About

Katrina’s words. Katrina swords.

Words are powerful. They can cut through the crap, reach to the deepest parts.

But they’re not really mine, are they? I’m just borrowing, ordering, sharing. In the hope that they will be sharp and soft in the right places. In the hope they’ll alter the atmosphere a tiny bit to make space for more life, more light.

“It is only a poem and we might say rightly that singing a song does not change reality.
However, we must not say that with too much conviction”
~ Walter Brueggemann

I write poems that ‘ordinary’ people can understand.

My writing is birthed out of reflection and observation, tapping into the common search for meaning and connection.

I’ve lived in a whole bunch of places (3 countries, 10 towns, about 25 houses!) and done a whole variety of jobs (from caravan cleaner, to waitress, to English teacher, to support worker to marketing & communications manager) which means I’ve met tons of interesting people and found lots to inspire me along the way.

As well as writing, I love to move! It’s pretty challenging for me to stand still. So my solo show was a fun way of exploring the crossovers between spoken word, physical theatre, dance, and swimming.

Herstory

I started performing poetry ten years ago after experiencing it for the first time at the University of Sussex, where I was studying Anthropology and Spanish. Subsequently I wrote and performed for various spoken word events and projects including Hammer & Tongue (Brighton), Pighog, Farrago (London), Apples & Snakes and Brainfruit.

I moved from Brighton to Cornwall in 2013 and continued to perform regularly – including at Port Eliot and the Penzance and St Ives Literature Festivals. I set up a monthly writers’ event and community (Sunday Speakeasy in Penzance).

Now I’m back on the South Coast, following a stint in Hatfield and Camden. I’m enjoying re-connecting with the writing community in Brighton. In 2017 I wrote, directed and performed a solo show, “Individual Medley“, which debuted at Brighton Fringe to sold out audiences. It was nominated for the Pebble Trust Award and has since toured to other venues, with a two week run coming up at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018.

I’m a Callaloo fellow and currently one of the Writer’s Place Poets at New Writing South.

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“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

Some Poem Links

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

“If I met a cocoa farmer” – Divine Chocolate competion winner (video)

“Audacious Expression” (video)

“Brighton” (video)

“Revolution” (video)