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In Conversation

The Blue Nib speak to featured poets and authors about their work, inspiration, routine, failures and successes. 

PETER BOYLE IN CONVERSATION WITH DENISE O’HAGAN

Sydney-based poet and translator, Peter Boyle talks with Denise O'Hagan about his early experiences, what inspires him and why it is important to 'let go of the hunger for fame'.

George Szirtes in conversation with Tracy Gaughan.

Ahead of the publication of September’s print issue, one of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary poets, George Szirtes speaks to Tracy Gaughan

Mark Roper in conversation with Tracy Gaughan

Poet Mark Roper speaks to Tracy Gaughan about the books that gave him wings, his appetite for the sacred, and our relationship with the ‘more-than-human’ world.

Shaylon Scott: An Interview with Founder and Black Literature Platform Creator

Maude Wahington in conversattion with Shaylon Scott, founder of Book Mecca — a platform for black authors.

Eleanor Hooker speaks to Tracy Gaughan

Ahead of appearing in issue 43 of The Blue Nib. Eleanor Hooker takes time out to chat to Abhaile Editor, Tracy Gaughan.

Rafael Mendes interview

Poet, Rafael Mendes in conversation with international poetry editor, Clara Burghelea.

Poetry Profiles by Ysella Sims – Chris White

Ysella Sims in conversation with poet and performer Chris White

Writer Profile Frances Browner

Poet and writer Frances Browner answers some questions about her writing and her process.

Poetry Profile – Robert Garnham

Ysella Sims in conversation with poet Robert Garnham, aka The Professor of Whimsy.

Interview: Cătălina Florina Florescu

Ahead of the publication of issue 43, International poetry editor, Clara Burghelea speaks to her featured poet, Cătălina...

Denise O’Hagan in conversation with Audrey Molloy

Poet Audrey Molloy received the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year Award in 2019.

Award winning Irish Poet Victoria Kennefick speaks to Tracy Gaughan

Victoria Kennefick on creative innovation, authenticity in writing and what makes poetry so compelling.

Animal Behaviour Author, Amanda McLeod, in conversation with Denise O’Hagan

Denise O'Hagan caught up with her fellow country woman, Amanda McLeod to discuss creativity, writing and her new flash fiction collection, Animal Behaviour.

Tracy Gaughan speaks to Galway Writer and Critic, Fred Johnston.

One of Galway’s most beloved writers, Fred Johnston talks to Tracy Gaughan about cultural politics, widening our imaginative horizons, and his life long love affair with the poetic craft.

Tim King

Ysella Sims interviews performance poet Tim King.

Interview with Luke Kennard

In this candid interview, Clare Morris talks to multi award-winning poet, novelist and lecturer, Luke Kennard about his career, his success and his current projects

Claire Hennessy in Conversation with Tracy Gaughan

Writer and editor at Banshee Literary Journal, Claire Hennessy, offers advice to writers and speaks to Tracy Gaughan about the changing face of contemporary poetry, the perils of didacticism and shares some of her happiest moments at the journal

Featured Poet Amy Barry talks to Clara Burghelea

Amy Barry took 1st and 2nd prize in the English Poetry at PAU World Poetry Day in 2017 and 2018. Is a recipient of Neruda Award 2017 (Poetry) Crispiano, Italy. Highly Commended (Poetry) in SiarSceal International Literary Festival in 2017 and 2019.

Dave Kavanagh speaks to local author, Gerry McCullough

Author Gerry McCullough in conversation with Dave Kavanagh.

Poet Angela Costi in conversation with Denise O’Hagan

Angela Costi is the author of four collections of poetry: Dinted Halos (Hit & Miss Publications, 2003), Prayers for the Wicked (Floodtide Audio and Sunshine Text, 2005), Honey and Salt (Five Islands Press, 2007) and Lost in Mid-Verse (Owl Publishing, 2014)

Emerging Author Kate Mahony speaks to Dave Kavanagh

Journalist and now emerging author, Kate Mahony speaks to Dave Kavanagh about why she is drawn to writing fiction.

Poet and novelist Nick Browne speaks to Tracy Gaughan

Poet and novelist Nick Browne talks to Tracy Gaughan about gender bias, cultural identity, the benefits of constructive criticism and how poetry sustains us in times of crisis.

Prize winning poet, John McCullough, speaks with Angela Dye

John McCullough’s first collection of poems, The Frost Fairs, won the Polari First Book Prize in 2012.

Dave Kavanagh chats to featured poet Rose Mary Boehm

With her latest full-length collection, ‘The Rain Girl’, due from Chaffinch Press in 2020, Rose Mary Boehm speaks to Dave Kavanagh

Angela Dye in conversation with Rosemary McLeish.

Angela Dye sits down with poet, Rosemary McLeash

Interview With Featured Poet, Peter Bakowski

Denise: What drew you to poetry in the first place,...

Clara Burghelea catches up with emerging poet Enas Suleiman

A strong emerging voice, born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Enas Suleiman is a poet from Sudan. She is the author of a poetry collection, ‘Tidal Waves’ and a co-founder of the NWN poetry community in Sudan.

Dave Kavanagh chats to Kieran Devaney

Kieran Devaney has reported on and produced programmes around the world for TV am, Channel 4, ITN and Sky News in the United Kingdom, CNN in the United States

Michael Morpurgo in conversation with Clare Morris

Popular and much-loved author, poet and playwright, Michael Morpurgo talks candidly with Clare Morris about his influences, his sources of inspiration, his writing day and his hopes for the future.

Clara Burghelea interviews featured writer Tracy Gaughan

Poetry Editor, Clara Burghelea speaks to our featured writer, author & poet Tracy Gaughan

Emma Lee speaks to featured poet 
Melanie Hyo-In Han

Emerging poet Melanie Hyo-In Han's work impressed The Blue Nib's review editor, Emma Lee

Poet and Author, Margaret Royall, speaks to Tracy Gaughan.

Shortlisted for the Bangor Literary Journal and Crowvus poetry prizes 2018. Margaret Royall's first collection appeared in 2017.

Tracy Gaughan in conversation with Nicola Harrison

Nicola Harrison is a lecturer in Singing & Interpretation of song at Pembroke College, Oxford, a vocal teacher,...

Interview with J. Taylor Bell

Clara Burghelea Chats with J. Taylor Bell POET BIOGRAPHY (J. Taylor Bell is from...

Anne Tannam speaks to Clara Burghelea

Anne Tannam is a Dublin poet with two collections: Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor (Salmon...

Clara Burghelea in conversation with featured poet Edvin Subašić

Edvin Subašić was born and raised in Bosnia-Herzegovina., he immigrated to the US in 1997 as a...

Featured Poet, J.J. Steinfeld interviewed by Emma Lee

Canadian poet, fiction writer, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld lives on Prince Edward Island, he has published 20 books, the latest being Gregor Samsa Was Never in The Beatles (Stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2019)
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