‘Scissors’ by Jane Pearn

Strange how it’s the names of things, the nouns, that leak away. You’d think words that are some of the first we learn – teddy, milk, ball, hat – would be more embedded

Alex Carrigan Reviews ‘Cyber Smut: A collection of short stories and poetry’ edited by Julianne Ingles

Alex Carrigan reviews 'Cyber Smut a collection of short stories and poetry' edited by Julianne Ingles from Guts Publishing https://www.gutspublishing.com $11

‘Runaways’ by Randy William Santiago

They swayed to the beat and sent currents through the room, bumped us into each other, into dances that weren’t quite accidental but seemed that way.

Poetry by Featured Poet, Leeanne Quinn

Quinn is a flawless writer. She draws on the materials life has given her to create a pared but visionary poetry.

Irish poet Leeanne Quinn in Conversation with Tracy Gaughan

Irish poet, Leeanne Quinn speaks to Tracy Gaughan about literary history, art as consolation and why she never lets herself away with anything in her poems.

Three poems by Astrid Cabral, translated by Alexis Levitin

Astrid Cabral’s poems are visually musical and the rich vein of her native language, Portuguese, is beautifully captured in Alexis Levitin’s translation.

Two Reviews of ‘Rare Birds Voices from Holloway Prison’ by Natalie Scott

Two Blue Nib Reviewers, Lynda Scott Araya and Daniel Ajayi, consider Natalie Scott's 'Rare Birds Voices from Holloway Prison’

‘Unethical Use of a Frisbee’ by Nick Sweeney

'Had I not offered the Frisbee man my stare, the brief but unsettling vision of his feather-topped head in my fridge, then he probably wouldn’t have veered off course and found the Frisbee, and the perfect woman'

Two poems by Anne M Carson

These two compositions by Australian poet Anne M Carson are as sensual and precisely structured as the music that inspired them!

Clara Burghelea talks with talented translator, Alexis Levitin

Alexis Levitin shares his view on being a translator in these cruel times: 'to show that we are all human, for better and for worse, and that language can uplift us, even if it cannot save us.'

Poetry by Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer, First Poet Laureate of Barrie, Ontario, CBC broadcaster, and prolific writer.

Emma Lee Reviews ‘Cloak’ by Susan Castillo Street

Emma Lee reviews Susan Castillo Street's 'Cloak'

Poetry by Alex Josephy

There’s a sharp-eye and lexical fluency in the work of Alex Josephy. Italian appellations and clever depictions of larger than life plants, create imaginary worlds evocative of Alice.

A Discernible Pattern by Lloyd Rees

Get lost in this strange but compelling story from author Lloyd Rees.

Emma Lee Reviews ‘Wolf Planet’ by Oz Hardwick

Emma Lee reviews Oz Hardwick's 'Wolf Planet'.

Survive One Must by Chitra Gopalakrishnan

Or did the photographer just use the slant angle on a whim, without giving much thought to its emotional effect?

Cretan Jail Journal

I’ve lost the feistiness and determination I exhibited upon capture, screaming for my right to a phone call and demanding the prison phone number so family in Kiev could call back.

Emma Lee Reviews ‘Hinge’ by Alycia Pirmohamed

Emma Lee reviews ‘Hinge’ by Alycia Pirmohamed

2 Poems by Kevin Higgins

Thought provoking as a weeklong convention on the history of the brown paper bag in a city without cocktails, massage parlours, or even as much as a cup of tea.

Helen Mort in Conversation with Tracy Gaughan

Ahead of appearing in issue 44 of The Blue Nib, Helen Mort speaks to Abhaile editor, Tracy Gaughan about unsung heroes, where poems come from and the places that shape her imagination.

Declan Toohey Reviews ‘The Wild Laughter’ by Caoilinn Hughes

‘The Wild Laughter’ Caoilinn Hughes One World Publications ISBN 9781786077806, £14.99 hardback Towards the end of ‘The Crying of Lot 49’ (1965), Thomas Pynchon defines a visionary...

1 Poem by John Bartlett

History and a lingering sense of grief come together in this haunting work by Australian poet John Bartlett which delves into the enduring legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots.

An interview with Viviana Fiorentino

Don't miss our interview with Vivian Fiorentino, one of the poets included in Issue 43 of The Blue Nib: 'Writing is a form of awakening but also a way to turn violence, rage, despair into transformation. Into hope.'

Trapeze Girl by Mark O’Flynn

On cue I would appear on my trapeze high above the ice and spin about the bar as fast as I could go. Like a whirligig, or a blowfly in a cobweb, the rhinestones on my leotard flashing.

3 Poems by Carolyn L. Tipton

Carolyn L. Tipton, Berkley poet, professor, and award-winning translator brings autumn alive with these short vivid poems.

Two poems by Kimberly K Williams

Kimberly K Williams knows just how to hold up a mirror to the precise nature of her wonderment at nature, and we find ourselves immersed in her delicate reflections.

3 Poems by Brian Kirk

We’re connected to thousands of years of poetic tradition with Kirk’s fidelity to form. The melodic movement of his visual verse takes us from turbulent sestina to the resting place of Noah’s Ark.

The Fall by Judy Birkbeck

‘He was Adam, separate, oak and beech and hazel trees crowded him, squeezed him, they were pigs buckling and squirming and their flesh heaved against him, sizzled and withered to a crinkled brown mass of labyrinths that formed and melted, formed and melted, and the air was full of screams. His own.’

2 Poems by John Casquarelli translated from Turkish by Sevda Akyuz

John Casquarelli’s poems exult in vividness and engage the body of the reader in unexpected ways.

‘The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree’ by Shokoofeh Azar

Dave Kavanagh reviews ‘The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree’ by Shokoofeh Azar, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, 2020.

Border Post by Charlie Gracie

Charlie Gracie weaves a wonderful tale of a bothy and a border post.

‘The Adventures of China Iron’ by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

Dave Kavanagh reviews ‘The Adventures of China Iron’ by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, 2020.

Dave Kavanagh Reviews ‘Tyll’ by Daniel Kehlmann

Dave Kavanagh reviews 'Tyll' by Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Ross Benjamin, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, 2020.

2 Poems by John Hicks

John Hicks fills his poetry with vibrant colour and sound, in response to the world around him

4 Poems by John D. Kelly

Kelly is a poet of depth and flexibility who interrogates his surroundings, drawing intertextually on a variety of cultural references.

1 poem by John Robert Grogan

Let yourself be carried along by the lyricism and tightly packed melancholy of this villanelle by Irish-Australian poet, John Robert Grogan!

Tracy Gaughan Reviews ‘The Loss of Yellowhammers’ by John D. Kelly

The Loss of Yellowhammers’ by John D. Kelly Published by Summer Palace Press, Donegal ISBN: 978-0-9954529-4-7 There is a pleasure to be occasioned in the poetry of...

Touching the Past by Frances Guerin

Youth meets age in Frances Guerin's engaging short story exploring the pain of loss.

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The end is nigh and parting is indeed such sweet sorrow

As an awful years ends, we bid you farewell. Dave Kavanagh, Managing Editor of The Blue Nib celebrates the readers, writers, contributors and editors who have made the last five years so very special.

MARK TREDINNICK IN CONVERSATION WITH DENISE O’HAGAN

In this in-depth and articulate conversation, celebrated Australian poet Mark Tredinnick shares some of his insights on poetry - what first drew him to it, what it means to him, and how he works.

Thanks for the Memories

Maggie Sawkins and Margaret Kiernan share poignant memories from their childhood.

‘Ezekiel’ by Eugene Yakubu

The village was gloomy when I got there. Its hand to its cheeks. Last time I was here my grandfather Bobai Lambaya was being buried. Now my brother.

Poetry by Alwyn Marriage

Managing editor of the publishing house, Oversteps Books, Alwyn's eleven books include poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

Emma Lee reviews ‘Tymes Goe By Turnes Solstice Shorts Festival 2020’ edited Cherry Potts

Emma Lee reviews 'Tymes Goe By Turnes Solstice Shorts Festival 2020' edited by Cherry Potts

Lynda Scott Araya reviews John Bartlett’s ‘Awake at 3am’

Linda Scott Araya reviews John Bartlett's 'Awake at 3am'

Emma Lee reviews Jena Woodhouse’s ‘Dreams of Flight’

Emma Lee reviews Jena Woodhouse's 'Dreams of Flight'