Beaney is one half of Flight of the Dragonfly, who host a regular spoken word evening on Zoom and produce Flights a poetry, prose and flash e-journal. He hosts two online poetry clubs for Home-stage and has recently been enlisted as a guest editor for Sledgehammer Lit to help sift through 120 chapbook submissions and select a handful for future publication.  He has had poems published in a number of journals and anthologies and has two pamphlets published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press – Honey Dew and The Machinery of Life.

Darren is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DJ_Be_An

You can follow him at his website https://djbeaney.wordpress.com/

For more info on Flight of the Dragonfly… https://flightofthedragonfly.com/

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).

Patricia is a novelist, poet and short fiction writer. She has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. The final book in House of Grace family saga trilogy was published March 2021. Taxus Baccata and The Montefiore Bride were published byThe Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2020.

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.

Patricia is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PMOsborneWriter

Follow Patricia at her website https://whitewingsbooks.com/

Patricia is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/triciaosbornewriter/

Lynn Valentine

Lynn Valentine is working towards her debut poetry collection which will be published by Cinnamon Press in April 2022, after winning their Literature Award. She has a Scots language pamphlet out with Hedgehog Poetry Press, after winning their dialect competition. Lynn was one of five ‘North’ poets to be commissioned by the Scottish Poetry Library as part of their Champions project 2020. She is widely published in places like Atrium, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Northwords Now and Poetry Scotland.

Lynn is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dizzylynn

Follow Lynn at her website at https://lynnvalentine.com/

Anne McMaster

Anne McMaster lives on a much-loved old farm in rural mid Ulster. Once a full-time farmer, she spent several years teaching in California and traveling the US before returning to Northern Ireland. She has lectured in both English literature and performing arts while developing original products and theater productions – working as a playwright and theater director for over 25 years. She now spends her time as a poet, professional voice actor, editor, project designer and creative writing mentor. Her work has been published extensively in the USA, Canada, the UK and Ireland. Her collection Walking off the Land offers a series of glimpses into a disappearing way of life – a rural childhood on a small Ulster farm. Drawing the soft echo of remembrance into the present moment, this collection of poems explores seasonal rituals and traditions that once shaped the days and lives of those who worked the land. It also traces the gradual decline of a family and an old farm.

Anne is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Rosehill_girl

Follow Anne at her website at http://annemcmaster.co.uk/

Eilín de Paor

Eilín de Paor lives in Dublin and works in health and social care. Selected for The Stinging Fly Summer School 2019, her poems have been published by Algebra of OwlsInk, Sweat and Tears, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Stony Thursday Book, Vox Galvia, Abridged and Dreich Wee Books.

Eilín is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/edepaor

The Hedgehog Poetry Press

For all you need to know about The Hedgehog Poetry Press, created by Mark Davidson, https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/

EastSide Arts Festival, Belfast, 5th to 15th August 2021

On 6th August at 7.30pm online, Join Belfast poet Gaynor Kane, as she hosts an event showcasing poets from the Hedgehog Poetry Press, celebrating the connections between them and their homelands of Scotland and Ireland, North and South. You will be entertained by readings from Anne McMaster, Damien B Donnelly, Karen Mooney, Lynn Valentine, Martin Malone, Peter A and Vicky Allen.

Gaynor is east Belfast born and bred, author of three Hedgehog Press publications and co-author of a fourth. Her full collection of poetry ‘Venus in Pink Marble’ was released last September on her fiftieth birthday. Her website is https://gaynorkane.com/

For the Eastside Arts Festival head to their website https://www.eastsidearts.net/

For direct links to Who Needs a Bridge? The Hedgehog Poetry Press Showcase https://www.eastsidearts.net/event/who-needs-bridge-hedgehog-poetry-press-showcase

To follow Gaynor Kane on Twitter https://twitter.com/gaynorkane

Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet

Damien B Donnelly returned to Ireland in 2019 after 23 years in Paris, London and Amsterdam, working in the fashion industry as a pattern maker for various brands including Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, Pepe Jeans, Reiss and G-Star. His writing focuses on identity, fragility and connection. His interests revolve around falling over and learning how to get back up while baking delicious cakes. His work had been published in numerous journals online and in print including Black Bough Poetry, Barren Magazine, Anti Hereon Chic, Icefloe Press and The Bangor Literary Journal. His debut poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms, which was featured on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and his Stickleback micro collection Considering Canvases with Boys were both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. His next collection with be a conversation pamphlet he co-wrote with fellow Irish poet Eilín de Paor called In the Jitterfritz of Neon. He is currently finishing his first full collection documenting his love affair with Paris called Enough!

He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/deuxiemepeau and instagram at @damiboy

You can follow him and buy his Eat the Storms debut pamphlet and his Stickleback micro collection at is website https://deuxiemepeaupoetry.com/

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

https://www.purple-planet.com/

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

Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 3 – Season 3

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, CastBox, ITunes, Podbean and many more platforms.

This episode aired first on Saturday 10th July 2021. The guests were Briony Collins, Catherine Graham, Robert Fanning, Marcelle Newbold, Lisa Mary Armstrong, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…

Briony Collins

Briony Collins is a poet, novelist, and playwright. She won the 2016 Exeter Novel Prize and has several prominent publications. Her debut poetry book, Blame it on Me, is forthcoming with Broken Sleep Books in August 2021. She is co-founder and co-editor of Cape Magazine

Find out more about Briony at her website https://brionycollins.co.uk/

Follow Briony on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ri_collins and Instagram at @ri_collins96

You can pre order her collections at Broken Sleep Books https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/product-page/briony-collins-blame-it-on-me

Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham is a Toronto-based writer of poetry and fiction. Her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, was nameda CBC Best Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry and her debut novel, Quarry,was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction and Fred Kerner Book Award and won the Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Award and an Independent Publisher Book Awards’ gold medal for Fiction. Her poems have been translated into Greek, Serbo-Croatian, Bangla, Chinese and Spanish and have appeared in The Malahat Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Glasgow Review of Books, Poetry Daily, Poetry Ireland Review, Gutter Magazine, Crannóg, The Bangor Literary Journal,Southwordand moreA finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, she won the Arc Award of Awesomeness. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. A previous winner of the Toronto International Festival of Authors’ Poetry NOW, she leads their monthly book club and is an interviewer for By the Lake Book Club. Æther: An Out-of-Body Lyric is her seventh book. Her second novel, The Most Cunning Heart, is forthcoming.

Catherine is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/catgrahampoet and Instagram at @catgrahampoet

Follow Catherine on her website at https://catherinegraham.com/

You can find more about her at Linktr; https://linktr.ee/CatGrahamPoet

Robert Fanning

Robert Fanning is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: Severance (Salmon Poetry, 2019), Our Sudden Museum, (Salmon Poetry,  2017), American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), and The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (Three Bee Press, 2015) and Old Bright Wheel (The Ledge Press, 2001). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, The Atlanta Review, Waxwing, THRUSH, The Cortland Review, The Common, and many other journals. He is a Professor of English at Central Michigan University, as well as the Founder/Facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI., and the Founder/Director of PEN/INSULA POETRY, a resource for Michigan poets

Robert is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FanningPoet

Follow Robert at his website https://robertfanning.wordpress.com/

You can buy his books at Salmon Poetry https://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=487&a=298

Marcelle Newbold

Marcelle Newbold loves poetry as a way of exploring inner spaces, place, and inheritance. She addresses the day to day: the unexceptional as precious moments. Pushcart Prize nominated and winner of the Poetry in the Arcades competition in 2020, her poems have been published online and in print magazines, and in recent anthologies by Black Bough Poetry, Maytree Press, and Indigo Dreams. She is a Managing Editor of Nightingale & Sparrow and lives in Cardiff, Wales where she trained as an architect.

Marcelle is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/marcellenewbold and Instagram at @marcellenewbold   

You can find more about Marcelle at her website http://poems.sketch31.co.uk/

And also on Linktr; https://linktr.ee/marcellenewbold

Lisa Mary Armstrong

Lisa Mary Armstrong lives in Scotland with her children and tutors law and criminology at Strathclyde University.  She is a children’s rights advocate and researcher and writes about women and children’s experiences of the criminal justice system.  She started writing poetry during the pandemic and has had over forty poems published in journals such as Anti Heroin Chic, the Aurora Journal, Yours Poetically Magazine, Dwelling Literary, The Daily Drunk, Fahmidan Journal, Heath and Coffin, Spillwords and many more.  She is currently putting together two collections of poetry on women and war and a series of character monologues in which she explores the lives and loves of 50’s Hollywood Actresses.  

Lisa is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/earlgrey79_lisa

You can follow her at her website https://lisaarmstrong2179.wixsite.com/website

Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet

Damien B Donnelly returned to Ireland in 2019 after 23 years in Paris, London and Amsterdam, working in the fashion industry as a pattern maker for various brands including Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, Pepe Jeans, Reiss and G-Star. His writing focuses on identity, fragility and connection. His interests revolve around falling over and learning how to get back up while baking delicious cakes. His work had been published in numerous journals online and in print including Black Bough Poetry, Barren Magazine, Anti Hereon Chic, Icefloe Press and The Bangor Literary Journal. His debut poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms, which was featured on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and his Stickleback micro collection Considering Canvases with Boys were both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. His next collection with be a conversation pamphlet he co-wrote with fellow Irish poet Eilín de Paor called In the Jitterfritz of Neon. He is currently finishing his first full collection documenting his love affair with Paris called Enough!

He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/deuxiemepeau and instagram at @damiboy

You can follow him and buy his Eat the Storms debut pamphlet and his Stickleback micro collection at is website https://deuxiemepeaupoetry.com/

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

https://www.purple-planet.com/

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

Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 2 – Season 3

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, CastBox, ITunes, Podbean and many more platforms.

This episode aired first on Saturday 3rd July 2021. The guests were Christina Thatcher, Matt Hohner, Daniel Wade, Kristin Garth and Gaynor Kane, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…

Christina Thatcher

Christina Thatcher is a Creative Writing Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She keeps busy off campus as Poetry Editor for The Cardiff Review, a tutor for The Poetry School, a member of the Literature Wales Management Board and as a freelance workshop facilitator across the UK. Her poetry and short stories have featured in over 50 publications including The London Magazine,Magma, North American Review, Planet Magazine, The Interpreter’s House and more. She has published two poetry collections with Parthian Books: More than you were (2017) and How to Carry Fire (2020).

Find out more about Christina at her website https://christinathatcher.com/

Follow Christina on Twitter at https://twitter.com/writetoempower

You can buy her collections at Parthian Books https://www.parthianbooks.com/products/how-to-carry-fire?_pos=10&_sid=ca83ce97d&_ss=r

Matt Hohner

Matt Hohner is an editor for Loch Raven Review. He once won a poetry slam in Washington State over the phone from Maryland. He has collaborated with Dutch composer Bec Plexus to convert a poem of his into lyrics for a song performed in Amsterdam, and with visual artists for an LED electronic art billboard project in Baltimore City. Hohner’s first collection is Thresholds and Other Poems (Apprentice House 2018). Salmon Poetry will publish his next collection in 2023. An international award-winning poet, he most recently placed second in the 2021 Fish Publishing Poetry Prize. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Matt is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/matt_hohner

Follow Matt on this website at https://matthohner.wordpress.com/

You can find out more about Lock Raven Review at https://thelochravenreview.net/

Daniel Wade

Daniel Wade is a poet, playwright and fiction writer from Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland. In January 2017, his play ‘The Collector’ opened the 20th anniversary season of the New Theatre, Dublin. His spoken-word album ‘Embers and Earth’, available for download on iTunes and Spotify, launched at the National Concert Hall. A prolific performer, Daniel has featured at many festivals including Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, and the 2019 International Literature Festival (ILFD). In January 2020 his radio drama ‘Crossing the Red Line’ was broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Extra, and later won a silver award at the New York Festivals Radio Awards for Best Digital Drama. Daniel was the Hennessy New Irish Writing winner for April 2015 in The Irish Times, and his poetry and short fiction have featured in over two dozen publications since 2012. His debut collection ‘Rapids’ was published by Finishing Line Press in August of 2021. His novel ‘a Land Without Wolves’ is published by Temple Dark Books. In November 2020, his screenplay ‘Strike’, co-written with filmmaker Shane Collins, was nominated as a finalist in the 2020 Waterford Film Festival.

Daniel is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/wadeinthewate11 and Instagram at dan_wade_in_the_water

Daniel is on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/daniel-wade-7

Follow Daniel at his website http://www.danielwade.ie/

Daniel is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/shutthefuckup654

Kristin Garth

Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist.  Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of 20 books of poetry including Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), and Girlarium (Fahmidan Journal).  She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series.

Kristin is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/lolaandjolie

You can find more about Kristin at her website https://kristingarth.com/

Gaynor Kane

Gaynor Kane is a Northern Irish poet from Belfast. She has two poetry pamphlets, and a full collection, from Hedgehog Poetry Press, they are Circling the Sun, Memory Forest, and Venus in Pink Marble (2018, 2019 and September 2020 respectively). She is co-author, along with Karen Mooney, of Penned In a poetry pamphlet written in response to the pandemic (November 2020).  

Gaynor is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gaynorkane

You can follow Gaynor and buy her collections at her website https://gaynorkane.com/

Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet

Damien B Donnelly returned to Ireland in 2019 after 23 years in Paris, London and Amsterdam, working in the fashion industry as a pattern maker for various brands including Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, Pepe Jeans, Reiss and G-Star. His writing focuses on identity, fragility and connection. His interests revolve around falling over and learning how to get back up while baking delicious cakes. His work had been published in numerous journals online and in print including Black Bough Poetry, Barren Magazine, Anti Hereon Chic, Icefloe Press and The Bangor Literary Journal. His debut poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms, which was featured on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and his Stickleback micro collection Considering Canvases with Boys were both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. His next collection with be a conversation pamphlet he co-wrote with fellow Irish poet Eilín de Paor called In the Jitterfritz of Neon. He is currently finishing his first full collection documenting his love affair with Paris called Enough!

He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/deuxiemepeau and instagram at @damiboy

You can follow him and buy his Eat the Storms debut pamphlet and his Stickleback micro collection at https://deuxiemepeaupoetry.com/

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

https://www.purple-planet.com/

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

Eat the Storms – The Pride Poetry Podcast Party

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, Podbean and many more platforms.

On Saturday 26th June 2021, Eat the Storms returned for its 3rd season and with a Pride Poetry special to celebrate Pride Month 2021.

The guests were Anne Walsh Donnelly, David Hanlon, Ciara Ní É, Sue Finch, Jude Marr, Jeremy Dixon, Paul Stephenson, Day Mattar, Mark Ward, Katie Proctor, Simon Maddrell, Jay Whittaker and Elizabeth Gibson, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly along with a little poetic inspiration from Tennessee Williams. Below are the bios and links to all the glorious guests for you to find and follow them in order to Stay Bloody Poetic and Proud…

Anne Walsh Donnelly

Anne Walsh Donnelly writes poetry prose and plays. She is a single mother of two teenagers originally from Carlow in the south east of Ireland. She now lives in Mayo in the West of Ireland. She has been described by Irish poet Kevin Higgins as ‘a poet with exceptional bravery, a pretty sensational original voice.’ Her chapbook The Woman with an Owl Tattoo and her full-length poetry collection Odd As Fuck were both published by Fly on the Wall Press. She has been shortlisted for the 2019 Hennessy/Irish Times New Irish Writing Literary Award, the winner of the Over the Edge Fictional Slam in 2018 and selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions series 2019

Anne is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AnneWDonnelly

You can buy her pamphlet and full collection at Fly on the Wall Press https://www.flyonthewallpress.co.uk/product-page/bundle-anne-walsh-donnelly-poetry

David Hanlon

David Hanlon is a welsh poet living in Cardiff. He is a Best of the Net nominee. You can find his work online in over 50 magazines, including Rust & Moth, Icefloe Press & Mineral Lit Mag. His first chapbook Spectrum of Flight is available for purchase now at Animal Heart Press.

David on on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidHanlon13

David on on Instagram at @welshpoetd

Spectrum of Flight is available at Animal Heart Press is https://animalheartpress.net/spectrum-of-flight/

Ciara Ní É

Ciara Ní É is Irish Writers Centre ambassador and was DCU’s Writer in Residence 2020. Ciara is the founder of REIC, a monthly multilingual spoken word and open mic night that features poetry, music, storytelling and rap. She has performed internationally in New York, London, Brussels, Sweden, and across Ireland. Her work has been published in a variety of journals including Icarus Aneas, and Comhar. She was chosen for Poetry Ireland’s ‘Introductions’ series 2017. She is a cofounder of arts collective Aerach.Aiteach.Gaelach, and her first project with the group was selected for The Abbey Theatre’s 5×5 2020. The video for ‘Phenomenal Woman’, a 2018 commission about the LGFA (Ladies Gaelic Football Association) was viewed over 300,000 times, and brought her work to wider attention. Other commissions include RTÉ TV, BBC Radio, TG4, and The Irish Writers Centre. Her first poetry collection is forthcoming.

Ciara is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MiseCiara

Find out more about REIC, the Multilingual Spoken word and open mic night at https://twitter.com/reic

Follow Ciara at her website https://miseciara.wordpress.com/

Paul Stephenson

Paul Stephenson was the winner of the 2014/2015 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet competition judged by US poet Billy collins. His resulting first pamphlet Those People was published in May 2015 by Smith/Doorstep. His second pamphlet The Days that Followed Paris, written in the wake of the 2015 terrorist attacks, was published by HappenStance in October 2016 and included as one of the Poetry School’s Books of the Year 2016. His third pamphlet Selfie with Waterlilies won the Paper Swans Press Competition. He is from Cambridge, England. He has published poems in journals including Magma, Poetry London, the Rialto, Bare Fiction and The Interpreter’s House. He has co-curated Poetry in Aldeburgh since 2018.

Paul is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stephenson_pj and Instagram at paulstep456

You can find more about Paul on his website https://paulstep.com/

Find out more about Poetry in Aldeburgh at https://www.poetryinaldeburgh.org/

Elizabeth Gibson

Elizabeth Gibson is a Manchester poet, performer and tutor. She has won a Northern Writers’ Award, and her work has appeared or is upcoming in journals including 404 InkAtriumConfingoInk, Sweat & TearsLighthousePopshot, Queerlings and Under the Radar. She was awarded an Arts Council DYCP grant in Spring 2021, to work on exploring and owning her queerness in poetry and performance.

Elizabeth is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Grizonne

She is on Instagram at…

https://www.instagram.com/grizonne

She can be found at her website http://elizabethgibsonwriter.blogspot.com/

Mark Ward

Mark Ward is the author of the chapbooks, Circumference (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and Carcass (Seven Kitchens Press, 2020) and a full-length collection, Nightlight (Salmon Poetry, 2022). His poems have been in The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, Boyne Berries, Skylight47, The Honest Ulsterman, Assaracus, Tincture, Cordite, Softblow and many more. He was Highly Commended in the 2019 Patrick Kavanagh Award and in 2020 was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize and selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series. He is the founding editor of Impossible Archetype, an international journal of LGBTQ+ poetry, now in its fifth year.

Mark is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dogwithoutlegs

You can follow mark on the website https://astintinyourspotlight.wordpress.com/

Impossible Archetype can be found here https://impossiblearchetype.wordpress.com/

Jude Marr

Jude Marr is originally from Scotland. After a varied career, they decided to become a writer. Jude now has an MFA from Georgia College, a PhD from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and their first full length poetry collection, We Know Each Other By Our Wounds, came out in November 2020 from Animal Heart Press. Their poems have also appeared in multiple publications and their chapbook, Breakfast for the Birds, came out from Finishing Line Press in 2017. Jude is a poet and a teacher and currently moving back to the UK.

You can find Jude on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JudeMarr1

Jude’s website is http://judemarr.com/

You can buy We Know Each other by our Wounds at Animal Heart Press https://animalheartpress.net/purchase-we-know-each-other-by-our-wounds/

Simon Maddrell

Simon Maddrell is a queer born Manx man, thriving with HIV. Brought up in Bolton, Lancashire, he recently moved to Brighton and Hove after 20 years in London. His debut pamphlet Throatbone was published by UnCollected Press (2020). He describes Queerfella as a ‘journey from shame to unashamed’.

Simon is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/QueerManxPoet

You can find Queerfella at The Rialto https://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/product/queerfella/

You can find Throatbone at https://www.bridge-bookshop.com/store/p723/Throatbone-by-Simon-Maddrell.html

Read an interview with Simon at the Isle of Man Arts Council https://iomarts.com/news/pride-and-the-arts–simon-maddrell

Jay Whittaker

Jay Whittaker is an Edinburgh-based poet. She has  published two poetry collections, Sweet Anaesthetist (Cinnamon Press, 2020) and Wristwatch (Cinnamon Press), which was Scottish Poetry Book of the Year 2018 (Saltire Society Literary Awards). Jay writes about living with cancer, resilience, grief, family secrets, and LGBTQ+ lives (including her own). Widely published, her poems are included in the 2019 anthology We were always here: a queer words anthology and in the latest Bloodaxe poetry anthology, Staying Human

Jay is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jaywhittapoet and on Instagram at @jaywhittapoet

Follow Jay at her website and follow her blog An Illustrated Guide to the Ruinshttps://jaywhittaker.uk/blog/

Jeremy Dixon

Jeremy Dixon is a poet and maker of Artist’s Books based in rural South Wales. His poems have appeared in Butcher’s Dog, Found Poetry Review, HIV Here & Now, Impossible Archetype, Lighthouse Journal, Riptide Journal, Roundyhouse and other print and online magazines. He is the author of the pamphlet IN RETAIL (Arachne Press, 2019). His first full poetry collection A VOICE COMING FROM THEN is forthcoming from Arachne Press in August 2021. 

Jeremy is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HazardPressUK and Instagram @hazardpressuk

Jeremy is on YouTube at HazardPressPoetry

Jeremy’s books can be found at Arachne Press https://arachnepress.com/books/poetry/a-voice-coming-from-then-by-jeremy-dixon/

Katie Proctor

Katie Proctor (they/them) is a poet from Yorkshire, England. Since they can remember they have loved to write and nowadays, they write freeform poetry and prose often regarding their experience with love, relationships and mental health. Their debut collection of poetry, Seasons, was published in 2020, and their sophomore collection A Desire for Disaster will be published later this year, both by Hedgehog Poetry. They are the editor-in-chief of Celestite poetry, a journal of creative writing and non-fiction. They are a student with a passion for literature, history and classics, and are a big fan of Shakespeare. They love to act and plan to study English Literature at university.

Katie is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/katiiewrites and Instagram @katiiewrites.

Follow at at her website https://katiiewrites.carrd.co/

Celestite Journal is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/celestitepoetry

Day Mattar

Day Mattar is a cheeky queer poet and performer from Liverpool. They facilitate writing workshops with the Queer Bodies poetry collective, of which they’re the co-founder. Day’s poems come from the body, they use poetry as a tool to explore links between the psychological and the physical, the somatic and the sensual. Can a poem make you jump? Is your heart beating faster? Their poetry pamphlet, Springing from the Pews, was published this May with Broken Sleep Books, and is an explosive pamphlet which explores an episode of sexual violence through a verse play interwoven with confessions and journal entries. Mattar’s poetry is eloquent, with a dark intensity underlying the sugary surface, with echoes of Frank O’Hara and Sharon Olds. A breathtaking read, Mattar’s splenetic energy gushes out like water from a fire hydrant.

Day is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/daymattar and Instagram @daymattarpoetry

Day’s book is available at Broken Sleep Books https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/product-page/day-mattar-springing-from-the-pews

Follow Day on their website https://daymattar.wixsite.com/poet

Sue Finch

Sue Finch lives with her wife in North Wales. She likes all kinds of coasts, peculiar things and the scent of ice-cream freezers. Her first collection of poetry, ‘Magnifying Glass’, is published with Black Eyes Publishing and focuses the lens on moments in time and carries the reader from childhood through to adulthood. The title poem recalls one of her brother’s experiments in the garden with his new magnifying glass and its ability to focus sunlight to make fire. The poems are at times dark (Hare Mother reflects on a woman leaving an abusive relationship), occasionally twisted (The Red Shoes is a fairy tale inspired poem that begins with a meeting in a shoe shop) and often poignant (No Second Chance recounts an autobiographical moment where poor use of an axe to chop wood has unforeseen consequences). The final poem, Graphene, is a love poem as well as a celebration of carbon atoms.

Sue is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/soopoftheday and instagram at @soopof

You can buy Magnifying Glass at https://payhip.com/SueFinch

Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet

Damien B Donnelly returned to Ireland in 2019 after 23 years in Paris, London and Amsterdam, working in the fashion industry as a pattern maker for various brands including Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, Pepe Jeans, Reiss and G-Star. His writing focuses on identity, fragility and connection. His interests revolve around falling over and learning how to get back up while baking delicious cakes. His work had been published in numerous journals online and in print including Black Bough Poetry, Barren Magazine, Anti Hereon Chic, Icefloe Press and The Bangor Literary Journal. His debut poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms, which was featured on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and his Stickleback micro collection Considering Canvases with Boys were both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. His next collection with be a conversation pamphlet he co-wrote with fellow Irish poet Eilín de Paor called In the Jitterfritz of Neon. He is currently finishing his first full collection documenting his love affair with Paris called Enough!

He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/deuxiemepeau and instagram at @damiboy

You can follow him and buy his Eat the Storms debut pamphlet and his Stickleback micro collection at https://deuxiemepeaupoetry.com/

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

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – is back 26.06.21 for a Pride Party

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, Podbean and many more platforms.

On Saturday 26th June 2021, Eat the Storms returns for its 3rd season and kicks off with a Pride Poetry special to celebrate Pride Month.

The guests will be Anne Walsh Donnelly, David Hanlon, Ciara Ní É, Sue Finch, Jude Marr, Jeremy Dixon, Paul Stephenson, Day Mattar, Katie Proctor, Simon Maddrell, Jay Whittaker and Elizabeth Gibson, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly along with a little poetic inspiration from Tennessee Williams. So join us this Saturday from 5pm GMT to Stay Bloody Poetic and Proud…

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

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 15 -Season 2

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, Podbean and many more platforms.

This episode aired on 8th May 2021 and I was joined by poets Ryan Gibbs, Sue Finch, Mere Leonard, Brian McManus, Sergio A. Ortiz, Ankh Spice and this weekend’s special guest star; Rhona Greene. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Ryan Gibbs is an English professor who lives in London, Canada. His forty published poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in Canada, The United States, Malta, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon. His children’s poetry has been included in the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness. Ryan is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RyanGibbsWriter and you can find out more about this writing by visiting the link below…

https://linktr.ee/RyanGibbsWriter

Sue Finch lives with her wife in North Wales (now confirmed bakers). Her first published poem appeared in A New Manchester Alphabet in 2015 whilst studying for her MA with Manchester Metropolitan University. Her work has also appeared in a number of online magazines including: The Interpreter’s House, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Dear Reader and One Hand Clapping. Her debut collection, ‘Magnifying Glass’, was published in October 2020 by Black Eyes Publishing. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/soopoftheday and you can find her book at…

https://www.blackeyespublishinguk.co.uk/sue-finch

Mare Leonard is an Associate of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College. She has published 4 chapbooks. The most recent, The Dark Inside My Hooded Coat, was published at Finishing Line Press in 2018. Her first full-length book, I Always Knew This, should be available at the end of May. She was nominated for a pushcart in 2018 for a poem in The Pickled Body. You can find her poetry collection here…

http://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/the-dark-inside-my-hooded-coat-by-mary-leonard/

Brian McManus played a central role in the international criminal enquiry following the terrorist bombing of a Pan Am jet airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 with the loss of 270 lives. His collection of poetry, prose and photographs recounting the events of those times was published as Blue Daze, Black Knights The Story of Lockerbie in 1999. Having stepped away from the world of work, Brian spends his time reading and writing poetry reflecting on our increasingly challenging world, and in his own small way holding to account those who abdicate their responsibility for managing it and the lack of support for those who inhabit it. Liar Liar, his last book of poems, looked closely at the government’s management of Covid. Solastalgia, his next pamphlet will be published this summer by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. Brian is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BrianOpenWorld and his website is…

https://www.openworldpoetry.com/

Sergio A. is a retired, Educator, Bilingual-Queer PRican Trans Poet, & Human Rights Activist. Pushcart nominee, Best of the Web, Best of the Net, nominee. He took 2nd place in the 2016 Ramón Ataz annual poetry competition, sponsored by Alaire Publishing House. He workshops his poetry in RatsAssReview workshop. Recent credits include Spanish audio poems in GATO MALO Editing, Maleta Ilegal, Frances House, South Florida Poetry Journal, RatsAssReview, The Maynard, and Spillwords. He is the Founder of Undertow Tanka Poetry Review now La Resaca. Founder of the Online LGBTTQI+ Elderly Virtual Caribbean Artist Public Housing Collective and Publishing Press. You can find Sergio on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Saore and his website is…

https://saore.blogspot.com/

And you can also read Sergio at Spillwords…

Ankh Spice is a sea-obsessed, queer-identified poet from Aotearoa (New Zealand). He writes because he doesn’t have much skin, because the tiniest detail of the world is sentient in ways we overlook – loud and raw and all we’ve got – and because he seems to have a bit of a knack for translating that. His work circles constantly around natural imagery, environmental issues, mental and physical health, living landscape and myth, narratives of queerness, physicality and anti-colonisation, and the persistent briefness of being human. He’s grateful and a bit astonished to have had more than 100 pieces of work published on several continents over the last 2 years and refuses to rate any literary magazine as more important than any other, so doesn’t list them in author bios. Six of his poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, or both, and his poem ‘New Cloth’ was selected as joint winner of the Poetry Archive’s World View 2020 competition. He’s a co-editor at Ice Floe Press, a poetry contributing editor at Barren Magazine, and has two secret poetry collections coming later in 2021. You can find him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SeaGoatScreams and for more about his work click the link below…

https://linktr.ee/SeaGoatScreamsPoetry

Rhona Greene is the brightest light of support ever known to any poet and can be spotted on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Rhona_Greene

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

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If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

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Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast -Poetry Day Ireland – Episode 14 -Season 2

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, Podbean and many more platforms.

This episode aired on 29th April 2021, Poetry Day Ireland and I was joined by poets Gaynor Kane, Kevin Higgins, Susan Millar DuMars, Kevin Bateman, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Paul McCarrick, Annraoi de Paor, Eilín de Paor, Eleanor Hooker, Theresa Donnelly, Catherine Ann Cullen, Aisling Keogh, Marty McKenna, Cathy Carson and Ruairí de Barra. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Gaynor Kane is a Northern Irish poet from Belfast. She has two poetry pamphlets, and a full collection, from Hedgehog Poetry Press, they are Circling the Sun, Memory Forest, and Venus in Pink Marble (2018, 2019 and September 2020 respectively). She is co-author, along with Karen Mooney, of Penned In a poetry pamphlet written in response to the pandemic (November 2020). Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gaynorkane and you can find out more about Gaynor and her collections at her website…

For more information about The Hedgehog Poetry Press click below…

https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/

Kevin Higgins (in the photo with his wife Susan Millar DuMars) is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway. He has published five full collections of poems: The Boy With No Face (2005), Time Gentlemen, Please (2008), Frightening New Furniture (2010), The Ghost In The Lobby (2014), & Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital (2019). His poems also feature in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed Neil Astley, Bloodaxe May 2014). Kevin was satirist-in-residence with the alternative literature website The Bogman’s Cannon 2015-16. 2016 – The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins was published by NuaScéalta in 2016. The Minister For Poetry Has Decreed was published by Culture Matters (UK) also in 2016. Song of Songs 2:0 – New & Selected Poems was published by Salmon in Spring 2017. His poems have been praised by, among others, Tony Blair’s biographer John Rentoul, Observer columnist Nick Cohen, writer and activist Eamonn McCann, historian Ruth Dudley Edwards, and Sunday Independent columnist Gene Kerrigan; and have been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Times (London), Hot Press magazine, The Daily Mirror and on The Vincent Browne Show, and read aloud by Ken Loach at a political meeting in London. He has published topical political poems in publications as various as The New European, The Morning Star, Dissent Magazine (USA), Village Magazine (Ireland), & Harry’s Place. The Stinging Fly magazine has described Kevin as “likely the most widely read living poet in Ireland”. One of Kevin’s poems features in A Galway Epiphany, the final instalment of Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor series of novels which is just published. His work has been broadcast on RTE Radio, Lyric FM, and BBC Radio 4. His book The Colour Yellow & The Number 19: Negative Thoughts That Helped One Man Mostly Retain His Sanity During 2020 is just published by Nuascealta. Kevin’s sixth full poetry collection, Ecstatic, will be published by Salmon Publishing. Kevin is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KevinHIpoet1967 and you can find out more about Over the Edge at https://twitter.com/OverTheEdgeOpen and for more information about forthcoming events check out the website below…

http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com/

Susan Millar DuMars was born in Philadelphia but has lived in Galway for the past twenty years. Her debut poetry collection, Big Pink Umbrella, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2008. Her next collection, Dreams for Breakfast, appeared in April 2010. Her work features in Landing Places, Dedalus’ 2010 anthology of immigrant poetry written in Ireland; and also in The Best Of Irish Poetry 2010. A fiction writer as well, she published a collection of short stories, American Girls, with Lapwing in 2007. She published a book of short stories in 2010: Lights in the Distance, published by Doire Press, and was the Featured Fiction writer in the American online magazine The Atticus Review. She has been the recipient of two Arts Council Literature Bursaries (2005 & 2020). Susan’s third collection of poetry, The God Thing, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2013; her fourth collection, Bone Fire, was launched at the 2015 Cúirt Festival of International Literature. She lives in Galway, where she and her husband have run the Over the Edge readings series since 2003. Susan edited the anthology Over the Edge – The First Ten years, published by Salmon, which includes work by forty seven writers who have published a first book since they did a reading at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library. Susan’s Naked: New & Selected Poems was published in Spring 2019 by Salmon Poetry. In March 2020 she received a literature bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland to work on her highly anticipated forthcoming collection of short stories.

For more information about Salmon poetry…

https://www.salmonpoetry.com/

Kevin Bateman is a Surrealist poet from Galway currently based in his mind who has created at a variety of Events In Spiritual Places That People Have Forgotten To Visit. He has been short listed for the Saboteur Awards in 2017 and 2019 for his events and his poem have been published in many journals including in The Runt Magazine issue 7, 9 and 10, Beir Bua Journal, Fly on the wall Press, BlueFoot Press. He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Bate_Kevin and you can watch his poetry events on Youtube by following the link below…

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwmrm_0baN66mAH-02zrmmA?view_as=subscriber

Anne Walsh Donnelly lives in Ireland with two teenagers and works as a Student Services Officer in a third-level college. Her work has been published in several literary outlets including The Irish Times, Crannog, Boyne Berries, The Blue Nib, Cold Coffee Stand, Ariel, Heart and Humanity, Inside the Bell Jar, Please Hear What I’m Not Saying and Star82 Review. Her short stories have been shortlisted in competitions such as the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Award (2014, 2016), Fish International Prize (2015) and the RTE Radio One Frances Mac Manus competition (2014, 2015). Her poems were highly commended in the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Award (2017 & 2018). She won the Spring 2018 Blue Nib poetry chapbook competition and also the 2018 Over the Edge Fiction Slam. She was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2018. Her debut chapbook A Woman with An Owl Tattoo and her full collection Odd as Fuck are both published by Fly on the Wall Press. Anne is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AnneWDonnelly and you can read more of her poetry at Poethead…

https://poethead.wordpress.com/2019/11/18/mna-na-heireann-and-other-poems-by-anne-walsh-donnelly/

Anne’s collections are available at Fly on the Wall Press…

https://www.flyonthewallpress.co.uk/product-page/odd-as-f-ck-by-anne-walsh-donnelly

https://www.flyonthewallpress.co.uk/product-page/the-woman-with-an-owl-tattoo-by-anne-walsh-donnelly

Paul McCarrick has been published in CrannógThe Ogham Stone, Honest UlstermanThe Stinging FlyPoetry Ireland Review, and elsewhere. In 2019, he was selected to take part in the 2019 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. He was also awarded an ArtsBursaries Grant from Westmeath County Council. He lives in the midlands in Ireland where is currently completing his first collection. Paul was one of the featured writers recently at the Cuirt New Writing Showcase and there is a link below to watch the event on You Tube. Paul is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PaulMcCarrick and you can watch the video of Paul reading his poem Promise of a sunny day at the link below…

The Cuirt Festival New Writing Showcase 2021 hosted by Susan Millar DuMars featuring Paul…

Annraoi de Paor was born in Waterford. He was a Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin as well as a writer and translator. He is a Irish history, language and folklore enthusiast. In addition to a long career of academic writing and publication, Annraoi de Paor has written four Irish language books, all published by Coiscéim; Buan ar Buairt (1985) le Annraoi de Paor (úrscéal) Dubček faoi cháil is faoi scáil (1997) le Tereza Michalová, arna aistriú ag Annraoi de Paor (bailiúchán d’ailt) Beirt Mhairnéalach (2003) le Alfred Tennyson & Samuel Taylor Coleridge, arna aistriú ag Annraoi de Paor (leaganacha Gaeilge de “Ulysses” Tennyson agus “Ancient Mariner” Coleridge) Duanaire Daonscoile (2014) le Annraoi de Paor (Eagarthóir). In 2013, Tyndall Scientific published Annraoi’s “An Illustrated Collection of Limericks for Engineers & Physicists”, with cartoons by Jane Courtney. Although now out of print, it is available to view online at the following link

http://limericks-depaor.localdem.net/index.html

To buy his latest collection Cuimhní Oisín, Some Lays of the Fianna click below…

https://annraoimdepaor.com/

Eilín de Paor lives in Dublin and works in health and social care, was selected for The Stinging Fly Summer School 2019, her poems have been published by Algebra of OwlsInk, Sweat and Tears, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Stony Thursday Book, Vox Galvia, Abridged and Dreich (upcoming). Eilín is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/edepaor and you can read more of her poems at The Organic Poet at the link below…

https://www.theorganicpoet.com/post/on-howth-head-edepaor

Keep up -to-date with all of Dreich publications here…

https://hybriddreich.co.uk/

Eleanor Hooker’s third collection, Of Ochre and Ash will be published by Dedalus Press and she has two chapbooks due for publication later this year. She is a recipient of the Markievicz Award 2021. Her two other poetry collections with Dedalus Press are: A Tug of Blue (2016); The Shadow Owner’s Companion (2012). Eleanor holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA (Hons) in Cultural History from the University of Northumbria, and a BA (Hons 1st) from the Open University, UK. Eleanor is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (FLS). She is a helm and Press Officer for Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat. Eleanor is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EleanorHooker_ and you can find out more about her at…

https://www.eleanorhooker.com

For more information about Eleanor’s collections and Dedalus Press click below…

https://www.dedaluspress.com/authors/hooker-eleanor/

Theresa Donnelly is an Irish/Canadian poet was born and educated in Dublin. She attended the Richemont Cookery School in Luzern, Switzerland; worked in hospitality and culinary management. She is also a qualified Makeup Artist who has dabbled in interior design and antique collecting. Living abroad in a variety of countries enabled her to become socially involved in their communities. These experiences are reflected in her poetry. Her work has been published with Beret Days Press , The Copperfield Review, Verse Fire, Buried Horror, Red Claw Press, The Brooklyn Towncrier, Surfacing Magazine, UCD Library Poems for the Pandemic, The Caterpillar Magazine , Tales from the Forest, Dreich, Black Bough Poetry and she is a regular contributor to Poetry Ireland, Poetry Prompts. She is a founding member of The Brooklin Poetry Society and a member of The Ontario Poetry Society. She is the author of Moon Witch and Reoccurrence of Blue, presently working on the second collection for adults and fairy tale poems for children. Up until the pandemic, she was spending her time equally between Waterville, County Kerry and Brooklin, Ontario. Theresa is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheresaWriter and you can find out more about her work at her website…

https://theresadonnelly.com/

Catherine Ann Cullen is the inaugural Poet in Residence at Poetry Ireland and an award-winning poet, songwriter and children’s writer. She has published three collections: A Bone in My Throat (Doghouse 2007), Strange Familiar (Doghouse 2013) and The Other Now (Dedalus Press, 2016). Two of her children’s books, The Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat (2001) and Thirsty Baby (2003), were published by Little, Brown in the US, the former winning a gold award for Poetry and Folklore. Her latest children’s book, All Better! Poems on Illness and Recovery (Little Island, 2019), was reimagined from Latvian. Catherine Ann Cullen has twice won the Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award, was joint first in the JoyceCycle Poetry Competition 2019 and has been shortlisted for many prizes including the Listowel Writers Week Irish Poem of the Year 2020. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Middlesex University. She has presented at international conferences on ballads and on children’s literature, and published several chapters on broadside ballads. In 2020, Catherine Ann Cullen organised “Living Ghosts: A Tribute to Frank Harte in Poetry and Song” and curated Irish participation in the Irish Spanish Latin American Literary Festival. Her “Behind the Lines” series of videos, recorded during lockdown, has Irish poets discussing their own or favourite poems on the Leaving Certificate. Another lockdown project is a crowd-sourced rhyming alphabet of Dublin. She was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship 2018 and has received bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland and Irish Writers Centre. Her work as A&L Goodbody Writer in Residence in East Wall won her the nationwide B2A award of Best Use of Creativity in the Community 2017. She works on the Trinity Access Programmes and is a former producer for RTÉ Radio 1. Catherine Ann is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tarryathome and you can follow her at her website…

https://catherineanncullen.wordpress.com/

At Poetry Ireland you can follow her blog…

http://www.poetryireland.ie/poetinresidence/blog

And on YouTube you can find her videos…

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2RobusuSC2jxg-5aLkOIqQ

Aisling Keogh is a writer who lives in County Galway. She’s had stories and poems published with The Irish Independent, The Honest Ulsterman, Crannog Magazine, Wordlegs, Ropes,  Bangor Literary Journal, A New Ulster, and anthologies in the U.K. and the U.S.A.  Her first published short story, “How to Save a Life,” was shortlisted for the Hennessy Irish Literary Awards 2012, and in 2019 she was shortlisted for the Doolin Writer’s Weekend Short Story Competition. In 2020, she was selected, as one of three emerging writers, to read at the New Writers Showcase, as part of Cuirt International Festival of Literature. In her free time Aisling likes to write, sing, and try to play the guitar. Aisling is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/aislingtkeogh

Marty McKenna is an independent Irish poet born in Tyrone, now living and writing in Belfast. He works for the Belfast Trust and is currently publishing poems to put toward his forthcoming chapbook ‘Silent Stigma, Loud Leaf’. Poems have been published in Vernacularisms, Dreich and Blue Nib, among others; He won the Matrix Poetry Competition in 2017. When not writing poems he is out walking around the hills of Belfast with his daughter, Roisín. You can read Marty’s poem at the wonderful Feral Poetry by clicking the link below…

https://feralpoetry.net/untitled-by-marty-mckenna/

Cathy Carson is a cancer nurse, counsellor and spoken word performer from Co Down in Northern Ireland . She has performed at festivals and for radio and television. She has also featured on podcasts. The subjects in her work have also led to commissions and performances for charity events. She is published in “ The Bramley Anthology “ editions one and two and in “Her other language”, an anthology highlighting domestic violence. Her performances have been described as “ raw, honest and unflinching “ and focus on exploring human connection and condition. This year she has headlined at: Pic n mix, Oooh beehive, Crafty Crows, Fragmented voices, Stamford poetry and Lit up. She will soon headline at Flight of the DragonFly Spoken Word and the link is below. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ourweekathy73. For Flight of the DragonFly details click below…

https://flightofthedragonfly.com/next-dragonflies/

Ruairí de Barra is from Co. Mayo and now resides in Co. Cork. He is a sailor, an award-winning military journalist, and a poet. His creative work has featured with TinteánA New UlsterLive Encounters, Bangor Literary Journal, The Ranthology Anthology, Black Bough Poetry, The Boston Globe, Boston Accent, Poetry Jukebox, The Silence Anthology, Eat the Storms Podcast, The Cobh Chronicle. Ruairí is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/r_debarra   and all his work can be read on his blog below…

https://paperneverrefusedink.com/about/

Damien B Donnelly returned to Ireland at the end of 2019 after 23 years in Paris, London and Amsterdam, working as a pattern maker in the fashion industry. His writing focuses on identity, fragility and connection. His daily interests revolve around falling over and learning how to get back up while baking rather delicious cakes, especially carrot cake! His short stories have been featured in the Irish best-selling short story anthology; A Page from My Life/Harper Collins, Body Horror/Gehenna & Hinnom, Coffin Bell & Prismatica. His poetry has appeared online and in print including Black Bough, Barren Magazine, Impspired, Neurological, The Adriatic, Fahmidan Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Fevers of the Mind, Bealtaine, 2 Metre Review and coming soon in both The Bangor Literary Journal and Ice Floe Press. His debut poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms was published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in Sept 2020 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was featured on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21. He followed Storms with his Stickleback, Considering Canvases with Boys (micro collection) in Jan 2021, also from The Hedgehog Poetry Press. He is the producer and host of the poetry podcast Eat The Storms which he created in 2020 as a platform for all poets, at all stages of their careers, published or not, a space to share and shine.

https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

Book Shop: Stickleback

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

Book Shop: Eat the Storms

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

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

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – How to Tune In & Stay Bloody Poetic

If you want to tune into Eat the Storms, the Poetry Podcast, there are lots of ways. We are on multiple platforms, as same platforms you possibly listen to the news on or listen to music on or even other podcasts. So head over to your favourite platform and search for Eat the Storms and give us a listen. We are on the following platforms…

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Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 13 -Season 2

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, Podbean and many more platforms.

This episode aired on 24th April 2021 and I was joined by poets Giovanna MacKenna, David Bleiman, Matthew Haigh, Lee Campbell, Zaina Ghani and Lynn Valentine. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Born to an Italian mother and Scottish father, Giovanna MacKenna grew up on Scotland’s west coast where the written word formed a lifeboat that carried her safely through childhood difficulties. After lengthy careers as an actor and a journalist, Giovanna was tasked to write a poem – and found she was full of them. She is now a published and commissioned poet. You can find her recent words in Southchild Lit, Abridged, Bear Creek Gazette, The Speculative Book 2021, Tether’s End, Brag, Wet Grain and Visual Verse. She is currently working with The Museum of Loss and Renewal Publishing on her first full collection. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/giovmacpoet and you can find out more about Giovanna at…

https://giovannamackenna.com/

Read more of Giovanna’s poetry at…

David Bleiman writes out of Edinburgh in English, Scots, Spanish, Yiddish and a largely imagined dialect of Scots-Yiddish which won him the Sangschaw  prize in 2020 for The Trebbler’s Tale.  In this first pamphlet The Kilt of Many Colours, published by Dempsey and Windle, he paints a broad canvas, drawing on family heritage and life in Scotland to celebrate the warp and weft of a complex and multilingual identity. He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BleimanDavid and you can find out more about his debut pamphlet at…

https://www.dempseyandwindle.com/davidbleiman.html

Matthew Haigh’s debut collection, Death Magazine, was published with Salt in 2019 and was nominated for the Polari First Book Prize. His debut pamphlet, Black Jam, was published with Broken Sleep Books. Matthew’s work has been widely published in journals including Magma, The Rialto, Poetry Wales and Poetry London, and highly commended in the Forward Prizes. He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MattHaighPoetry and you can find out more about him at

https://www.matthewhaigh.net/

You can find his collection Death Magazine at Salt publishing…

You can find his pamphlet Black Jam here at Broken Sleep Books…

https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/product-page/matthew-haigh-black-jam

Z. R. Ghani is a ‘Best of the Net’-nominated poet from North London. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Zaina’s poems have appeared in Magma PoetryThe Willowherb ReviewSquare Wheel PressBind CollectiveHazel Press, and The Adriatic. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/zr_ghani. She is currently the Featured Poet in the Silver Branch series at Black Bough Poetry which you can find at the link below…

https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/z-r-ghani

Dr Lee Campbell describes himself as ‘a Londoner who makes experimental films and performance poetry about being gay and working class using barbaric wit and humour’. He uses poetry and experimental film as a form of autoethnographic storytelling/sharing of personal narratives often raw, often painful but always generous and authentic. He trained in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2005 and received his doctorate in 2016. He has recently performed at LGBT-centred online poetry events including INCITE!, London Queer Writers, POETRYLGBT,DISTURBANCE, London and BBC Radio. His recent films have been selected for many international queer film festivals including Queerbee LGBT Film Festival, The Gilbert Baker Film Festival, Kansas 2020, HOMOGRAPHY, Brussels and STATES OF DESIRE: Tom of Finland in the Queer Imagination, Casa de Duende, Philadelphia, USA. He has been selected for WICKED QUEER 2021 in Boston, USA, one of the oldest and largest LGBT film festivals in the world and will screen one of his recent films at QUEER LIFE, EdgeZones gallery in Miami in May 2021. Recently interviewed by Hamish Downie for TWO GAY GEEKS. Forthcoming performances include Cruising Dystopia curated by Nouvelle Organon. Lee is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/leejjcampbell and on Instagram at @lndnqueerfilmmaker and you can find out more about his work at…

https://filmfreeway.com/LeeCampbell

Lynn Valentine lives on the Black Isle in the Highlands, She is working towards her debut poetry collection which will be published by Cinnamon Press early in 2022, after winning their Literature Award. She will have a Scots language pamphlet A Glimmer O Stars out with Hedgehog Poetry in July 2021, after winning their dialect competition. Lynn was one of five ‘North’ poets to be commissioned by the Scottish Poetry Library as part of their Champions project 2020. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dizzylynn

Keep at eye out at The Hedgehog Poetry Press for her launch…

https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

Book Shop: Stickleback

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

Book Shop: Eat the Storms

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

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

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 12 -Season 2

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, Podbean and many more platforms

This episode aired on 17th April 2021 and I was joined by poets Isabelle Kenyon, Lee Potts, Simon Maddrell, Lindz McLeod, Zebib K. A and Karlo Seville. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Isabelle Kenyon is a northern poet and the author of This is not a Spectacle, Micro chapbook, The Trees Whispered (Origami Poetry Press) and Digging Holes To Another Continent (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, New York),  Potential (Ghost City Press) and Wild Pressed Books (Short Story ‘The Town Talks’). She is the editor of Fly on the Wall Press, a socially conscious small press for chapbooks and anthologies. In 2020, Indigo Dreams published her chapbook Growing Pains, You can find Isabelle on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kenyon_isabelle and on other social media platforms

https://www.facebook.com/isabellekenyonauthor

https://www.instagram.com/isabellekenyonpoetry/

You can find Fly on the Wall Press at…

https://www.flyonthewallpress.co.uk/

In 2017, Lee Potts returned to writing poetry after a 25-year hiatus. Before that, he earned an M.A. in creative writing from Temple University. He was an editor of the Painted Bride Quarterly in the late 80’s and early 90s and is currently poetry editor at Barren Magazine. He lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife and youngest kid. His chapbook, And Drought Will Follow, was published by Frosted Fire Press. He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LeePottsPoet and you can find his book here…

For more information on Lee’s publications to date check out this link below…

Publications

Simon Maddrell is a queer born Manx man, thriving with HIV. Born on the Isle of Man and brought up in Bolton, Lancashire, he now lives in Brighton and Hove after 20 years in London. His debut pamphlet Throatbone was published by UnCollected Press (2020). Queerfella, his chapbook won the Rialto Pamphlet competition in 2020. He describes Queerfella as a ‘journey from shame to unashamed’. He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/QueerManxPoet and you can find his chapbook here…

Lindz McLeod is a queer, working-class, Scottish writer who lives in Edinburgh and dabbles in the surreal. Her poetry has been published by perhappened, Allegory Ridge, Hellebore, Grain magazine, and many more. She is represented by Headwater Literary Management. Lindz is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/lindzmcleod and you can find out more about her writing at…

https://lindzmcleod.co.uk/

And at perhappened…

https://www.perhappened.com/photographphonelindzmcleod.html

Zebib K. A. (she/her) is a writer and psychiatrist. She moved from NYC to Scotland to do a Masters in Creative Writing at University of Edinburgh. She has been published in The Rumpus, The Selkie, Counterclock Journal, Nightingale and Sparrow, and more. She is black, queer, and comes from an immigrant background, and explores these identities in her writing. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pegasusunder1 and you can find out more about her on medium.com/@pegasusunder and at Selcouth Station…

https://www.selcouthstation.com/single-post/poetry-connate-the-space-between

Karlo Sevilla writes from Quezon City, Philippines and is the author of three poetry collections: “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018), “You” (Origami Poems Project, 2017), and “Outsourced!…” (Revolt Magazine, 2021). Twice nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology⁠—by Ariel Chart in 2018 and Collective Unrest in 2019⁠⁠—his poems were first published in Philippines Free Press in 1998, then in Pacifiqa and Philippines Graphic in 2015, and since then he has over 200 poems published in various literary magazines, anthologies, and other platforms worldwide. In 2020, he was one of the contributors to “Pandemic: A Community Poem,” which was nominated by Muse-Pie Press for that year’s Pushcart Prize. He belonged to the first batch of students (school year 2018) of the Certificate in Literature and Creative Writing in Filipino program of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and is a member of the Rat’s Ass Review online poetry workshop.He also coaches wrestling and Brazilian Luta Livre, and won a gold medal in the 2016 ADCC Southeast Asia – Philippine International Submission Fighting Open and in the Greco-Roman wrestling event of the 2011 Philippine National Games. He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KarloSevilla2 and you can follow him at his blog…

http://karlosevillaofquezoncity.blogspot.com/2016/10/s-list-of-published-poems-all-with-links.html

Metro Manilla Mammal is available on Amazon…

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

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

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast does Paris – Episode 11 -Season 2

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, Podbean and many more platforms

This special Parisian episode aired on 10th April 2021 and I was joined by poets Sue Burge, David Leo Sirois, Mary Cummins and Paul Stephenson. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Sue Burge is a freelance creative writing and film studies tutor based in North Norfolk.   Her poems appear in a range of publications including The North, Mslexia, Magma, Under the Radar, Strix, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, The Ekphrastic Review, Lighthouse and Poetry News.   She has featured in themed anthologies with poems on science fiction, modern Gothic, illness, Britishness, endangered birds, WWI and the current pandemic.   Her first collection In the Kingdom of Shadows (Live Canon) and debut pamphlet Lumière (Hedgehog Poetry Press) were published in Autumn 2018, followed by her second pamphlet The Saltwater Diaries in 2020.   Her second full collection, Confetti Dancers, is forthcoming with Live Canon. You can find out more about Sue at her website…

http://www.sueburge.uk/

David Leo Sirois is a Canadian-American poet who has had 99 publications in 7 countries (the US, France, England, India, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg & Zimbabwe) in 2 languages.   He lived & performed in Paris for 7 years, & now hosts from his native New Brunswick, Canada, the global open mic Spoken World Online (SpokenWord Paris after the quarantine).   He won Third Prize in Winning Writers’ Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest & his poetry has appeared in journals such as The Bombay Review, The Poetry Village, One Hand Clapping, The Sunday Tribune Online, THE BASTILLE, & Terre à Cièl (which also published his translations from the French of Paul Valéry & two contemporary French poets).   He is currently submitting two manuscripts for publication, & writing five more. He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidSirois3 and you can follow him at his website…

https://davidsirois.wordpress.com/

Mary Cummins is from Drogheda, in Ireland but has lived and worked in Paris for over 20 as a journalist and is currently a sub editor at Bayard Presse. She has a son Liam and has published a limited edition poetry collection called Chicken Wings and Other Stories. She has read her poetry many times at the famous Au Chat Noir in Paris. She often posts her poetry on Facebook and you can follow her here…

https://www.facebook.com/mairenicuimin

Mary and I back at the end of the 1990’s in Paris…

Paul Stephenson grew up in Cambridge. He was a Jerwood/Arvon mentee and did an MA with the Manchester Writing School.   He has three pamphlets: Those People (Smith/Doorstop, 2015), The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016), written while living in Paris during the terrorist attacks of November 2015, and Selfie with Waterlilies (Paper Swans Press, 2017).   He co-edited Magma (issue 70 ‘Europe’) and co-curates the Poetry in Aldeburgh festival. You can follow him on twitter here https://twitter.com/stephenson_pj and on his website here…

https://paulstep.com/

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

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My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

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If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

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Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 10 -Season 2

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This episode aired on 3rd April 2021 and I was joined by poets Victoria Kennefick, Kiera J Delerue, Raine Geoghegan and David Russell Mosley. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Victoria Kennefick is on twitter at https://twitter.com/VKennefick and is a poet, writer and teacher from Co. Cork but now based in Co. Kerry. Her pamphlet, White Whale was published by Southword Editions in 2015 and won the Munster Literature Centre Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition and the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet. Her first collection Eat or We Both Starve is published by Carcanet Press. Her work has appeared many places including The Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Poetry News, Copper Nickel, The Irish Times, Bath Magg and Banshee. You can find more about her at her website…

https://www.victoriakennefick.com/

You can find her poetry collection at Carnaret Press…

https://www.carcanet.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=2363

Kiera J Delerue is an autistic lesbian writer who lives in Cornwall, in a caravan with her sidekick dog Sylvia. She is a poet, writer and performance artist and sometime song writer.  She runs the project Letters to the Lost, which is open to anyone to submit to. It’s an open project for people to write to their lost loved ones. A space for grief and space to write. You can find out more Keira and her project and her poetry and her song writing at her website…

https://kjdelerue.tumblr.com/tagged/about

To submit to Letters to the Lost…

https://kjdelerue.tumblr.com/tagged/letterstothelost

You can follow Kiera on Instagram at @kjfdelerue

Raine Geoghegan is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RaineGeoghegan5 and already has two pamphlets published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press; Apple Water: Povel Panni and they lit fires: lenti hatch o yog. Her full collection will be called The Talking Stick: O Pookering Kosh and will be published by Salmon Poetry Press in March 2022. She has been nominated for The Forward Prize, Pushcart Prize (twice) the Best of the Net and Apple Water was chosen as a Selected pamphlet in the Poetry Book Society 2019 List. You can find more about Raine at her website…

https://www.rainegeoghegan.co.uk/

David Russell Mosley is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/elflandletters HIs upcoming collection is called The Green Man and will be published by the Resource Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. He is a theologian, Roman Catholic, poet, writer and speaker. He has already published two books; On the Edges of Elfland: A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups and Being Deified: Poetry and Fantasy on the Path to God. You can find out more about him on his website…

https://www.davidrussellmosley.com/

Follow David on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/davidrussellmosleyphd

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

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

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 9 -Season 2

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This episode aired on 27th March 2021 and I was joined by poets Samantha Terrell, Steven J Burke, Mary Ford Neal and Charles K Carter. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Samantha Terrell is the author of Vision, and Other Things We Hide From which was published by Potter’s Grove Press. She has been widely published with poems in various publications including Anti-Heroin Chic, Dissident Voice, Fevers of the Mind, In Parentheses, Misfit Magazine, Open Journal of Arts & Letters, Poetry Quarterly and many others. You can find her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/honestypoetry and also here at her website…

http://www.samanthaterrell.com/

You can find her poetry collection at Potter’s Grove Press…

https://pottersgrovepress.com/catalog-2/

Steven J Burke is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Steven_J_Burke and is a historian and a history lecturer and currently completing his PhD thesis. He writes poetry about landscape, environment, nature travel and mental health, while running, walking and taking photographs. He has been published in many journals including The Adriatic and Black Bough’s Deep Time. You can find out more about Steven at his website…

https://sjburkeblog.wordpress.com/

you can read Steven’s poem and my own in The Adriatic Mag here…

https://www.theadriaticmag.co/issue-two-home

Mary Ford Neal, from Glasgow in the United Kingdom, is a writer and academic specializing in medical law and ethics. Her debut collection called Dawning will be out later this year, published by Indigo Dreams. She is the assistant editor of 192 Magazine and Nine Pens Press. She was Pushcart nominated in 2020 and has been published in many journals including Long Poem magazine, Dust poetry press, Icefloe press, Dodging the Rain, Twisting time, Ink Sweat and Tears. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/maryfordneal. You can find the links to Mary’s work on Linktree below…

https://linktr.ee/maryfordneal

You can find 192 Magazine at

https://poetsdirectory.co.uk/192

And find out more about Nine Poems Press here…

https://ninepens.co.uk/

Charles K Carter is a queer poet and educator from the American Midwest. He shares his home with his artist husband and their spoiled pets. He enjoys film, yoga, and live music and Melissa Etheridge is his ultimate obsession. He has an MA in creative writing with a poetry concentration from Southern New Hampshire University and an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University. He is the author of the chapbooks Chasing Sunshine  from Lazy Adventurer Publishing, Splinters from Kelsay Books, and Salem Revisited, coming soon from WordTech Editions. Charles is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CKCpoetry and you can find links for Charles’ work at Linktree…

https://linktr.ee/CharlesKCarter

Click below for Charles’ website with links to his collections…

https://ckcpoetry.com/

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

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

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 8 -Season 2

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This episode aired on 20th March 2021 and I was joined by poets Stuart McPherson, Anne Casey, Stuart Rawlinson and Anamaria Crowe Serrano. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Stuart McPherson is a poet from Leicester in the United Kingdom and his work has appeared in online journals and anthologies, including Beir Bua Journal, After the Pause and Selcouth Station. His debut pamphlet ‘Water Bearer’ will be published in December 2021 by Broken Sleep Books. You can often find him reading his poetry online and he will be appearing soon at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, May 26th 2021. You can find him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/theeabsentee and also on his website…

To find Broken Sleep Books…

https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/

Anne Casey is an award-winning Sydney-based Irish poet and writer. A journalist, magazine editor, legal author and media communications director. Her work ranks in The Irish Times‘ Most Read, and is widely published internationally. She is author of the critically acclaimed collections, Where the lost things go and Out of emptied cups, which was selected for Best Dressed in 2020 by Sundress Academy for the Arts in the USA (curators of the prestigious Best of the Net awards) and for Books of the Year 2019 by The Lonely Crowd magazine in the UK. Her third collection will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2021. Anne has won poetry awards in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney, supported by an Australian Government Scholarship.   You can find her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/1annecasey and at her website…

http://www.anne-casey.com/

Stuart Rawlinson is a Brisbane-based writer, focused on poetry and currently writing his debut novel. His debut poetry collection came out in 2015 called Encyclopaedia of Trees, a 19-poem collection on a theme of time and memory and each poem accompanies a piece of original music. Stuart’s poems have appeared in various publications, such as Black Bough Poetry, Adelaide Literary Magazine and Wellington Street Review. Stuart is an established composer and musician, with a back catalogue of five studio albums. You can find him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mrsturawlinson and on his website…

and for more of his music head over to bandcamp…

https://stuartrawlinson.bandcamp.com/

and for the soundtrack to Deep Time, https://twitter.com/blackboughpoems composed by Stuart check him out on Soundcloud…

Anamaría Crowe Serrano is a poet and translator born in Ireland to an Irish father and a Spanish mother. Languages have always fascinated her to the extent that she has never stopped learning or improving her knowledge of them. She enjoys cross-cultural and cross-genre exchanges with artists and poets. Much of her work is the result of such collaborations. With a B.A. (Hons) in Spanish and French from Trinity College Dublin, Anamaría went on to do an M.A. in Translation Studies at Dublin City University. Since then, she has worked in localization (translating hardware and software from English to Spanish), has been a reader for the blind, and occasionally teaches Spanish. For over 15 years she has translated poetry from Spanish and Italian to English. Anamaría is the recipient of two awards from the Arts Council of Ireland to further her writing as well as funding from Culture Ireland for her attendance at the Poemaria festival in Vigo, Spain, 2018. Her translations have won many prizes abroad and her own poetry has been anthologised in Census (Seven Towers), Landing Places (Dedalus), Pomeriggio (Leconte) and other publications. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CroweSerrano and you can find about more about her books at Turas Press…

https://anamariacs1.wixsite.com/amcs

Her novel In The Dark will be published by Turas Press and below is the link…

2 Meter Review launched its Winter issue on Tuesday 16th March 2021 and you can follow them and find details of buying the Issue on Instagram at…

https://www.instagram.com/2meterreview/

Dai Fri is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/thnargg and his new collection is called Under Photon Crowns, Selected Writings and my review is posted over at Talk About Books here at EatTheStorms and it is published by Black Bough Poetry

https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/under-photon-crowns-dai-fry

Vicky Allen is a poet whose debut collection Broken Things and Other Tales published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press is celebrating its one year anniversary on Tuesday 23rd March. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bringonthejoy and below is the Eventbrite link below…

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 7 -Season 2

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This episode aired on 6th March 2021 and I was joined by poets Zoe Brooks, Andy MacGregor and Fiona Perry. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Zoe Brooks’ collection “Owl Unbound” was published in October 2020 by Indigo Dreams. She has been widely published in print and online magazines and appeared in the anthology “Grandchildren of Albion”  Her long poem for voices “Fool’s Paradise” received the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition’s award for best poetry ebook 2013. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ZoeBrooks2. You can buy her book here…

https://www.indigodreams.co.uk/zoe-brooks/4595048690

and her blog link is…

https://zoebrooks.blogspot.com/

Andy MacGregor is an ecologist, philosopher, poet and al fresco guitarist and cuttlefish fancier. You can find him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/macgregor_andy and on Instagram at http://instagram.com/macgregor_andy and for his more of his music follow his videos on You Tube at the link below…

http://youtube.com/user/andersmac1


Fiona Perry was born and brought up in Northern Ireland but has lived in England, Australia, and New Zealand. Her short fiction won first prize in the Bath Flash Fiction Award 2020 and was shortlisted for the Australian Morrison Mentoring Prize in 2014 and 2015. Her poetry has been published widely in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, India and New Zealand. She contributed poetry to the Label Lit project for National Poetry Day (Ireland) 2019. You can follow Fiona on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Fionaperry17 . Her poetry collection Alchemy was published by Turas Press and you can buy it here…

You can read her award winning Short Story here…

For everything you need to know as a poet and a look at my Spotlight interview (and a feast of other featured poets) check out the fantastic Poets’ Directory…

https://poetsdirectory.co.uk/spotlightpoets

To take part in Catherine Ann Cullens Poetry Prompts at part of her Poet in Residence series at Poetry Ireland, you can find all the details on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tarryathome

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 6 -Poetry in Ireland – Season 2

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This episode aired on 27th February 2021 and I was joined by poets Róisín Ní Neachtain, Linda McKenna, Luke Morgan, Cathy Carson, Kathy D’Arcy, Mairead Carroll and musical guests Daria and Matthew Shiels. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Róisín Ní Neachtain is an Irish Scottish artist, poet and translator who was born in Geneva and can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/starsandmud and for more information on her poetry and artwork please check out her website…

https://roisinnineachtain.com/

Linda McKenna is an award winning poet and can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mckennalinda She was the winner of the Seamus Heaney award and the Red line book festival poetry competition in 2018. Her debut collection In the Museum of Misremembered Things was published by the Doire Press in 2020 and she was the winner of the An Post Awards Listowel Writer’s Week Poem of the Year. You can find her book here…

https://www.doirepress.com/rapidcartpro/index.php?product/page/120/In+the+Museum+of+Misremem-+bered+Things

Luke Morgan is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LukeMorganPoet and is the author of Honest Walls published by Arlen House in 2016. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, the Irish Independent, Cyphers, Crannóg and more. His second collection, Beast is forthcoming also from Arlen House. His book is available here…

https://www.bookdepository.com/Honest-Walls-Luke-Morgan/9781851321384

Kathy D’Arcy is currently involved in the Wake Up Irish Poetry a movement which challenges sexual misconduct and other abuses of power in the Irish arts sector. For more on this check out their website  wakeupirishpoetry.ie. She is a poet, workshop facilitator and youth worker who trained originally as a doctor and has a PhD from UCC in creative writing. Her poetry collections are The Wild Pupil published by Bradshaw and Encounter published by Lapwing. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KathyDArcyCork and you can find more about her and her collections at her website…

http://www.kathydarcy.com/

http://www.wakeupirishpoetry.ie/

Cathy Carson is from Northern Ireland and is a front line cancer nurse and a spoken word performer. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ourweekathy73 and don’t miss her on Facebook for announcements to see her live. This is the third time we have been graced by Cathy on the podcast.

Mairead Carroll is a mother, poet, fiddle player and psychotherapist who loves writing and dancing around her kitchen table. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MauneyCarroll and is on Instagram at Maireadcarroll12

Daria and Matthew Shiels are nutritional experts, mindset navigators and singer/songwriters. They performed their own song today called Under the Crescent Moon and you can find them on Facebook below…

https://www.facebook.com/matthew.shiels.353

https://www.facebook.com/daria.shiels

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 5 -Season 2

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This episode aired on 20th February 2021 and I was joined by poets Oz Hardwick, Leena Batchelor, Frances Corkey Thompson, Peter A and Elisabeth Horan The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Oz Hardwick is a writer, photographer, musician and professor of English at Leeds Trinity University and the author of Wolf Planet, The Lithium Codex (both from The Hedgehog Poetry Press) and his prize-winning chapbook Learning to Have lost (Recent Work Press). He can be found at his website and also at Valley Press, who published two more of his collections; The House of Ghosts of Mirrors and The Ringmaster’s Apprentice…

https://www.valleypressuk.com/author/38/oz__hardwick

Leena Batchelor is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pixie_dragonfly She has three collections which you can find on her website titled Under the Stones, With Summer by my Side and A Tune with no Name. She is the Worcester Poet Laureate 2020/21. Below is the link to her website…

https://pixiemuse.wordpress.com/

Find out more about Leena and the Worcester Writers at their website…

http://www.worcesterwriters.org.uk/

Frances Corkey Thompson is the winner of the Sentinel Poetry Prize for her collection Watching the Door published by SMP. Her first chapbook was published by HappenStance called The Lobg Acre and her debut collection titled Wild Gooseberries of Hailung was published by Indigo Dreams. She was born in Ireland but now lives in Devon. Below is the link to her collection at SMP…

https://spmpublications.com/shop/watching-the-door-frances-corkey-thompson.html

Peter A was the winner of the Paisley Spree Fringe Poetry Competition in 2016, has been published widely in I am not a Silent Poet, Pandemic, Dreich, Poets against Trump, Surfing (From Federation of Writers, Scotland), Words from Battlefield. His is based in Scotland, an avid consumer and creator of things made of words and will have his debut collection Art of Insomnia published shortly by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. Yo can follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VeryPerryKelly and find out more about him at his blog here…

https://peterawriter.com/

You can read his poem CV-19: sexual distancing, featured in Pandemic Poetry here…

CV-19: sexual distancing. A poem by Peter A

Elisabeth Horan is a poet, mother, and small press publisher living in the wilds of Vermont. She is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections, and the Editor-In-Chief of Animal Heart Press. Elisabeth is passionate about discovering new voices and mentoring emerging poets. She is also a fierce advocate for those impacted by mental illness. Her latest collection Just to the Right of the Stove is published by Twist in Time. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ehoranpoet and you can also find her at her website…

You can buy her new collection here at Twist in Time:

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 4 – LOVE -Season 2

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This special episode celebrating all sides of LOVE aired on 13th February 2021, the eve of Valentine’s Day and I was joined by poets Eilín de Paor, Fidel Hogan Walsh, Matt Duggan, Maria Castro Dominguez, Ceinwen Haydon, Gaynor Kane, Amy Barry, Cathy Carson, MANNY, Darren J Beaney, Vic Pickup, and singers Kevin Hynes and AfterGlow Duo Rhiannon Howys and Reese Smith. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Eilín de Paor is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/edepaor and has been widely published including Pandemic.ie, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Organic Poet and Algebra of Owls. She writes micro-poems on Twitter under the hashtag #bitofapoem

The Viral Equinox. A poem by Eilín de Paor

https://www.theorganicpoet.com/post/somehow-edepaor

Fidel Hogan Walsh is the author of two poetry collections; Time, in which she collaborated with photographer Julie Corcoran and her debut collection Living With Love. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dragonslayerma and you can find out more about Fidel at BBCreative hub under the link below and below that is the link to buying her books…

Fidel Hogan Walsh

http://eprint.ie/shop/Living-With-Love?search=living%20with%20love

Bristol born Matt Duggan (who now lives in Wales and will be returning to the podcast in the coming weeks reading more of his poems) and can be found on Twitter here https://twitter.com/mjduggan71 and Maria Castro Dominguez, based in Gran Canaria, are the prize-wining authors of 10 Truths from Wonderland published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press, a bilingual collection in English and Spanish. You can order their book here from Matt’s site where you can also read more of his poetry…

https://lemminkainen.webnode.com/about-me/

Gaynor Kane is the author of Memory Forest, Venus in Pink Marble, a Stickleback and also her most recent collection Penned In, which is a joint collection co-written with Karen Mooney, all published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. You can find Gaynor on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gaynorkane and find out more about her work and also buy her collection at her website below…

Vic Pickup is a poet, writer and reviewer. Her debut collection, nominated for the Michael Marks award and a Pushcart Prize, is entitled Lost and Found, published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press and she on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VicPickup and you can find more about her work and buy her book at her website below…

https://vicpickup.com/

Amy Barry is based in Athlone, in Ireland and is the Pushcart nominee author of the much-celebrated poetry collection Spearing Dreams. She has been widely published journals including A New Ulster, Live Encounter, Galway Review. She was recipient of the Westmeath County Council Bursary 2017. She took 1st and 2nd prize in the English Poetry at PAU World Poetry Day in 2017 and 2018 and was the recipient of Neruda Award 2017 (Poetry) Crispiano, Italy and Highly Commended in the Francis Ledwidge Award 2019. She was featured in the RTE Radio One Extra in Reverberations Series 2, Nov.2019. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AmyBarry12 where you can DM her for details on buying her collection and you can read more of her poetry here at I am Not A Silent Poet…

https://iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com/tag/amy-barry/

Ceinwen E C Haydon is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CeinwenHaydon and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She writes short stories and poetry and has been widely published online and in print anthologies. She was Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Competition Spring 2018, won the Hedgehog Press Poetry Competition ‘Songs to Learn and Sing’ August, 2018 and was shortlisted for the Neatly Folded Paper Pamphlet Competition, Hedgehog Press, October 2018. She is a winner in the Nicely Folded Paper Pamphlet Competition (July 2019). Her first Chapbook is due to be published shortly, ‘Cerddi Bach’ (Little Poems), a Stickleback by Hedgehog Press.

Cathy Carson is from Northern Ireland and a front line worker as a cancer nurse and a spoken word performer. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ourweekathy73 and don’t miss her on Facebook for announcements of seeing her live. She was already on the podcast this season and will be back again in two weeks for the Poetry in Ireland episode…

https://www.facebook.com/cathy.carson.7161

MANNY is a writer & performer who loves to work on artwork/posters for his written work since he is a visual person. He is from London and a graduate from Roehampton University. He says his work is very imaginative. He loves to take the reader/audience on a journey and writes pieces which people find inspiring and motivating. He runs a creative campaign called #BeTheChange which is a solo campaign he started while at university. He collaborates with other creators/artists, works on projects and film videos for creative work along with live performances around London. He is on Instagram at manny_harmony11. You can find his projects here

https://www.facebook.com/Beauty-Within-The-Cracks-114515693732305/

https://emmanuelcarriere17.wixsite.com/bethechange-creative/work-1

Darren J Beaney is the author of HoneyDew which is his debut collection published by The HedgeHog Poetry Press. He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DJ_Be_An and is one of the creators and hosts of Flight of the Dragonfly Spoken Word. You can find out more about him and buy his book at his website…

https://djbeaney.wordpress.com/honey-dew/

and you can find out more about Flight of the Dragonfly Spoken Word here.

Kevin Hynes is an Irish singer, actor and theatrical costume and prop maker. He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kevinmhynes and you can also follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kevin.m.hynes.7

AfterGlow Acoustic Duo are the dynamic team of Rhiannon Howys and Reese Smith who were also the musical guest stars on our recent Christmas episode. You can find out more about them both here at their website and check them out on Facebook for live online events.

https://www.afterglowacousticduo.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/afterglowacousticduo

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 3 -Season 2

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This episode aired on 6th February 2021 and I was joined by poets Nathanael O’Reilly, Elisabeth Kelly, Theresa Donnelly, Martin Malone and Anne Osbourn. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Nathanael O’Reilly is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nathanael_o. He is the author of many collections including (Un)Belonging published by Recent Work Press and Blue published by Above/Ground Press and also Associate Poetry Editor at Descant. You can read more of Nathanael’s work on Anthropocene Poetry…

https://www.anthropocenepoetry.org/post/3-poems-by-nathanael-o-reilly

and also here in the Rochford Street Review…

Elisabeth Kelly is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/eekelly22 and her upcoming poetry collection entitled Carbon will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in May 2021. Meanwhile you can keep up-to-date on Elisabeth and her work at her website…

https://elisabethkelly.com/

She was also recently published in the anthology Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité now available on her website

Martin Malone is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/malonepoetry and is the author of many collections including Cur, published by Shoestring, The Waiting Hillside, published by Templar and Larksong Static Selected Poems published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. You can find him and his books at his website…

https://www.martinmalonepoetry.com/

Keep up to date with Martin’s music and his band Innocents Abroad on Soundcloud

Theresa Donnelly is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheresaWriter. She is an Irish/Canadian poet who was born and educated in Dublin. She worked in Hospitality and Culinary Management. Theresa is a member of The Ontario Poetry Society and a founding member of the Brooklin Poetry Society. Her work has been published with Beret Days Press, The Copperfield Review, Verse Afire, Buried Horror, Red Claw Press, The Brooklin Town Crier, Surfacing Magazine, UCD Library Poems for the Pandemic, The Caterpillar Magazine, Tales from the Forest, Dreich, Black Bough Poetry and she is a regular contributor to Poetry Ireland, Poetry Prompts. You can also find Theresa at her website where you can also find her two books Reccurence of Blue and Moon Witch

https://theresadonnelly.com/

Anne Osbourn is a plant scientist and can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AnneOsbourn1 and her debut collection Mock Orange was published in Sept 2020 by SPM and won third prize in the Sentinel Poetry Book Prize 2018. You can buy her collection here…

https://spmpublications.com/shop/mock-orange-anne-osbourn.html

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 2 -Season 2

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This episode aired on 30th January 2021 and I was joined by poets Phil Vernon, Cathy Carson, Barbara Mercer and A.R. Salandy. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Phil Vernon is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/philvernon2. He is the author of A Quieter Shore published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press and Poetry after Auschwitz published by Sentinel Poetry and there is an interview with Phil and Sentinel right here…

Click to access phil-vernon-slq-monday-writer-30-november-2020.pdf

You can buy Poetry After Auschwitz here…

https://spmpublications.com/shop/poetry-after-auschwitz-phil-vernon.html

And you can read more of Phil’s poetry on this website here…

https://philvernon.net/category/poetry/

And on YouTube you can hear Phil’s Daughter, Paksie Vernon, read his poem El Tres de Mayo

Barbara Mercer is one of the organisers of Dragonflies Spoken Word and blogs at WordPress here…

https://wordpress.com/view?site=walnuttreewriting.home.blog

You can follow her writing on Facebook here

https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraMercerWriting

And for Dragonflies SW events check them out on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DragonfliesSW

Cathy Carson is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ourweekathy73 and Cathy will perform next week at Crafty Crows on Feb 3rd 2021 from 19.00 GMT and the link is below…

https://www.facebook.com/events/1626184560905674/

AR Salandy is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/anthony64120 and is the Co-Founder/EIC of Fahmidan Journal @fahmidanjournal (twitter/instagram). Anthony has 1 published chapbook titled ‘The Great Northern Journey’ published by Lazy Adventurer Publishing available here…

https://www.lazyadventurerpublishing.com/shop/the-great-northern-journey

You can find his website here…

Here are the links to the poems Anthony read today…

Oma’ The Daily Drunk 12th July 2020

https://thedailydrunk.com/f/oma?blogcategory=Poetry

‘Stormy Weather’- Clay Literary September 13th 2020 Online

https://www.clayliterary.com/post/raven-issue-nine-09-13-2020

‘Heartland’ Anser Journal October 14th 2020 Online

https://anserjournal.org/arsalandy

‘Subjugation’- jfa Human Rights Journal October 28th 2020 Online

https://www.thejfa.com/read/subjugation

My Stickleback poetry collection is available to buy here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Episode 1 -Season 2

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, non conformers and non believers, gender X and gender equals, we are back again for Season 2 of Eat The Storms the Poetry Podcast. Thank you for listening and supporting.

This episode aired on 23rd January 2021 and I was joined by poets Vic Pickup, Thomas McColl, Trish Bennet and Sue Finch. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Vic Pickup is the Michael Marks and Pushcart Prize nominated author of Lost and Found published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press, the co-founder of Inkpot Writers Group and is on twitter as @VicPickup https://twitter.com/VicPickup and her website is…

https://vicpickup.com/

Thoms McColl is the author of Grenade Genie published by  Fly on the Wall Press from which he read Security Pass, The Phoney War and Literal Library on this episode. He is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ThomasMcColl2 and his website is…

https://thomasmccoll.wordpress.com/

You can buy Grenade Genie here…

https://www.flyonthewallpress.co.uk/product-page/grenade-genie-by-thomas-mccoll

Sue Finch is the author of Magnifying Glass published by Black Eyes Publishing. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/soopoftheday and you can buy her collection here…

https://payhip.com/SueFinch

and details about Sue’s collection can be found here at Black Eyes Publishing…

https://www.blackeyespublishinguk.co.uk/sue-finch

Trish Bennett, twice the winner of the Leitrim Literary Award, is the author of Borderlines, the Stickleback collection published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. She is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/baabennett and can also be found on her website here…

My Stickleback, micro poetry collection, published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press is available on my website. This is a signed limited edition print…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

If you have questions, comments, improvements, desires to be a guest poet on the show, then please drop me an email at eatthestorms@yahoo.com

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Damien B Donnelly

Eat the Storms – The Poetry Podcast – Season 2 – Saturday 23rd Jan

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Eat the Storms, the Poetry Podcast, is back this Saturday 23rd Jan 2021 on your preferred Podcast Platform for Season 2!!! The first episode drops at 5pm GMT on Spotify and then trickles out onto all the other platforms shortly after that. And we have a dazzling line-up of poets joining the show this season, some coming back for a second time and some making their debut…

So see you on the platform and till next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Eat the Storms – A Merry Little Christmas Podcast Episode 15

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This episode aired on 12th December 2020 and it was A Merry Little Christmas Episode featuring poetry, short story and festive song. Below are the links to all the Elves and Fairies and Santa’s helpers who joined me to make this final episode of Season 1 Eat the Storms so special. See you all mid January for Season 2…

Matthew M C Smith is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MatthewMCSmith and he is the creator of Black Bough Poetry https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/

Lynn Valentine is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dizzylynn and will have her debut Scots Language Pamphlet coming from Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2021 and her full Poetry Collection coming from Cinnamon Press in 2020

Merril D Smith is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/merril_mds and can be found on WordPress at https://merrildsmith.com/

Nigel Kent is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kent_nj and can be found on WordPress at https://nigelkentpoet.wordpress.com/ and his collections are published by Hedgehog Poetry Press https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/

Patricia M Osbourne is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PMOsborneWriter and can be found at her blog here https://whitewingsbooks.com/

AfterGlow Acoustic Duo are made up of Rhiannon Howys and Reese Smith and can be found at https://www.afterglowacousticduo.co.uk/ and also have a Facebook page so you can check out their up-coming Christmas special performance https://www.facebook.com/afterglowacousticduo/

Orla Grant Donoghue is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/OrlaWrites and can be found at her website https://orlawrites.com/

Nathaniel O’Reilly is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nathanael_o and you can find his books here https://bookshop.org/contributors/nathanael-o-reilly

Sue Finch is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/soopoftheday and you can find out more about her collection Magnifying Glass here https://payhip.com/SueFinch

Fidel Hogan Walsh is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dragonslayerma and you can find out more about Fidel and her recent collection with photographer Julie Corcoran here http://www.bbcreativehub.com/fidel-hogan-walsh/

Ruairí de Barra is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/r_debarra and can be found at his blog https://paperneverrefusedink.com/

Aisling Keogh is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/aislingtkeogh and is an author represented by The StoryLine Literary Agency

Sarah Connor is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sacosw and can be found at WordPress on https://fmmewritespoems.wordpress.com/

Rhona Green is the light and support centre of Twitter and can be found here https://twitter.com/Rhona_Greene

Karen S Moore is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KarenSDavies and can be found at her blog at http://ksmoore.com/

My Name is Damien B. Donnelly and I can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/deuxiemepeau and my debut collection Eat the Storms is available here https://deuxiemepeaupoetry.com/book-shop-eat-the-storms

A Very Merry Christmas to you all and a huge Thank You for tuning in this year.

Until next year..

Stay Stay Safe and Well and of course; Stay Bloody Poetic!

Eat the Storms – The Podcast – Episode 14 – Poetry in Ireland

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This episode aired on 05th December 2020 and I was joined by poets Eilín de Paor, Therese Kieran and Karen S Moore. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Eilín de Paor is on Twitter at @edepaor and her poem hashtag is #bitofapoem and you can find some of her poetry on Algebra of Owls and Pandemic.ie.

Therese Kieran is on Twitter at @ThereseKieran and you can read one of her poems on The Blue Nib and the The Honest Ulsterman…

https://humag.co/poetry/in-silence

Therese Kieran lives in Belfast. Her work has featured in: Her Other Language, The Honest Ulsterman, Valley Press Anthology, The Blue Nib, Four X Four, Washing Windows? and many others, including Poetry Jukebox’s 2020 climate change curation in Paris & Belfast. She’s twice been long listed for the Seamus Heaney New Writing award. In 2020 she received an Arts Council award to write her debut poetry pamphlet about 1914 Belgian refugees in Monaghan. Just recently she’s been involved in projects with the 26 Collective including, 26 Wild in support of endangered species and A Common Place, a collaborative venture with the Eames Fine Art Gallery, London.

Karen S Moore is on Twitter at @KarenSDavies and can be found at her website…

Karen’s poem Let Down was first published in Skylight 47 July 2020 from her pamphlet in progress: ‘When seaweed is Medusa’s hair’. Trainspotting was first published by The Honest Ulsterman, 2020. Mermaid Princess was first published by Southword, 2017. Both those last poems are from K. S. Moore’s full collection, ‘Eggshell Flesh’, (currently out on submission).
Karen’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoaQi6FmVIrvloO08FX9WgQ

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Eat the Storms – The Podcast – Episode 13

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This episode aired on 28th November 2020 and I was joined by poets Merril D. Smith, Serge Neptune, Kari Flickinger, Annick Yerem. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Merril D Smith is on Instagram at @merril_mds and you can find Merril on WordPress with linbks to here books here…

https://merrildsmith.com/

Serge Neptune is on Twitter at @mermanpoet and his book is published by Broken Sleep Books and available here…

https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/product-page/serge-neptune-these-queer-merboys

ElisaKari Flickinger is on Twitter at @KariFlickinger and can be found at her website…

And you can find her collection at Femme Salve Books…

Annick Yerem is on Twitter as @missyerem and you can also find her at her blog…

https://missyerem.wordpress.com/

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Eat the Storms – The Podcast – Episode 12

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This episode aired on 21st November 2020 and I was joined by poets Jude Marr, Darren J Beaney, Elisabeth Horan and Brian McManus. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Jude Marr is on Instagram at @JudeMarr1 with a book out now entitled We Know Each Other By Our Wounds published by Animal Heart Press and available here…

https://www.animalheartpress.net/p/purchase-we-know-each-other-by-our.html

and you can find Jude Marr also here…

http://judemarr.com/

Darren J Beaney is on Twitter at @DJ_Be_An and at @DragonfliesSW and his website…

http://djbeaney.wordpress.com

You can find DragonFlies Spoken Word on Facebook here…

https://www.facebook.com/FlightoftheDragonfly/

Darren’s collection Honey Dew will be released on 8th December from The Hedgehog Poetry Press

https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/

Elisabeth Horan is on Twitter at @ehoranpoet and can be found at her website…

https://www.ehoranpoet.com/

And you can find Elisabeth here on Amazon…

and Elisabeth’s new collection Just to the Right of the Stove will be published by Twist in Time Lit Mag Press in Feb 2021…

Brian McManus is on Twitter as @BrianMcManus999 and his book Liar, Liar is available to buy at The Hedgehog Poetry Press…

https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/product-category/for-sale/books/collections/

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Eat the Storms – The Podcast – Episode 11

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This episode aired on 14th November 2020 and I was joined by poets Attracta Fahy, David Ralph Lewis and Glen Wilson. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Attracta Fahy is on Instagram at @AttractaFahy and her book Dinner in the Fields is published by Fly on the Wall Press and available here…

https://www.flyonthewallpress.co.uk/product-page/dinner-in-the-fields-by-attracta-fahy

David Ralph Lewis is on Twitter at @davidralphlewis and his website where you can buy Refraction is…

https://www.davidralphlewis.co.uk/

David’s collection Our Voices in the Chaos is published by Selcouth Station and can be purchased here…

https://www.selcouthstation.com/product-page/our-voices-in-the-chaos

Glen Wilson is on Twitter at @glenhswilson and can be found at his website…

https://glenwilsonpoetry.wordpress.com/

Glen’s collection An Experience on the Tongue is published by Doire Press and can be bought here…

https://www.doirepress.com/rapidcartpro/index.php?product/page/108/An+Experience+on+the+Tongue

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Eat the Storms – The Podcast – Episode 10

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This episode aired on 07th November 2020 and I was joined by poets Eileen Carney Hulme, Karen Mooney, David L O’Nan and Liam Porter. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Eileen Carney Hulme is on Twitter at @strokingtheair and her collections include The space between the Rain and Stroking the Air….

https://www.indigodreams.co.uk/ech-tsm/4589983025

Karen Mooney is on Twitter at @1karenmooney and can also be found at @LisburnReads and @northernvisions. Her collection Penned In is available at The Hedgehog Poetry Press…

https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/product-category/for-sale/hoglets/karren-mooney/

David L O’Nan is on Twitter at @DavidLONan1. His upcoming collection will be called New Disease Streets and you can find him also at @feversof and also on Fevers of the Mind Poetry here…

https://feversofthemind.wordpress.com/

Find him on Amazon here…

Fevers of the Mind Submission Call from David… I have published a ton of poets in the Fevers books & Avalanches book.  Currently Fevers of the Mind Poetry Digest 2020 is Open for submissions with a deadline of December 15th. Info on guidelines is available on the website page at feversofthemind.wordpress.com and submissions can be made at feversofthemind@gmail.com

Liam Porter is on Twitter at @LiamPort and you can buy Liam’s collection Dance in the rain here…

https://liamporterpoetry.bigcartel.com/product/dance-in-the-rain

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Eat the Storms – The Podcast – Episode 9

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This episode aired on 31st October 2020 and I was joined by poets Ness Owen, Lynn Valentine, Roger Hare and Sarah-Jane Crowson. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Ness Owen is on Twitter at @ness_owen and her collection Mamiaith is published by Arachne Press…

Lynn Valentine is on Twitter at @dizzylynn and you can read more of her work here…

https://www.highlandlit.com/lynn-valentine

Roger Hare is on Twitter at @RogerHare6 and you can read more of Roger’s work here…

Sarah-Jane Crowson is on Twitter at @sarahjfc and her website is…

http://sarah-janecrowson.com/

Jane Dougherty’s new collection is available from Amazon here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Eat the Storms – The Pride Poetry Podcast Episode 8

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This episode aired on 24th October 2020, and it was a celebration of voices from the LGBTQ+ community. I was joined on this show by Andreena Leeanne, David Hanlon, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Erin Russell, Katie Proctor, Grace Alice Evans, Ryan Norman and Peach Delphine.

The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

Andreena Leeanne is the creator and host of @PoetryLGBT and her book Charred is published by Team Angelica

http://teamangelica.com/71

David Hanlon is on Twitter as @DavidHanlon13 and his book Spectrum of Flight is published by Animal Heart Press

https://www.animalheartpress.net/p/purchase-spectrum-of-flight.html

Anne Walsh Donnelly is on Twitter as @AnneWDonnelly and her book The Woman with the Owl Tattoo is published by Fly on the Wall Poetry

https://www.flyonthewallpoetry.co.uk/product-page/the-woman-with-an-owl-tattoo-by-anne-walsh-donnelly

Grace Alice Evans is on Twitter as @gracealiceevans and her website is…

https://linktr.ee/gracealiceevans

Erin Russell is on Twitter as @etcall and you can read an interview with her here…

http://trainpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/2019/10/an-interview-with-erin-russell_10.html

Also check out Erin at @PoetryQueer

Ryan Norman is on Twitter at @RyanMGNorman and his website is…

https://linktr.ee/RyanMGNorman

Ryan can also be found as the Silver Branch Poet for October in Black Bough Poetry…

https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/ryan-norman

Katie Proctor is on Twitter at @Katiiewrites and you can find more info about her here…

https://katiiewrites.carrd.co/

and find her book here…

https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/product-category/for-sale/hoglets/katieproctor/

Peach Delphine is on Twitter as @PeachDelphine and you can read more of her work at IceFloePress…

and at the Silver Branch Series from Black Bough Poetry…

https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/peach-delphine

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

Until next time… Stay Bloody Proud and Poetic!

Eat the Storms – The Podcast – Episode 7

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This episode aired on 17th October 2020, the 1st month birthday of my debut collection Eat the Storms published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press and I was joined by poets Anna Saunders, Paul Brookes, Devon Marsh and Matthew M C Smith. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below…

To find Anna Saunders…

https://annasaunderswriter.co.uk/poetry/

To purchase books by Anna at Indigo Dreams…

https://www.indigodreams.co.uk/anna-saunders-gfb/4594255832

To find Paul Brookes…

https://thewombwellrainbow.com/

To Find Devon Marsh…

https://devonmarsh.com/

To Find Matthew M C Smith…

https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/matthew-m-c-smith

You can buy Deep Time Vol 1 and Vol 2 on Amazon co.uk/com

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Eat the Storms – The Podcast – Episode 6

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This episode aired on 10th October 2020 and we shared poems about flights, dreams, strengths, coming home and dualities. I was joined by Julie Stevens, Steve Denehan, Mari Maxwell and Sharon Larkin. The links to their websites, blogs or Twitter pages are all listed below.

To buy Quicksand by Julie Stevens (@JulesJumping on Twitter) here is the link…

For more information on Steve Denehan (Twitter as @SteverinoD) his website is…

https://stevedenehan.wixsite.com/website

You can find Mari Maxwell on Twitter as @MariMaxwell17 or at The Galway Review…

For more info on Sharon Larkin…

https://sharonlarkinjones.com/

The opening poem I read We’ll always Have, What Exactly? was published by Impspired Magazine and can be found here…

My debut collection Eat the Storms is available here…

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!

Eat the Storms – The Podcast – Episode 5

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This episode aired on National Poetry Day 2020, 1st October, so a very a happy Poetry Day to everyone listening and reading. This episode was all about journeys, movements, change and time passing. I was joined by poets from all around the world- from New Zealand we had Kay McKenzie Cooke, from Australia, though living in the USA, we had Nathanael O’Reilly, from Ireland we had Maura McDonnell taking us to Leitrim and Dubliner Fidel Hogan Walsh taking us to Cavan to join Julie Corcoran so they could share stories of time and loss from their poetry book journeying through the dark days of lockdown, entitled Time.

Kay McKenzie Cooke

https://kaymckenziecooke.com/

Nathanael O’Reilly

Yuu can find Nathanael on Twitter as @nathanael_o

Fidel Hogan Walsh and Julie Corcoran

You can buy Time at

http://eprint.ie/shop/Time

Maura McDonnell

You can find Maura here

https://www.mauramcdonnell.com/

Until next time… Stay Bloody Poetic!