Leach Gallery, St Ives, where Katrina Naomi will be the first ever poet in residenceIt is has just been announced that Katrina will be poet in residence at the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall in 2018. This is the first time that the Leach Pottery, one of the most respected and influential potteries in the world, has held a residency for a writer.

Katrina says: ‘I’m delighted to be the first poet-in-residence at the Leach Gallery. I love pottery. I’ve only done a little myself but there’s quite a few crossovers between crafting clay and crafting a poem – all that scraping away, all that editing. I’ll really enjoy responding to the present-day potters at work and to Bernard Leach’s own studio, the textures, sights and sounds.’

Katrina has recently returned from an Arts Council-England funded visit to Japan, where she spent six weeks writing in response to a journey in the haiku poet Basho’s footsteps. She also met and interviewed contemporary Japanese poets, carried out translations from Japanese poetry, and gave several workshops and readings. Her poetry was also translated into Japanese.

The Leach Pottery has strong links to Japan, having been founded in 1920 by potters Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, and Katrina is looking forward to exploring the Cornwall-Japan connection, as well as the links between pottery and poetry.

As part of the residency, Katrina will run a Japanese-themed poetry workshop at the Leach Gallery on 1 March. Further details and booking information available shortly. She will also give a reading later in 2018 at the Gallery.

The Leach Gallery announced the news here https://www.leachpottery.com/residencies/

Katrina has previously held residencies at the Arnolfini, the Bronte Parsonage Museum and Gladstone’s Library.