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Poetry from Ireland & The UK

Editor Tracy Gaughan selects poetry by established and emerging poets from 
Ireland and The UK

Three poems by Fiona Pitt-kethley

Pitt-kethley’s intimate portrayals of spanish street scenes speak to larger socio-political issues within contemporary society.

4 Poems by Angela Graham

Poet and BAFTA Award winning TV producer, Angela Graham’s imaginative eloquence of language, embodies an exemplary ‘at-homeness’ in both the universal and the particular.

A poem by David Linklater

David Linklater’s pamphlet ‘Black Box’ was published with Speculative Books in 2018.

Two poems by A. M. Cousins

A. M. Cousins' work was shortlisted in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition 2019.

Three Poems by Sharon Larkin

Sharon Larkin's pamphlet was published by Indigo Dreams in 2019.

4 poems by Kay Ritchie

Kay Ritchie’s work is widely published in magazines and anthologies and has performed at various events.

4 poems by Gillie Robic

Gillie Robic's first collection, Swimming Through Marble, was shortlisted and published in 2016 by Live Canon, who in October 2019, published her second collection, Lightfalls.

3 Poems by Dominic Fisher

Dominic Fisher's was the winner of the Bristol Poetry Prize. His collection The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Dead was published by The Blue Nib in March 2019.

3 poems by Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell's first poetry collection First the Feathers (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award.

3 poems by Maeve McKenna

Maeve McKenna’s work has been placed in several international poetry competitions. She enjoys writing immensely, almost as much as she does avoiding it.

3 poems by Belinda Cooke

Belinda Cooke's poetry includes Stem (the High Window Press, 2019) and her Days of the Shorthanded Shovelists forthcoming (Salmon Poetry).

4 poems by Eveline Pye

Eveline Pye's poem ‘Mosi-Oa-Tunya’ was chosen for the Twenty Best Scottish Poems of that Year. Her new collection ‘STEAM’, will be published by Red Squirrel Press 2021.

3 poems by Berni Dwan

Poet Berni Dwan was placed second in the Johnathan Swift Awards and was shortlisted for the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award.

Poetry by Kate Ennals

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3 poems by Alun Robert

Poet Alun Robert’ work has been published widely, in 2019, he was a featured writer of the Federation of Writers Scotland.

3 poems by Gill Lambert

Gill Lambert’s first collection Tadaima was published by Yaffle in 2019

3 poems by Michael Durack

Michael Durack’s publications include a memoir, Saved to Memory: Lost to View (2016) and a collection, Where It Began ( Revival, 2017.)

2 poems by Bernie Crawford

Bernie Crawford’s poetry has been published in The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, the North magazine, and elsewhere.

Poetry by Colin Bancroft

Colin Bancroft won the 2016 Poets and Players Prize. His pamphlet Impermanence is out in October 2020 with Maytree Press.

3 poems by Pam Thompson

Pam Thompson is a writer and lecturer. Her publications include The Japan Quiz ( Redbeck Press, 2009) and Show Date and Time (Smith | Doorstop, 2006) and Strange Fashion (Pindrop Press, 2017).

4 Poems by James Finnegan

James Finnegan was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award (2018) and highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition (2016, 2018).

2 Poems by Caroline Johnstone

Caroline Johnstone has won the Waterways Storymaking Festival Award, Imprint Writing Award, and the Beyond Borders Round III competition.

3 Poems by Rona Fitzgerald

Rona Fitzgerald’s poems are published in Poems for Grenfell, Onslaught Press 2018, #Me Too, Fair Acre Press, 2018, The Blue Nib issue 39 September 2019, Ramingo’s Porch 2020 among others

4 poems by Emily Bilman

Emily Bilman’s three poetry books are, A Woman By A Well (2015), Resilience (2015), and The Threshold of Broken Waters (2018) all published by Troubador Books

3 poems by Neil Leadbeater

Neil Leadbeater’s latest publication is 'Penn Fields' (Littoral Press, 2019).

2 Poems by Jim Ward

Jim Ward’s poem 2016 Proclamation was runner-up in the Galway Bay FM/Thoor Ballylee Poetry Challenge, 2017.

Poet and novelist J.S. Watts

J.S. Watts is a UK poet and novelist who has published seven books

Poetry by Peter O’Neill

Peter O’Neill is the author of six collections of poetry

2 Poems by Tess Jolly

Tess Jolly has won both the Hamish Canham Prize and the Anne Born Prize

2 poems by George Aird

George Airds poetry was shortlisted for the Maírtin Crawford award in 2019

2 poems by Stuart Flynn

Stuart Flynn'sdebut poetry pamphlet was published in 2001 by the British literary journal Acumen.

3 poems by David Slater

David Slater leads a poetry group in Newcastle upon Tyne. He completed an MA in creative writing at Northumbria University.

A poem by Suria Tei

Suria Tei obtained a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Glasgow.

3 poems by Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins' third poetry collection Sharp Hills came out from Indigo Dreams in 2019. Her short story collection Between Here and Knitwear (Unthank Books) was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards.

3 poems by Jonathan Humble

Jonathan Humble’s collection ‘Fledge’, will be published by Maytree Press in the summer of 2020.

3 poems by Camillus John

Camillus John is published in The Stinging Fly, RTÉ Ten, The Lonely Crowd, and others.

3 poems by Ruth Horsfall

Ruth Horsfall is a queer writer living and working in the UK. She has previously been published in Young Vagabond and Lipmag.

Poetry by Michele (Miki) Byrne

Michele (Miki) Byrne has published two poetry collections and was a finalist in the Gloucester Poet Laureate competition.

4 Pieces by emerging poet Jenny Middleton

As well as being a remarkable poet, Jenny Middleton is a full time mum. She balances writing with the chaos of family life.

Poetry by K.T. Slattery

K.T. Slattery received a special mention in the 2020 Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition.

Poetry by Maria O’Rourke

Maria O’Rourke is a full-time author, currently studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.

4 poems by Abigail Elizabeth Ottley

Abigail Elizabeth Ottley is a former English teacher whose poetry and fiction are widely published

3 poems by Phil Barnett

Phil Barnett expresses his fascination with the natural world through music, painting, photography, prose and poetry.

A Poem by Nigel Kent

Nigel Kent’s collection ‘Saudade’ was published in 2019 (Hedgehog Poetry Press)

3 Poems by Paul Waring

Paul Waring’s debut pamphlet is ‘Quotidian’ (Yaffle Press 2019).

2 Poems by Bob Beagrie

Bob Beagrie's most recent colection is 'Civil Insolencies' (Smokestack 2019)

2 Poems by Terry McDonagh

Terry McDonagh’s Latest poetry collection is ‘Fourth Floor Flat – 44 Cantos’. – from Arlen House.

3 Poems by Fiona Sinclair

A welcome return to The Blue Nib from poet, Fiona Sinclair

2 Poems from Darren Donohue

Darren Donohue is a current nominee for both the Irish Times, New Irish Writing Poetry Award, and the Strokestown International Poetry Prize.

3 Poems by Francis O’Hare

Francis O’Hare’s new collection, Sailing to Omeath, was published by Arlen House, Dublin (January 2020)

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