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A message from Dave Kavanagh…

Dear Poets.


Firstly congratulations to all winners in our first competition, your poetry was inspiring and we look forward so much to publishing you in our first Chapbook.


And to the runners-up, wow what a fantastic selection of work you treated us to. We plan to feature you all in an anthology in the Spring along with other selected works from the contest entries and poems chosen from Issues 1 – 18 of The Blue Nib.


Shirley asked me to select some of my favourite poems from our first eighteen issues and I was delighted to spend a couple of days trawling the archives and reintroducing myself to some phenomenal poetry. I chose work not only because it was technically exceptional, or because of its artistry but rather I chose poems that touched me deeply as all great poetry should. The only difficulty was in limiting my choices.


As we reach the end of 2017 and look forward to 2018 with three manuscripts primed for publication, I would like to thank you all for being here, our readers and contributors are what make The Blue Nib a success. And to Shirley, who had done an outstanding job as Editor-In-Chief, I would like to say, the magazine would not be as beautiful as it is without you.


Happy Christmas to you all, and I look to our continuing journey in 2018


Dave Kavanagh




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