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Year: 2019

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Confessions of a Pathological introvert – Melissa Todd

I am a Pathological introvert. Talking to people scares me. I can do it, but I do not seek it out. I’ve got quite good at asking humans questions about their health, hobbies, kids, holidays, then pulling a face that indicates interest, or even, on good days, a rough facsimile of enjoyment. Took me hours …

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Demise of the Undertaker's Wife

Demise of the Undertaker’s Wife – Anne Walsh Donnelly

Demise of the Undertaker’s Wife – A Short Story Collection By Anne Walsh Donnelly The Blue Nib is excited to be publishing the first short fiction collection by Irish author Anne Walsh Donnelly, Demise of the Undertaker’s Wife; A Short Story Collection. Anne is already well-known for her poetry. Her short stories share features that …

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Author Website

13 easy ways to make an Author Website work for you.

How many times have I heard someone say “Author Websites don’t work”?  But the fact is, they do. Successful websites and blogs earn millions in revenue every month. So, if your website is not bringing you sales, change what you’re doing, because your Author Website is a powerful selling tool with the potential to become …

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Make time for poetry

5 Ways to make time for poetry in your life.

Poetry is an under-appreciated art form, cast aside in favour of the latest blockbuster or sites such as Spotify or series binges on Netflix. We don’t argue against any of these things but there is space in everyones life for poetry. We humans are hardwired for poetry, it inspires us, relaxes us and has in …

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Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital

Sex and Death in Merlin Park Hospital -by Kevin Higgins, Reviewed

Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital – Kevin HigginsSalmon Poetry www.salmonpoetry.comISBN 978-1-912561-72-8, 98pp, €12 “Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital” is Kevin Higgins’ fifth collection and packed full of wry, satirical observations on lives, both his own and others. It’s split into parts: ‘Sex and Death’, ‘My View of Things’ and ‘World Festival …

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Featured Poets

Featured poets 2017-2018

Featured Poets of 2017 – 2018 gives us a chance to again shine a light on this wonderful selection of truly talented poets who we selected as the cream of the crop in our first year as an ezine. 

instapoets

Instapoets v Traditionalists

INSTA-POETRY, IS THIS ART? THE JURY IS STILL OUT In her editorial of issue 37, Shirley Bell weighed in and shared her view of the so-called Instapoets. Shirley opened her piece by quoting Rebecca Watts, who wrote an article in the February 2018 PN Review asking the question:  “Why is the poetry world pretending that poetry is not an art …

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Indie Author

Self Publishing -Indie Author Spotlight: Orna Ross

Self PublishingIndie Author Spotlight: Orna Ross  Orna Ross/ https://www.ornaross.com/ Indie author Orna Ross inspired a self-publishing movement, but before that she spent 20 years working as a freelancer. Her work has appeared in The Irish Times, the University College Dublin, and many other journalism outlets. After publishing two novels with Penguin Ireland, Orna Ross began …

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Failed Relationships

Failing Relationships – A New Epidemic

FAILING RELATIONSHIPS “The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Elizabeth Bishop These lines from one of my favourite poems bring to my mind the failing relationships and the bonds I have lost over the years. These are …

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Full of Ears and Eyes am I by Lauren Suchenski -Reviewed

Full of Ears and Eyes am I by Lauren Suchenski Finishing Line Press Price: $14.99 US ISBN-10: 1635342430  ISBN-13: 978-1635342437 https://www.amazon.com/Full-Ears-Eyes-Am-I/dp/1635342430 Full of Ears and Eyes am I is an attractive book. Finishing Line Press has created a well-produced book with cream-colored heavy stock pages and a matte cover featuring floral-like art from Ms. Suchenski. …

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The Gates of Horn and Ivory – contemporary poetry and the Instapoets

“Stranger, dreams verily are baffling and unclear of meaning, and in no wise do they find fulfilment in all things for men. For two are the gates of shadowy dreams, and one is fashioned of horn and one of ivory. Those dreams that pass through the gate of sawn ivory deceive men, bringing words that …

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Ada Wofford

Live, Laugh, Ugh! Fear and Loathing in the World of Instagram-Poetry

“This is the American Dream in action! We’d be fools not to ride this strange torpedo all the way out to the end.” I don’t consider myself a poet. I studied poetry in college, I’ve written poems, I’ve even had a few published in some dinky little journal no one’s ever going to read and …

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A Feminist Critique of Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square in Comparison to Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Introduction Patrick Hamilton is probably best known for his plays Rope and Gaslight. Alfred Hitchcock turned Rope into a feature film of the same name. It ends with a Hedda Gabler style sentiment of, But people don’t do these things! An academic discussion of morality and power, life and death, snowballs into an actual murder …

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Review -‘Apple Water (Povel Panni) by Raine Geoghegan

Hedgehogpress.co.uk ISBN 9781999649231 When I opened Raine’s submission for review, I had recently read a review of a book by an Oxbridge graduate of Romany descent describing his travels round the country in a caravan, visiting the sites associated with his Romany traveller ancestors. I had also been reading poems by David Morley some of …

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Poets and Writers

Denise O’Hagan – Poetry Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Denise O’Hagan has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Italian and an MA in Bibliography and Textual Criticism. She comes to us as an experienced editor, having worked for Heinemann Educational, Collins, Routledge & Kegan Paul (London) as well as Horwitz, Cambridge University Press and the State Library of NSW (Sydney). She looks forward …

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Literary magazine

Emma Lee -Reviews Editor

Emma Lee comes to us as Reviews Editor with extensive experience. As well as being a regular reviewer for The Blue Nib, Emma also reviews for The High Window Journal, The Journal, London Grip and she is recent recipient of ‘Best Reviewer of Literature’ in the 2019 Saboteur Awards. Emma’s own publications include “Ghosts in …

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Poets and writers

Mike Griffith -Poetry Editor, USA & Canada.

Mike needs no introduction as he has been involved with the Nib from the early days, originally as a reviewer and contributing editor and recently as a section editor looking after our contributors in America and Canada. Mike’s published works include Bloodline (The Blue Nib) Exposed (Hidden Constellations and Soma Publishing). Mike is a college …

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Helen Mort announces the winners of Chapbook Contest IV.

Blue Nib Chapbook competition: Notes from our guest judge Helen Mort Trying to choose between poetry pamphlets is very different from choosing between individual poems. When I judge a single poem prize, I often feel like I’m doing the literary equivalent of speed dating: I’m waiting for a piece to come along that will sweep …

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