The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 30, 28th May 2018

Winners’ Biographies

FIRST PRIZE WINNER –  Anne Walsh Donnelly lives in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Her work has been published in various literary magazines such as Crannog, Boyne Berries, The Blue Nib, Star82 Review and Cold Coffee Stand. Her short storieshave been shortlisted in competitions such as the OTE New Writer of the Year Award (2014, 2016), Fish International Prize …

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Highly Commended Poet – Derek Coyle

Carlow Poem #167 It was a Saturday and once again Malone has to contemplate the trip into Carlow town for the weekly shop: tubs of margarine, buttermilk (preferably with the blue-capped bottles that were increasingly hard to find), The Irish Times and The Daily Mail, Brennan’s Bread, Superquinn sausages, Clonakility Black Pudding, and a final …

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Highly Commended Poet – Grainne Tobin

Formerly They will be grandparents, and the country where they honeymooned will no longer exist, after several wars, massacres, forced migrations, the splitting and sorting of territorial claims, new dialects: a language whisked together in official dictionaries will have separated out like a curdled sauce, and worshippers will devote themselves to difference. When everything’s the …

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