Katrina Naomi

Katrina Naomi has a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College. She was the first writer-in-residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, W Yorks and was recently writer-in-residence at Gladstone’s Library in North Wales where she wrote a sequence on the Suffragettes, published by Rack Press as Hooligans.  Her debut collection The Girl with the Cactus Handshake received an Arts Council Award and was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award. Her pamphlet Lunch at the Elephant & Castle won the 2008 Templar Poetry Pamphlet Competition and her pamphlet Charlotte Brontë’s Corset was published to acclaim by the Brontë Society. She is a Hawthornden Fellow, a tutor at Falmouth University and runs Poetry Surgeries for the Poetry Society. Katrina’s recent work has been broadcast on Radio 4 and published by The TLS, The Spectator, The Poetry Review and Poetry Wales. She received an award from the Royal Literary Fund in 2014 for her writing. She enjoys performing her poetry and collaborating with visual artists, musicians and film-makers. She recently had an exhibition at London’s Poetry Café entitled ‘The Argument: Art V Poetry’, following a collaboration with the visual artist, Tim Ridley. She is originally from Margate and lives in Cornwall.

Katrina’s second poetry collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren), was published in April 2016.


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Author Events

Friday 2nd November, 18:00
St. Ives

Katrina will be sharing her clay-smeared poems at the Feast & Flames event. Katrina was the first ever Poet-in-Residence here when she wrote a notebook-full of poems inspired by the Leach Pottery and by learning to throw on the wheel. Her highly acclaimed second full collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me, was published by Seren in 2016. This event will round-off Leach Pottery's 10 Year Anniversary celebrations and as well as Katrina's reading includes food, drink and a live firing. For further information visit Katrina's website: www.katrinanaomi.co.uk  

Thursday 27th September, 19:00

Katrina Naomi is the host of Penzance Poetry Parlour, an occasional reading series with invited poets. This month Katrina has booked top poets Pascale Petit and Alyson Hallet. There will be an informal Q&A after the readings plus cava and popcorn! Entry is by a minimum £5 donation (if you can afford more, then the poets will be paid more). Please arrive early, seats are limited.  Katrina's collection The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren 2016)  is a heartfelt and tragi-comic portrayal of a fraught childhood and adolescence. The pointed, lively and always entertaining poems are sure to...