Social Media can be a bit of a dark place. But today’s guest in the tortoise shack, writer and activist Ruth Fitzpatrick(@RuthieFizz)is a colourful and creative social media phenomenon. Her twitter threads, using animal pictures and childlike language to explain the most difficult of subjects are must reads. Ruth, as you will hear, is way smarter than the average Bear, nose. Give this woman a book deal!
It’s a little known fact that actor, writer, comedian and activist, Tara Flynn is our Fairy Podmother. So you can imagine the excitement when she came into the tortoise shack to discuss her play, ‘Not a Funny Word’, the current state of the arts, how going public with her story of having to travel for an abortion changed how she was perceived and working with the #TogetherForYes campaign to #repealthe8th!
Film was once the realm of myth making and escapism, but these days our politicians are the scripted actors who are playing roles in a PR Spun Irish success story. Award winning Actor-Writer-Director, Terry McMahon, joins us in the tortoise shack for a no holds barred discussion on Our Ireland, wanting to take over the GPO, Apollo House and the lies they were told by a government that wants to maintain the myth and normalise obscenity!
There’s also an incredible story about how Culture Ireland and our Government treated Terry’s movie success.
Warning: strong language and mature themes throughout!
Martin and Tony are delighted to be joined by Activist, Trade Unionist and co-host of the fortnightly podcast The Suss, Glenn Fitzpatrick. Glenn is a passionate advocate for joining the dots between politics and the challenges facing his generation.
The #LeftBehindGen of couch-surfing, precarious renting, tenuous employment and the snowflake tag!
Engaging with the #RepealThe8th movement and helping it become a force for engaging younger people in politics.
The Trade Union movement and the need to win back the rights lost over the last 10 years.
Glenn, as a music aficionado, makes the first ever ‘Grime’ reference on the pod. Tony and Martin thought he meant the tortoise shack was dirty.
Strong Language and some laughs…
Happy Christmas, folks and thanks for all your support!
Martin and Tony are joined in the tortoise shack by writer, journalist and essayist Aaron Vallely. Aaron writes for the Huffington Post and has also written for counter-punch, head-stuff and the new statesman among others. He is best known for his work on pop culture and is a passionate voice for the arts.
Aaron’s experience of New York and the rise of Donald Trump.
The #MeToo phenomenon and how it has empowered so many people and Aaron relates his own personal experience.
The Creative Ireland Arts Fund and where the money really goes.
The 8th Committee and the likely next steps.
And Arron gave us his 2 recommendations to watch over the Christmas.
Aaron is a complete gentleman and we apologise for the strong language.
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