Katrina holds a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths and has received several awards for her writing, most recently the 2021 Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry and the 2022 Saboteur Award for Best Collaboration.

She is an experienced and sought-after tutor. Katrina teaches for Arvon, the Poetry School and Ty Newydd  and mentors for the Poetry Society. 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.’

Poetry Surgeries

Katrina runs her own mentoring scheme, see below or get in touch to find out more. She also runs occasional Poetry Surgeries for the Poetry Society via skype and face-to-face. 


Katrina’s regularly runs workshops for the Poetry School. Her recent Poetry on the Menopause sold out immediately. 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 and other organisations. In October, she is running a Tutored Retreat, The Magical Journey, for Arvon with Jacqueline Saphra. Katrina’s recent Masterclass for Arvon was hailed as ‘warm, generous and thought-provoking’.

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 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

3 sessions for £290

Pamphlet feedback

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

From £175

Collection feedback

comments on up to 60 poems

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

From £225

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 a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), the Poetry Society and is chair of the Society of Author’s Poetry & Spoken Word Committee.

She has a valid CRB certificate and public liability insurance.

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.