I’ve been published in anthologies and magazines in UK, Australia and US and performed my work widely in cafes, bookshops, theatres, festivals, at Southbank, Tate Modern, and for unsuspecting passers by. I have a poetry pamphlet with Seren Books and a book out in 2020 also with Seren.

I’m an innovative workshop leader and experienced facilitator. I’ve run workshops on creative writing and poetry as well as copywriting, life story, oral history, interviewing, radio and media. I can deliver workshops and programmes for a range of clients from senior professionals to vulnerable young people and adults; from small specialist or intimate groups to large groups in a festival tent of mixed ages.

I’m interested in community, and creating space and opportunity to explore and share creativity in new ways. Take a look at my workshops, Poetry Menu and Wordshuffle Books.

My journalism specialisms are children’s issues and child protection / abuse, and environmental/heritage issues. I am also highly experienced in project, grant and event development and management. I have managed both paid staff and volunteer programmes.

I’m also a PR / Communications professional with twenty years experience, and team and individual awards – see this website for more: http://cathdrakecomms.com/

Please get in contact for a copy of my CV.

Short Biog for publicity purposes: 

An Australian from Perth who lives in London, Cath has been published in anthologies and literary magazines in UK, Australia and US. In 2012, she was short-listed for the Venture Poetry Prize, awarded an Arts Council England grant and was writer in residence at the Albany Arts Centre café. Cath’s pamphlet ‘Sleeping with Rivers’ won the 2013 Mslexia/Seren poetry pamphlet prize and was the Poetry Book Society summer choice 2014. She was included in Best Australian Poetry 2014 anthology (Black Inc books), was short-listed for the 2015 Manchester Poetry Prize and second in the 2017 Resurgence Poetry Prize. She will be writer in residence at the The Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writer’s Centre in Australia in 2018. Her poetry collection will be published in 2018 by Seren Books. http://cathdrake.com

Manchester Poetry Prize shortlist 

Cheltenham Poetry Festival competition highly commended 

Winner of the Mslexia/Seren poetry pamphlet competition 2013

Poetry Book Society Choice 2014

Shortlisted for the Venture Poetry award 2012

Recipient of Arts Council England grant 2012/2013 & 2018/2019



CREDITS: The main photo is copyright Naomi Woddis  Naomi.Woddis@btinternet.com


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