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Ruler of the Roost -Short Fiction by Rachael Murphy

I stole a hen. Not a nice hen. Oh no! Not a cute hen, not a posh hen. A pure useless brown hen. Scrawny....

Cacophony – Featured Author Roisin Maguire

Everyone knows exactly where they were when the little girl died. It was a momentary intake of breath, the news.

Sharp Hills by Chrissie Gittins – Reviewed

Sharp Hills by Chrissie Gittins - Reviewed by Ada Wofford. Along with being a Contributing Editor to the Blue Nib, Ada Wofford is bravely avoiding her inevitable 9-5 enslavement by studying library science at UW-Madison. She holds a BA in English literature and has been published in number of journals.

Peadar O’Donoghue The Death of Poetry -Reviewed

Marie-Louise Eyres reviews Peader O'Donoghue's The Death of Poetry for The Blue Nib. Marie-Louise is a poet who has been writing since 1997. Recently short/long listed for the Bridport, Mslexia and inaugural Brotherton Prizes, her poems appear widely in UK and US journals. In previous lives she was an actress, a literary agent, and a BBC cardigan-wearing executive.

A Long Way from Home. Fiction by Reddaway

Lily hugged her bundle close to her chest.  The lane was crowded, and she was being jostled and pushed.  If she wasn’t careful it...

Appreciating the Whole: A Look into the Form and Meaning of That They May Face the Rising Sun

The title of That They May Face the Rising Sun is essential in understanding the work. When the men are burying Johnny, Patrick Ryan asks, “Does it make a great difference that his head lie in the west?” To which, he himself eventually, and somewhat ironically, answers, “He sleeps with his head in the west…so that when he wakes he may face the rising sun.”

Give Away – Short Fiction by M.E Proctor

Give Away - M.E. Proctor Mamma has always had a love for other people's possessions. I know because she told me. Not in those words exactly...

Tangled Knots – Short Fiction by Helena Farrell

TANGLED KNOTS I long to find the thread that will help me unravel, to bring me back to the beginning of myself. Within the crevices...

The Wound Register by Esther Morgan -Reviewed

What really sets this poem apart from the others in this collection is that it doesn’t attempt to make anything pretty or profound.

Karen Dennison The Paper House – Reviewed.

Karen Dennison - The Paper House reviewed by The Blue Nib Reviews Editor, Emma Lee. This is a collection that explores relationships, friendships, landscape and art but resists becoming a series of anecdotes by engaging with readers and asking them to think about why certain incidents get remembered when others don’t

England my Dandelion Heart – Reviewed

England my Dandelion Heart - by Barry Fentiman-Hall Available from the PublisherWordsmithery £10.00 + £5.00 P&P ISBN 978-0-9926853-7-9 Paperback, 68pp, 2018 In the 1999 film Wonderland, the camera swoops,...

The Ash The Well and the Bluebell – First Review

The Ash The Well and the Bluebell by Sandra Arnold, reviewed for the Blue Nib By Emma Lee.

Finding a Way by Diane Simmons -Reviewed

Emma Lee reviews Finding a Way by Diane Simmons. 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.

Deep Fahrenheit by Amy Gordon – Reviewed.

Emma Lee reviews Deep Fahrenheit by Amy Gordon for The Blue Nib. 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.

Susmita Bhattacharya Table Manners -Reviewed.

Emma Lee reviews Susmita Bhattacharya, Table Manners for The Blue Nib. 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.

Forgiveness by Chelsea Bunn -Reviewed

Chelsea Bunn takes a contemporary issue and expands it to a universal focus, asking questions of the reader.

Valerie Lynch’s In the Time of Rabbits – Reviewed

Emma Lee reviews Valerie Lynch's In the Time of Rabbits for The Blue Nib.

On Watching A Lemon Sail The Sea by Maggie Harris -Reviewed

ON WATCHING A LEMON SAIL THE SEA BY MAGGIE HARRIS (Cane Arrow Press) Available from the Publisher UK £12.00Worldwide £17.00 I had the luck to watch...

Dive by Ada Wofford

She’d been working here since her daughter started grade school. She liked to keep busy plus they needed the money. Fifty-two, frail and thin....

Interview with J. Taylor Bell

Clara Burghelea Chats with J. Taylor Bell POET BIOGRAPHY (J. Taylor Bell is from Fort Worth, Texas. He is studying an MA in Poetry at...

Sex and Death in Merlin Park Hospital -by Kevin Higgins, Reviewed

The poem that gives the collection its title, “Sex and Death at the Merlin Park Infusion Unit”, the narrator undergoing treatment feels as if he wants to “to make wild/ and inappropriate/ love to the whole world.” Its upbeat ending is a surprise. Another poem looks in more detail at the medication, defining pills by colour and what their effects are. “For Cynthia,” is a middle-aged love poem where the couple’s bodies

Full of Ears and Eyes am I by Lauren Suchenski -Reviewed

Full of Ears and Eyes am I by Lauren Suchenski Finishing Line Press Price: $14.99 US ISBN-10: 1635342430  ISBN-13: 978-1635342437 https://www.amazon.com/Full-Ears-Eyes-Am-I/dp/1635342430 Full of Ears and Eyes am I is an attractive...

A Feminist Critique of Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square in Comparison to Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Introduction Patrick Hamilton is probably best known for his plays Rope and Gaslight. Alfred Hitchcock turned Rope into a feature film of...

Review -‘Apple Water (Povel Panni) – Reviewed

Hedgehogpress.co.uk ISBN 9781999649231 When I opened Raine’s submission for review, I had recently read a review of a book by an Oxbridge graduate of Romany descent...

An Eye at the Window by Matthew Roy Davey

Alice’s mum told her that Grandad was ‘not with us any more’ and that he had ‘gone to a better place’.  Alice knew exactly...

Review: The Time Traveller’s Picnic by Fiona Sinclair

Fiona Sinclair's poems feel as if you've sat down in a crowded, friendly cafe and can't help but listen in on the conversation at the next table. They are chatty and welcoming, but not frivolous.

Home Economics

Beth stared at them from the doorway. Jessie had spotted them from inside and sent Beth out to see. Outside, the two rabbits were...

Red Streamers, by Paul Sutherland- reviewed.

With his latest collection, Paul Sutherland confirms his status as one of Britain’s most important and original poets. It comprises a sequence of 124 very short, intense, delicately crafted, haiku-like stanzas: one with two lines followed by a three liner – and so on.

Dick Edelstien reviews- Empire by Mary O’Donnell

Empire is the third collection of short stories published by Mary O’Donnell. These are accompanied by seven poetry collections and four novels

Review: River Hoard by Neil Leadbeater

“River Hoard by Neil Leadbeater” is split into three parts, “Nights we Tricked the Corncrake”, “Fen Country” and “Objects at Upper Ludstone” plus a sequence “North Aral Sea”. As the titles suggest, it is mostly concerned with nature and human interaction with it.

Review of The Narrow Way of Souls

Review of Eileen Sheehan’s The Narrow Way of Souls (poetry) Reviewer: Colin O’Sullivan In this her third volume of poems, The Narrow Way of Souls, Irish...

Goodbye, Mr. Fox- Fiction- Anne Walsh Donnelly

The kitchen window creaks as Luke pushes it open. Sticks his head out, sucks in the morning air. It’s laced with the smell of...

The Cabinet of Immortal Wonders – Diana Powell

Jean-Baptiste Bécoeur is dancing with the flamingo again. A waltz – the dance has slunk across the border into Metz, even as far as...

Emma Lee reviews Lady Jesus and Other Poems.

Lady Jesus and Other Poems Arathy Asok (Authorspress, www.authorspressbooks.com ISBN 978-93-88332-19-4, 70pp, 175 Rupees/$14) "Lady Jesus and other poems" is a collection of contemporary, unflinching poems that...

PACT by Jessamine O Connor.Reviewed

  Jessamine O Connor is a Dublin born poet living on the Sligo Roscommon border in the west of Ireland. She facilitates The Hermit Collective...

The Depth of Ambition- Anna Hayes

The structure rose up in front of us, like a giant, half-decapitated ‘X’ marking the spot. Of what, I didn’t know. This didn’t look...

Parallel Lines

We were stuck. Stuck in our marriage, stuck in our lives, stuck in this fucking car. ‘How could you be so stupid?’ he said. Five minutes...

You’ll Die as Fish- New Fiction- Susan Anwin

"May I help you?" The woman, her phone stuck to her ear, was one of those businesswoman-types, discreet although expensive-looking earrings, dark hair smoothed back...

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