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The Blue Nib Magazine. Issue 40 January 2020

Helen Moore

Helen Moore, Featured Poet

Issue 40 Short Fiction

The Situation. Featured Fiction by Dorothy Simmons

Dorothy Simmons is an Irish-Austrailian English/Drama teacher whose first ‘published’ work was a stage play (Murray River Performing Group).

The skin that separates water and air – Sandra Arnold

Sandra Arnold is an award-winning writer who lives in New Zealand.

Paris Vagrant. Fiction from Michael Paul Hogan

Michael Paul Hogan is a poet, journalist and fiction writer whose work has appeared extensively in the USA, UK, India and China

Relief. Short Fiction from Megan Carlson

Megan Carlson earned a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University

Too Much. Short Fiction by Jessica Ciosek

Jessica Ciosek attended Michigan State University where she earned a BA in Marketing and promptly found her passion for fiction writing eight months after graduation.

Issue 40 Reviews

Demolition in the Tropics by Rogan Kelly -Reviewed

Demolition in the Tropics by Rogan Kelly -Reviewed by Ada Wofford

Exposure’ by Derek Adams -Reviewed

Exposure' by Derek Adams -Reviewed by Emma Lee

River Wedding’ by Amlanjyoti Goswami -Reviewed

James Fountain reviews River Wedding by Amlanjyoti Goswami

‘Hildegard of Bingen’ Colleen Keating – Reviewed

In ‘Hildegard of Bingen’ Colleen Keating has done meticulous research and brought Hildegard to life in a series of poems that follow a chronological narrative arc.

The short story of you and I by Richard James Allen -Reviewed

James Fountain reviews The Short Story of You and I by Richard James Allen

Issue 40 Essay

Clara Burghelea interviews featured writer Tracy Gaughan

Poetry Editor, Clara Burghelea speaks to our featured writer, author & poet Tracy Gaughan

Emily Dickinson and the Case for Elbow Room

Jess Neal on how to avoid burn-out and stayfocused on your craft.

Twice Exiled by Greg Michaelson

Greg Michaelson's novel The Wave Singer (Argyll, 2008) was shortlisted for a Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust First Book Award


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...

John McCullough – Flock of Paper Birds

John's latest collection, 'Reckless Paper Birds' is published by Penned in the Margins in 2019 and was shortlisted for The Costa Book Awards.

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