Katrina Naomi

Katrina Naomi received an Authors’ Foundation award from the Society of Authors for work on her third collection, Wild Persistence. She has a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College. Katrina’s recent work has been broadcast on Radio 4’s Front Row, Poetry Please, BBC TV Spotlight and on Poems on the Underground. Her second poetry collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me, published by Seren, was chosen by Foyles Bookshop as one of its Foyles’ Five for Poetry. She was the first writer-in-residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, W Yorks. Her most recent pamphlet, following an Arts Council-funded trip to Japan, was published by Verve Poetry Press, entitled Typhoon Etiquette. She was highly commended in the 2017 Forward Prize for Poetry. Katrina has been 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 for Arvon and Ty Newydd, and runs Poetry Surgeries for the Poetry Society. She is published by The TLSThe SpectatorThe 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 third poetry collection, Wild Persistence is available now.


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Author Events

Monday 15th November, 17:00 to Saturday 20th November, 10:00
Hedben Bridge

In this course, we will encourage you to expand your repertoire of styles and approaches, experiment with the longer poem or sequence and enhance your writing and editing skills. We will explore what governs choices as to style, diction and form in both metrical and free verse, and how to challenge those choices while staying true to your own aesthetic sensibilities. The course tutors are Mimi Khalvati, Leo Boix and Katrina Naomi who has has published two collections with Seren, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (2016) and most recently Wild Persistence (2020). For further information and to...

Saturday 13th November, 10:30 to 16:30

Take an inclusive trip into Ecopoetry with Katrina Naomi to explore the many different ways of writing the environment. In this course you will look at new ways of writing in response to the environment. As a woman who swims, walks and (very) occasionally wild camps alone, Katrina will be considering how women,  the working classes, people of colour, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, and others who have traditionally not felt so welcome in the countryside are writing their way into it. We’ll write in response to Caleb Femi, Ellora Sutton, Khairani Barokka, Caleb Parkin, Rachael Allen, Kaveh...