Editorial Issue 17

Welcome to Issue 17, with poetry, features and the following exciting announcement!

The Summer/Autumn Chapbook contest is in

the process of being judged by the talented and

renowned poet, Michael Blackburn,  so now is the

time to announce the :-





Winter/Spring Chapbook Contest 2018


WITH  Guest Judge: Kevin Higgins



As before, entry is free but you do have to subscribe to the magazine to enter.  The subscription fee goes directly towards the prizes and the publication of the chapbooks, and our intention is to develop The Blue Nib into a quality small press publisher, with our first title already on its way.

So – have a read of the rules and get your entries in! Here 


Our Issue 17 featured poet is Maeve O’Sullivan. Her engaging 4th collection, Elsewhere,  is reviewed  in this issue and four poems from the collection follow. The poet’s journey is captured in haiku, haibun (a mix of prose and haiku which lends itself particularly well to narratives of travel) and other poetic forms, and it’s interesting to see how vibrant the end result is despite these constraints.

I have chosen selections from other fine poets.  These include Linda Imbler’s keen observations and Dr Sanjib Kumar Baishya’s succinct and powerful 5 line poems , which are summaries of an often disappointing world. Clarissa Jakobsons has a powerful and moving sense of history, which she shares with John Foggin.  Patrick Williamson  and Kitty Coles  present sharp snapshots from unusual angles.

I really enjoy having the opportunity to showcase larger selections of poets’ work, but the sections in which I feature a poem or two from each poet are also interesting,  with often exciting juxtapositions.

Features this fortnight include Niamh Clarke’s joyful memory of studying poetry at undergraduate level, responses to a recent appearance of the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, in Lincoln written by Samantha Maw,  a slantwise look at Autumn by Nic Lance and, amongst considering the work of other writers,  a controversial take on Shelley’s atheism, by Guyanese writer, Gideon Cecil.

Feedback on poetry, features and opinion pieces is always welcome on our Facebook page and submissions are very welcome for Issue 18 and beyond. Issue 18 will have a feature on poetry in translation by Patrick Williamson, so any examples are very welcome.

Shirley Bell