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.


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

_DSC0511there’s a place, often as not, it’s a little bit of London…

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

Home, first published poem reappears

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.

Sharing Readings and Listening

Kate will be a guest reader at Topping Bookshop, Bath at 8pm on Tuesday 16 February.

She is invited to judge the Poetry CompetitionLight Poetry Competition
at Westminster School on 5 February 2016 and as guest reader to Kathryn Maris’s class at the Poetry School on 9 March.

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)

Two poems from Aldeburgh

Published in New Walk 11, Winter 2015, Kate has two poems about watching the no mans’ land between the sea edge and Crag Path. There is also an interesting survey of what experienced poets have to say about their first collection, looking back.

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!


Landscape in Vaucluse

IMG_0296Kate will read a selection from The Observances and introduce favourite poems on landscape and memory by other writers on Sunday 22 November 3.30pm at the Bell Library, Beaumont de Ventoux.