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Terry McDonagh, Well-known Irish Poet, Writer and Playwright speaks to Mark Ulyseas.
“I write because it is part of what I am. As a child, I grew up with storytelling and the poetry of the blind poet of Cill Aodain, Anthony Raftery. I was born in Cill Aodain, which is nothing more than a few fields, with a small town, Kiltimagh nearby…but this is where the dream of walking the roads with a handful of fresh poems, grew out of. I wrote of my childhood in my poetry collection, Cill Aodain & Nowhere Else. Sally McKenna is the illustrator (www.killedan-and-nowhere-else.com). I think writing is like playing football: if it’s in you it has to come out. As a child, I couldn’t stop running after a football and, now, I spend my time chasing words.” – Terry
Irish poet and dramatist, Terry McDonagh, www.terry-mcdonagh.com, taught creative writing at the University of Hamburg and was Drama Director at the Int. School Hamburg for 15 years, He now works freelance. He has been writer in residence in Europe, Asia and Australia. He’s published seven poetry collections, a book of letters, as well as prose and poetry for young people Translated into Indonesian and German and distributed internationally by Syracuse Uni. Press. His latest poetry collection: Ripple Effect in due for publication in May/June 2013 – Arlen House, and his next children’s story, Michel the Merman, illustrated by Marc Barnes (NZ), is to be published in September 2013. He lives in Hamburg and Ireland.