Katrina holds a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths and has received several awards for her writing, including a 2024 Arthur Welton Award for her forthcoming collection, Battery Rocks, the 2021 Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry and the 2022 Saboteur Award for Best Collaboration. Her fourth collection, Battery Rocks, is published by Seren in July 2024.

She is an experienced and sought-after tutor. Katrina teaches for Arvon, the Poetry School, Dartington and Ty Newydd,  and has mentored for the Poetry Society for many years. She runs courses, workshops and one-to-one sessions via zoom and in person.

Katrina’s Arvon At Home masterclass was: ‘warm, generous and thought-provoking’ 

‘I really enjoyed Katrina’s course. She has a wonderfully relaxed, inclusive style, which made everyone feel welcome.’ – Poetry School participant

A poetry festival participant recently wrote: ‘I enjoyed that. I feel reckless now.’

A participant from a Causley Trust residential course wrote to say: ‘So grateful for your wonderful, warm and skilful tutoring, Katrina. It was a life-affirming course. Thanks for the push.’

Poetry Surgeries

Katrina runs her own mentoring scheme, which is available to poets in the UK and internationally. See below or get in touch to find out more.  


Katrina’s regularly runs workshops for the Poetry School, poetry festivals and other organisations. Her most recent workshops sold out straightaway. Get in touch if you’d like Katrina to run a workshop for your poetry organisation.  

Developing Strengths

Katrina runs residential and online poetry courses with Arvon, Dartington and other organisations. Forthcoming courses include Writing & Dancing at Arvon, & an online Arvon week, Starting to Write, for working-class writers, with Maria Fusco. 

Poetry Mentoring and Manuscript Critique Service

A service to help poets putting together a pamphlet or first collection.
Or for those wishing to develop their skills and their confidence in their abilities.

Here’s what Katrina can offer you:


3 sessions for £450

3 hour-long sessions to help you develop as a poet

You’ll receive written comments on your work, with space to discuss where you’d like to go with your poetry. Either  face-to-face, or skype or by phone


Pamphlet feedback

From £250

comments on up to 30 poems


You’ll receive written comments and an hour’s feedback – either face-to-face, or skype or by phone


Collection feedback

From £350

comments on up to 60 poems

You’ll receive written comments and up to 90 mins feedback – either face-to-face, or by skype or by phone

Please get in touch to find out more.

Many of Katrina’s mentees have gone on to find publishers for their pamphlets and collections;
some of these collections have been internationally recognised, winning major prizes. 

Katrina is Chair of the Society of Authors’ Poetry & Spoken Word Group. She is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), the Poetry Society, and is a member of the Writer’s Prize Academy.

Contact Katrina if you would like her to run a workshop for your group or to receive details of her poetry critique/mentoring service.

To be the first to hear about Katrina’s workshops and other events, you can subscribe to her monthly ‘SHORT & SWEET’ poetry newsletter.

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