Newport based poet, Des Mannay, is set to have poems archived on the Moon. The 'Writers on the Moon' project is being facilitated by Astrobotic; an official partner with NASA on its Lunar CATALYST program. Astrobotic state, "We hope this snapshot of writing from around the world in 2021 will reveal the humanity of today to the readers of tomorrow. Items will stay on the Moon forever and serve as a time capsule of our present day culture for future generations. Someday, future Moon archaeologists could use these time capsules to remember what life was like in our time."
Des explained, "Fellow poet, Elizabeth Wolf has included the bilingual anthology, 'Persian Sugar in English Tea Vol. I', in her project, for which she has scored a digital slot on a lunar lander, heading to the moon. Her theme is community on our blue planet and so she also included another anthology and pictures taken on 5 continents plus her own full length poetry book. The anthology 'Persian Sugar in English Tea Vol. I' is one of a 3 volume set written in English and Farsi and distributed to private libraries in the Farsi speaking world.
There is quite an oral tradition in these cultures, so I was really pleased to find the Farsi translation of one of my poems, 'Stoned', was the third most listened to out of the 3 volume set in the Farsi speaking world".
Reflecting on his literary Moon landing, Des said, "Looking back to my childhood, one of my favourite poems was 'The Moon' by Robert Louis Stevenson. Little did I know anything of mine would land there. This news really is out of this world".
Anthology available here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Persian-Sugar-English-Tea-Bilingual/dp/1981914129
Farsi recording of Des' poem 'Stoned' here - https://soundcloud.com/soodabeh-saeidnia/stoned?fbclid=IwAR3XrKAD-EN4qJc5TiAQ6gIbAcZqk4IE8NRbMYTnht7krA_qg10Xxzl7ukw
Writers on the moon project here - https://www.writersonthemoon.com/
Des first full collection here - https://waterloopress.co.uk/books/sod-em-and-tomorrow-2020/?fbclid=IwAR0-QRSQzzyXhL1a2Pyh7_sUpxQruvv-1nB6Yxt8sr0pzOe9eYXVDEZSwTE
About Des Mannay "Focused on hard-hitting social issues… poems which made a statement”' (Sabotage Reviews). "One can almost hear the words thumping aloud on the page. One can only imagine the rapturous response of an audience listening" (Menna Elfyn) Des Mannay is a Welsh writer of colour. His first poetry collection, "Sod ’em – and tomorrow" is published by Waterloo Press. He is co-editor of The Angry Manifesto poetry journal, and the winner of the 'rethinkyourmind' poetry competition (2015), and LIT-UP poetry competition (2018). Placed 2nd and highly commended in the Disability Arts Cymru poetry Competition (2015). 'Gold Award' winner in the Creative Futures Literary Awards (2015), Madder Than We Look poetry competition (2016), shortlisted for the erbacce-prize for poetry (2015, and 2016 and 2019), Welsh Poetry Competition (2015), The John Tripp and Idris Davies poetry competition; part of Rhymney Valley Literature and Arts Festival 2016, and the Disability Arts Cymru poetry Competition (2016) Des has performed at numerous venues, including the 'Unity' Festival, 'Maindee' Festival, 'Hub' Festival, 'Stoke Newington Literature Festival', KAYA Festival of World Music & Arts, Merthyr Rising, The Seed Festival, Walls:Muriau - Welsh mental health arts festival, and Green Gathering. He has poems published in 'I Am Not A Silent Poet' online journal, 'The Angry Manifesto', 'Proletarian Poetry', 'Yellow Chair Review', 'Indiana Voice Journal', 'Stand Up And Spit', 'Red Poets', 'The Scum Gentry' 'The Round Up', 'Poetry24', 'Winning Writers', 'International Times', 'Erbacce Journal', 'Pendemic', 'Valiant Scribe' and work in 20 poetry anthologies. Des is on facebook as "The stuff wot I wrote' Des Mannay - hooligan Poet" and Twitter as @hooliganpoet