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Cath Nichols

Updated: Fri, 23 May 2008 03:25 pm

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For four years Cath Nichols co-ordinated Liverpool’s Dead Good Poets Society, but has now left to pursue an MA at Lancaster University. Cath was recorded earlier this year for the Oxfam ‘Life lines’ CD (£4.99 from your local Oxfam!), alongside national names such as Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Wendy Cope, et al. Tales of Boy Nancy is her poetry pamphlet (Driftwood, 2005) which was also produced as a short film with commissioned music, launched at the National Maritime Museum. ‘A moving account of hidden lives, both honest and sensitive’ Deryn Rees-Jones ‘These poems smell of the sea, of ropes and swilled decks, and yet they subvert our sense of what is normal, disrupt some of the orthodoxies we tend to cling to…. Shining through these well-made poems is something intensely humane… people are caught in in-between lives, on land dreaming of the sea, at sea dreaming of the land….. Ambivalence - as it is in life itself - is at the heart of Nichols’ poems; the tone is both robust and elegiac.’ Matt Simpson As well as performing at various gigs throughout the north-west - and a few further afield - Cath belongs to the incwriters client list (see, and was recently selected for the ‘Consequences of Flight’ collaborative project by The Word Hoard ( ). Four of her poems were selected by the artist Victoria Haire for artworks to be exhibited during the 2006 Liverpool Biennale. Her forth-coming project examines the history of various characters associated with the Woolworth’s empire in Liverpool and New York. Subject to funding, she will collaborate with an American poet and a Welsh poet to create linked performance events for 2007… A full-length collection, My Glamorous Assistant will be published by Headland Press in 2007.


Fear of Falling A raw egg was placed gently in the carriage. Cables were cut and the lift fell fifty-five floors. Journalists and potential tenants gathered at ground level, waiting. The lift arrived. As Frank had stated: their safety mechanisms were second to none. The egg was unbroken. NB. The Woolworth's Tower in New York was the tallest building in the world in 1913 - and people were very worried about the lifts!

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David Franks

Wed 10th Nov 2010 12:10

Do you ever write metre and/or rhyme poetry, Cath?

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dorinda macdowell

Sun 7th Feb 2010 13:54

Cath: first of all, thank you for your positive feedback on my 'grand kids' poem - as a new 'Write Out Louder', it was a real encouragement....

I really liked your 'Fear of Falling' poem: I could really sense the tension experienced by the journalists and potential tenants. Thank you!

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Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

Fri 4th Jul 2008 16:04

Loved the lift poem!!!

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Tue 18th Sep 2007 14:21

Hi there Cath
just wanted to say thanks again for the lovely opportunity you sent my way, I'm having a fabulous time in Wales and the exercises! Brilliant, i hope one day i can return the favour. thank you and all the best.

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Mon 10th Sep 2007 20:39

It was a great pleasure to see Cath reciting at a DGPS open floor. She has a great understanding of the need for poetry as well as what poetry should be.

The example here is great, but not as great as she is capable of. I felt it an honour to see her recite and look forward to her Woolwoths pieces.

Cath has a great poetic voice. I would easily class her with the best of the British poets today.

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Sun 1st Jul 2007 14:48

Congratulations on having your play 'Does He Take Sugar?' staged at Hebden Bridge today. It sounds very powerful and potent and thought provoking. I am really sorry not to be able to come and see it. Best Wishes, Moxy

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