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Poetry from Ireland & The UK

Editor Tracy Gaughan selects poetry by established and emerging poets from 
Ireland and The UK

Three poems by Fiona Pitt-kethley

Pitt-kethley’s intimate portrayals of spanish street scenes speak to larger socio-political issues within contemporary society.

Two poems by A. M. Cousins

A. M. Cousins' work was shortlisted in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition 2019.

Raine Geoghegan – Two poems

Geoghegan liberates sound in poems that celebrate the rich tapestry of gypsy folklore and culture.

4 Poems by Angela Graham

Poet and BAFTA Award winning TV producer, Angela Graham’s imaginative eloquence of language, embodies an exemplary ‘at-homeness’ in both the universal and the particular.

Poetry by Colin Bancroft

Colin Bancroft won the 2016 Poets and Players Prize. His pamphlet Impermanence is out in October 2020 with Maytree Press.

4 poems by Kay Ritchie

Kay Ritchie’s work is widely published in magazines and anthologies and has performed at various events.

Rebecca Gethin – Five Poems

With a touch of the supernatural and sublime, Gethin writes of duplexities - of the sea and of the self.

Three Poems by Sharon Larkin

Sharon Larkin's pamphlet was published by Indigo Dreams in 2019.

A poem by David Linklater

David Linklater’s pamphlet ‘Black Box’ was published with Speculative Books in 2018.

Marion Oxley – Four Poems

Lives lost, nature, the nurturing closeness of a parent - Marion’s poems often begin with memory, then multiply.

Pratibha Castle – Three Poems

We tune into memory throughout our lives. Castle’s poems act as a counterweight to their emotional power.

2 poems by Bernie Crawford

Bernie Crawford’s poetry has been published in The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, the North magazine, and elsewhere.

3 poems by Berni Dwan

Poet Berni Dwan was placed second in the Johnathan Swift Awards and was shortlisted for the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award.

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.

William Coniston – Three poems

Coniston’s explanatory verse enriches the dialogue between the poetic and the scientific.

4 Poems by Brian Johnstone

Johnstone uses the architecture of history and nostalgia to interrogate the trust we place in our eyes and ears. Vowel by consonant his poetry reveals a passion for language that captures light and reflects life.

2 Poems by Jim Ward

Jim Ward’s poem 2016 Proclamation was runner-up in the Galway Bay FM/Thoor Ballylee Poetry Challenge, 2017.

3 poems by Gill Lambert

Gill Lambert’s first collection Tadaima was published by Yaffle in 2019

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.

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.

Helen Angell- New Poetry

Helen Angell is a poetry and non-fiction writer based in South Yorkshire. She has had poems published in Route 57, Medea and Esoterica. Winner...

3 poems by Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell's first poetry collection First the Feathers (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award.

3 poems by Pam Thompson

Pam Thompson is a writer and lecturer. Her publications include The Japan Quiz ( Redbeck Press, 2009) and Show Date and Time (Smith | Doorstop, 2006) and Strange Fashion (Pindrop Press, 2017).

4 poems by Oz Hardwick

Oz Hardwick's chapbook 'Learning to Have Lost' (Canberra: IPSI/Recent Work, 2018) won the 2019 Rubery International Book Award for Poetry.

3 poems by Michael Durack

Michael Durack’s publications include a memoir, Saved to Memory: Lost to View (2016) and a collection, Where It Began ( Revival, 2017.)

4 poems by Gillie Robic

Gillie Robic's first collection, Swimming Through Marble, was shortlisted and published in 2016 by Live Canon, who in October 2019, published her second collection, Lightfalls.

3 Poems by Özgecan Kesici

Rebellion You pushed me through a closed door once in a flurry to get all done that had to be done. Then, you pushed a comb through my...

3 Poems by Dominic Fisher

Dominic Fisher's was the winner of the Bristol Poetry Prize. His collection The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Dead was published by The Blue Nib in March 2019.

4 Poems by James Finnegan

James Finnegan was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award (2018) and highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition (2016, 2018).

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.

3 poems by Belinda Cooke

Belinda Cooke's poetry includes Stem (the High Window Press, 2019) and her Days of the Shorthanded Shovelists forthcoming (Salmon Poetry).

3 poems by Maeve McKenna

Maeve McKenna’s work has been placed in several international poetry competitions. She enjoys writing immensely, almost as much as she does avoiding it.

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...

4 Pieces by emerging poet Jenny Middleton

As well as being a remarkable poet, Jenny Middleton is a full time mum. She balances writing with the chaos of family life.

2 Poems by Caroline Johnstone

Caroline Johnstone has won the Waterways Storymaking Festival Award, Imprint Writing Award, and the Beyond Borders Round III competition.

3 new poems by Kevin Griffin

The Blue Nib are much saddened at the news of Kevin Griffin's passing and our thoughts are with his friends and family.

3 poems by Jonathan Humble

Jonathan Humble’s collection ‘Fledge’, will be published by Maytree Press in the summer of 2020.

4 poems by Eveline Pye

Eveline Pye's poem ‘Mosi-Oa-Tunya’ was chosen for the Twenty Best Scottish Poems of that Year. Her new collection ‘STEAM’, will be published by Red Squirrel Press 2021.

2 poems by Bob Beagrie

Bob Beagrie is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University.

3 poems by Neil Leadbeater

Neil Leadbeater’s latest publication is 'Penn Fields' (Littoral Press, 2019).

A Poem by Nigel Kent

Nigel Kent’s collection ‘Saudade’ was published in 2019 (Hedgehog Poetry Press)

Poet and novelist J.S. Watts

J.S. Watts is a UK poet and novelist who has published seven books

Poetry by Hugh McMillan

Baggage In the square   is a giant tree  hung with lights. Through the branches a blood moon  has come  and gone, and now  a chain smoking  player rasps  a wonderful song. The man next to...

3 poems by Alun Robert

Poet Alun Robert’ work has been published widely, in 2019, he was a featured writer of the Federation of Writers Scotland.

Poetry by Peter O’Neill

Peter O’Neill is the author of six collections of poetry

3 poems by Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins' third poetry collection Sharp Hills came out from Indigo Dreams in 2019. Her short story collection Between Here and Knitwear (Unthank Books) was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards.

2 Poems by Tess Jolly

Tess Jolly has won both the Hamish Canham Prize and the Anne Born Prize

3 Poems from David Ishaya Osu

David Ishaya Osu is the poetry editor of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel.

3 poems by Ruth Horsfall

Ruth Horsfall is a queer writer living and working in the UK. She has previously been published in Young Vagabond and Lipmag.

2 Poems by Terry McDonagh

Terry McDonagh’s Latest poetry collection is ‘Fourth Floor Flat – 44 Cantos’. – from Arlen House.

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