About Me

        Hello readers, writers and listeners, I’m Damien Donnelly, a 43-year-old Irishman born and reared in Dublin until the age of 22 when I took off to Paris with a degree in Fashion design but without a word of French. I instantly fell in love with the city and it was home for two years until I fell in love with someone else and found myself leaving the City of Light and moving to London where I rested for 6 years until Amsterdam and The Netherlands tempted me with work for 10 years until I finally decided to return to Paris at the age of 40. My day job enabled me to make these country moves. I am a pattern maker these days, not a globally recognised Fashion designer (far too much pressure) and have worked for various brands including Reiss, Pepe Jeans, G-Star, Calvin Klein and now & Other Stories. So, for now, that’s my back story, a story that has reached full circle with my return to Paris. I guess I’m back where I’m supposed to be, for now. Everything takes time to line up correctly.
        I’ve been writing since before I could crawl, poetry mostly, but delve from time to time into flash fiction and short stories while also working on a final draft my first fictional novel. My 1st short story was published in the book ‘Second Chance’, from Original Writing, in Ireland in 2015, a 2nd in the magazine The Fable Online, followed by a horror short story in the book ‘Body Horror Anthology’ from Gehenna and Hinnom Publishing. My poetry has been featured in the Firefly zine, Scribe Base zine and in the book ‘Nous Sommes Paris’ from Eyewear Publishing, an anthology commemorating the Paris attacks of 2015 and also in The Runt Magazine. In April 2018, I was invited by Irish surrealist poet Kevin Bateman to speak at one of his poetry events in Dublin, and we since received over 10,000 views on You Tube. Another poem was featured in the 3rd issue of Barren online literary magazine.
        I’ve recently branched out into Spoken Word and have used Soundcloud and now You Tube to bring a deeper layer of understanding to my poetry. All my poems feature one of my photographs or drawings, again to further enhance the story telling and occasionally to add a little colour.
        When I’m not writing or photographing Paris from every possible angle I can be found in the kitchen baking disgustingly delicious carrot cakes, chocolate cakes or, a personal favourite, Baked Mars Bar Cheesecake. I have a secret dream to sing out loud and lots of other bits and bobs that make me, well, me…


Okay, what’s been going on since I wrote this mars-bar filled profile…

        I managed to survive Paris for 4 years, it is now August 2019, but I have decided that’s it, no more, they have had me for too long and I am off on a new adventure back to Ireland, after 23 years, the leaving date to be somewhere in December 2019, that way I can pop up to the north Pole, help Santa for a few weeks during the rush and then grab a lift with him and Rudolph down to Dublin and arrive home to Dublin and down the family chimney as a christmas present. The eventual dream is to set up a base in Galway, the big-mamma-term-dream is a Bed and Breakfast/Writers Retreat/eekend live music witha  creative coloration in a constant flow, make a bi-annual journal of writer’s works who’ve come to stay and cook and fill everyone with Carrot Cakes, Mars Bake Cheesecakes and Irish Soda Breads!

        What esle: The novel is doing well in the planning, great reaction from a few publishers so I am now doing another exciting edit based on their suggestions, and I am hopeful to see it on store shelves and your bookshelf one day soon!

I finally made it to La Chat Noir, the most famous Open Mic Poetry Event in Paris in the 11th arrondissement Monday nights and took to the stage and clamed by right to call myself a poet and artist. Much fun was had and many talents discovered. Highly recommended for anyone in the area.

        But for now, Paris and I will say au revoir or maybe more fitting; a bientot! I will be moving out of the fashion environment where I have been a pattern maker now for almost 20 bloody years! Where did that time go to?!? I have been working at the Paris design atelier for & Other Stores for over 3 years now (go check us out- we are really cool and have dresses and bays and hats and scarves and magazines and shoes and makeup and underwear and a whole range of everything a woman needs all under one roof)  and it has been a total joy to work in such a creative environment surrounded by a group of dedicated professionals who also realise that the length of a skirt is not the end of the world.

Okay, deep breaths and on we go…



38 thoughts on “About Me

    1. deuxiemepeau

      Thanks K’lee L- fingers crossed i’m on right track- certainly feels good. By the way, I pased by Grace Cathedral last year which i just saw on your posting and it is amazing- thanks for reminding me with the picture.

      1. K'lee L.

        Our feelings are the truest barometer of our pathway through this thing called life… at least it’s what I choose to believe!

        Yes, Grace Cathedral is an amazing and powerful structure perfectly placed here in San Francisco. Glad my photo found you!

  1. John Bartmann

    Hi Damien, quite eager to get in touch with you to explain VoiceMap. We work with contributors to create GPS-triggered audio walking routes around areas of interest. I’m getting in touch because you fit a certain profile of people who tend to go on to do routes with us and I feel you might be interested in finding out more.

    We have a rapidly growing number of these routes. Most contributors choose a small fee for their route (up to US$10). We publish through iTunes and Android and split royalties on downloads evenly. There are many completed routes to listen to on http://voicemap.me. Get in touch if you’re interested in sharing your favourite stories and haunts with us and the world. Email or skype (bartmannjohn). Cheers!

  2. Peter Notehelfer

    Damien, this is a very well`written personal introduction . . . I envy you your life in Paris which is no doubt an incredible place to live [even given the recent and horrible terrorist episodes]. I look forward to reading some of your ‘flash fiction’! Thanks for leaving bread`crumbs for me to follow . . .

    1. deuxiemepeau

      Thank you Peter, it took forever to figure out what to say in the About Page- I think the title alone makes it more daunting than it is. Hope you enjoy the crumbs

  3. eddarivera

    its beautiful to see a man use his talents to his full potential. So many men fail to reach deep into where you reach and use those words to express to the world who he is what he sees and be so connected to himself. Its rare and beautiful to see the world through a mans eyes thoughts words and feelings thank you for sharing… I love poetry and using my words seem easier to express every thought feeling etc..God bless you guide you lead you and protect you now ad always….

  4. millie schmidt

    Your blog is very visually appealing! I’m looking forward to having a bit of a trawl… and you live in Paris! J’aime Paris… so I’m a little jealous!

    1. deuxiemepeau

      Thanks Millie- Paris is indeed amazing and inspiring on a daily basis. Enjoy your trawl- I’ll be visiting your site next. Happy Tuesday and see you around, Dami

  5. ladycee

    Multi-talented I see! Pleased to meet you and learn that you are pursuing your passions. Wishing you all the best with your publication endeavours – congratulations on being selected for the anthology.

  6. Chuck

    I am a newbie to the Blog world. I just launched my site that promotes my book as well as invite people to get to know the real me. I’m a contributing writer for “Two Drops of Ink”. I will requesting other writers to contribute to my site as well. I hope you will follow me.

  7. Bauhinia

    Damien, how much I enjoy reading your beautiful poems after discovering your site today. Hope your writing inspiration continues to bloom and I look forward to your next literal creations.

    1. deuxiemepeau

      Thank you so much. It is very encouraging when someone new comes along and finds something they like. I am very grateful for your visit and your time. Best wishes and see you around, Dami

  8. exploringcolour

    Dami, in case you might be kind enough to do a guest post about colour and what it means to you, I thought I’d broach the idea. Pls don’t feel you need to reply … just if you’re willing to do It 🙂

    1. deuxiemepeau

      I love this idea, let me come back to you on it. I am almost finished the Joni Series, in chronological album order, three left and then i will be able to think about other things. xx

  9. sarahsouthwest

    Hi Damien! I’m pulling together a poetry advent calendar on my blog – a poem every day in the lead up to your midwinter festival of choice. I would love it if I could use one of your poems.

      1. sarahsouthwest

        Hi, Damien. Sorry, I was out last night. No particular theme as such – I suppose I was hoping to get poems that were suitable for reading on winter evenings, in the dark time leading up to the bright lights of the midwinter celebrations, and whatever that means to you.

  10. sarahsouthwest

    Hi Damien – I’m gathering you’ve had a bit of a time of it! So I don’t want to hassle you, but I would love to have your voice in my advent calender. I appreciate you have a lot on, so I was wondering if I could use the rose patterned hem poem you did earlier this month? It’s about family, and memories, and coming together, so I think it would work well. If you have any other thoughts, let me know!

    1. deuxiemepeau

      Sarah, I’m so sorry, I didn’t forget but I got so sidetracked! There is so much going wrong at the moment including a solicitor in Ireland transferring my inheritance from my grandmother to a strangers bank account in England instead of my bank here in Paris while blaming a fraudulent email and it’s been a Month of getting nowhere, and then no internet at home and a burglary to top it off! So I just have my phone at the moment.
      I would love to be a part of your poetry advent calendar and think that the rose patterned hem poem would be a lovey choice. Since I don’t have my computer I also don’t have any access to my older poems at the moment. Thank you for including me. I am very honored. Huge hugs xx 🤗🤗

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