BBC commission for National Poetry Day

Katrina has received a BBC poetry commission for National Poetry Day 2018.

The commission is from BBC local radio. Katrina is representing the South-West and has been speaking to BBC Radio Cornwall and BBC Radio Devon for the BBC poetry commission, inviting listeners to send in a story about personal change, and hopes to write her commissioned poem based on one of these stories.

Katrina Naomi
BBC poets 2018

On hearing that she was to the BBC Local Radio’s poet for the South-West, Penzance-based Katrina said:

‘I’m delighted. I’m really excited to be chosen and I’m looking forward to getting on and writing the commissioned poem. The theme of change is a good one. I’m interested to see where radio listeners’ stories will take me.’

Here is Katrina talking to BBC Cornwall’s Debbie McCrory click here (Katrina is 23 minutes in to the programme). If you have a story about a change that has been important in your life, you can send it in to or call Debbie on 0808 100 1039. Katrina might choose your story as the basis for her BBC poetry commission for National Poetry Day #PoetryForAChange. (She won’t use your name in the poem.)


National Poetry Day is on 4 October. Katrina’s commissioned poem will be broadcast throughout the South-West local radio on the BBC, on the internet and possibly on BBC South-West television.

Katrina is one of 12 BBC local poets in the UK for 2018, commissioned to write on #PoetryForAChange.

Katrina NaomiKatrina’s most recent poetry collection is The Way the Crocodile Taught Me, (Seren, 2016) here

For more on #PoetryForAChange and National Poetry Day please click here.


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