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.
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
The London Magazine has republished online the first poem Kate published in a literary magazine. It presently shares a page with poems also first published in The London Magazine by Keats and Ted Hughes.
Kate will be a guest reader at Topping Bookshop, Bath at 8pm on Tuesday 16 February.
She appears at Calder’s Theatre Bookshop, SE1 on 3 March with the Southwark Stanza in their 12-part Impossible House project (work in progress)
To 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’.
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!
The 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.)
With the Southwark Stanza of the Poetry Society Kate is collaborating on a project adding ‘rooms’ to a ‘building’ of poems. Alongside the Shrewsbury Stanza, her Stanza will be reading some of the Rooms poems at the Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden on Wednesday 23 Sept at 7pm to 9.30pm, free, http://poetrysociety.org.uk/event/10046/