Echolocation: A Few Poems for Young People from his latest poetry collection
– Terry McDonagh, Celebrated Irish Poet, Playwright, Writer and Founding Contributor of Live Encounters Magazine.
Irish poet and dramatist, Terry McDonagh, 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 was published in 2013 – Arlen House, and his children’s story, Michel the Merman, illustrated by Marc Barnes (NZ), in 2014. Echolocation (poetry for young people) is to be published autumn 2015 and Lady Cassie Peregrina (poetry) in spring 2016. He lives in Hamburg and Ireland. He is currently writer in residence to support Galway’s application for European Capital of Culture 2020.
I work a lot with young people on creative writing programmes and drama programmes and am very conscious of the the dramatic technological changes that have been taking place. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to stop ‘going on’ about the drawbacks and ‘damage’ being inflicted on these sensitive young minds. Life is what it is, but we are all influenced by our own experiences. As the Irish playwright, Brendan Behan, once, said: ‘You can’t help but have a favourable attitude to your own point of view.’ www.terry-mcdonagh.com
© Terry McDonagh