Poetry newsletter

Here is Katrina’s poetry newsletter.

Katrina publishes the ‘short & sweet poetry newsletter every month. It contains snippets of information of interest to poets and other writers. Each issue features:

  • opportunities for writers
  • Katrina’s latest workshops and readings
  • a recommended poetry collection

Click here to read Katrina’s poetry newsletter for July.

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Katrina Naomi’s newsletter for July…
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short & sweet…

Katrina Naomi

photo: Tim Ridley

Welcome to my monthly newsletter, ‘short & sweet’.

Each issue has info on forthcoming events and opportunities for writers. 

It’s quick and very easy to join the ‘short & sweet’ mailing list, go to 
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For more about my books, readings, workshops and mentoring, see https://www.katrinanaomi.co.uk 

Recommended read: 

Soho by Richard Scott is a must-read. While Soho is sweary and funny, it’s also angry, with some of the strongest writing on trauma and shame I’ve read. Scott’s writing can also be beautiful, tender and highly visual. The long closing poem ‘Oh My Soho!’ will educate, amuse and appall, with its terrifying litany of treatment suffered by gay/queer people through the ages and up to the present day. It’s unsettling and brilliant. If this book doesn’t win a major prize or two, I’ll be really hacked off.

Richard Scott, Soho, Faber, 2018, £10.99


Hi and welcome

A commission from the beeb

I’ve been commissioned by the BBC to write a poem for National Poetry Day. I’m delighted. I’ve been chosen as one of 12 BBC Local Radio poets – I’m representing the South-West – and we’re all busy scribbling away before the poem has to be filmed and broadcast. Wish me luck. https://www.katrinanaomi.co.uk/bbc-commission-national-poetry-day/ 

Japanese article in The Poetry Review

The Summer 2018 edition of The Poetry Review should be making a dent in your doormat about now. I’ve a longish article, ‘The Edge of the Language: Poetry and poets in Japan’, in it. I’ve been banging on about how much I admire the Japanese poet Hiromi Ito to any and everyone, so I’m delighted to have my interview with her and several other Japanese poets in print. https://www.katrinanaomi.co.uk/article-on-japanese-poetry-in-the-poetry-review/

July readings and poetry surgeries  
I’ll be reading at Penzance Lit Fest with members of Penzance Stanza this Thursday 5 July. Several of the poets have never read in public before, so please come along to The Acorn for 6.30 pm and support http://www.pzlitfest.co.uk/event/penzance-stanza-poetry-group-birds-of-a-feather/. And I’ve two Skype Poetry Surgeries and just one Penzance Poetry Surgery spaces left for Mon 16 July https://www.katrinanaomi.co.uk/poetry-surgeries-16-july/.

And you might like…

Two poetry competition for you this month. There’s Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival’s Poetry Competition, with a first prize of £600, a deadline of 1 October and it’s judged by Anne-Marie Fyfe  https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/competition/. And you’ve until 6 August to enter the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, judged by Kayo Chingonyi, https://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/. Someone has to win these competitions, they’re judged anonymously. It could just be you.

August break

‘short & sweet’ is off swimming and walking in August. It’ll be back, fully rested, with a smile on its face, early September.
Have a wonderful summer.


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Katrina’s poetry newsletter

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