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Season 1: Getting To Know Northern Ireland & Other Parts Of The World

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S2: E1 – Renaissance Man, Simon Cocking, From London to Asia, Central America to Ireland

Today’s guest is a bit of a Renaissance man whose early working life involved travel writing, focusing on the Deep South and Central America. Since then, he’s been involved...

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Episode 19: UNESCO Poet Maureen Boyle, From Sion Mills to Dublin, Belfast and Strabane

Photo by Malachi O’Doherty Today’s guest won a UNESCO medal for a book of poems in 1979 at the tender age of eighteen. She went on to study at...

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Episode 18, Poet, Gaynor Kane, From Belfast To Dublin, Galway and the Ards Peninsula

This episode’s guest is poet, Gaynor Kane, who hails from East Belfast. Although Gaynor never imagined herself as a poet, her most recent collection, “Venus in pink marble’ is...

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Episode 17: Author, Byddi Lee, From Armagh to Belfast, California & Back (Part 2)

Today’s guest is Byddi Lee – an Armagh based author, who has lived in Canada, South Africa, Paris and California before settling back in her home town of Armagh...

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Episode 16: Author, Byddi Lee, From Armagh to Belfast, California & Back (Part 1)

Today’s guest is Byddi Lee – an Armagh based author, who has lived in Canada, South Africa, Paris and California before settling back in her home town of Armagh...

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Episode 15: Author, Seán Mackel, From Belfast to Australia to Northwest Ireland (Part 2)

Today’s guest is Seán Mackel, who writes fiction and poetry as well as being a visual communicator. He won the Kanturk Flash Fiction Prize in 2019, for his first flash...

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Episode 14: From Belfast to Australia with Author, Seán Mackel

Today’s guest is Seán Mackel, who writes fiction and poetry as well as being a visual communicator. He won the Kanturk Flash Fiction Prize in 2019, for his first flash...

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Episode 13: Author, Maeve O’Lynn, From Belfast and Around Ireland

Today’s guest was described as a “force of nature” by the journalist who nominated her to be a guest. This force of nature is the award-winning author and poet...

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Episode 12: Author, Susanne Stich From Nuremberg To Northwest Ireland, Part 2

In this second part of our conversation, Susanne talks about how she first came to Ireland and how the country makes her feel alive. We explore The Troubles through...

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Episode 11: Author, Susanne Stich From Nuremberg To Northwest Ireland, Part 1

Imagine being born and living as a sensitive child in Nuremberg in the 1980s who thoroughly absorbed the second-hand trauma of World War II. Add into the mix the...

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Season 1 Guests

Henry McDonald Guardian reporter author Two Souls Redwheelbarrow 200

Henry McDonald

Author

Author of the novels Two Souls and The Swinging Detective, eight non-fiction books, Henry McDonald, talks about growing up in Belfast, time spent in Berlin,

Ann Smyth

Ann Smyth

Glass artist

BBC featured stained glass artist, Ann Smyth, is deeply influenced by the special light and surroundings in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.

Maeve O'Lynn

Maeve O'Lynn

Author

Poet and author, Maeve O’Lynn,  explores places that have influenced her and talks about  bringing the visual world of the Ulster Unit artists to life through words

Emma Thorpe Atlantic Rose

Emma Thorpe

jewellery Artist

Emma’s bonds with the land that embraces her link to childhood and her career in archaeology. Her silver jewellery collections are inspired by The Causeway Coast and

Jan Carson

Jan Carson

Author

Winner of the EU Prize for Literature 2019, Jan Carson’s creative journey takes you to Ballymena, Portland Oregon, Belfast, Norway and more.

Andrea Spencer studio with cat

Andrea Spencer

Glass artist

Hertfordshire born Andrea has a deep connection with the environment where she works and lives in Ballintoy and the Causeway Coast.

Malachi O'Doherty

Malachi O'Doherty

Author

Much of the work of author, journalist and broadcaster, Malachi O’Doherty is deeply linked to Northern Ireland. Yet India also plays an important role.

Helen Sharkey artist

Helen Sharkey

visual Artist

Artist and socio-cultural academic researcher, Helen Sharkey, creates in stunning Strangford Lough. Yet St. George’s Market in Belfast is central to her also.

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