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Issue 41 of The Blue Nib

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The Blue Nib Issue 41

Featured Authors & Poets
Poetry
Poetry In Translation
Short Fiction
Reviews curated by Emma Lee

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Abhaile With Tracy Gaughan

New and established voices in poetry from Ireland and the United Kingdom

3 poems by Camillus John

Camillus John is published in The Stinging Fly, RTÉ Ten, The Lonely Crowd, and others.

3 poems by Ruth Horsfall

Ruth Horsfall is a queer writer living and working in the UK. She has previously been published in Young Vagabond and Lipmag.

Poetry by Michele (Miki) Byrne

Michele (Miki) Byrne has published two poetry collections and was a finalist in the Gloucester Poet Laureate competition.

4 Pieces by emerging poet Jenny Middleton

As well as being a remarkable poet, Jenny Middleton is a full time mum. She balances writing with the chaos of family life.

North American Time with Felicia McCarthy

Established and emerging poets from the United States and Canada. 

2 Poems by Shawna Ervin

Shawna Ervin’s chapbook Mother Lines was published in January 2020.

2 poems by Tufik Shayeb

Tufik Shayeb’s I'll Love You to Smithereens. Came from Loose Mannequin Publishing in 2009

Poetry by Hilary Sideris

Hilary Sideris's most recent book is 'The Silent B' (2019 Dos Madres Press). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

3 Poems by Emily Burton-Uduwana

Emily Burton-Uduwana is a poet and short fiction author based in Southern California

An Astráil With Denise O'Hagan

publishing established and new voices from Australia and New Zealand. 

3 poems by Richard James Allen

Richard James Allen is creator of #RichardReads (Global Poetry, Read Aloud)

2 poems by Alexandra Fraser

Alexandra Fraser has published two collections of poetry, Star Trails (2019) and Conversations by Owl-light (2014) (Steele Roberts Aotearoa).

2 poems by Lincoln Jaques

Poet and author Lincoln Jaques is from Auckland.

2 poems by Luciana Croci

Poet, Luciana Croci has a background in languages including Latin, French, Italian, German and Japanese.

Talking heads

Our editors speak to our Featured Writers and Poets about their work, inspiration, success and failure. 

Dave Kavanagh speaks to local author, Gerry McCullough

Author Gerry McCullough in conversation with Dave Kavanagh.

Clara Burghelea catches up with emerging poet Enas Suleiman

A strong emerging voice, born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Enas Suleiman is a poet from Sudan. She is the author of a poetry collection, ‘Tidal Waves’ and a co-founder of the NWN poetry community in Sudan.

Emerging Author Kate Mahony speaks to Dave Kavanagh

Journalist and now emerging author, Kate Mahony speaks to Dave Kavanagh about why she is drawn to writing fiction.

Poet and novelist Nick Browne speaks to Tracy Gaughan

Poet and novelist Nick Browne talks to Tracy Gaughan about gender bias, cultural identity, the benefits of constructive criticism and how poetry sustains us in times of crisis.

Poet Angela Costi in conversation with Denise O’Hagan

Angela Costi is the author of four collections of poetry: Dinted Halos (Hit & Miss Publications, 2003), Prayers for the Wicked (Floodtide Audio and Sunshine Text, 2005), Honey and Salt (Five Islands Press, 2007) and Lost in Mid-Verse (Owl Publishing, 2014)

Tracy Gaughan speaks to Galway Writer and Critic, Fred Johnston.

One of Galway’s most beloved writers, Fred Johnston talks to Tracy Gaughan about cultural politics, widening our imaginative horizons, and his life long love affair with the poetic craft.

Denise O’Hagan in conversation with Audrey Molloy

Poet Audrey Molloy received the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year Award in 2019.

Interview with Luke Kennard

In this candid interview, Clare Morris talks to multi award-winning poet, novelist and lecturer, Luke Kennard about his career, his success and his current projects

Translation Po-Int with Clara Burghelea

New international poetry and poetry in translation

Recoding Grief a poem by Diana Manole

Diana Manole is winner of the 2020 Very Small Verse Contest of the League of Canadian Poets and of second prize in the 2017/18 John Dryden Translation Competition

Traian T Cosovei, translated by Adam J. Sorkin and Andreea Iulia Scridon.

Andreea Iulia Scridon and Adam J. Sorkin bring us a translation of Greva căpșunelor by Romanian poet Traian T. Coșovei

2 poems by Hanna Komar

Hanna Komar is an award-winning poet and translator based in Minsk, currently working at the Belarusian PEN Centre

Poetry by Mike Ekunno

Mike Ekunno evinces a compelling social consciousness in his poetry.

The Write Life With Clare Morris

Writers writing for writers. 

Dogs In Foreign Lands

Danielle Legault Kurihara explains how dogs broke down cultural and linguistic barriers for her.

Making It Plain

Mike Smith reflects on our urge as writers to 'make something of' the reality that surrounds us.

Body Hair And The Big Picture

Writer and Editor, Alice Olivia Scarlett discusses attitudes to body hair.

Q & A

Sally Gander explores the questions and answers of pain and recovery.

Seanchaí with Dave Kavanagh

Established and new story tellers worthy of the title Seanchaí

Who By Wild Beast, short fiction by By Carolyn Geduld

Carolyn Geduld’s novel ‘Take Me Out The Back’ is due from Black Rose Writers in 2020

‘Lights and Stones’ short fiction by Gerry McCullough

Gerry McCullough’s first novel, Belfast Girls, published by Night Publishing in 2010, was a #1 bestseller on paid UK Kindle. It was republished in 2012 by Precious Oil Publications.

‘Ghost Story’ short fiction by Gavan Duffy

Gavan Duffy was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award in Emerging Poery in 2014. he is a member of Platform One Writers group.

‘Opting out’ short fiction by Niles Reddick

Niles Reddick is author of the novel Drifting too far from the Shore, the collection Road Kill Art and Other Oddities, and the novella Lead Me Home.

The Critcal Nib with Emma Lee

Reviews of the latest releases in poetry and literary fiction

Emma Lee’s review of Rishi Dastidar’s ‘Saffron Jack’

‘Saffron Jack’  By Rishi Dastidar Nine Arches Press  ISBN...

‘Satyress’ by Audrey Molloy – reviewed

‘Satyress’ is obviously in favour of trying, of striving for a life and not losing yourself in everyday routines and definitions that rely on a relationship to another

‘Staring at a Hoopoe’ David Cooke, reviewed.

Cooke’s collection has precise starting and ending points in the first and last poems that delineate the map of his journey.

Winner of The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2020. ‘The Tradition’ by Jericho Brown – Reviewed

‘Jericho Brown's 'The Tradition' explores legacy, racism, queerness, trauma and where personal concerns intersect with historical legacies

‘The Flavor of The Other’ by Clara Burghelea -Reviewed by Emma Lee

Emma Lee reviews International Poetry Editor, Clara Burghelea's collection, 'The Flavor of Other'.

The Ink Pods with Angela Dye and Mike Ivatt

The Blue Nib branded podcast of poetry and literary fiction

Kevin Heslop reads ‘The Body Artist’

Kevin Heslop is a poet and actor from London, Ontario. He is the author of con/tig/u/us (Blasted Tree, 2018)

Stephen House reads his own, ‘driftwood mountain’

Stephen House reads 'driftwood mountain' from his chapbook chapbook, real and unreal, by ICOE Press.

Belinda Rimmer reads her own, ‘Brittle’.

Belinda Rimmer was joint winner of the Indigo-First Pamphlet Competition, 2018, with her pamphlet, 'Touching Sharks in Monaco.'

Deborah Cook -Roadkill read by Sadie Davidson

Deborah Cook spent a thirty-year career as a scriptwriter for radio and television, writing for The Archers, Eastenders, Emmerdale, Casualty, House of Elliott...