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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 is an impressive debut from Anne Walsh Donnelly. With her close observation of the human psyche, her razor-sharp pen delineates the world of murder, cruelty, control, with an eye that is sharp, unsettling and clearly demonstrates her lyrical talent. She shines a spotlight on the brokenness of life, the fear of silence and the desperate need for the characters to find someone to communicate with, whether it is with Iscariot or the Angel Gabriel. The voices are always true and convincing. I still cannot get the demise of the poor undertaker’s wife out of my head. That’s exactly what a good short story should do. 

Geraldine Mills, author and poet.

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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Issue 38

Issue 38 of the Blue Nib with over two hundred pages, featuring work from talented emerging poets & authors will launch on the 15th of June, it is now available for preorder.

In this Issue

  • Poetry by Mary Buchinger, Abigail Rowland, Patrick Wright, young poet Paul McCarrick, Helen Boden, Diarmuid Fitzgerald, & Many Others.
  • Fiction by Emma Devlin, Diana Powell, Brendan Landers, Lyn Ann Byrne & lot more.

Mike Griffith reviews Anne Walsh Donnelly’s The Woman with the owl tattoo, and we feature a preview of Anne’s forthcoming collection of short fiction, Demise of the undertaker’s wife. Plus reviews of, Black Car Burning by Helen Mort, The Time Traveller’s Picnic by Fiona Sinclair and more.

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Issue 37

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  • Issue 37 – 15th of March 2019.
  • Featuring poetry by James Wall, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Lucy Durneen, Caron Freeborn and many others.
  • Arathy Asok’s work is featured along with a review of her poetry collection.
  • Short Fiction selected by Fiction Editor Mimi Gladman, including work by Teresa Sweeny, Anne Hayes, Diana Powell and many more
  • Essays by Dr Anna Pia, Susan Anwin, Mike Smith and more.
  • Plus reviews & articles.

Issue 35

Announcing the winners of Chapbook Contest #3
Our Judge, Southlight editor Vivien Jones has selected her winners. We have poems from three very strong voices. This Issue also features equally strong work from Vivien’s choice of nine commended poets.

 Plus poetry from two past CPC winners
Anne Walsh Donnelly and Derek Kennemeyer both feature in this remarkable issue as well as poems from Nathan Fidler, Jeremy N. Marks, L. Shapley Basson, Stephen House, Emma Lee, Mike Griffih and many more.

A Strong Collection of fiction from
Kate Ennals, David Butler, Molly Fennig, Lyn Byrne, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Audrey Molloy & More.

Chapbook II

The Blue Nib magazine awards three emerging writers publication in chapbook form on a semi-annual basis.

We readers are also amply awarded with three fresh new voices in poetry with The Blue Nib Chapbook Volume 2.

I can’t say well enough how very impressed I am with the writing of first-place winner Anne Walsh Donnelly who gives voice to her native Ireland like many of the great Irish masters. Donnelly’s is a rising star to follow.

Second-place winner is Dr. Akshya Pawasker who offers us a distinctly feminine perspective in her pieces. This in no way is meant to imply male readers won’t “get” or enjoy her works. Instead it is to say the acute male reader will gain a greater insight to the female perspective after reading Dr. Pawasker’s poetry.

Bobbie Sparrow rounds out this fine book with her offering, which take us down a different path with each poem. Biblical themes, psychological examinations, historical themes, and rustic ones highlight Sparrow’s writing here.

The Blue Nib is my favorite source for new poetry on the ‘net and chapbooks like this show very well that this imprint is making good headway in the small press world.


Reviewed By Michael Griffith

The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest

Audrey Molloy to judge The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest 6

The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest; Winter 2019, will open for entries on the 15th of September. As part of our mission to promote the work of emerging writers, we initiated The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest series in 2017. The Aim of the contest was to give developing poets an opportunity to get a good sampling …

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Issue 40 The Blue Nib


Issue 39 of the Blue Nib, out 15th September, with over two hundred pages of new poetry, fiction, essays and articles from established and emerging poets & authors.

Issue 38

GET ALL ACCESS Subscribe today, and included with your subscription is access to all issues and archive plus members entry to the Blue Nib Chapbook Contest Subscribe Now Issue 38 Featured Writers Featured Poet -Mary Buchinger Featured Author -Teresa Sweeney Fiction by -Bruce Meyer Canadian Poet Alyssa Cooper Get The Print Issue Features Writers Perpetual …

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Issue 35

GET ALL ACCESS Subscribe today, and included with your subscription is access to all issues and archive plus members entry to the Blue Nib Chapbook Contest Subscribe Now Issue 35 Featured Writers Featured authors -audrey molloy & anne walsh donnelly Featured poet -Derek Kannemeyer essay  by -Nigel jarrett Get The Print Issue Featured Writers Peacock …

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Getting Published​

Getting Published with The Blue Nib The Blue Nib is both a literary magazine and on line publisher as well as an independent publishing imprint. Getting published with any publisher is difficult, but at the Blue Nib we give precedence to emerging writers and are more likely to consider a first or second collection of …

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Contact The Blue Nib

Contact support on info@thebluenib.com For questions about membership or purchasing contact dave@thebluenib.com Before you contact The Blue Nib SEE IF WE ANSWER YOUR QUESTION HERE The Blue Nib is a print and digital platform that publishes and promotes the work of established and emerging poets and writers. Main outputs are the quarterly Blue Nib Magazine which is sold through …

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Winners’ Biographies

FIRST PRIZE WINNER –  Anne Walsh Donnelly lives in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Her work has been published in various literary magazines such as Crannog, Boyne Berries, The Blue Nib, Star82 Review and Cold Coffee Stand. Her short storieshave been shortlisted in competitions such as the OTE New Writer of the Year Award (2014, 2016), Fish International Prize …

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HERE THEY ARE!!! The Winter/Spring Chapbook Contest 2017/18 Results

RESULTS The Winter / Spring Chapbook contest 2017/18. With guest judge Kevin Higgins.     HUGE CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE BLUE NIB TO:-   WINNER  Anne Walsh Donnelly – €150.00 SECOND PLACE  Akshaya Pawaskar – €100.00 THIRD PLACE  Bobbie Sparrow  (debutante) – €50.00   HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Sue Johnson Antoinette Rock Michele Ring Grainne Tobin Eithne Lannon Derek Coyle Ceinwen …

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Its Arrived

  List Price: $20.00, £14.95, Euros 16.50 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) Black & White on White paper 118 pages Blue Nib Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1999955021 ISBN-10: 1999955021 BISAC: Poetry / General “Welcome to The Blue Nib Anthology 1, Poetry, June – December 2017. Dave Kavanagh and I are delighted to present this book, which we hope will be …

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