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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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Emma Lee reviews Lady Jesus and Other Poems.

Lady Jesus and Other Poems Arathy Asok (Authorspress, www.authorspressbooks.com ISBN 978-93-88332-19-4, 70pp, 175 Rupees/$14) “Lady Jesus and other poems” is a collection of contemporary, unflinching poems that don’t back away from politics or patriarchy. In “They Ask me Questions I will not Answer”,  “They looked to see What crowds were being formed, That thought of …

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Emma Lee reviews Christine Valters Paintner’s – Dreaming of Stones

Christine Valters Paintner’s “Dreaming of Stones” Paraclete Press www.paracletepress.com ISBN: 9781640601086 96pp $18 “Dreaming of Stones” is split into six sections, Hours, The Time of Our Lives, Possibilities, Wild Places, Love and Monks and Mystics, and comes with an introduction and afterword by the author. There are 108 pages of poems and each feels like …

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David Butler Reviews Maurice Devitt’s, Growing Up in Colour

MAURICE DEVITT completed the MA in Poetry Studies at Mater Dei, won the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition and was placed or shortlisted in many other competitions including The Patrick Kavanagh Award, The Listowel Collection Competition and Cúirt New Writing Award. Selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions in 2016, he was a featured poet at the Poets in Transylvania …

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Emma Lee reviews “Afternoon Drinking in the Jolly Butchers” by Rachel Coventry

Afternoon drinking in The Jolly Butchers feels like being invited to join in a casual conversation with a group you found yourself sitting near to in a pub or café because the conversation sounded interesting and the participants noticed your curiosity. That’s not to say that the conversation doesn’t tackle darker or intricate topics but the …

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Jane Simmons reviews Anne Bevan’s first collection of poems

TESTAMENT ANNE ELIZABETH BEVAN ISBN 978-1-910855-82-9 £10.00 Lapwing Publications, Belfast. Testament, Cork based poet Anne Bevan’s first collection of poems, has already received praise from reviewers:Anne’s poetry gets straight to the heart of the matter – whatever subject matter she alights upon. Her words transport you on an inner journey of the mind and soul; …

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Emma Lee Reviews Bind by Christine Murray SB

Bind Christine Murray Turas Press https://turaspress.ie/shop/bind-by-christine-murray/ ISBN: 978-0-9957916-4-0, 72pp, €12 Christine Murray uses minimal, impressionistic language to convey images from the natural world.  bind is split into sections,  bind ,  a hierarchy of halls ,  babel,  wintering and Dawn, the name of the last section rocks convention by having an initial capital. The lack of capitals signals to the reader …

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Dick Edelstein reviews: Fealty by Ricky Ray 

Fealty by Ricky Ray. Hardcover £16.99, 146 pp. Eyewear Publishing, 8 June 2018. ISBN: 978-1912477227 While many new writers have seized on expanding opportunities for publishing poetry collections, New York poet Ricky Ray, still in his thirties, has been biding his time, waiting nearly two decades to publish Fealty. His debut collection reveals an evolved writing …

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Jane Simmons reviews Tara Bergin: The Secret Life of Eleanor Marx

Jane Simmons is a retired teacher/lecturer who is now studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. She has written several short stories and is currently working on her second novel and a collection of poetry. She is a member of the Lincoln-based Pimento poets and Outspoken Poets and regularly reads/performs …

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Jane Simmons continues her series of reviews of contemporary women’s poetry.

Jane Simmons is a retired teacher/lecturer who is now studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. She has written several short stories and is currently working on her second novel and a collection of poetry. She is a member of the Lincoln-based Pimento poets and Outspoken Poets and regularly reads/performs …

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Jane Simmons reviews- Karen McCarthy Woolf: An Aviary of Small Birds

Jane Simmons is a retired teacher/lecturer who is now studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. She has written several short stories and is currently working on her second novel and a collection of poetry. She is a member of the Lincoln-based Pimento poets and Outspoken Poets and regularly reads/performs …

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Planner versus Pantser

Face off. Planning versus Pantsing

The Pantser The freedom to create without the confines of a plan. Famous pantsers include such authors as Margaret Atwood, Stephen King and Pierce Brown. Melissa Todd is a compulsive pantser. Do you know what you’re going to write before you’ve written it? I don’t. I can’t plan anything. Well, I can, but I can …

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Trans Europe Expression Slam

Trans Europe Expression Slam

In advance of the Trans Europe Expression Slam Final in Manchester on 14 November, Olivia Logan reviews the Berlin heat. On a rainy Sunday night in Berlin’s Neukölln area, I’m trying to choose a seat at the Trans Europe Expression Slam heat. The expat creative scene in Berlin is frustratingly dominated by two extremes, non-native …

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The Ultimate writers guide to manuscript editing, preparation and submission.

The writers guide to manuscript editing, preparation and submission. ‘Mini Style Guide’ Denise O’Hagan With authors having more involvement in the editing and publishing processes than before, both in traditional publishing and self-publishing, this timely ‘Mini Style Guide’ from The Blue Nib’s Australia and New Zealand Poetry Editor, Denise O’Hagan, is designed to de-mystify the …

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Issue 39, The Blue Nib New Poets and Writers

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 39 Fiction & Non Fiction Featured Authors Kelli allenRoisin Maguiredavid butlerAda Wofford essaysJohn D. KellyGráinne daly Get The Print Issue Editorial: Dave Kavanagh Managing Editor   Welcome …

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Karen Dennison - The Paper House

Karen Dennison The Paper House – Reviewed.

Karen Dennison The Paper House A collection with solid foundations. Available from Amazon Hedgehog Press ISBN 9781916480698, 64pp, £10.99 Karen Dennison The Paper House, is a collection that explores relationships, friendships, landscape and art but resists becoming a series of anecdotes by engaging with readers and asking them to think about why certain incidents get …

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Issue 40 The Blue Nib

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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.

The Blue Nib

Issue 39

  • Issue 39 – 15th of September 2019.
  • Featured poetry from J. Taylor Bell, Peter Bakowski, Anne Casey, Ali Whitelock, Sue Morgan and others.
  • Short Fiction selected by Seanín Hughes, including work by Roisin Maguire, Kelli Allen and David Butler and others.
  • Reviews include, The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus, Table Manners by Susmita Bhattacharya and How To Wear Grunge by Ruth Stacy

Available for preorder from the 15th of August.

The Ash, The Well and the Bluebell

The Ash The Well and the Bluebell – First Review

“The Ash The Well and the Bluebell” by Sandra Arnold ISBN 978-0-9951191-2-3, 332pp “The Ash, The Well and the Bluebell” is a story about moving away from your roots to find yourself and then returning to the stifling village you grew up in to try and make sense of why you had to leave. The …

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Valerie Lynch's In the Time of Rabbits

Valerie Lynch’s In the Time of Rabbits – Reviewed

Valerie Lynch’s In the Time of Rabbits ISBN 9781907435782, 127pp, £11 The poems in Valerie Lynch’s In the Time of Rabbits cover a life span from childhood through to old age or, as the title poem suggests, move from “scattered in urgent rushings/ now here, now there” to “The grass was silent and slow/ and …

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How to promote your book

How to promote your book, 10 steps -Denise O’Hagan

‘Writing a book without promoting it is like waving to someone in a dark room. You know what you have done but nobody else does.’ Madi Preda, How to Promote and Market your Book Whether your book is fiction or non-fiction, and whether it’s published commercially or independently, as an author today you’re expected to …

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Fiona Sinclair

Second Wind

Second Wind Retiring at 65, you get a second wind. Your mornings are tinkering. Your afternoons are feet up watching classic 90s TV. At Aintree, your black Crombie with a flash of red shirt, draws You look cool man tributes from booted and suited lads; and your trade mark hair, splendid as a crest, has …

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Anne Ballard

Declutter Time

DECLUTTER TIME Well-intentioned magazines still in the plastic Status-declaring books, unread or struggled through once Yellowed old-friend-paperbacks  Recipes – what’s the Internet for? Last century’s IT leads, going nowhere             ditto relationships Unloved presents from ex-friends Kitchen gadgets for posh dinner parties All the odd cutlery Singletons; earrings, gloves, one-eyed …

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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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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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The Blue Nib Editors

Clara Burghelea Poetry Editor Clara is looking for diverse, under-represented, fresh voices, as well as established ones. She favours works that bend and forge language, pushing it past its formulaic edges. Mostly, she wants to see poetry that blends craft and imagination in an innovative and moving way. Dave Kavanagh Managing Editor Dave looks after …

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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.

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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Issue 38 Editorial

Shirley Bell has decided to retire from her position at Editor-in-Chief of The Blue Nib. This marks a serious change for not only The Blue Nib magazine, but also our website, and our book publishing imprint, each of which benefitted greatly from Shirley’s care and management.  Publisher and Founder Dave Kananagh has decided to restructure …

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William Derge Poetry

William Derge Poetry

William Derge Poetry – Derge won the $1,000 2010 Knightsbridge Prize judged by Donald Hall and the Rainmaker Award judged by Marge Piercy. He has received honorable mentions in contests sponsored by The Bridge, Sow’s Ear, and New Millennium, among others. He has been awarded a grant by the Maryland State Arts Council.

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