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Jane Simmons reviews ‘Apple Water (Povel Panni) by Raine Geoghegan

Hedgehogpress.co.uk ISBN 9781999649231   Raine Geoghegan lives in West Sussex. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. Born in the Welsh Valleys, Raine is half Romany with Welsh and Irish ancestry. Her poems and short prose have been published both online and in print with Under the Radar; Romany Routes …

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Jane Simmons reviews Brenda Read-Brown’s new collection of poems.

Brenda Read-Brown: Like Love V Press ISBN: 9781999844431 Launch date: 7 th November, 2018. BRENDA READ-BROWN worked for many years as an IT project manager. In 2001, she gave up her high salary, company car and secure pension to be a full-time freelance writer and poet. Winner of more than 30 slams, she has performed …

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The Blue Nib

The Blue Nib was Longlist for the coveted Saboteur Awards 2018, and is listed among the ten top literary magazines to read by Feedspot  The Blue Nib Chapbook and Omnibus contest series are now well established. The contest offers emerging and established poets and writer the opportunity to have their work read and judged by an established name. Past Judges …

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The Blue Nib. Chapbook

In The Blue Nib magazine we offered the 3 winning poets, in first, second and third places, chapbook publication, along with cash prizes and their copies of this chapbook. The contest was open to new, emerging and established poets from any country but at least one of the three winners was to be a debutante …

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The Blue Nib. Issue #35

Plus poetry from two past CPC winnersAnne 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 fromKate Ennals, David Butler, Molly Fennig, Lyn Byrne, Anne Walsh …

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Pushcart Prize Nominations 2018

THE PUSHCART PRIZE Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Help us to choose 6 out of the 27 listed poems From the hundreds of poems published by us in the current year we have attempted to select just six to be our nominations for this years Pushcart Prize. We failed dismally, only managing to get it down …

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Announcing The Blue Nib Omnibus Contest for Short Fiction

Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Announcing The Blue Nib Omnibus Contest: For Short Fiction This is a new contest for short fiction writers that hopes to emulate the success of the Chapbook Series for poets. The requirement is a single entry of 2500 to 3000 words with the top 11 entries chosen by judge Imogen Gladman.  …

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Samantha Maw

Samantha Maw is a Blue Nib Staffer who regularly contributes to the magazine. She is studying a Creative Writing MA at Lincoln University in the U.K. and is a member of Lincoln Creative Writers and Outspoken Poets. A part time English lecturer, she has finally gained the confidence to impose her poems and blogging skills …

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Fiona Perry

Fiona’s short stories and poetry have been published in The Blue Nib, Skylight47, Into The Void, Boyne Berries, Other Terrain, A New Ulster and many more. In 2014 and 2015 her short fiction was shortlisted for the Australian Morrison Mentoring Prize. She grew up in Northern Ireland but has spent most of her adult life …

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Anne McMaster

Anne McMaster is a poet and playwright who lives on an old farm in rural mid-Ulster. Her 80 stage adaptations and original theatre productions have toured NI and Canada and she’s written and directed specially commissioned works for colleges, theatres, health boards, the NI Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and community groups for the …

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Cathy Donelan

Cathy Donelan is a writer from the West of Ireland. Her fiction has appeared in ROPES, The Honest Ulsterman, Dodging The Rain, The Nottingham Review, Spontaneity and Blue Smoky Literary And Arts Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in The Galway Review, A New Ulster and The Blue Nib. She has won the December 2015 Poetry Pulse Prize and been highly commended in the 2016 Fool For Poetry …

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Charles G Lauder

Charles G Lauder, Jr is an American poet who has lived in a rural pocket of the UK for the past eighteen years. Dreams, politics, his Texas childhood, relationships, and family life dominate his poetry.  

Arthur Broomfield

Arthur Broomfield is a poet, novelist, publisher and Beckett scholar from County Laois.  His previous works include When the Dust Settles (International University Press), The Poetry Reading at Semple Stadium (Lapwing), The Empty Too: Language and philosophy in the works of Samuel Beckett (Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing) and Mice at the Threshing(Lapwing).  He is editor of the online poetry journal Outburst and delivers occasional lectures …

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David Goldberg

David Goldberg is an artist, residing in Dublin. He has published in Jewish Literary Review (USA). He wrote many years ago when he was much younger. Most of those poems are now lost. He began writing again about a year or more ago.

Marissa McNamara

While Marissa McNamara writes about many topics, her current work revolves around her husband’s death in 2004 when she was 35 and he was 42. She hopes to show the many facets of dealing with loss, especially those that are brutally honest. Marissa teaches English at Georgia State University and in local Atlanta prisons. She …

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Helen Mort to judge Chapbook Contest 4.

The Blue Nib are delighted to announce that the multiple award winning poet Helen Mort will judge round four of The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest. Details of the contest will be published in our first print issue out on 15th of September and on site on the same day.  About Helen.Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. …

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Great News For Our Winners.

The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 has jumped a place in the UK Chapbook Charts  and is now listed at No 2.  The book features the work of our Winter Chapbook Contest winners, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow. The Contest was judged by Irish poet Kevin Higgins. The book can be purchased in the Book Shop and …

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Emma Lee joins our review panel.

Emma Lee joins our Review Panel. The Blue Nib are delighted to have Emma Lee join our team of regular reviewers. Emma is a regular reviewer for The High Window Journal, The Journal, London Grip and Sabotage Reviews.She co-edited “Over Land, Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge,” (Five Leaves, UK, 2015). Her most recent collection is …

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The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 at No3 in The UK Chapbook Charts.

The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 is listed at No 3 in the UK Chapbook Charts once again proving the relevance of this contest to emerging poets. The book features the work of our Winter Chapbook Contest winners, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow. The Contest was judged by Irish poet Kevin Higgins. Details of Chapbook …

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5 poems by Joan Colby

Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship …

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5 poems by Ann Howells

Ann Howells, of Dallas, Texas, has edited Illya’s Honey eighteen years, recently digitally at www.IllyasHoney.com. Recent book: Under a Lone Star (Village Books Press, 2016) and an anthology of D/FW poets she edited: Cattlemen & Cadillacs (Dallas Poets Community Press, 2016). Her chapbook, Softly Beating Wings (Blackbead Books, 2017), was published as winner of the …

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4 poems — collaboration: Jayant Kashyap and Lisa Stice

Jayant Kashyap lives in live in Purnea, India, and he is the co-founding editor of Bold + Italic, with poems published around the world in quite a few print anthologies and e-zines, including The Ekphrastic Review, StepAway and Rigorous magazines. One of his poems was featured in the Healing Words award ceremony in London, in …

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The Last Time We Saw Strangers, by Christopher Hopkins – reviewed by Shirley Bell

The Last Time We Saw Strangers, by Christopher Hopkins Clare Songbirds Publishing House Chapbook Series Clare Songbirds Publishing House  Chapbook Series 140 Cottage Street, Auburn, New York, 13021 www.ClareSongbirdspub.com ISBN 978-1-947653-24-5     In the new year in Issue 20, I was pleased to review a chapbook from Christopher Hopkins, ‘Take Your Journeys Home’. He is a …

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Poetry from Kevin Griffin, Byron Beynon, Rie Sheridan Rose, David Ratcliffe and Michael H. Brownstein

Byron Beynon’s poems and essays have appeared in several publications including London Magazine, Chiron Review, Crannog, Southlight, Cyphers and Poetry Wales. He co-ordinated the Wales section of the anthology Fifty Strong (Heinemann). Collections include Cuffs (Rack Press) and The Echoing Coastline (Agenda Editions).   HÔTEL DIEU, ARLES At noon I entered the old hospital, a …

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5 poems from Will Reger

Will Reger is a founding member of the CU (Champaign-Urbana) Poetry Group (cupoetry.com), has a Ph.D. from UIUC, teaches at Illinois State University in Normal, and has published most recently with Front Porch Review, Chiron Review, Paterson Literary Review, Zingara Poetry Review (forthcoming),  Innisfree Poetry Journal (forthcoming), and Broadkill Review (forthcoming). His first chapbook is Cruel …

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Jane Simmons on her first collection of poems

Jane Simmons on her first collection of poems Jane Simmons takes a break from her series of reviews of contemporary women’s poetry to write an article about her first collection of poems.   Grey Stones Press ISBN  9781987609011 Currently only available from Amazon I am grateful to Shirley Bell, editor of The Blue Nib, for this opportunity …

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Editorial Issue 34

Well, as you will see from Dave’s article, this is the last e-zine for the magazine, which will become a quarterly print magazine instead. It will be a large one as it will hold the same amount of content as the e-zines but obviously collected together into one print issue. In his article Dave has explained what …

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The little magazine that could – Dave Kavanagh looks at the birth of The Blue Nib

I conceived of The Blue Nib in 2015; I wanted to offer aspiring poets a fresh platform for new work and I wanted it to be something special. I went in search of a formula; I searched the web for magazines and E-zines. During my research I found three types of poetry websites. There were …

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5 poems from our featured poet, Clifton Redmond

Clifton Redmond lives in Carlow, Ireland with his wife and son. He is a member of the Carlow Writer’s Co-operative and studies at Carlow College Saint Patrick’s. His work has appeared in various print and online journals in Ireland, Britain and America. He has been long listed for the Over the Edge Poetry Contest and …

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5 poems by Bev Smith

Sometimes we find ourselves in the damnedest places. Stumbling around in the dark,  poetry was the shade I needed before I could tolerate the sun again ~ Equine professional since high school. Horseman since birth. I train dressage horses and riders in Texas on our family farm with my husband and two sons.   dear sisters our …

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Its Here! Chapbook 2

It is our great pleasure to be releasing this today, Chapbook 2, featuring the work of our three prize winners chosen by Irish poet, Kevin Higgins. The thrill in publishing this work is all the more for us, as each of the winners is a debutante. We give you the work of Anne Walsh Donnelly, …

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New Release: The Still Room by Shirley Bell

The Still Room, -Shirley Bell

New Release: The Still Room by Shirley BellThe second of our books released in this our final online only issue. This is a collection by Shirley Bell which I had the great pleasure of selecting.I first encountered Shirley in the summer of 2017 when she submitted work to our then fledgling magazine. I was impressed …

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Blue Nib Chapbook Contest Winner in the News This week

The wonderful Anne Walsh Donnelly, winner of our 2017/2018 Winter/Spring chapbook contest has added another notch to her belt with her work featuring in the Irish times list Hennessy New Irish Writing: July’s winning poems. Well done to Anne. The Blue Nib are so proud to have been among the first to feature Anne’s work …

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Blue Nib in Top 10 Literary Magazines

The Blue nib were both surprised and delighted to learn today that we have been selected by Feedspot as one of the top 10 Literary magazines to read in 2018. Thank you to all our contributors and readers.

Success in the Saboteur Awards

The Blue Nib are delighted to learn that we have made it to the long list for this years Saboteur Awards. Though we didn’t succeed in making the shortlist this time around, we are more than happy that we made it into the top ten and look forward to building on this success in years …

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Blue Nib Chapbook 1 is No10 in UK Chapbook Chart

The Blue Nib Chapbook 1 has been listed in the Official UK Chapbook Chart in its first week in print. Chapbook 1 showcases the prize winning entries to our first Chapbook Contest, The Summer/Autumn Chapbook Contest, 2017, judged by poet, lecturer and fellow of the RSA  Michael Blackburn. The Chapbook is the combined work of …

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Guest Judge Announced For Chapbook Contest II

The Blue Nib confirmed today that Kevin Higgins has signed on as guest judge for the second round of our Chapbook Contest series. We are once again delighted to have a high profile poet to select the winners and believe that this greatly enhances the contest relevance.  Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary …

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Michael Blackburn Announced as Judge for Chapbook Contest I

Michael Black burn was announced today as the judge of the first in our series of chapbook contests. From 1976 to 1978 Blackburn was an editor on Poetry & Audience, the poetry magazine produced by The School of English at the University of Leeds. Together with the American poet, Michael Coffey, he edited a special translations issue. During the early-to-mid-1980s …

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Announcing the Summer/Autumn 2017 Chapbook contest.

The Blue Nib have announced its first contest today. The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest is intended to be the first in a series of contests that features high profile guest judges. “As organisers we believe that this format makes the contest much more relevant to established and emerging poets than if we as editors where …

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