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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 Jonathan Humble

Jonathan Humble’s collection ‘Fledge’, will be published by Maytree Press in the summer of 2020.

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.

North American Time with Felicia McCarthy

Established and emerging poets from the United States and Canada. 

3 poems by Chelsea Logan

Chelsea Logan is a freelance writer living in Nashville, TN. Her editorial work has appeared in The Tennessean and her poetry is widely published

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.

An Astráil With Denise O'Hagan

publishing established and new voices from Australia and New Zealand. 

2 poems by Vasilka Pateras

Vasilka Pateras is a Melbourne-based poet and emerging writer who regularly reads as part of the Melbourne Spoken Word community.

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.

Talking heads

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

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.

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 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)

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

Prize winning poet, John McCullough, speaks with Angela Dye

John McCullough’s first collection of poems, The Frost Fairs, won the Polari First Book Prize in 2012.

Translation Po-Int with Clara Burghelea

New international poetry and poetry in translation

3 Poems by Zoe Karathanasi

Zoe Karathanasi’s poetry appeared or is forthcoming in Ink Sweat and Tears, The Interpreter's House, Tears in the Fence and others.

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

The Write Life With Clare Morris

Writers writing for writers. 

My Writing Life

Rosemary McLeish explores her dissatisfaction with a writer's life.

We Forgot Him (On Purpose?)

Melissa St Pierre explores how childhood memories can contain unpleasant truths.

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.

Seanchaí with Dave Kavanagh

Established and new story tellers worthy of the title Seanchaí

Come a Morning all Shall be Revealed, contemplative fiction by Maggie Harris

This piece by Maggie Harris takes the reader on a contemplative journey through dreams and memories.

The Trouble with Centaurs, short fiction by Joshua Martyn Edwards

Joshua Martyn Edwards accidentally aced a BA and an MA in Creative Writing and is now working on his PhD.

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.

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...