The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 20 8th January 2018

Take Your Journeys Home by Christopher Hopkins, reviewed by Shirley Bell

  Take Your Journeys Home , by Christopher Hopkins. Clare Songbirds Publishing House  Chapbook Series 140 Cottage Street, Auburn, New York, 13021 www.ClareSongbirdspub.com ISBN 978-1-947653-12-2 USA, November  2017             Christopher Hopkins grew up on a council estate in Neath, South Wales during the 1970s. This fractured landscape of machines and mountains and …

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Poetry by Christine Valters Paintner, Weasel Patterson, Fiona Perry, Eoin Hegarty and Maggie Mackay

Christine Valters Paintner is an American poet and writer living in Galway, Ireland. She is the author of eleven books of nonfiction on creative process and contemplative practice and her poems have been published in both Ireland (The Galway Review, Boyne Berries, Headstuff, Skylight 47, Crannog, North West Words) and in the U.S. (Spiritus Journal, …

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Meet the Poet – Number 1, in a series of short introductions – E.E. Cummings, by Samantha Maw

Samantha Maw is studying a Creative Writing MA at Lincoln University and is looking forward to developing a writing career. She is a qualified teacher who has worked in primary and secondary schools in the UK and in Africa (Uganda).  She has been writing poems and stories for pleasure since childhood, and continues to pass …

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5 Poems by Phil Dunkerley

Phil Dunkerley is active in poetry groups in the South Lincolnshire area of the UK, where he lives and is currently the representative for Stamford Poetry Stanza. His poems have appeared in small-press publications, anthologies and webzines, and his translations of poems from Spanish and Portuguese have appeared in print. He considers that there are …

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5 POEMS (UNTITLED) by Mike McNamara

Born in  Northern Ireland but living in S. Wales,  Mike McNamara has had a collection of poetry ‘Overhearing The Incoherent’ published by Grevatt and Grevatt  in 1997. Mike is lead singer with Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band.  His poetry has been published in Envoi, Orbis, Tears in the Fence, New Welsh Review, Acumen, etc. Mike also had a …

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6 Poems by Vivien Jones

Vivien Jones’  first poetry collection was – About Time,Too – Indigo Dreams Publishing: 2010. In that year she also won the Poetry London Prize. She has completed a second short fiction collection on a theme of women amongst warriors – White Poppies (2012) – with the aid of a Creative Scotland Writer’s Bursary and has …

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Writing in the Dark, the neglect of Irish women’s poetry, by Flish McCarthy 

The astonishing thing is that Irish women’s poetry is so brilliant. Astonishing because the women writing in previous centuries have been repeatedly erased by a canon created and maintained by the gender privileged male. Astonishing because if a woman had the passion to write in the dark, in between all of the other care put …

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FIRED! By Flish McCarthy

Flish (Felicia) McCarthy is a poet living in the West of Ireland.  She has been published in Ireland and internationally, online, in anthologies and magazines.  In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Dermot Healy Award, The Red Line Poetry Prize and the Over the Edge Writer of the year.         What is …

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5 poems by Harry Gallagher

Harry Gallagher’s new collection, Northern Lights (Stairwell Books) is a love letter to the people from the North East of England – who they were, who they are now and who they could be. He has previously been published by Prole, The Interpreter’s House, Ofipress, Poets’ Republic, Rebel Poetry, Lucifer Press, Black Light Engine Room …

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5 poems by Jane Burn

Jane Burn’s poems have featured in many magazines and anthologies, from The Rialto, Under The Radar, Butcher’s Dog, Iota Poetry, And Other Poems, The Black Light Engine Room and many more, as well as anthologies from the Emma Press, Beautiful Dragons, Poetry Box, Emergency Poet and Kind of a Hurricane Press.Her pamphlets include Fat Around …

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