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Podcasts.ie Showcase # 24

Our Irish writers Showcase podcasts features Poetry as Grace Wells reads ‘Somewhere on Barnes Common; A Chocolate Box’ . We have a short story which made Number 1 on iTunes from EM Reapy.  An excerpt from Mayo Heritage Show Episode 6 and we have music from Tony Reidy singing’ The Yellow Tinker’and Ben Sands who sings his song made famous in TV commercials for Imperial Leather which is simply called ‘Hug’.   We continue to bring you at least 2 podcasts a week and we have more to come from the on line e zine Wordlegs and A Thoroughly Good Blue the latest anthology from The Oxcar Wilde Centre at Trinity College Dublin.  There is still the May edition of The Calendar Road to enjoy and this month its all about birds including The Dawn Chorus.  Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter (podcastsdotie) or on Facebook (Podcasts.ie) and you should also be aware that The Calendar Road has its own Facebook and Twitter pages too.

The Calendar Road May 2012

A specially extended version of the Calendar Road this month to take in the dawn chorus for May.  Sinéad talks about the birds that frequent this Irish rural by-way and you get a chance to listen to them yourself as they sing the dawn in to end this episode of our nature lovers podcast.

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Alice Youell

Alice Youell was born in 1988 and grew up near Winchester, England. She graduated in 2011 from Exeter University with a degree in English Literature. She is currently studying an MPhil in creative writing at Trinity College Dublin, and has been working on a collection of short stories, one of which The Waiting Room is featured in The Oscar Wilde Centre’s 2012 Anthology ‘A thoroughly Good Blue’

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Alice Reads ‘ The Waiting room’  which follows an unusual young man who has never been ill in his life as he goes in search of germs in a bid to catch the flu

Katie Mc Dermott

Katie McDermott is from County Meath. She studied English and classics
in NUI Maynooth.  She reads and writes anything but prefers fantasy and science fiction.
She recently completed her first novel, Rapeseed, which she is
currently trying to get published. She lives off coffee and
works late into the night.

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Her story Mrs Culann’s dog is set in modern day Dublin, following a young boy who loves hurling. 
inspired by the story of Cú Chulainn from Irish mythology.

Zach Hively

Zach Hively comes from the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. He has since lived in Germany and England, and he currently resides in Dublin. His short stories have appeared in Line Zero and Conceptions Southwest. His writing often deals with skewed perspectives of the world and the ways in which individuals come to terms with their own curious outlooks on life.

Story 1; Zach’s story ‘In the Haus of Broken Toys’ is about a young German boy who braves the menace of a forbidding youth hostel in order to save the intriguing visitor within, but his adventure is cut short by an unexpected discovery.

Story 2; Zach reads ‘Such A Lovely Girl’  When a truck strikes a deer on the highway, Flynn wants nothing more than to protect his daughter Melanie’s fragility. Yet it is his own limited view of the world that ends up most altered by the experience.  

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Alice Walsh

Irish writer Alice Walsh’s short story Samhain and flash fiction piece The Mountain Had Always Been There have previously been published in the Winter ’10 and Winter ’11 issues of Wordlegs. She was recently short listed for the International Fish Publishing Short Story Contest 2011/2012, while last year she made the long-list for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year 2011 Award. Her short stories Downaround and What We Talk About When We Don’t Talk About Love feature in the wordlegs presents: 30 Under 30 ebook.

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Alice Reads ‘Samhain’

Podcasts.ie Showcase #23

 Our Irish writers Showcase podcast has reached Episode No. 23 already and we continue to increase our number of visitors from all over the world including our beloved Ireland.  We now have more unique visitors so far in 2012 than we did in in all of 2010 and we are very grateful to you all for that, we also appreciate those of you following us on Twitter (where was are listed as podcastsdotie) and those of you who have taken the trouble to like us on Facebook.   On this months showcase we feature a short story from our collaboration with www.wordlegs.ie as Eamon Mc Guinness reads his piece ‘Things we find on The Ground (For Frank)’.  May Moran reads from her book ‘Executed for Ireland: The Patrick Moran Story’ and Terry Mc Donagh reads ‘The Last Bard’  Our music comes from Carmel Gunning with ‘The Geevagh Jig’ and Mick Hanly sings ‘ You’re A Big Girl Now’  So there is plenty to enjoy for you and we hope you continue to support our efforts to highlight the work of Irish writers. We love to hear from you, to find out a little about our visitors, where you are and how you found us and we hope you will keep helping us to spread the word about Podcasts.ie   Terry Mc Donagh will be in Melbourne Australia until May 25th 2012 Working with students at Caulfield Grammar and Wheelers Hill and will include a reading at Uni of Melbourne (Newman College) at 6pm on May 15th.
 

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David Rudden

Dave Rudden is an Irish writer and storyteller currently living in Dublin. His works have been published in magazines, journals and anthologies in Ireland, England and the U.S. and he was the recepient of the Fantasy Book Review Short Story Prize 2011.   ‘ Named after Summer’ was based on a true life event.  A friend of mine was in hospital and I stayed as late as visiting hours would allow, and I distinctly remember being really worried about how I could escape the hospital and go home, but she would be there after I’d gone

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David Reads ‘Named After Summer’

All’s Well That’s Pattwell

At last we have had a chance to change the performance podcast on Michael Pattwell’s page.  The session was recorded last April at The Lismore Heritage Centre our thanks to Lismore Castle Arts for their hospitality.  It is incredible to think it is a year since we recorded the session but such has been the popularity of Michael’s readings that we have left the original series of readings up for all to enjoy for almost 12 months.  In this reading Michael reads ‘Gingerbread House Cafe’, ‘  Dirge for a Swan’, the haunting ‘Back to your last birthday’ and of course the title poem ‘Flaghopping’ remains as part of this wonderful mix.

Eamon Mc Guinness

Eamon Mc Guinness is 26 and from Rathfarnham in Dublin.  In 2011 he completed an M.A in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama in U.C.D and received first class honours.  He is currently doing an internship in Big Smoke Writing Factory, a creative writing company in Dublin. He has been writing for the last few years and is currently working on a series of short stories and poems.
 

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In “Things We Find on the Ground” the tragic death of a man leads the narrator to muse on the passing of time, the decisions people make and the difference between who we were and who we become, expressed through an uneasily shifting Dublin landscape.