The Plastic Podcasts

Tales of the Irish Diaspora. We all come from somewhere else. Find out more and subscribe to us at www.plasticpodcasts.com

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November 26, 2020 00:55:50
Leeds Irish Centre - Half a Century of the craic in West Yorkshire

Leeds Irish Centre - Half a Century of the craic in West Yorkshire

Journalist and writer Sheron Boyle – along with chairman Liam Thompson and manager Tommy McLoughlin – share stories of Leeds Irish Centre and talk about what it’s meant, not just to the diaspora but to the whole of the community, as it marks its golden anniversary with a book. Tales of Gabby Logan, Chris Moyles and Oasis abound – along with the finest three words ever uttered on a podcast. Plus performance poet SuAndi offers a unique take on The Plastic Pedestal ...

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November 19, 2020 00:55:36
SuAndi: Growing up Nigerian-Irish in Manchester

SuAndi: Growing up Nigerian-Irish in Manchester

Poet and performer SuAndi, OBE, is a third-generation member of the diaspora with a grandmother from Wicklow and a Nigerian father. She is the freelance Cultural Director of the National Black Arts Alliance, has been awarded honorary degrees by Lancaster University and Manchester Metropolitan University and a Lifetime Award by Manchester BME Network. Her one-woman show, The Story of M, is a tribute to her Liverpool Irish mother and is featured in the Mixed Museum’s online Exhibition of Mixed Race Irish. SuAndi’s own story starts and ends (so far) in Manchester, but takes in Lemn Sissay, Sir Laurence Olivier and Eartha Kitt. It’s quite the ride. Plus Cherry Smyth raises Lauren Kinsella onto The Plastic Pedestal ...

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October 22, 2020 00:58:47
Cherry Smyth - Bombs, Belfast and Blank Verse

Cherry Smyth - Bombs, Belfast and Blank Verse

A pleasure: a genuine pleasure and privilege to talk to the poet and author of “Famished”. In the usual freewheeling Plastic Podcast style we get to talk about voices and finding your own, about Covid and The Potato Famine, about America and Northern Ireland. Plus a genuinely beautiful idea. All of this and Tony Murray goes rogue with The Plastic Pedestal. What more is there to ask? ...

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October 08, 2020 00:52:46
Tony Murray: London Irish, Punk and Lockdown Walks

Tony Murray: London Irish, Punk and Lockdown Walks

A truly marvellous chat with the charming and thoughtful Tony Murray. Director of the Irish Writers in London Summer School and curator of the Archive of the Irish in Britain. We talk punk, walking the streets during lockdown and the nature of the London Irish. Plus Niamh Lear raises Samantha Barry onto The Plastic Pedestal ...

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October 01, 2020 00:55:24
Niamh Lear: Human Geography, Rugby and Passport Paddies

Niamh Lear: Human Geography, Rugby and Passport Paddies

After a week away we’re back in full flow with Niamh Lear, whose current PhD thesis at Newcastle University studies the curious phenomenon of “Passport Paddies.” Reviving the spirit of the salon, we talk geography, history and Boyzone, plus our unexpected family connection. Also, Jess Moriarty places the legend that is Edna O’Brien on The Plastic Pedestal… ...

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September 17, 2020 00:48:12
Jess Moriarty: Grandmothers, Witches, Writing and "God"

Jess Moriarty: Grandmothers, Witches, Writing and "God"

The full plastic of our interview with Jess Moriarty, writer and academic. We talk writing courses, grandmothers, Brexit, Covid, seeing her dad literally play God. Oh, and witches… Plus Craig Jordan-Baker raises Moy McCrory onto the Plastic Pedestal… ...

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