Meet Damien B Donnelly…
Damien B. Donnelly returned to Ireland in Dec 2019 after 23 years exploring the lights and shadows of Paris, London and Amsterdam. He began writing as a child, mostly poetry questioning identity, fragility, sexuality and connection to what was around him and all that he wanted to reach out to. He dreamed of becoming a fashion designer and spent 23 years working as a pattern maker for various fashion brands but was never far from a pen and a notebook.
His interests now revolve around falling over (and over) and learning how to get up again while making delicious cakes (carrot cake supreme). He is finishing his first fictional novel and dreams of opening a Writers’ Retreat one Covid-free day in Ireland.
He’s been featured in numerous books and magazines including ‘Second Chance’ from Original Writing, ‘Body Horror Anthology’ from Gehenna & Hinnom, ‘Nous Sommes Paris’ from Eyewear Publishing commemorating the Paris attacks 2015, The Runt Magazine, Impspired, Fever of the Mind Press, Deep Time Vol II from Black Bough Poetry, Coffin Bell, Firefly Zine, Scribe Base, Barren Magazine, Anti Heroin Chic and the inaugural issue of Fahmidan Journal. In 2020 won the Holding It Together Apart Creative Writing Competition and had his winning poem narrated by Anne Doyle for a YouTube video and his Aldi short story appeared in the Ray Darcy RTE Anthology ‘A Page from your Life’ in December 2020, published by Harper Collins Ireland. Eat the Storms was his debut poetry pamphlet published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in September 2020 which was followed by the Stickleback Considering Canvases with Boys, a micro collection published in January 2021, also by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.
‘For this debut pamphlet collection I wanted to bring the reader on a journey, starting with a soft moon on a sun-drenched beach, a blazing white light like a blank canvas of possibility and, from there, add colour to that emptiness, incorporating both light and shade, a journey that required all senses at once; to test the running water of the riverbed with your tongue, to hear the pout of a ruby red lip while slowly exploring what happens when colour gives in to shadow, when shade threatens fragility as we are faced with our own fears before bringing us back again into the light, seeing that same fragility as our force and not our failure while holding hope in place of time that can never be held. I imagined being able to find a way to paint behind the light, to add breath to all that is unbearable so as to swallow the truth and release the lies we stuff into the cracks of the canvas.’
‘Eat the Storms, Mother said,
boil these beds of bitter blackness
until the dream rips through the rain
and translucent turns to trust.’
from Scarlet Rising, a poem in his debut pamphlet Eat the Storms.
Eat the Storms, Poetry Podcast…
Damien B Donnelly is also the host and producer of the poetry podcast Eat the Storms, now available to listen to on more than 12 platforms including Spotify, Anchor, Apple, Google, Breaker, Castbox, Pocket Cast, OverCast, PlayerFM, Radio Public, Podbean and many more platforms. This is a global poetry platform now in its 3rd season with over 120 guests from around the world. You can find out more about Eat the Storms, the poetry podcast at the website…
Later in 2021, The Hedgehog Poetry Press will publish In the Jitterfritz of Neon, a poetry pamphlet conversation co-written by Damien B Donnelly and fellow Irish poet and friend Eilín de Paor. This will be followed by his first full collection, Enough, based on this time spent in Paris.
Contact Damien at email@example.com