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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'.

Interview: Cătălina Florina Florescu

Ahead of the publication of issue 43, International poetry editor, Clara Burghelea speaks to her featured poet, Cătălina Florina Florescu Clara Burghelea: Tell me...

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.

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.

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

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

Una Mannion in conversation with Dave Kavanagh

Ahead of appearing in issue 44. Award-winning poet and writer, Una Mannion talks candidly with Dave Kavanagh about her early life, her writing day and why she finds particular comfort in prose.

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.

Rafael Mendes interview

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

MARK TREDINNICK IN CONVERSATION WITH DENISE O’HAGAN

In this in-depth and articulate conversation, celebrated Australian poet Mark Tredinnick shares some of his insights on poetry - what first drew him to it, what it means to him, and how he works.

Judith Beveridge in conversation with Denise O’Hagan

Described as ‘one of Australia’s most gifted poets', Judith Beveridge, speaks of her passion both for poetry and for the natural world.

Award winning Irish Poet Victoria Kennefick speaks to Tracy Gaughan

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

Poetry Profile – Robert Garnham

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

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.'

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.

Interview With Featured Poet, Peter Bakowski

Denise: What drew you to poetry in the first place, and when did you start writing? Peter: I started writing poetry in 1983 at a friend’s farmhouse...

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.

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

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.

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

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.

ROBYN ROWLAND IN CONVERSATION WITH DENISE O’HAGAN

Irish-Australian poet Robyn Rowland treats us to an extended taste of her world, from her early work and travels through to her experience of poetry in translation and the vital role of female poets.

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.

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.

The Anthony Lawrence Interview -With Denise O’Hagan

Denise O'Hagan interviews the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry, Antony Lawrence.

Irish poet Leeanne Quinn in Conversation with Tracy Gaughan

Irish poet, Leeanne Quinn speaks to Tracy Gaughan about literary history, art as consolation and why she never lets herself away with anything in her poems.

Clara Burghelea talks with talented translator, Alexis Levitin

Alexis Levitin shares his view on being a translator in these cruel times: 'to show that we are all human, for better and for worse, and that language can uplift us, even if it cannot save us.'

Tim King

Ysella Sims interviews performance poet Tim King.

Mary O’Malley in conversation with Tracy Gaughan

'Eavan gave me the letters of Lowell and Bishop so that I would see one relationship between a man and a woman who were literary equals, and see that he regarded her as such. That’s how to teach.' Irish woman of letters, Mary O’Malley speaks to Tracy Gaughan about her life in literature, education and music, the rich culture that shaped her imagination and why place is not always tethered to location.

An interview with Andrei Codrescu

In this generous, witty conversation, Andrei Codrescu confesses 'Writing poetry is the only skill the young need.'

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.

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.

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

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)

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

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 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.

Dave Kavanagh speaks to local author, Gerry McCullough

Author Gerry McCullough in conversation with Dave Kavanagh.

Theo Dorgan speaks to Tracy Gaughan

‘I hope I have been true to what was given to me to say, and that I have dealt honestly with the language.’ The Blue Nib welcomes Irish man of letters, Theo Dorgan who took time out to speak to Tracy Gaughan about his life in literature, the new flourishing in Irish language poetry and spending time with Doris Lessing

Clara Burghelea interviews featured writer Tracy Gaughan

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

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.

Tracy Gaughan in conversation with Nicola Harrison

Nicola Harrison is a lecturer in Singing & Interpretation of song at Pembroke College, Oxford, a vocal teacher, a professional singer, writer and performer. ...

Sean Cotter in conversation with Clara Burghelea

Sean Cotter addresses the intoxicating focused attention of translation and the intimacy the translator experiences with both text and practice.

An Interview with Rosie Goldsmith

Rosie Goldsmith shares her passion for languages and work in translation and speaks of how being multilingual changes one's perception of the world and shapes identity.

An Interview with Adam J Sorkin

Adam J Sorkin generously shares what it means to be creative and co-creative in the translation process, focusing on the joys and challenges of artistic collaborations.

James Fountain in conversation with Clare Morris about his new book ‘The Poetry of Joseph Macleod’

‘Macleod is a modern master and utterly vital. I was absolutely thrilled to be the one entrusted with orchestrating his reintroduction to the world and rescuing his work from obscurity, after initial groundwork by Andrew Duncan’

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)