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Katherine Shirley

Updated: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 04:51 pm

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Katherine Shirley is a native Londoner (UK) and near-constant writer of verse, short stories, situation comedy, lyrics and the odd truly awful joke. Often to be found clutching a notepad and pen perched on the top of a bus, grimacing over speed-bumps and scribbling away, in recent years she has had the pleasure of seeing some of her work brought to life both on stage and in print. Katherine is fast making a name for herself on the London performance poetry scene, appearing regularly on Tuesday nights at Poetry Unplugged, downstairs at The Poetry Café in Covent Garden. She has also appeared at Farrago (the longest running poetry slam in Europe), at Howl and Scowl in Hampstead, and has performed as a featured poet at the Stockwell Festival 2011, at the Word Café in Teddington and as a guest poet on the Julie Mullen Mad House show for Kingston Hospital Radio. More information about Katherine and examples of her writing may be found on her WordPress page:


Dedicated follower of fashion The modern dandy is a scruff Whose clothes can never cost enough On public transport he refrains From standing up (to crease his jeans) His hair is gelled to stay in spikes For fear of flatness he dislikes To wash or brush it, he disdains He stares in windows while on trains To check that nothing is in place For tidiness would mean disgrace! And should it ever come to pass That he displayed a bit of class? He never more could slouch among The truly fashionable throng. Copyright Katherine Shirley 2007

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John Coopey

Fri 12th Jul 2013 21:22

Thanks for your thoughts on "Route 46".
You present me with an image I can't get out of my mind, Katherine!

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Tommy Carroll

Mon 19th Nov 2012 21:08

Tommy is thinking why posters refer to themselves in the third person. I have tried to, so has himself if speaking in the third person he finds one asking him why? can two people converse in the third person? Tommy finds it difficult to quote directly from a third person's point of view while speaking to the third-person themselves (or is it your imagination that we find ones mind co-joining)We wonder if one's first-person obligates the second-persons directly attributed pro-noun. I myself think that we should (Tommy is speaking directly here)avoid all confusion in such matters by using the first-person when writing or speaking to the reader as one will find that he or she wonders if themselves are also confused. Yours (or is it ones)Tommy Carroll himself.

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Dave Carr

Thu 8th Nov 2012 12:32

Hi Katherine.
Thanks for comment on Compy Dompy.
Sorry for not getting back sooner.
I enjoyed Dedicated Follower of fashion.

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John Coopey

Fri 3rd Aug 2012 22:43

Hello Katherine,
Glad you liked "Let Me Pee" (not altogether autobiographical!).
I liked your Dedicated Follower of Fashion. My own take is a bit different!

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Nick Coleman

Fri 30th Dec 2011 18:09

Hello Look forward to reading some of your work.

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J. Otis Powell!

Fri 30th Dec 2011 15:24

I await future postings. Welcome to this online community.
J. Otis

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Winston (Admin)

Fri 23rd Dec 2011 22:12

Hi Katherine , Welcome to WOL. Winston

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