Editor's Pick

3 Poems by Carolyn L. Tipton

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

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.

Touched By Whales by Gail Harrington

Travel writer, Gail Harrington weaves her way through a host of memories and explains the wonder of wanderlust

Faults and Fixes

Poet, and writer, Mike Smith explores why it is important to take the reader with you, when editing work.

A Poor Imitation: “American Dirt” and Misrepresentations of Mexico

The novel has already received rave reviews from literary voices in the English-speaking world, from Rumaan Alam to Don Winslow. John Grisham described it as “rich in authenticity,” while Stephen King called it “an important voice in the discussion about immigration.” Following an aggressive bidding process, according to Publishers Weekly, Cummins received a seven-figure advance for it.

Emma Lee Reviews ‘Wolf Planet’ by Oz Hardwick

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

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.

In the Mughal Gardens by Michael Paul Hogan

'There are wonderful titles that are simply wonderful titles, and wonderful titles that manage the supreme trick of being simultaneously brilliant and completely relevant to the content of the actual text.'

A Discernible Pattern by Lloyd Rees

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

TALKING HEADS

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.

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.'

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'.

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.

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.

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.

The Write Life

Faults and Fixes

Poet, and writer, Mike Smith explores why it is important to take the reader with you, when editing work.

Kartika’s Garden by Martin Bradley

Martin Bradley introduces us to the work of Indonesian artist, Kartika Affandi-Koberl, and to the delight of her garden, situated outside the city of Yogyakarta, Java.

The Joy of Denial by Melissa Todd

Writer, performer and director, Melissa Todd explains why denial offers a sure route to inspiration.

It’s Personal by Moyra Donaldson

Award-winning poet, Moyra Donaldson speaks from the heart about the importance of poetry in our lives.

Two Poets by Kieran Devaney

Writer and journalist, Kieran Devaney shares a story that deserves to be told: the life of poet, Patrick McDonough,

This Itch by Dorothy Simmons

'No matter whether we write about what we know in a literal sense or not, we write about what we perceive, we write about how we imagine life has been, is, or might be.'

New Poetry

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.

Short Fiction

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.

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.’

Border Post by Charlie Gracie

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

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Kartika’s Garden by Martin Bradley

Martin Bradley introduces us to the work of Indonesian artist, Kartika Affandi-Koberl, and to the delight of her garden, situated outside the city of Yogyakarta, Java.

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.

It’s Personal by Moyra Donaldson

Award-winning poet, Moyra Donaldson speaks from the heart about the importance of poetry in our lives.