The event will start at 6:30 PM and will include;
Announcent of Chapbook 5 Winners
Guest Judge Paul Sutherland will be on hand to announce the winners of Chapbook Contest 5. The winners will share in the €1000.00 prize and their work will appear in the Chapbook which will be published by The Blue Nib in December 2019.
We will have some of our winners who will read from their winning entries.
Launch of Demise of The Undertaker’s Wife by Anne Walsh Donnelly
The Blue Nib is delighted to be launching demise of the Undertaker’s Wife. This is the first short story collection by Anne Walsh Donnelly. Anne will be on hand to introduce her collection and we will have copies of the book available for those who wish to purchase one.
Launch of Issue 39 of The Blue Nib
Dave Kavanagh, Managing Editor of The Blue Nib will launch issue 39 of the magazine and introduce the readers who are headlining the launch.
Elizabeth McGeown is based in Belfast and is twice-running All-Ulster Poetry Slam Champion and finalist in the 2016, ’17 and ’18 All-Ireland Slam: the only woman to qualify three years in a row. In 2019 she won the inaugural Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Prize and the Cúirt International Festival of Literature: Spoken Word Platform. Featured performances include Body & Soul, Loud Poets, Lingo, Sonnet Youth, C.S. Lewis Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Her first e-pamphlet ”twas’ was e-published by Pen Points Press in December 2018.
James Roberts is an emerging poet who has recently completed an MA English Literature and Creative Writing with a distinction at The University of Sheffield, during which time he completed portfolios about events surrounding the Catalan independence referendum of 2017, those in the Calais border zone since 2015, and the tumult of political life in the UK since 2010. He has previously been published in issue 14: ‘Locomotion!’ of the University’s creative writing journal, Route 57. His poems ‘Breakthrough’ and ‘Placa Catalunya’ give readers a taste of his two larger projects to come. In May 2017 his poems ‘Ivy on the Walls’ and ‘Disturbed Lands’ from the finished Calais project will be published in Route 57 Issue 15: Environs. He has also had his poems ‘La Canaleta’ and ‘Bus Ride in December’ published by Peeking Poetry and ‘Lid Off’ by Anti Heroin Chic. He is currently preparing a proposal for doctoral study and seeking publication of his work on Calais as a pamphlet.
Christopher Hopkins is a Welsh poet living in Faversham, Kent. He has received an IPPY, CLMP Firecracker and three Pushcart Prize nomination. He has two chapbook published by Clare Songbirds, New York. Christopher is widely published including poems in The Morning Star, The Cortland Review and Ink Sweat & Tears.
J Taylor Bell
J. Taylor Bell is from Fort Worth, Texas. He is studying an MA in Poetry at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he is the Seamus Heaney Center International Scholar of 2018-19. His work was shortlisted for the Mairtín Crawford as well as the Overland Fair Australia Poetry Prize and has appeared in The Tangerine, Honest Ulsterman, A3 Review, Sixfold and other publications.
Irish Launch of Ladies & Gentlemen of the Dead by Dominic Fisher
The Blue Nib are thrilled that Dominic Fisher will be coming to join us and to launch his best selling poetry collection, The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Dead. Dominic will be on hand to sign copies of the book for those wishing to buy them.
Gráinne writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Winner of the UCD Maeve Binchy Award 2019 and runner up in the Limnisa Short Story Competition 2019. Her work was highly commended in the Blue Nib Poetry Chapbook Competition 2018 and shortlisted for the Gregory O’Donoghue and Anthony Cronin Poetry Prizes. She has been published in numerous publications such as Southword Magazine, Dodging the Rain, Ogham Stone and Boyne Berries.
David Butler’s third novel, City of Dis (New Island) was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, 2015. His second poetry collection, All the Barbaric Glass, was published in 2017 by Doire Press. His 11 poem cycle ‘Blackrock Sequence’, a Per Cent Literary Arts Commission illustrated by his brother Jim, won the World Illustrators Award 2018 (books, professional section). Arlen House is to bring out his second short story collection, ‘Fugitive’, later in 2019. Literary prizes include the Maria Edgeworth (twice), ITT/Red Line and Fish International Award for the short story
Peter Cowlam’s latest novel New King Palmers is at the intersection of old, crumbling empires and new, digital agglomerates. It won the 2018 Quagga Prize for Literary Fiction. Recent collection of poems, Laurel, is of love, loss and rivalry. Poems and short stories have appeared in The Battersea Review, Literary Matters, Easy Street, The Galway Review and others. Peter has three novels and one novella published
Francis O’Hare was born in Newry, Co. Down, in 1970. His first full collection, Falling into an O, was published by Lagan Press, Belfast, in 2007. He published his second collection, Somewhere Else, with Lagan Press in 2011. In the same year, he also published a collection in America, with Evening Street Press, Ohio, entitled Home and Other Elsewheres. He has published poems in Poetry Ireland Review, Evening Street Review, The Galway Review, The Glasgow Review and The Yellow Nib.