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5 poems by Beth McDonough

Beth McDonough's work is strongly connected to place, particularly to the Tay, where she swims, and forages nearby.

3 poems by Dora Manuel Culabo translated by Landa Wo

The body and its declaration of strength are telegraphed to the reader in Landa Wo’s translation of Dora Manuel Culabo’s poems.

Learning to Read Comics

Writer, critic and musician, Ada Wofford explores how we read graphic novels and focuses on Scott McCloud's 'Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.'

The Bells Of Hagia Sophia Toll

Translator and writer, Sophia Kouidou-Giles shares her translation of an excerpt from Karina Ioannidou's compelling play 'The Bells of Hagia Sophia Toll.'

‘Clear, Blue Waters’ fiction by Lee Stoddart

Flash fiction that reads like prose poetry in its consideration of the aesthetics of still water.

Now that you're here

The Blue Nib believes in the power of the written word, the well-structured sentence and the crafted poetic phrase. Since 2016 we have published, supported and promoted the work of both established and emerging voices in poetry, fiction, essay and journalism. Times are difficult for publishers, and The Blue Nib is no exception. It survives on subscription income only. If you also believe in the power of the written word, then please consider supporting The Blue Nib and our contributors by subscribing to either our print or digital issue.

Abhaile with Tracy Gaughan

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

4 Poems by Angela Graham

Poet and BAFTA Award winning TV producer, Angela Graham’s imaginative eloquence of language, embodies an exemplary ‘at-homeness’ in both the universal and the particular.

A poem by David Linklater

David Linklater’s pamphlet ‘Black Box’ was published with Speculative Books in 2018.

Two poems by A. M. Cousins

A. M. Cousins' work was shortlisted in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition 2019.

Three Poems by Sharon Larkin

Sharon Larkin's pamphlet was published by Indigo Dreams in 2019.

4 poems by Kay Ritchie

Kay Ritchie’s work is widely published in magazines and anthologies and has performed at various events.

North America Time with Felicia McCarthy

Poetry from established and emerging poets in America and Canada

Latest from North America

3 Poems by Kathleen Strafford

In this collection of work, poet, Kathleen Strafford takes a deep dive into memory.

Poetry by Kieran Egan

Kieran Egan is lost in the flames of a winter bonfire.

Poetry by John H. Sime

John H. Sime has been a freelance writer since college in _Kickapoo Free Press, Wisconsin Poets Calendar, Verse Wisconsin, Howling Mantra, Hummingbird, Lake City Lights.

Poetry by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

Jane Rosenberg LaForge writes poetry, fiction, and occasional essays in New York. Her next full-length collection of poems will be Medusa's Daughter from Animal Heart Press in 2021.

Poet, Christian Garduno

Christian Garduno edited the compilation Evolver and his own solo poetry collection Face, while a History undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley.

An Astráil with Denise O'Hagan

publishing established and new voices from Australia and New Zealand.

A Poem By Brett Dionysius

Australian poet Brett Dionysius coaxes us back in time to the burial of a plant by an Ice Age squirrel, and how that plant may feel to be ‘woken’ from a 32,000-year-old sleep.

1 POEM BY FRASER MACKAY

Australian poet Fraser Mackay dances in the space between regret and speculation, expertly exploring the unsettled nature of relationships while leaving us with a lingering sense of hope.

2 poems by Daragh Byrne

Irish-born, Daragh Byrne has lived in Sydney for a decade. He writes informed by a longstanding meditation practice and his background in physics.

Poetry by Moya Pacey

Moya Pacey co-edits the on-line journal, 'Not Very Quiet'

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.

Talking Heads

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

Translation Po-Int with Clara Burghelea

Publishing New international poetry and poetry in translation

3 poems by Dora Manuel Culabo translated by Landa Wo

The body and its declaration of strength are telegraphed to the reader in Landa Wo’s translation of Dora Manuel Culabo’s poems.

4 Poems by Lorraine Caputo

Lorraine Caputo's poems are visually rich, capturing vivid images of both land and people in a simple, yet enchanting manner.

2 poems by Okeke Onyedika

Okeke Onyedika’s works have appeared/forthcoming in Eighteen seventy poetry, Brittle Paper, Deluge Journal, Rockvale, Praxis, African Writers, Tuck Magazine. & elsewhere.

2 poems by Goodness Olanrewaju Ayoola

Goodness Olanrewaju Ayoola’s poetry appeared in Glass, Pangolin Review, Mojave Heart, Ethel Zine and elsewhere.

Poet, Faye Ng Yu Ci

Faye Ng Yu Ci’s poems have appeared in Raven Chronicles, Bookends Review, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.

The Write Life with Clare Morris

Essays on the craft and life of the writer

Learning to Read Comics

Writer, critic and musician, Ada Wofford explores how we read graphic novels and focuses on Scott McCloud's 'Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.'

The Bells Of Hagia Sophia Toll

Translator and writer, Sophia Kouidou-Giles shares her translation of an excerpt from Karina Ioannidou's compelling play 'The Bells of Hagia Sophia Toll.'

Welcome To Your New World Course

Writer and lecturer, Sally Gander, with characteristic wry humour., takes us through her New Word Course, designed to meet the challenge of the lockdown.

Meeting My Hero, Michael Morpurgo

Clare Morris, Editor of The Write Life, recalls her recent interview with Michael Morpurgo. The full interview will appear in Issue 43.

Writing Our Way Through Lockdown

Writer and teacher, Alison Jones explores the impact the lockdown has had on her teaching team, and explains why teachers should always be regarded as writers.

‘How Did You Come To Write?’

Denise O'Hagan, Editor of An Astráil at The Blue Nib, charts her development as a writer and gives us a preview of some of the poetry in her debut collection, 'The Beating Heart'.

Seanchaí

Publishing exceptional short fiction from established and emerging writers

‘Clear, Blue Waters’ fiction by Lee Stoddart

Flash fiction that reads like prose poetry in its consideration of the aesthetics of still water.

‘Above Renniker Falls’ Fiction By Harrison Kim

A poignant coming to age story that’s as beautiful as it’s relatable in its first person narration, catapulting us into the core of family, love, friendship and teenage life.

Mettle by Caitlin Burns

A miscreant boy learns a valuable lesson for the most unlikely of sources.

‘A Native Lynching’ fiction By Eros Salvatore

A powerful fiction based on truth. A child’s witness of racial injustice and the frightening capacity of mob mentality as it dehumanises a victim.

‘Two Pairs Corduroy Pants Plus Two More’ by Dave Leys

Dave Leys is the author of The Institute of Fantastical Inventions and its sequel The Institute of Fantastical Inventions II: Magnetic Attraction released by New Holland Publishers.

The Critcal Nib with Emma Lee

Reviews of the latest releases in poetry and literary fiction

Emma Lee reviews ‘Incunabulum’ by Carol McKay

‘Incunabulum’ Carol McKay Pot Hole Press ISBN (Print) 987-1-910033-08-1

Emma Lee Reviews ‘Highway 20’ by Michael J Moore

‘Highway 20’ Michael J Moore Hellbound Books Publishing $14.99...

Emma Lee reviews ‘The Barging Buddhi’ by Sunita Thind

‘The Barging Buddhi’ Sunita Thind Black Pear Press ISBN...

Charline Poirier reviews Laura Besley’s ‘The Almost Mothers’

‘The Almost Mothers’ Laura Besley  Dahlia Books ISBN: 9781913624002,...

Emma Lee reviews ‘Both Sides of the Story’ Robert Fairhead

‘Both Sides of the Story’  Robert Fairhead Tall And...

The Ink Pods

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

Akshaya Pawaskar reads her own, ‘An Appeal to My Burning Country’

Transcript My country is engulfed in...

Hanna Komar reads her own, ‘A Good Daughter’

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