Trumpet at Dublin Book Festival: Fear and Release

Trumpet is Poetry Ireland’s bite-sized literary pamphlet packed with reviews, essays, and strong opinions on poetry and the arts. Its ninth issue themed ‘Fear and Release’ is due for publication in autumn 2020.

Join editor, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan for a wide-ranging conversation, which will delve into the diverse and provocative responses to Trumpet #9’s theme of ‘Fear and Release’. This insightful podcast discussion with Abby Oliveira, Tapasya Narang, and Evgeny Shtorn explores the frisson between these two states within the contexts of parenthood, activism, immigration and queer identity, while investigating the role poetry plays in multiple disciplines. 

Abby Oliveira is a writer & performer based in the North-West. In 2016 she toured her spoken-word show in Australia (supported by Arts Council NI), and was a featured writer at Singapore Writer’s Festival 2017.  Her play Legends of the Coven premiered in 2018. She loves working collaboratively, and has done so with artists  such as Mark Graham/King Kong Company, Basork, Tinderbox theatre company and many more.

Tapasya Narang is a PhD student at the School of English, Dublin City University. Her work explores the connections between Irish and Indian contemporary poetry with particular focus on ephemeral publications like small-press literary magazines and chapbooks.  

Evgeny Shtorn is a writer, activist, and researcher from St Petersburg. Due to his involvement in civil society work he was forced to leave Russia in 2018. In 2019, he was granted international protection in the Republic of Ireland. He currently works as a Social and Cultural Diversity Consultant collaborating with different universities and organisations, and co-facilitates a project with people seeking asylum ‘Something From There’ in the National Gallery of Ireland. Evgeny’s writing has been published in academic journals, anthologies and new media outlets in Russia, Spain, Germany, and Ireland. As an activist, he has been involved in human rights and LGBT advocacy for almost two decades. He is a co-founder of Queer Diaspora Ireland, an initative that supports LGBT people in direct provision. In 2020, Shtorn was awarded the GALAs Person of the Year by the National LGBT Federation of Ireland (NXF).

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan is a Dublin-based arts manager, writer, and performer from India. She has been published in Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets, Honest Ulsterman, Banshee, and Poetry Ireland Review. Chandrika is currently guest editor of Poetry Ireland’s Trumpet, and book reviewer for Inis magazine. She has recently been shortlisted for the Fingal Poetry Prize.

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