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Catherine Smith

Updated: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 09:50 pm

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Two publications - The New Bride (shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, 2001) and The Butcher's Hands (PBS Recommendation, shortlisted for the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Prize 2004). In 2004 voted both on of the top ten women poets by Mslexia Magazine and also one of the 20 'Next Generation' poets by the PBS/Arts Council. New collection, Lip, forthcoming from Smith/Doorstop 2007. Has performed at Hay, Cheltenham, RFH, Poetry Cafe, lots of public libraries and draughty church halls, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Teaches Creative writing in schools, Universities and a 6th form college. Has run a course for the Arvon foundation. One husband, two teenagers, two cats. Based in East Sussex but will travel for bookings.


Soul (published in The Butcher's Hands) The Presbyterian on my doorstep tells me my lack of religious conviction means I'm an unfit mother to my innocent children, my soul is currently in the possession of Lucifer. I decide my soul is a small brown dog (of interest only to me and Lucifer), an ugly mongrel (part terrier), with a penchant for wine gums and shagging strangers' ankles, and it grew savage and grizzled - incontinent and snappy, one ear frilled by fighting, a rheumy left eye. A liability, its breath stinking of old meat. So I tell the Presbyterian Lucifer's welcome to it. c. Catherine Smith

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<Deleted User> (11485)

Fri 27th Sep 2013 22:05

Very fine.

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J. Otis Powell!

Thu 29th Sep 2011 00:36

So good to find a soul sister on WOL
J. Otis

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David Franks

Tue 25th Aug 2009 09:53

Do you ever write trad metre-and-rhyme poems, Catherine?

darren thomas

Mon 24th Nov 2008 19:56

Hi - I've just purchased your book 'Lip' from Blackwells at Manchester University. I look forward to reading it.

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Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

Mon 26th May 2008 15:23

Ian Paisley would turn purpler than he is if he read this!!!

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