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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 Trinity College Dublin and for a significant period of time after leaving, she didn’t continue writing. However, when she went back to writing poetry later –…

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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 a “captivating collection full of personal and social history, with authentic snapshots of people and places, skillfully rendered.” Gaynor started a degree with the Open University when…

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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 in Northern Ireland.  Her first novel, March to November, was written while in California and helped ease her homesickness. Byddi’s Rejuvenation Trilogy has been rated one of the…

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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 in Northern Ireland.  Her first novel, March to November, was written while in California and helped ease her homesickness. Byddi’s Rejuvenation Trilogy has been rated one of the…

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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 fiction, The Silent Mouth.  Seán has been lecturing and working in graphic design for decades in Australia, Germany and Ireland.  Here is one of many classic…

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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 fiction, The Silent Mouth.  Seán has been lecturing and working in graphic design for decades in Australia, Germany and Ireland.  Here is one of many classic…

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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 from Belfast, Maeve O’Lynn. Amongst her many achievements, Maeve has won the TU Short Story Competition at Red Line Book Festival, Dublin., in 2019. She was…

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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 her own thoughtful perspective. Through her life and creativity, we travel to Bath and various places in Northwest Ireland that are so obviously integral to her…

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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 fact that your Father is entirely deaf as a result of an air raid. So you learn to communicate with him by writing notes; a formative…

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Episode 1: Author, Henry McDonald, From Belfast to Berlin, Nerja & Hove

Episode Release Date 30th October 2020:

The launch episode of Creative Places & Faces features an insightful interview with McDonald, that delves into the places that have played significant roles in his creative and personal life. A journey that brings the audience to Belfast, Berlin, Nerja and Hove through this author’s eyes, experiences and creativity. The interview highlights some fascinating connections between Henry’s 2019 gritty Belfast-based novel, Two Souls, and his own creative life and journey.

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