Katrina Quinn

Katrina has moved house more than 20 times.

She’s collected many friends, poems, stories, photographs and dance moves along the way.

Home is currently Shoreham-by-sea, just along the coast from Brighton where she first started performing poems more than ten years ago (while studying Anthropology and Spanish!).

Katrina’s work has a strong sense of rhythm, shared with energy, passion and sensitivity. She writes often about belonging, spirituality and connection, inspired by true life stories.

Her debut show, Individual Medley, completed a run at Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 and returned to Brighton Fringe for a second award-nominated run in 2019.

She’s a recent alumni of Bryony Kimmings’ Autobiographical Theatre Making Course, a Callaloo Fellow for Creative Non-Fiction, was part of the Writers’ Place Poets at New Writing South, and hosted Pier Poets Open Mic in Brighton.


“It’s exciting to watch someone whose poetry has such muscle power and who can communicate a strong personal presence. A poet no one is going to mess with, in other words”
Heathcote Williams
Panel 1



Hosting and Performing @ Fast Forward Open Mic (Shoreham Wordfest)
Thursday 7th October 7.30pm at The Secret Garden, Tarmount Studios



Featured local poet @ Shoreham Wordfest Competition Winners’ Night
Poet in Residence
@ TROPE, Brighton (Watch here)
Facebook Live Poetry Sharing (watch here)

Hosting Shoreham Wordfest Open Mic @ Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-sea
Individual Medley @
Ventnor Fringe
Individual Medley @
Theatre Peckham
Wedding Night @ ‘
Rejoice with Us’, Ovalhouse, London
Individual Medley @
 The Warren for Brighton Fringe
Poetry set @
Laughing Labia, London
Individual Medley @
Camden People’s Theatre
Poetry set @
Piston Broke, Shoreham-by-sea
Poetry set @
She Grrrowls, London

Poetry set @ Smoking Dragon Festival, Drakensberg, South Africa
Hosting & Poetry @ Pier Poets, Brighton
Individual Medley, ‘kitchen performance’, Colchester
Writing and Movement Workshop, Colchester
Featured poet @ Eastbourne Poetry Cafe WATCH VIDEO
Interview with Cast Iron Theatre Podcast (LISTEN HERE)
“Pursuing Your Passions” talk @ Share Your Story (LISTEN TO RECORDING)
Solo show: Individual Medley @ Sweet Venues for Edinburgh Fringe
Children & Family Poetry Set @ Elderflowerfields Festival
Poetry set @ El Geebee Tea Queue Festival (Junkyard Dogs)
Individual Medley @ Swindon Fringe Festival (Phoenix Theatre) READ THE REVIEW
Poetry set @ Hickory Signals Presents FACEBOOK VIDEO
Creative Movement Workshops @ Mumbai WATCH A VIDEO

Poetry residency for Seedbed Foundation
Callaloo Workshops Fellowship (Oxford University)
Individual Medley @ Penzance Literary Festival
Individual Medley @ Brighton Fringe

“Thank you for your stunning contribution to the two days.  The poems were so beautiful and poignant”
Residency Organiser
“Thank you so much for your poems last night. You were once again bloody brilliant!”
Hickory Signals
Panel 2


email: akatrinaquinn (at) gmail (dot) com
instagram: @katrinaswords
facebook: /katrinaswords
twitter: @katrinaswords

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I offer performances, bespoke poems, workshops and facilitation. I’m happy to travel. Please get in touch if you’d like to work together.

“Good stuff: The techniques you used to scaffold and support each one of us to start and continue to be creative. You were very sensitive to each person and took time to include and build up everyone”
(Workshop feedback)

Panel 3


Nine Lives: a collection of poems inspired by places and people over the past decade.

£6.50 including postage, get in touch if you’d like a copy.


Mother Earth (video)

Does It Make You Broody? (video)

Sacred Spaces (non-fiction, published on Ruminate Blog)

“Dusty Wings” – Tearfund competition winning poem for National Poetry Day 2017 (video)

Grace has flat shoes (text and video)

Breathe Out Peace (SoundCloud)

“If I Met A Cocoa Farmer” – Divine Chocolate competion winner (video)

“Audacious Expression” (video)

“Brighton” (video)

“Revolution” (video)


You have a truly unique voice, and you navigate the subject with intelligence, creativity and beauty. There’s a delightfully whimsical quality to the poem that is nevertheless incredibly powerful, building to a genuinely emotional crescendo in the last stanza.”
Gideon Heugh, Tearfund competition judge