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.)

 

Stanza by stanza: The Rooms project

IMG_1686With 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/

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.

‘such people’ from The Tempest classes

‘Such People – Poems after The Tempest’
Tuesday, 2nd June 2015 at 7:30pm
Taking place at: The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL
Around twenty poets read new poems inspired by the famous play. Poets ( Kate was one of them) from Roddy Lumsden’s Poetry School course on the text are joined by others. Held on the faraway island known as The Betsey. £5, starts about 7.30pm. 

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).

 

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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.