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Issue 39 | Sept 2019 |

Theme for Arthur

THEME FOR ARTHUR And, As close as poetry can take you  To the heart of any matter,...

4 Poems from an emerging poet.

LONG-HAUL No water-bottles now –  to reduce single-use plastic, offset...

3 Poems from Rona Fitzgerald

Womankind In my Irish childhood, men were at work. Children and women had the run of...

Anne Casey’s out of emptied cups -Reviewed

Emma Lee reviews Anne Casey's out of emptied cups. As well as her position of Reviews Editor for The Blue Nib. Emma Lee writes regular reviews for The Journal, The High Window Journal, London Grip and Sabotage and ad hoc reviews for other publications. Her collection “Ghosts in the Desert” is available from Indigo Dreams Publishing. A pamphlet “Mimicking a Snowdrop” was published by Thynks Press in 2014 and her full-length collection, “Yellow Torchlight and the Blues” has been published by Original Plus.

a-BIRTH-a-DAY by Alan Corkish – Reviewed

a-BIRTH-a-DAY by Alan Corkish Original Plus

Fair Ground by Penny Sharman – Reviewed

The well-titled Fair Ground by Penny Sharman, is...

Bill Cushing’s A Former Life – Reviewed

Richard Lance Keeble reviews Bill Cushing's A Former Life. Richard, a regular reviewer for The Blue Nib is a Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln and Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University. He has written and edited 40 books on a wide range of media-related subjects. The chair of the Orwell Society, he is the joint editor of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics and George Orwell Studies. In 2011, he gained a National Teaching Fellowship, the highest award for teachers in Higher Education in the UK and in 2014 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Journalism Education. In 2020, Routledge are to publish a collection of his essays under the title, Journalism Beyond Orwell.

Ruth Stacey’s How to Wear Grunge – Reviewed

The speaker in Ruth Stacy’s How to Wear Grunge (2018) is a struggling female poet who is heavy, hung-over and coming down....

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