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Abhaile With Tracy Gaughan

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

4 poems by Eveline Pye

Eveline Pye's poem ‘Mosi-Oa-Tunya’ was chosen for the Twenty Best Scottish Poems of that Year. Her new collection ‘STEAM’, will be published by Red Squirrel Press 2021.

3 poems by Berni Dwan

Poet Berni Dwan was placed second in the Johnathan Swift Awards and was shortlisted for the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award.

Poetry by Kate Ennals

FESTIVAL OF ORIGINSafter Primo Levi

3 poems by Alun Robert

Poet Alun Robert’ work has been published widely, in 2019, he was a featured writer of the Federation of Writers Scotland.

North American Time with Felicia McCarthy

Established and emerging poets from the United States and Canada. 

Poetry by Don Krieger

Don Krieger is a 2020 Creative Nonfiction Fellow.
His work has appeared in Neurology, Live Mag!, Seneca Review, The
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Asahi Shimbun, Entropy, and others.

2 poems by Vivian Wagner

Vivian Wagner is an associate professor of English at Muskingum University.

3 poems by Don Thompson

Don Thompson's publications include Been There, Done That (2002), Sittin’ on Grace Slick’s Stoop (2006), Turning Sixty (2008), Where We Live (2009), and Everything Barren Will Be Blessed (2012).

3 poems by Stacey Curran

Stacey Curran is a New England Press Association award winner, with essays in The Boston Globe Magazine, several weeklies and anthologies.

An Astráil With Denise O'Hagan

publishing established and new voices from Australia and New Zealand. 

Poetry by Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts is a writer, critic and publisher, he co-edits the online journal Rochford Street Review and, with Linda Adair, runs Rochford Press.

Prose poetry by Rebecca Myers

Rebecca Myers is an Irish-born, New Zealand-based poet and playwright.

2 poems by Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball is the author of several published books of poetry and fiction, including High Wire Step (Flying Island Press, 2018) and Unreliable Narratives (Girls on Key Press, 2019). 

Poetry by Ian C Smith

Ian C Smith’s seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy (Ginninderra Press, 2015).  He writes in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, and on Flinders Island, Tasmania.

Talking heads

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

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.

Featured Poet Amy Barry talks to Clara Burghelea

Amy Barry took 1st and 2nd prize in the English Poetry at PAU World Poetry Day in 2017 and 2018. Is a recipient of Neruda Award 2017 (Poetry) Crispiano, Italy. Highly Commended (Poetry) in SiarSceal International Literary Festival in 2017 and 2019.

Translation Po-Int with Clara Burghelea

New international poetry and poetry in translation

2 Poems by Glenn Hubbard

Glenn Hubbard lives in Madrid, where he teaches English and writes poetry.

Poetry by Lauren Camp

Lauren Camp’s most recent collection is ‘Took House’ (Tupelo Press, 2020). 

Poetry by Rafael Mendes

Poet Rafael Mendes is a member of NIC writers group at The Irish Writers Centre.

2 poems by Tonno Bisaccio

Tonno Bisaccio's work can be found in Apeiron, Gravel, Alimentum and others.

The Write Life With Clare Morris

Writers writing for writers. 

The Writing Mind’s Underlands and the Perspective of Time

Sarah Leavesley explains how the passing of time offers surprising opportunities for creative growth.

To PhD or not to PhD? That is the question….

James Fountain offers useful advice for those thinking of starting a PhD.

Evelyn

Delia Pring recalls the ache of loss in this compelling memoir.

Reexamining ‘Strange’ in a Pandemic

Aakriti Kunta explores how we quickly become accustomed to strangeness.

Seanchaí with Eugen Bacon

Established and new story tellers worthy of the title Seanchaí

‘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. 


‘All Ten Marilyns’ Short Fiction By Stuart Henson

Stuart Henson’s stories can be found in ‘The Interpreter’s House’, ‘Iota New Fiction 1’, ‘The New Welsh Review’, ‘The Reader’ and ‘Under the Radar’

‘Around the Corner’ micro-fiction by Susan R. Barclay

Susan R. Barclay is a 2019 Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Award Winner. She is currently working on an anthology of short stories    

‘The Dare’ Micro-Fiction By Keren Dibbens-Wyatt

Keren Dibbens-Wyatt's new book, Recital of Love (Paraclete Press), is out in September 2020. Keren lives in South East England.

The Critcal Nib with Emma Lee

Reviews of the latest releases in poetry and literary fiction

‘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.

‘Trees’ by Sam Smith -Reviewed

Hazel is going to die. We all are, but in Hazel's case death will come sooner.

‘Wish’ by Katerina Neocleous -Reviewed

In writing poetry about childhood and adolescence, mawkishness could be a trap one falls into, but in this work, the subject is covered so well by the poet

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