Help Us To Grow By Sharing


Hello and welcome to the third edition of The Blue Nib Magazine.

I’m delighted to say that Dave has welcomed me on board as editor to help with this new project, which is crammed with thought provoking poetry and articles. I am looking forward to reading submissions and to making a real contribution to the site.

I am Lincolnshire, UK, based in the flat, reclaimed fenland near the East Coast, where the air always smells faintly of cabbages. My biography is on the site in Issue 2, so I thought I would concentrate instead on giving a bit of information about what I have been up to lately.

Last week was a flurry of email and phone calls, and, as a result, on the 3rd July I am one of the people being interviewed for a poetry programme on Radio 4 this summer.  It is going to cover how Boston in Lincolnshire has developed over time, and how Brexit and the immigration of EU citizens from Eastern European countries has had an impact. It should be exciting! I must admit I am one of the people living a parallel life, like in The City & the City by China Miéville, and perhaps both locals and incomers deliberately “unsee” one another?

Last week I was at a monthly meeting of Pimento Poets, a group which meets at the Pimento Tearooms, on City of Lincoln’s vertiginous Steep Hill, to listen to one another’s poetry. It is so helpful if you can meet fellow poets to get feedback and hear what other people are writing about. Then on Sunday 18th June it was the 10th Anniversary celebration of Lincoln Creative Writers at the Victoria Pub, when our latest anthology, Poetry from the Pub 2017, was launched. This group is workshop based, so the emphasis is on creating something on the spot and sharing it. So – two completely different, but complementary, approaches.

Dave and I hope you enjoy this current issue and we are looking forward to reading more of your submissions, so keep on sending!

Shirley Bell. Editor



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