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Arthur Broomfield

Arthur Broomfield is a well known poet and Beckett scholar, an Irish writer whose readings attract large audiences.  His poetry chapbook ‘The Poetry Reading at Semple Stadium’, was published in 2011 (Lapwing). His work on the works of Samuel Beckett will be published in December 2012.   ‘ Nimrod ‘ is his first published short story. Nimrod narrates the surprising turn of events in a Faith Healer’s tent when the healer is confronted by the local Parish Priest. The turn occurs when  a miracle  cure is, surprisingly, performed

Arthur reads ‘Nimrod’

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Bernard O’ Rourke

Bernard O’Rourke is an Irish writer and freelance journalist based in Dublin. His short stories have featured in The Infection anthology – a collection of short stories set in a post-pandemic world of the undead published in 2011 by Pantoum Press – and 30 Under 30 – a collection of prose and poetry by young Irish writers, published by wordlegs in 2012. His short stories have also been published in The Linnet’s Wings, Outburst, and on wordlegs.com. You can find him on twitter (@guyserious), where his witty tweets go mostly unappreciated.

Bernard reads ‘Hear The Lizard Roar’ and ‘Last Request’

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Clodagh O’ Brien

Clodagh O’Brien is a former science journalist who has turned her attention over the past two years to writing short stories, poems and the first draft of a novel. She has been longlisted and shortlisted for a number of competitions and has been published in The Irish Writers online magazine Wordlegs, an anthology ‘The Blue Staircase and Other Short Stories’ and thefirstcut magazine. In 2002 she won the ‘Science Writer of the Year Award’ for the Daily Telegraph in London.


Clodagh reads ‘Mission Improbable’

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Podcasts.ie Showcase #22

We have so much material to include in this showcase podcasts as Ireland celebrates Easter and The Easter Rising of 1916.  We bring you our very first interview as Jennifer Grundulis explains The Bookcrossing convention in Dublin this month.  Poet Padraig J Daly who is also Parish Priest at Ballyboden in Dublin reads his poem ‘Trinity‘.  Noel Duffy reads ‘The Beekeeper and his Assistant’ from his collection ‘In The Library of The Lost Objects’.  We 2 excerpts from a host of short stories we will be bringing you through our New and Emerging Writers Channel and from our series ‘ The Writer’s Passage’ Chrissy Osborne reflects on the connection between Michael Collins and The GPO in Dublin.  As if that is not enough we have music from Mickey Harte and NoCrows. Though we did not have time to include everything we wanted to (there are now over 200 free podcasts available) you can still satisfy a need for all things Titantic by visiting our Laugherdane Bell Ringing Ceremony

We do hope you visit these pages and more and of course we are eager that you help us spread the word of Podcasts.ie through your own social network pages and if you the time and inclination why not come over and like our Facebook Page or follow us on Twitter

The European Podcast Awards

We are delighted to announce that www.podcasts.ie ~ Voices from Ireland has come 3rd place in it’s category at The European Podcast Awards.   Ireland is not included as one of the ten countries featured in the European Awards, and we faced stiff competition in The UK Professional Podcast Section.   There were over 2000 podcasts in total, and I believe over 1 million votes by the public!

The award ceremony is available by clicking at this link on youtube.

Many thanks to all who voted for us and to the jury members for thinking of our work so highly, it is great to see how well supported audio podcasting is across Europe

Podcasts.ie Showcase Number 21

Our Showcase podcast for March 2012 celebrates International Women’s Day and to a lesser degree Seachtain na Gaeilge as we feature some amazing Irish writers performing their work exclusively for Podcasts.ie.  Celia de Frein reads from her collection Imrann| Oddessey in both English and Irish, while Padraig J Daly reads two poems inspired by his mother.   Thom Moore sings Carolina Rua, Donnacha Toomey performs Emelia and  to close we have a reading by Alice Taylor from her novel ‘The Village’.    The Podcasts.ie showcase is as always presented by Jho Harris

If you would like to be involved in funding Thom Moore’s next ablum go to http://www.fundit.ie/project/thom-moore-album–dvd

Mickey Wishes Us Well

Another great Irish singer songwriter performs live and exclusive for Podcasts.ie.  We have just added the performance podcast by Mickey Harte to accompany the interview which was posted when Mickey’s page was first published earlier this month.  Ably assisted by percussionist Gary Porter, Mickey performs ‘Wish You Well’‘Sound of The Summer’  and the follow up to his Eurovision entry ‘ Never Want To Let you Down’.   We will be meeting up shortly with Mickey to record a session from his new album for  its worldwide release, meanwhile, those of you lucky enough to live to the left of The Atlantic when looking at a map can get the new album ‘Forward To Reality’ already as it has just been released stateside.

Harte and Soul

Our podcast showcase Number 20 features another 5 fantastic Irish writers including 2 former Eurovision Song Contest entrants though .  Charlie Mc Gettigan and Mickey Harte are featured performing their own work for us but the show kicks off with a reading by Mayo based poet Ger Riedy, we also have  prose from Noel Monahan and poetry from Mary Guckian.   As usual this showcase highlights just some of the 200 or more podcasts available on Podcasts.ie and is presented by Jho Harris

2 Harte’s On One Website

It was with great Harte that we went into our first days of podcasting,  Sligo born Writer Jack Harte was the very first writer to come on board with us and now 2 years later we proceed into our 3rd year with Donegal Singer songwriter Mickey Harte.  Last Sunday 29th of January 2012,despite his busy schedule,  we met up with Mickey at The Ballina Manor Hotel and chatted about his career and his love of song writing.  Mickey, ably assisted by Gary Porter on percussion performed some of his most popular self penned songs.  As usual we have posted the interview for the moment and will happily bring you the performance podcast in the next week or so.  In the meantime if you want a sneak preview, you need just check out our 20th Showcase which is due for production on Monday next and is almost certain to contain one of the tracks from our session with Mickey.

Grace and Truth

We are delighted to eventually get around to this marvelous reading by Grace Wynne Jones.  The reading was performed by Grace in front of a roaring fire at her home in Bray back in February 2011 but such was the popularity of her previous reading we are only changing podcasts now.  We have been a wee bit quiet of late because we have been working hard in the backround planning various projects for 2012 and making contact with writers who want to become featured on Podcasts.ie and we begin our series of new recordings this coming weekend.

In the meantime we are also preparing for the January edition of The Calendar Road which is gaining popularity daily.