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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.

Two poems at dawn

Shearsman 103 & 104 ( Summer 2015) publishes two poems charting the work of artists whose day begins at first light: Reach – Monet in his boat on the Epte, assisted by his daughter in law, Blanche Hoschédé, and A Bird does not sing because it has an answer – an artist working with sound recording in a forest in Kent.


Forthcoming events


Kate will be appearing with Kayo Chingonyi and Gale Burns at the eco-fiesta for Sydenham Word Fair which suits her open-air subject matter …  at Sydenham Garden on 9 March 2015

and on 12 May in conversation with the opera critic and writer Rupert Christiansen for the Dulwich Festival. They will talk about the attentiveness required of a writer and read some favourite poems at Dulwich College Library. Tickets from the Dulwich Festival website

Longest Day

Published in the Times Literary Supplement on 12 February, this is one of three poems from The Observances to catch the light of day just before the book is out.

The Rialto 82, due early Spring 2015, will include ‘Every Book is a Long Walk’ under the influence of Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks.

Against This Light

This poem appears in the forthcoming issue of Ambit, January 2015.

It is based on a tiny self-portrait by Leon Cogniet, newly arrived at the Villa Medici in Rome on a scholarship, reading the first letter from home. The painting is in Cleveland Museum of Art and can be found if you google.  Cogniet later became director of the Ecole de Beaux Arts, the most prestigious French art school, and encouraged his sister Marie Amelie to head a teaching studio where women might also train as figurative artists, learning to draw from the life model as men were allowed to do.

Remember, the theme of National Poetry Day 2014

Jagger royal-artillery-memorial-24kbOn Saturday 4 Oct, 2014 as guests of the Friends of Carnegie Library, Southwark Stanza poets will read poems relating to WW1. Kate will include her own poem “Single Figures” about the men depicted in war memorials. Among the memorials she alludes to is the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner by Charles Sargeant Jagger, a sculptor who served throughout 1914/18.

Carnegie Library, 188  Herne Hill Road, SE24 0AG, 3pm free entry.