The Nerve is a podcast produced by the English department at Waterford Institute of Technology. Each episode brings together staff and students to discuss a range of topics, including English literature, cultural events and critical theory.
Ep 38: Tomm Moore of Cartoon Saloon
In this episode of the podcast, Jenny speaks to Tomm Moore of Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon. Its most recent film, Wolfwalkers, is currently nominated for the 2021 Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature, and was also nominated for a Golden Globe. Prior to this, The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells and the short film Late Afternoon were also nominated for Oscars and other prestigious awards. The studio produces content for television and streaming services too, and has thrived during the pandemic creating an impressive slate of new productions that will come to fruition over the next five years. During the podcast, Tomm chats about setting up the studio, writing stories collaboratively, the importance of multitasking and what it’s like to go to the Oscars.
Ep 37: Joanne McCarthy of The Waxed Lemon
In this episode, Jenny is joined by Joanne McCarthy, one of the co-founders of literary magazine, The Waxed Lemon. Joanne discusses the responses to the latest edition’s call for submission, offers advice for budding contributors and reads from her own poetry which has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Honest Ulsterman, and The Bangor Literary Review.
Ep 36: John Patrick McHugh
In this episode of the podcast, Jenny chats to writer John Patrick McHugh, whose recent collection of short stories, Pure Gold, has received rave reviews from The Irish Times and Vanity Fair. Prior to the publication of the collection, JP’s stories were published in literary journals like Granta, Winter Papers and The Stinging Fly. The conversation veers from how long it takes to produce two good sentences to working in a supportive writing bubble with Nicole Flattery and Sally Rooney, and how it feels to find out you’ve been published. JP also reads from a couple of stories in the collection.
Ep 35: Bernie McGill
Bernie McGill’s novel The Watch House was nominated in 2019 for the Ireland/European Prize for Literature and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes nominated The Butterfly Cabinet as his novel of the year in 2012. Her short fiction has been nominated for several awards and in 2008, she won the Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Award in the United States. Bernie is a former Writing Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen’s University, Belfast and she teaches and facilitates workshops with the Irish Writers’ Centre (one of which is coming up in April of 2021).
In this episode, Jenny talks to Bernie about what a typical day in her life is like, what it has meant to her to contribute to anthologies that highlight the work of women writers and how teaching keeps her awake at night!
Ep 34: Royal Irish Academy Librarian, Barbara McCormack
In this season of episodes, Jenny conducts one-to-one interviews with people who are important to the Arts in Ireland in one way or another. This first episode features Barbara McCormack, the Academy Librarian with the Royal Irish Academy. The discussion focuses on what it means to be in this type of role and how the pandemic has affected the work that can be done. There is also some valuable advice for students looking to follow this career path.
Ep 33: Christmas Recommendations
Ho ho ho! Five of the regular podcast hosts from WIT got together to record a joint episode recommending some books, TV programmes, films, podcasts and tech that you (or a loved one) might enjoy over the Christmas period. Features Jenny O’Connor from The Nerve, Bruce Wardrop from Win Win, Niamh Maguire from Engendering Change, Tom Grinsell from WIT Talks Student Life and Rob O’Connor of The Machine.
A very Happy Christmas to all our listeners.
(Book) Atomic Habits – James Clear https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits
(Podcast) Real Science of Sport https://twitter.com/sportsscipod
(Podcast) Where Is George Gibney? https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/p08njhrm
(Book) Girl Woman Other – Bernadine Evaristo https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41081373-girl-woman-other
(TV Show) - Rita https://www.netflix.com/ie/title/70285368
(Documentary) The Wolfpack Insider [Tour de France 2020] https://youtu.be/NOEoqwi9Mls
(TV Show) Queen’s Gambit https://www.netflix.com/ie/title/80234304
(Book) Actress – Anne Enright https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45993330-actress
(Film) God’s Own Country https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5635086/
(Film) Only You https://www.netflix.com/ie/title/81111212
(Film) The Midnight Sky https://www.netflix.com/ie/title/80244645
(Tech) Nintendo Switch https://www.nintendo.com/switch/
Desert Island Discs, Bernadine Evaristo https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mrb1
Desert Island Discs, Anne Enright https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000dpn1