Cath Drake Writing & Communications: I’ve been providing writing workshops, mentoring, events and creative projects for over a decade, specialising in projects for Australian and UK writers.  I work with partners in both countries. I’m interested in creating creative communities and creating space and opportunity to explore and share creativity in new ways. I’m also a copywriter and marketing specialist and I teach storytelling to charities.

About Cath Drake: Cath is an Australian who lives in London. She has been published in anthologies and literary magazines in UK, Australia and US, and performed widely. Sleeping with Rivers won the Mslexia/Seren poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice. The Shaking City (Seren Books)was commended by the Forward Prizes for Poetry in 2020. Cath has been short-listed for the Venture Poetry Prize and the Manchester Poetry Prize, and was second in the 2017 Resurgence Poetry School eco-poetry prize.  Her work has included environmental writing, award-winning journalism and teaching mindfulness. Cath was writer in residence at the Albany Arts Centre café in 2012 and The Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writer’s Centre in Australia in 2018.

An innovative workshop leader and experienced facilitator, Cath has run workshops on creative writing and poetry as well as copywriting, life story, oral history, interviewing, radio and media, delivering 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.

She has a background in award-winning environment writing and run writing workshops on nature writing and responding with creativity to the climate emergency.

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

Cath is a poet/online MC for hire: online reading and writing groups, weddings, parties, birthdays, remembrances, anniversaries, let me liven up your party with poetry, fun sharing activities and games.

She’s 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 if you want to know more

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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