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Abhaile With Tracy Gaughan

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

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.

3 poems by Gill Lambert

Gill Lambert’s first collection Tadaima was published by Yaffle in 2019

3 poems by Michael Durack

Michael Durack’s publications include a memoir, Saved to Memory: Lost to View (2016) and a collection, Where It Began ( Revival, 2017.)

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. 

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.

Poetry by Brenda Proudfoot

Brenda Proudfoot was a finalist in the Joanne Burns Microlit Award (2019), and two of her stories are shortlisted for the Microflix Writers Award (2020).

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

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.

2 poems by Sanjib Kumar Baishya

Dr. Sanjib Kumar Baishya’s first collection ‘Truths in the Market’ was published in 2019 with Notion Press.

Poetry by Nnadi Samuel

Emerging poet,Nnadi Samuel is a graduate of English & literature from the University of Benin

The Write Life With Clare Morris

Writers writing for writers. 

Reexamining ‘Strange’ in a Pandemic

Aakriti Kunta explores how we quickly become accustomed to strangeness.

The Wrong Track

Rona Fitzgerald explains how you don't have to be trapped on the wrong track for ever.

Little Free Library

Kevin Kling explores the unexpected creative potential in little free libraries.

Pushing for Change

'It’s up to EVERYONE to push for change.' Author Philip Fracassi and the Horror Writers Community Raise More than $24K for the Black Lives Matter Movement

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. 


‘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.

Autumn Leaves, short fiction by Pippa Slattery

Pippa Slattery’s story Rag Doll was shortlisted for the Kanturk International Arts Festival.

The Critcal Nib with Emma Lee

Reviews of the latest releases in poetry and literary fiction

‘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

‘Keepsake’ by Kayleigh Campbell -Reviewed

Reading the title poem first, from my perspective, ‘Keepsake’ immediately struck a paternal chord, as memories flooded back of my own first purchase for my daughter when she was born

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