Behind Every Poem

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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

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.

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,

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.”