Hello readers and fellow writers, I’m Damien Donnelly, a 43 year old Irishman who moved from Amsterdam to Paris in July 2015 after a 16 year absence, having been captivated by the city at 22 and haunted by it ever since. I left my City of Inspiration for love in London followed work in Amsterdam (I’m a pattern maker by trade, having worked for various fashion brands; Reiss, Pepe Jeans, G-Star, Calvin Klein and now & Other Stories) but the circle has now been completed with my return to Paris and I guess I’m back where I’m supposed to be. Everything takes time to line up correctly.
I’ve been writing since before I could crawl, poetry mostly, but found my way recently into flash fiction, short stories and am now working on a final draft my first fictional novel- the small steps just got bigger. My first short story was published in the book ‘Second Chance’, from Original Writing, in Ireland in 2015. A second short story was published the same year in the online magazine The Fable Online, followed by another short story in the book ‘Body Horror Anthology’ from Gehenna and Hinnom Publishing. My poetry has been featured in the Firefly online magazine, Scribe Base online magazine and also published in the book ‘Nous Sommes Paris’ from Eyewear Publishing for their anthology commemorating the Paris attacks of 2015 and in The Runt Magazine in Ireland. In April 2018, I was invited by Irish surrealist poet Kevin Bateman to speak at one of his poetry events in Dublin, which went out live on Periscope and we received over 1000 views in the first 24 hours followed by over 10,000 views on You Tube. Another poem was featured in the 3rd issue of Barren online literary magazine.
I’ve recently branched out into SpokenWord and use Soundcloud to bring a deeper layer of understanding to my poetry. All my poems feature one of my photographs or drawings, again to further enchance the story telling and occassionally to add a little needed colour. (I’m a smiler who slips into sadness quickly so colour is always needed to rise above the darkness)
When I’m not writing or photographing Paris from every possibly angle I can be found in the kitchen baking disgustingly delicious carrot cakes, chocolate cakes or, a personal favourite, Baked MarsBar Cheesecake. I have a secret dream to sing out loud and lots of other bits and bobs that make me, well, me…