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Announcing Typhoon Etiquette

Typhoon Etiquette will be published by Verve Poetry Press in April 2019. Katrina wrote the Japanese-themed pamphlet after receiving an Arts Council Artists’ International Development Fund award, spending six weeks travelling in Japan. During the trip, she walked in Basho’s footsteps, travelling to northern Japan, worked with Yamanashi Prefectural University and carried out translation work. She also ate lots of vegan sushi, found a love of sumo and found that singing Shirley Bassey songs loudly is very off-putting to bears. Typhoon Etiquette is available to pre-order, priced at £7.50 (UK), with free postage. Typhoon Etiquette will be Katrina’s sixth poetry publication. She is working on her third full collection, which will be published by Seren in 2020. Click here to see Katrina’s full range of poetry collections.      

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Katrina at Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival

  Katrina is at Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival running a workshop called ‘The Young Americans’ on Saturday 24 November. The workshop is £15 full price or £10 for concessions. Click here to book. Katrina’s workshop, from 10 am to 12 am on 24 November, focuses on Terrance Hayes, Danez Smith and Ocean Vuong, and will consider how to write good political poetry. Katrina’s workshop will also consider the use of form and free verse. The Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival runs from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 November in Falmouth, click here for the full programme. For more on Katrina’s events, see her forthcoming worshops and reading for 2019.

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Review of Butterfly Valley by Sherko Bekas

  Here is Katrina’s review of Butterfly Valley by Sherko Bekas. Bekas’s collection is translated by the Kurdish poet, Choman Hardi. The review, entitled ‘What Generous Pain’ is published by Modern Poetry in Translation. Butterfly Valley is published by Arc Publications as a bilingual Kurdish-English collection. Katrina regularly reviews for Modern Poetry in Translation, among other poetry journals.

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Katrina’s latest news

If you would like to receive Katrina’s latest news each month, sign up for Katrina’s poetry newsletter, ‘short & sweet’. You can read the November issue of ‘short & sweet’ here. Each ‘short & sweet’ contains the latest news about forthcoming workshops, readings and other events. Katrina also chooses a poetry collection each month and writes about opportunities for writers, including competitions and residencies. It’s quick and easy to sign up for Katrina’s newsletter, here.   

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Forthcoming events

Katrina’s readings, workshops and other events are updated regularly: 7 November – Poetry workshop with Penzance Women’s Aid. By invitation only. 12 November – Japanese Poetry Workshop for Indian Kings Poets. FULL. 24 November – ‘The Young Americans’ – workshop on Terrance Hayes, Danez Smith and Ocean Vuong at Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival in Falmouth And for 2019, the following are confirmed to date 14 January – Reading at Loose Muse Winchester, The Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hants SO23 8SB. 7.30-9.30. £6 on the door. 2 March – Bristol – A Japanese-themed day poetry workshop, 10.30 to 4.30, at Hours in Bristol. £50. book here or email vikis@btinternet.com Plus evening reading in Bristol at Hours with open mic. £3. Hours is at 10 Colston Yard, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5BD. 2 May – Reading at Shrewsbury Poetry, St Nicholas Cafe Bar, 24 Castle Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 2BQ, 7.30 – 10, with Emily Wilkinson, further details here. 19-23 August – co-tutoring ‘The Personal and the Political’ poetry residential course at Ty Newydd, with Deryn Rees-Jones, click here to find out more or to book. Guest reader is Mona Arshi. Arvon – Katrina will also be running a residential course for Arvon in 2019

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Tutor on The Personal and the Political at Ty Newydd

Katrina is tutor on The Personal and the Political at Ty Newydd in August 2019. Katrina will be running The Personal and the Political poetry course with tutor Deryn Rees-Jones from 19 to 24 August 2019. Mona Arshi will be guest tutor. The course will consider ways of writing in response to the current political situation, as well as how to respond to issues that affect us directly. The course is open to all from those new to poetry, to those who have been writing for a while. There will be plenty of workshops, everyone will receive a one-to-one session with both tutors, and there will be plenty of time to get on with your own writing, and to explore the wonderful countryside. Both Katrina and Deryn are experienced tutors. Click here for more information on the tutors.  

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