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Abhaile With Tracy Gaughan

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

Abhaile editor, Tracy Gaughan

Abhaile poetry editor, Tracy Gaughan, previews the poets she has chosen for this issue.

3 poems by Belinda Cooke

Belinda Cooke's poetry includes Stem (the High Window Press, 2019) and her Days of the Shorthanded Shovelists forthcoming (Salmon Poetry).

3 poems by Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell's first poetry collection First the Feathers (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award.

3 poems by Maeve McKenna

Maeve McKenna’s work has been placed in several international poetry competitions. She enjoys writing immensely, almost as much as she does avoiding it.

North American Time with Felicia McCarthy

Established and emerging poets from the United States and Canada. 

North American Time, Editorial

Felicia McCarthy on her listing of the ten poets she selected for issue 42.

2 poems by Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen was poetry appears in New England Journal of Medicine (1977), The Road Not Taken (2017) and more

3 poems by Deborah Purdy

Deborah Purdy's work has appeared in Gravel Literary Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, and other publications.

Poetry by Mycah Miller

Mycah Miller is a Santa Cruz, CA-based poet, artist, motorcyclist, and student.

An Astráil With Denise O'Hagan

publishing established and new voices from Australia and New Zealand. 

An Astráil editor, Denise O’Hagan

An Astráil editor, Denise O'Hagan on the poets she selected for this issue.

2 poems by Amanda McLeod

Amanda McLeod is a Canberra-based writer and artist. Her debut flash fiction, Animal Behaviour (Chaffinch Press, 2020), came out on July 3 2020.

Poetry by Eugen Bacon

Eugen Bacon’s work has won, been shortlisted, longlisted or commended in national and international awards, including the Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, Australian Shadows Awards and Nommo Award for Speculative Fiction by Africans.

2 poems by emerging poet Georgina Ashworth

Emerging poet Georgina Ashworth was winner of the ECU’s Talus Prize in the poetry category (2017), she was also the judging panel’s favourite for the Yarra Libraries Receipt Poetry Competition, as part of the Digital Writers Festival (2019).

Talking heads

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

Claire Hennessy in Conversation with Tracy Gaughan

Writer and editor at Banshee Literary Journal, Claire Hennessy, offers advice to writers and speaks to Tracy Gaughan about the changing face of contemporary poetry, the perils of didacticism and shares some of her happiest moments at the journal

Animal Behaviour Author, Amanda McLeod, in conversation with Denise O’Hagan

Denise O'Hagan caught up with her fellow country woman, Amanda McLeod to discuss creativity, writing and her new flash fiction collection, Animal Behaviour.

Tim King

Ysella Sims interviews performance poet Tim King.

Award winning Irish Poet Victoria Kennefick speaks to Tracy Gaughan

Victoria Kennefick on creative innovation, authenticity in writing and what makes poetry so compelling.

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

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.

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.

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.

Translation Po-Int with Clara Burghelea

New international poetry and poetry in translation

Translation Po-Int editor, Clara Burghelea.

Translation Po-Int editor, Clara Burghelea on the talent she selected for issue 42

2 poems by Fizza Abbas

Fizza Abbas is a Freelance Content Writer based in Karachi, Pakistan.

In Between by Clelia Albano, translated by Peter O’Neill

In Between    Sebbene la forza gravitazionale 

2 poems by Gale Acuff

Gale Acuff is the author of three books of poetry. He has taught university
English in the US, China, and Palestine

The Write Life With Clare Morris

Writers writing for writers. 

Delighting in the Detail, Clare Morris

Clare Morris on the joy of editing the Write Life column over the last 4 months and the pieces she has selected for this issue.

Forgotten Young Men on the Literary Trapeze

Michael Paul Hogan reflects on the lives of two sadly neglected American novelists.

Treasure Beach

Elizabeth Jaeger explains how a visit to a favourite beach helps her and her son deal with loss.

My grandfather the ballplayer

Jeremy Nathan Marks imagines his grandfather's past as a rising star of the Minor Leagues.

Seanchaí with Eugen Bacon

Established and new story tellers worthy of the title Seanchaí

‘Wasted’ flash fiction by Isioma Jemimah Okonicha

Isioma Jemimah Okonicha’s works include fictional stories, motivational, and poetry.

‘Buttons’ short fiction by Kerry Nesbitt

Kerry Louise Nesbitt lives in Belfast and spends most of her spare time writing, when she is not teaching English to young people or reading everything she can get her hands on.

‘Three Cups of Tea’ Flash fiction by Hayley-Jenifer Brennan

Hayley-Jenifer Brennan is an emerging writer from Cork, Ireland. She is currently working towards an MA in Creative Writing from UCC

‘The Summons’ flash fiction by Iago Crybin

Iago Crybin’s writings most often reflect themes exploring the ontological Zen of the Three Marks of Existence and the paradox of sentience existing in a seemingly non-sentient universe. 


The Critcal Nib with Emma Lee

Reviews of the latest releases in poetry and literary fiction

Anna Blasiak’s bilingual ‘Kawiarnia przy St James’s Wrena w porze lunchu/Cafe by St James’s in the Wrens at Lunchtime’, Reviewed

‘Kawiarnia przy St James’s Wrena w porze lunchu / Café by Wren’s St James-in-the-Fields, Lunchtime’...

Rebecca Watts’ ‘Red Gloves’ -Reviewed

James Fountain reveiws Rebecca Watts' 'Red Gloves'

‘Anecdotal Evidence’ by Gayelene Carbis -Reviewed by Emma Lee

Gayelene Carbis uses a variety of forms, style and tone to suit each poem – from densely packed enjambment and prose poems to tightly structured sequences

‘Misericord’ by Kevin Bailey -Reviewed by Michael Paul Hogan

‘Misericord’ is a book containing many fine things, a Palace of Varieties containing within its sixty-six pages a multitude of (mainly successful) attempts to render Kevin Bailey’s poetic world complete.

‘Letters Home’ by Jennifer Wong -Reviewed by Emma Lee

“Letters Home” explores the Chinese-British diaspora from the viewpoint of someone beginning to find her place in the world, looking at how to forge an identity which includes her origins and her new life.

The Ink Pods with Angela Dye and Mike Ivatt

The Blue Nib branded podcast of poetry and literary fiction

Poet, James Walton reads his own work, ‘A Dairy Hand On a Hill’

Australian poet, James Walton reads his own work, A Dairy Hand On a Hill

Tim King reads his own work ‘At the Poetry Reading…’

'Tim King wouldn’t describe himself as the Father of the ‘Poetry Plus’ House in the south west, but I would' says Ysella Sims

Clare Morris reads her own ‘Bloomsday in Andalusia’

In honour of Bloomsday, The Write Life editor, Clare Morris reads her own Bloomsday in Andalusia

Hanna Komar reads her own, ‘A Good Daughter’

Hanna Komar is an award-winning poet and translator based in Minsk