Meet the team behind The Blue Nib

The Blue Nib was conceived to provide a platform for new emerging voices in literature. We are still a small team and work scrupulously to best represent those authors who put their trust in us. Our first two major projects will see publication in Spring 2018. 


Our Editors

Shirley Bell is a widely published and anthologised poet as well as an experienced workshop tutor and writer-in-residence. Her poetry is archived in the Special Collection in the University of Lincoln’s Library and as a result, she has collected together all her published poetry from 1982 to early 2016 in her book, Dark is a Way and Light is a Place.

She has been writing poetry since the 1980s, and has read widely all over the country, including appearing at London’s South Bank Centre and the Arvon Centres. She has been a Literature Consultant for Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts and edited their magazine, Proof.

Her poetry has appeared in many magazines, and anthologies including Faber and Faber’s Poetry Introduction 6, Six the Versewagon Poetry Manual and Anvil New Poets, which have featured large selections of her work. The Wide Skirt also published her pamphlet Hanging Windows on the Dark.


Dave Kavanagh’s writing has seen publication in a number of anthologies as well as online at sites such as and Medium. Dave is the originator and original editor of The Blue Nib. Dave has worked for the past year on developing online and print platforms for emerging poets