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Caroline Swords

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I'm Caroline! Over the years, I've started a bunch of creative projects I've failed to finish.So I wanted to talk to creative people - writers, filmmakers, comedians, photographers, musicians, and more - about how they work, and what they do when things get tough - learn the secrets of finishing!From Dublin, Ireland - it's Operation: Project!

Latest Episodes

Alan McMonagle, writer

EAlan McMonagle is an award-winning Galway-based writer, with loads of short stories, radio plays and a couple of novels to his name. His latest novel, Laura Cassidy's Walk Of Fame, was published by Picador in March 2020 - an unfortunate time for marketing a new work, it being the outset of a global pandemic and all. Caroline read it over one weekend when she was ill with COVID-19, and protagonist Laura's relatable, hilarious delusions and fresh, funny voice provided a welcome distraction at that difficult time. They talk about the entirely of the novel-writing process: from initial stirrings to cranking it out, through the editing and publishing stages and beyond, as well as the never-ending benefits of making genuine relationships with other artists, as demonstrated by Alan’s valuable, lifelong correspondence with Pat McCabe. He clues Caroline in on his big secret to finishing a novel - listen to the episode to find out what it is!

73 MINMAY 22
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Alan McMonagle, writer

Before Lockdown: Allie O’Rourke, stand-up comedian and promoter

EI recorded Episode 10 of my podcast 16th February 2020, barely 6 weeks ago. So much has changed since - then, Allie and I hugged, talked for hours right across a table, went for a leisurely lunch - things that are impossible now, to who knows when. I wanted to catch up with Allie see how she was getting on during lockdown, so we Skyped for Episode 11 on 21st March. Allie’s still cranking out her community-led creativity even in the grip of a pandemic, with nightly shows on the Hysteria Ireland Comedy Network on Facebook, so if you’re interested in how a creative persons keeps it all going in the face of a crisis, have a listen to Episode 11 too. Allie O’Rourke - stand-up comedian and comedy promoter - is one of Dublin’s hardest-working comedians, playing over 300 gigs in 18 months all over the country, refining her comedic skillset to reach and entertain everyone who sees her. Caroline appreciates how she’s developing her queer comedy club Token Straight into a recognisable bra...

63 MINMAR 29
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Before Lockdown: Allie O’Rourke, stand-up comedian and promoter

During Lockdown: Allie O’Rourke, stand-up comedian and promoter

EAllie O’Rourke - stand-up comedian and comedy promoter - is one of Dublin’s hardest-working comedians, playing over 300 gigs in 18 months all over the country, refining her comedic skillset to reach and entertain everyone who sees her. I wanted to catch up with Allie see how she was getting on during lockdown, so we Skyped for Episode 11 on 21st March 2020. Allie’s still cranking out her community-led creativity even in the grip of a pandemic, with nightly shows on the Hysteria Ireland Comedy Network on Facebook. I also spoke with Allie for Episode 10 of Operation: Project, recorded 5 weeks earlier, so if you want to hear how optimistic for the future we were, and what our plans were, do have a listen to Episode 10. So much has changed since - there is a whole a new set of challenges for the creative person to overcome, but just because we can’t be in the same room as our collaborators, we can still support each other and entertain ourselves, and an audience, together.

32 MINMAR 29
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During Lockdown: Allie O’Rourke, stand-up comedian and promoter

Liam Hourican, actor

ELiam Hourican - actor, impressionist, comedian - lives in London, and has been a constant comedic presence on TV and stage since the mid-00’s, with roles in The Savage Eye (RTE), The IT Crowd (Channel 4) and Tracey Ullman's Show (BBC) to name just a few. Caroline marvels at his ability to multi-task as he moves along his commercial and passion projects, taking on the additional jobs of playwright, screenwriter and producer as needed. They talk about the importance of physical and mental relaxation for performance, who makes a the ideal subject for an impressionist, and how making things looks easy is really, really, hard.

63 MINMAR 15
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Liam Hourican, actor

Brian Gallagher, stand-up comedian

EBrian Gallagher - stand-up comedian - has, in just three years, risen rapidly through the ranks of Irish comedy. Caroline respects his all-in commitment to his career: constantly in motion, he plays gigs all over Ireland and internationally, as well as co-producing one Dublin’s finest comedy nights, Riff Raff at the Chelsea Drug Store. They talk about getting over your fear of failing out loud, refining your creative output through constant reassessment, and how to guarantee a successful Edinburgh show! Oh, and golf, kinda.

67 MINFEB 15
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Brian Gallagher, stand-up comedian

Clíona Dukes and Caoimhe Connolly, creative producers

EClíona Dukes and Caoimhe Connolly - creative producers - are the duo behind the annual Scene + Heard Festival of New Work in Smock Alley Theatre, now in its 5th year. Caroline applauds their combined ability to facilitate over 100 shows in under three weeks, supporting hundreds of artists as they turn their creative dreams into concrete theatre pieces. They talk about why it’s vital to develop trust with your collaborators, avoiding burnout, and how to gain an audience one ticket at a time!

59 MINFEB 10
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Clíona Dukes and Caoimhe Connolly, creative producers

Chris O'Neill, comedy promoter

EChris O’Neill - comedy promoter - runs the twice-weekly Jesters Comedy Club in Sin É in Dublin City, one of the best clubs in town, and a hugely valuable resource for new comedians. Caroline admires how keeps the club dynamic; putting the audience first, he is always finding ways to make the Jesters comedy experience the greatest it is can be. They talk about the critical importance of finding the right venue, turning your work skills to your creative projects, and how the ability to write and prioritise a task list will change your life.

55 MINJAN 10
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Chris O'Neill, comedy promoter

Anne Gildea, comedian

EAnne Gildea - actor, writer, comedian, musician and founding member of groundbreaking musical comedy group The Nualas - is a true Renaissance woman. Caroline loves that no matter what Anne is doing creatively, she speaks with her unique voice, and makes her point of view heard, hilariously and with heart. They talk about London versus Dublin, how you need to take responsibility to move your work forward, and why being in a band is so hard. PLUS Anne sings and plays ukulele, performing a new song, “Adequate Fun”.

66 MIN2019 DEC 28
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Anne Gildea, comedian

Alan Lambert, filmmaker

EAlan Lambert - filmmaker - is a true auteur: directing, producing, even scoring his own experimental sci-fi features. Caroline is inspired by his unwavering commitment to his art and unconventional approach to all aspects of filmmaking: from funding to collaboration, he does his own thing. They talk about why and when to crowdfund, how to know a project is finished, and what to realistically expect from the film festival circuit.

51 MIN2019 DEC 16
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Alan Lambert, filmmaker

Kevin Boyle, yoga podcaster

EKevin Boyle - yoga teacher and podcaster - has published his “The Yoga Life” podcast week-in week-out since early 2018, and Caroline admires his consistency and dedication to getting meaningful content out there. They talk about the difficulties of delegation, the challenges of self-promotion and how expectation is the *real* thief of joy!

67 MIN2019 DEC 8
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Kevin Boyle, yoga podcaster

Latest Episodes

Alan McMonagle, writer

EAlan McMonagle is an award-winning Galway-based writer, with loads of short stories, radio plays and a couple of novels to his name. His latest novel, Laura Cassidy's Walk Of Fame, was published by Picador in March 2020 - an unfortunate time for marketing a new work, it being the outset of a global pandemic and all. Caroline read it over one weekend when she was ill with COVID-19, and protagonist Laura's relatable, hilarious delusions and fresh, funny voice provided a welcome distraction at that difficult time. They talk about the entirely of the novel-writing process: from initial stirrings to cranking it out, through the editing and publishing stages and beyond, as well as the never-ending benefits of making genuine relationships with other artists, as demonstrated by Alan’s valuable, lifelong correspondence with Pat McCabe. He clues Caroline in on his big secret to finishing a novel - listen to the episode to find out what it is!

73 MINMAY 22
Comments
Alan McMonagle, writer

Before Lockdown: Allie O’Rourke, stand-up comedian and promoter

EI recorded Episode 10 of my podcast 16th February 2020, barely 6 weeks ago. So much has changed since - then, Allie and I hugged, talked for hours right across a table, went for a leisurely lunch - things that are impossible now, to who knows when. I wanted to catch up with Allie see how she was getting on during lockdown, so we Skyped for Episode 11 on 21st March. Allie’s still cranking out her community-led creativity even in the grip of a pandemic, with nightly shows on the Hysteria Ireland Comedy Network on Facebook, so if you’re interested in how a creative persons keeps it all going in the face of a crisis, have a listen to Episode 11 too. Allie O’Rourke - stand-up comedian and comedy promoter - is one of Dublin’s hardest-working comedians, playing over 300 gigs in 18 months all over the country, refining her comedic skillset to reach and entertain everyone who sees her. Caroline appreciates how she’s developing her queer comedy club Token Straight into a recognisable bra...

63 MINMAR 29
Comments
Before Lockdown: Allie O’Rourke, stand-up comedian and promoter

During Lockdown: Allie O’Rourke, stand-up comedian and promoter

EAllie O’Rourke - stand-up comedian and comedy promoter - is one of Dublin’s hardest-working comedians, playing over 300 gigs in 18 months all over the country, refining her comedic skillset to reach and entertain everyone who sees her. I wanted to catch up with Allie see how she was getting on during lockdown, so we Skyped for Episode 11 on 21st March 2020. Allie’s still cranking out her community-led creativity even in the grip of a pandemic, with nightly shows on the Hysteria Ireland Comedy Network on Facebook. I also spoke with Allie for Episode 10 of Operation: Project, recorded 5 weeks earlier, so if you want to hear how optimistic for the future we were, and what our plans were, do have a listen to Episode 10. So much has changed since - there is a whole a new set of challenges for the creative person to overcome, but just because we can’t be in the same room as our collaborators, we can still support each other and entertain ourselves, and an audience, together.

32 MINMAR 29
Comments
During Lockdown: Allie O’Rourke, stand-up comedian and promoter

Liam Hourican, actor

ELiam Hourican - actor, impressionist, comedian - lives in London, and has been a constant comedic presence on TV and stage since the mid-00’s, with roles in The Savage Eye (RTE), The IT Crowd (Channel 4) and Tracey Ullman's Show (BBC) to name just a few. Caroline marvels at his ability to multi-task as he moves along his commercial and passion projects, taking on the additional jobs of playwright, screenwriter and producer as needed. They talk about the importance of physical and mental relaxation for performance, who makes a the ideal subject for an impressionist, and how making things looks easy is really, really, hard.

63 MINMAR 15
Comments
Liam Hourican, actor

Brian Gallagher, stand-up comedian

EBrian Gallagher - stand-up comedian - has, in just three years, risen rapidly through the ranks of Irish comedy. Caroline respects his all-in commitment to his career: constantly in motion, he plays gigs all over Ireland and internationally, as well as co-producing one Dublin’s finest comedy nights, Riff Raff at the Chelsea Drug Store. They talk about getting over your fear of failing out loud, refining your creative output through constant reassessment, and how to guarantee a successful Edinburgh show! Oh, and golf, kinda.

67 MINFEB 15
Comments
Brian Gallagher, stand-up comedian

Clíona Dukes and Caoimhe Connolly, creative producers

EClíona Dukes and Caoimhe Connolly - creative producers - are the duo behind the annual Scene + Heard Festival of New Work in Smock Alley Theatre, now in its 5th year. Caroline applauds their combined ability to facilitate over 100 shows in under three weeks, supporting hundreds of artists as they turn their creative dreams into concrete theatre pieces. They talk about why it’s vital to develop trust with your collaborators, avoiding burnout, and how to gain an audience one ticket at a time!

59 MINFEB 10
Comments
Clíona Dukes and Caoimhe Connolly, creative producers

Chris O'Neill, comedy promoter

EChris O’Neill - comedy promoter - runs the twice-weekly Jesters Comedy Club in Sin É in Dublin City, one of the best clubs in town, and a hugely valuable resource for new comedians. Caroline admires how keeps the club dynamic; putting the audience first, he is always finding ways to make the Jesters comedy experience the greatest it is can be. They talk about the critical importance of finding the right venue, turning your work skills to your creative projects, and how the ability to write and prioritise a task list will change your life.

55 MINJAN 10
Comments
Chris O'Neill, comedy promoter

Anne Gildea, comedian

EAnne Gildea - actor, writer, comedian, musician and founding member of groundbreaking musical comedy group The Nualas - is a true Renaissance woman. Caroline loves that no matter what Anne is doing creatively, she speaks with her unique voice, and makes her point of view heard, hilariously and with heart. They talk about London versus Dublin, how you need to take responsibility to move your work forward, and why being in a band is so hard. PLUS Anne sings and plays ukulele, performing a new song, “Adequate Fun”.

66 MIN2019 DEC 28
Comments
Anne Gildea, comedian

Alan Lambert, filmmaker

EAlan Lambert - filmmaker - is a true auteur: directing, producing, even scoring his own experimental sci-fi features. Caroline is inspired by his unwavering commitment to his art and unconventional approach to all aspects of filmmaking: from funding to collaboration, he does his own thing. They talk about why and when to crowdfund, how to know a project is finished, and what to realistically expect from the film festival circuit.

51 MIN2019 DEC 16
Comments
Alan Lambert, filmmaker

Kevin Boyle, yoga podcaster

EKevin Boyle - yoga teacher and podcaster - has published his “The Yoga Life” podcast week-in week-out since early 2018, and Caroline admires his consistency and dedication to getting meaningful content out there. They talk about the difficulties of delegation, the challenges of self-promotion and how expectation is the *real* thief of joy!

67 MIN2019 DEC 8
Comments
Kevin Boyle, yoga podcaster
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