The Write Life
Writers on Writing

Clare Morris hosts The Write Life, nonfiction essays on the writing life.

Dying For A Drink In Ireland

Writer, journalist and broadcaster, Kieran Devaney explores the inventive steps people will take to make sure they are never short of a drink in Ireland.

Raw peas and cider with Dylan Thomas

In the fifth of his occasional series, poet and gardener, Dominic Fisher welcomes another visitor to his allotment, the poet, Dylan Thomas

Learning to Read Comics

Writer, critic and musician, Ada Wofford explores how we read graphic novels and focuses on Scott McCloud's 'Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.'

The Bells Of Hagia Sophia Toll

Translator and writer, Sophia Kouidou-Giles shares her translation of an excerpt from Karina Ioannidou's compelling play 'The Bells of Hagia Sophia Toll.'

Meeting My Hero, Michael Morpurgo

Clare Morris, Editor of The Write Life, recalls her recent interview with Michael Morpurgo. The full interview will appear in Issue 43.

Welcome To Your New World Course

Writer and lecturer, Sally Gander, with characteristic wry humour., takes us through her New Word Course, designed to meet the challenge of the lockdown.

Writing Our Way Through Lockdown

Writer and teacher, Alison Jones explores the impact the lockdown has had on her teaching team, and explains why teachers should always be regarded as writers.

‘How Did You Come To Write?’

Denise O'Hagan, Editor of An Astráil at The Blue Nib, charts her development as a writer and gives us a preview of some of the poetry in her debut collection, 'The Beating Heart'.

The Next Step

In the first of an occasional series, Clare Morris discusses how we develop our craft as writers and introduces pieces by Margaret Kiernan and Mark Bayliss.

Writing For Poetry Film

Editor, film-maker and poet, Helen Dewbery explores potential approaches in making a poetry film, discussing the work of key practitioners.

Shared Language

Award-winning journalist and teacher, Stacey Curran recalls how her husband's traumatic visit to the hospital ended in laughter and friendship, supported by the international language of sport.


Poet Phillip Hall charts the progress of his depression and explains how his partner's gifts have proved his salvation.

Are We Doing Our Best?

Essayist Terry Barr wonders whether we really are doing our best.

A Last Truth in Springtime

Poet and writer, Mike Smith explores a Giovanni Verga story and discusses what is meant by the term 'novella'.

Left Hand Path

Writer and artist, Delia Pring shares her experience of being a left-handed writer in this compelling memoir.

Cycles of Creativity by Melissa Todd

Writer and director, Melissa Todd explains how you need to listen to your body if you want to be creative.

Behind the Scenes

The Blue Nib's Reviews Editor, Emma Lee explains the processes involved in selecting, writing and producing reviews.

A Mild Case of Serendipity

Award-winning writer, Nigel Jarrett recalls a visit to the hospital that resulted in minor surgery of an unexpected kind.


Melissa St Pierre explores how a single word can scar a relationship irrevocably.

Forgotten Young Men on the Literary Trapeze

Michael Paul Hogan reflects on the lives of two sadly neglected American novelists.

Treasure Beach

Elizabeth Jaeger explains how a visit to a favourite beach helps her and her son deal with loss.

My grandfather the ballplayer

Jeremy Nathan Marks imagines his grandfather's past as a rising star of the Minor Leagues.

The Empty Space: Our Lady of Sljeme

Lincoln Jaques recalls his first trip to his wife's homeland.

Hands Across the Years

Terry Barr explains how some celebrations are memorable in unexpected ways.

Getting Above My Raisin’

Ann S. Epstein explores the self-doubt that ensnares us as we search for a publisher.

The Writing Mind’s Underlands and the Perspective of Time

Sarah Leavesley explains how the passing of time offers surprising opportunities for creative growth.

To PhD or not to PhD? That is the question….

James Fountain offers useful advice for those thinking of starting a PhD.


Delia Pring recalls the ache of loss in this compelling memoir.

Reexamining ‘Strange’ in a Pandemic

Aakriti Kunta explores how we quickly become accustomed to strangeness.

The Wrong Track

Rona Fitzgerald explains how you don't have to be trapped on the wrong track for ever.

Little Free Library

Kevin Kling explores the unexpected creative potential in little free libraries.

Pushing for Change

'It’s up to EVERYONE to push for change.' Author Philip Fracassi and the Horror Writers Community Raise More than $24K for the Black Lives Matter Movement

A Short Story Eclipsed

Mike Smith explains why Arthur Miller's short story 'The Misfits' is definitely worth a read.

Baking Bread During The Pandemic

Sophia Kouidou-Giles bakes bread and unlocks some powerful childhood memories.

Sparrow Generations

Don Krieger describes Pittsburgh's changing cityscape.


Melissa St. Pierre describes the joy of cycling with her daughter.

Love in the time of Covid

Ysella Sims explains that listening is a crucial part of writing poetry.

COVID Collaboration

Meredith Stephens and Alan Noble describe the extraordinary resilience of their dogs in this heart-warming article.

Yearning for Meaning

Ada Wofford forges links between two seemingly disparate ideas.

Single-handed Sailing through Life

Alan Noble remembers sailing with his wife, Susie, in this moving memoir.

Summer Day At The Lake

Margaret Kiernan remembers summer days at the lake

The Mask That Smiles And Lies

Forest Issac Jones explores 'the lived experience of being a Black man in America.'

The Stars and Bars

Writing from personal experience, Aurora M Lewis explains why the Confederate flag should be banned.

Tea with Grandma Jean

Delia Pring paints an evocative picture of tea with Grandma Jean.

The Word Bin – a new podcast

Nadia Kingsley of Fair Acre Press tells us about her exciting new podcast.

Little Mermaids

Susann Cokal remembers her grandmother.

A Space in Your Head

Cher Finver reflects on her difficult relationship with her biological mother.

A Writer’s Coronavirus Diary

Brendan Landers guides us through Bloomsday, an annual celebration that commemorates the events of James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

Dublin Dreaming

Clare Morris, Editor of The Write Life, remembers her first visit to Dublin.

Sheltered in the James Joyce Library

I tell myself that I am a writer. I whisper it, careful not to let the nice librarian hear me.

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