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New York Readings

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On 3 November Kate gives the Tom Quinlan lecture, as recipient of this year’s Seamus Heaney Centre Prize, 7pm at New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House.

Poetryfest at New York’s Irish Arts Center also honours Kate with a cameo appearance: she opens the evening’s reading on 5 November at 6pm, a daunting task because the main readers are Colette Bryce and Sharon Olds. Better than Fireworks night back in Blighty though! Both events are downtown and are free, but seats should be reserved.

Colette was one of the judges of the Edwin Morgan Prize which took Kate to Edinburgh in 2008. Much water has flowed under the bridge and under the fuselage since then. It will be worth the long journey to accompany these two fine poets and add a few minutes to their programme. 

Drawing together Chalk Poets

AS patron of the spoken word South Downs National Park Authority commissioned seven new poems for the 2016 anthology Chalk Poets, edited by Stephanie Norgate. Kate reads from the selection with six other poets on Friday 7 October for the  Winchester Poetry Festival. The new book is available from local booksellers, P & G Wells, along with The Observances.chalk-poets-cover-v05-low-res565827

Events with rhinos and ‘a piece of chalk’

imagesA new series of the music and poetry mix, Talking Rhythm, hosted by Bernadette Reed begins on 28 September 2016 at the Prince of Greenwich, Royal Hill, Greenwich with Kate as guest poet. Open mic too in a whacky meeting room full of jazz memorabilia and rhinos.

On 4 October she adds hers to the 12 voice collage-poem Impossible House to be recreated at Beyond Words, Gipsy Hill Tavern, where there will also be open mic.

Kate is appearing at the Winchester Festival as one of the commissioned Chalk poets on 7 October. She was invited by South Downs based poet Stephanie Norgate because she grew up ‘within striking distance of the chalk’ (as her father in law was heard to say) and is aiming to be buried under it at East Meon Woodland Burial Centre.

Blackbird

Kate was invited to read to an audience from the Seamus Heaney Centre Summer School at No Alibis Bookshop in Belfast on Thursday 30 June alongside the judges of this year’s Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Collection, Leontia Flynn, Caitriona O Reilly and Paul Batchelor. She was presented with the generous winning cheque, a fabulous citation and a blackbird lapel badge, which she will treasure. Next stop, in the fall, a reading (Tom Quinlan lecture) at the Irish American studies centre at Glucksman House, New York University.blackbird qub by jeffery morgan

Behind Every Poem

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Kate is in discussion with Adam Newey, Costa Poetry Award judge (and artisan baker at Camberwell’s Hill Bakery) 7pm on 8 June at Camberwell Library. Reserve seats at http://www.southwark.gov.uk/events/event/4223/behind_every_poem_kate_miller_in_conversation_with_adam_newey

Costa Shortlist includes ….

IMG_0941To everybody’s great surprise and wonderment Kate’s first collection The Observances is shortlisted for the Costa Book Award 2015 and goes head to head for selection with poetry by Andrew McMillan, Don Paterson and Neil Rollinson. The judges’ citation commends the book for being ‘painterly, sensuous and sonically vibrant’.

Costa Shortlist announced

The Observances, shortlisted for the Costa Book Award 2015, goes head to head for selection with poetry by Andrew McMillan, Don Paterson and Neil Rollinson.

Kate will be interviewed on Wednesday 18 Nov at breakfast time for Radio Devon as she was born in Plymouth on the night Hurricane Hazel rocked the Atlantic – at the start of a long relationship with winds, weather and the sea!

 

At the Root of the Wind

imagesThe poem ‘At the Root of the Wind is Strife’ was Highly Commended in this year’s selection for the Forward prize, The Forward Book of Poetry 2016. “If you buy only one book of poems a year, this should be it” it says on the back cover. Then turn to p.92!

Singling out the same poem in his review of The Observances for Magma 62, Rob Mackenzie commented that the last lines are ‘about as close as a contemporary poet might dare to come to Hopkins without sounding like a parody!’ ( His exclamation mark.)

 

Poetry News report

Jenny Lewis reports in the Poetry Society’s newsletter on The Place for Poetry, a conference held at Goldsmiths in May, and begins her list of “Festival highlights” with “Kate Miller reading from her debut Carcanet collection.”

Forward Prize

At the Root of the Wind is Strife (according to Empedocles)’ has been Highly Commended in The Observances and will appear in the 2016 Forward Prize Anthology to be published in September 2015.