Category Archives: Readings

Reading at the Shuffle

Invited by Kathryn Maris, guest arranger, Kate reads with Simon Barraclough, Anthony Howell and others at The Shuffle on 30 May 2015. This is held at 7.30pm on the last Saturday of the month at Poetry Cafe , 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX, in the cellar which is small and can get packed and very hot – arrive in good time and have a drink in the cafe above.

Dulwich Festival 12 May in conversation

On Tuesday 12 May at 7.30pm in The Old Library Dulwich College, Kate will be talking about attentiveness in poetry with Rupert Christiansen, opera critic and writer, discussing poems they have together selected and what it takes to make a poem. Plus she will be reading from The Observances. Copies on sale from Rye Books.

The Place for Poetry, Goldsmiths 8 May

Goldsmiths Writers Centre is hosting a two-day conference on the place for poetry with Paul Muldoon, Blake Morrison, Maura Dooley, Emily Berry and – along with a number of other Americans – Dan O’Brien, latest Aldeburgh First Collection winner, among its keynote speakers and readers.

On Friday 8 May, 2015 Kate will read from The Observances at 1.15, joined by N.J. Hynes and Rebecca Farmer, recent fellow alumnae of Goldsmiths.

Greenwich peninsula, launch of The Observances

DSC01739This stretch of water and land reclaimed from a vast gasworks for housing/schools beyond the O2 dome was backdrop to the successful launch of The Observances on 16 April 2015. As one guest of the evening noted in his blog, the tide was flowing fast between the clanking barges that carry containers full of London’s litter away down the Thames (while literature drifts the other way, we hope, into the city, bookshops!, memory).



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

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.

Celebrate the Vine 30 September 2014


Celebrate the VineAs the nights draw in, poets and listeners from across South East London meet at the Alexandra Nursery in Penge,, to celebrate the ripening vine and lift a glass to “the fruit that round the thatch-eaves run”.

Autumn Readings

To help celebrate National Poetry Day, the Carnegie Library at Herne Hill invited five poets to tea on Saturday 5 October 2013: Kate with Wendy French, Jenny Hobson, Helen Adie and John Mackinnon: and together they read for an hour to a wonderful audience on the linked themes of London and water.National Poetry Day event 2013

Kate reads the part of the mother of a disturbed teenager in Wendy French’s short play for voices “The Furry Dance” to be performed by members of the same group at ‘Beyond Words’, Gipsy Hill Tavern, SE19, on 5 November 2013 at 7pm.

By popular request, returning to the BELL library at Beaumont de Venise, Provence on Wednesday 16 October, she will lead a writing afternoon for poets at all levels writing in English.

Profil perdu

Homage to HepworthPerformed at the Homage to Hepworth on 10th January, 2013, Kate’s poem profil perdu after Hepworth’s Two Forms Divided Circle, originally a sonnet, has been shaped and can be watched as it disappears, on the “profil perdu” page.

Thanks to Trevor Moore for the powerpoint from which the “code” was developed and to Herb Miller, who animated the poem.

The dance piece The Empty Shoes choreographed by Nyron Levy and filmed on the site of the sculpture in Dulwich Park by Andy Humphreys is now on Youtube