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Cathy Bryant

Updated: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:04 am

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Cathy Bryant has won ten literary awards, including the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Prize in 2012. She has blogged for the Huffington Post, and her stories and poems have appeared in over 100 different publications, including Popshot, The Moth, The Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Futuredaze. In 2014 her poem 'The Poetry Diet' (from her first collection, 'Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature') was featured on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please with Roger McGough. She is one of the judges for National Flash Fiction Day’s short flash fiction competition, run by ‘Mr Flash’, Calum Kerr. Cathy's new book is 'Look At All the Women', available from She lives in Hope both figuratively and literally – Hope, Derbyshire. See more at


The Poetry Diet - drop a stanza in just two weeks! Breakfast is blank verse spread with ballads Or a bowl of elegy and a boiled ode. For lunch, try a rondelet with herbs such as cento. Follow with a lay if liked, Sweetened artificially if necessary. Vary your cinquains and quatrains According to season. For dinner a well-grilled villanelle With a simple side sonnet and a little steamed prose. Do beware of prose. It can be hard to stop. Make sure to keep crunchy acrostics to hand. For snacks, try haiku. They're surprisingly meaty And will satisfy. Free verse is unlimited. Drink at least eight couplets a day, And up to three glasses of freshly-squeezed phrases. When tempted by fizzy limericks, Chewy clerihews, chocolate epics and sweet lyrics, Visualise yourself as a sexy sestina Rather than doughy doggerel. This poem is scientifically proven And has been approved by dactyls And other members of the metrical profession. It really, really works.

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Cathy Bryant

Sun 29th Jun 2014 10:00

Thanks, Dominic! What kind review WOL gave it. I love Sky Spell, by the way - I love the atmosphere and the gorgeous structure.

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Dominic James

Sat 28th Jun 2014 12:39

Oh yeh, very good! Congratulations on your new collection Cathy.

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Cathy Bryant

Sun 12th May 2013 13:31

Thank you, George!

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George Stanworth

Sun 12th May 2013 09:21

Very clever and witty. I love it Cathy.

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Cathy Bryant

Sat 11th May 2013 21:08

Thanks Jonnie! Moustache-twiddling is very important. :)

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Jonnie Falafel

Sat 11th May 2013 20:52

I love this! Very entertaining... now fancy myself as a member of the metrical profession! I will don a beret and twiddle my moustache.

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Ann Foxglove

Thu 26th Aug 2010 20:14

Thank you so much for your comment on my Josie poem - I think she is a heroine for our times!

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Wed 30th Jun 2010 17:08

Welcome to our not so little site Cathy, hope you enjoy reading and finding all the little gems on here. Winston

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Cathy Bryant

Sun 27th Jun 2010 12:41

Thank you very much for your kind comments! This is a fantastic site, isn't it?

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Ann Foxglove

Sun 27th Jun 2010 08:22

Hi Cathy - very striking stuff! Your poem "Proud" - I wrote one on a slightly similar theme "Having a Poem". About giving birth to the poem and then letting it go out into the world (probably, in my case, to disappear forever!) Anyway, welcome to WOL.

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Graham Sherwood

Thu 24th Jun 2010 23:04

Welcome to WOL Cathy. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

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