Issue 43 September 2020

Edited by Dave Kavanagh Abhaile: Poetry from Ireland and the...

Issue 42 July 2020

Edited by Dave Kavanagh Abhaile with Tracy GaughanEditorial Poetry by...

Issue 41 March 2020

Poetry Selected by Clara Burghelea and Tracy GaughanEditorial Featured Poet Amy Barry Clara Burgelea in conversation with Amy...

Issue 40 December 2019

Edited By Dave Kavanagh Short FictionParis Vagrant By Michael Paul Hogan The Duck, a story in five parts by...

Issue 39 Sept 2019

Editorial:Dave Kavanagh Managing EditorWelcome to Issue 39 of The Blue Nib EssaysDoes Poetry Matter?...

Issue 38 June 2019

Edited by Dave Kavanagh New Poetry: Alyssa Cooper. Neil Creighton Abigail...

Issue 37 March 2019

Edited By Shirley Bell Featuring Poetry by: Sandra HornFiona PerryEmma LeeClara BurgheleaKate EnnalsArathy AsokClare MorrisJames FountainDenise...

Issue 36 December 2018

Edited By Shirley Bell Featuring Poetry by: Andrea PotosBernie CrawfordBob BeargieDeborah HarveyCaron FreeboornMaxine Rose...

Issue 35 September 2018

Featuring work from: Audrey MolloyAnne Walsh DonnellyKate Ennals Emma LeeDavid ButlerJoan ColbyWill RegerClifton Redmond

Sex and Death in Merlin Park Hospital -by Kevin Higgins, Reviewed

The poem that gives the collection its title, “Sex and Death at the Merlin Park Infusion Unit”, the narrator undergoing treatment feels as if he wants to “to make wild/ and inappropriate/ love to the whole world.” Its upbeat ending is a surprise. Another poem looks in more detail at the medication, defining pills by colour and what their effects are. “For Cynthia,” is a middle-aged love poem where the couple’s bodies

Waxing Gibbous. Poetry by Lucy Dixcart

Lucy Dixcart was shortlisted for the 2019 Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year competition.

River Wedding’ by Amlanjyoti Goswami -Reviewed

James Fountain reviews River Wedding by Amlanjyoti Goswami

Poetry by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews

Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews’s poems exult in vivid imagery, while paying close attention to language and its sheer inventiveness.

Poetry- Kate Ennals

An Invitation Come, Father, let’s wander London’s dark skies, sit by the river, watch dusk silt and slide, salute and swirl a glass of ruby red wine. Let’s...

Poetry- Megan Stratford

buried she’s just where you said i’d find her half-way buried underneath the pendulous trapeze to hang off of on afternoons that couldn’t move days like this one when...

David Ratcliffe – Poetry

Slipping his moorings Less than an hour earlier, he’d knelt thumbs crossed; on failing to receive a signal he slid solo on a one-way voyage, slipping his moorings with no...

‘Tackling Middle-Aged Men’. Michael Chacksfield

Michael Chacksfield is a proud member of the PG Wodehouse Society,

David Appelbaum The Spindle Tree Reviewed

David Appelbaum The Spindle Tree Cyberwit Press

Some Young One

‘I don’t want to go out, you know,’ Louise said as she ran the straighteners through her long blonde hair. Siobhan didn’t answer her. Instead...