Join us this St. Patrick’s Day for a special celebration with three stunning Irish poets reading live from Ireland! Featuring Damien Donnelly, Eilín de Paor and Eleanor Hooker!
Damien B. Donnelly is a 46-year-old Irish, adopted, gay, writer, Best of the Net nominated, host/producer of the poetry podcast Eat the Storms, now in its 4th season who over 300 international guests on 12 platforms, spent 23 years living in Paris, Amsterdam, and London before returning to his native country of Ireland in early 2020.
His debut pamphlet Eat the Storms, published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in Sept 2020, appeared on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and was followed by a Stickleback micro collection in 2021, comprising of 5 ekphrastic poems also published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press & both featured poems nominated for Pushcart Prizes.
In the Jitterfritz of Neon, a poetry pamphlet co-written with Eilin de Paor, came out in Jan 2022, a collection of memories of nights out shared when both poets were very firmly locked in. He received the Agility Award from The Arts Council Ireland to support his first full collection called Enough! coming in 2022 from The Hedgehog Poetry Press. He is currently editing his follow up collection Back from Away with was funded by the Fingal Artist Support scheme.
His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, both online and in print, including Anti-Heroin Chic, Black Bough Press, Barren Magazine, The Bangor Literary Journal, Neurological, Fahmidan Journal, The Adriatic and Fevers of the Mind and Bealtaine magazine.
Eilín de Paor lives and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. She works in services for people with intellectual disabilities and is studying towards a PhD in that field. Her poems have appeared in Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Stony Thursday Book, The Waxed Lemon, The Bangor Literary Journal, Abridged, An Capall Dorcha, The Raleigh Review (upcoming)and the Dedalus Press Local Wonders Anthology among others. Her Stickleback micro-collection, ‘In Defence of Bin Wasps’ and her debut pamphlet, 'In the Jitterfritz of Neon', a collaboration with Damien B. Donnelly, were both recently published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.
Eleanor Hooker’s third poetry collection Of Ochre and Ash (Dedalus Press) and her chapbook Legion (Bonnefant Press, Holland) were published in 2021. A recipient of the Markievicz Award in 2021, her poetry book Where Memory Lies (Ponc Press) is due for publication later this year. Her sequence of plague poems is forthcoming from Salvage Press. Eleanor is working on a novel.
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’s a helm and Press Officer for Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat. She began her career as an Intensive Care Nurse and trained as a midwife at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin.