‘The Shaking City’ is born

Cath Drake wants to grasp the world whole. When she looks at the past, it’s with a big rambunctious energy that has implications for the present. These are restless and generous poems, full of the vivid reality of people’s lives. Read them as a guide to staying clear-eyed, combative and caring in unsettled times. (Philip Gross)

Amid all the chaos in the world, my new book is available to order.  I’m planning an online book launch in April. Order it from Seren Books.

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Amy Wack, poetry editor, Seren Books: Cath Drake’s native Australia features large in her debut collection of poems, The Shaking City. Author of a Mslexia magazine prize-winning pamphlet, Drake fashions adroit narratives, lush landscapes and keenly observed character portraits. The Shaking City itself stands for both the unease of the narrator and the swiftly changing times we live in.

Helen Mort: Cath Drake’s poems deftly explore conflict and the future of our changing, imperilled planet – in a poem about climate emergency, the narrator muses wryly ‘sometimes I hold world in one hand, my life / in the other’. This is a collection alive to dilemmas. Her writing is searching, witty and full of compassion, helping us navigate a shifting world.

Karen McCarthy Woolf: Cath Drake’s lush, lyric poems are full of inquisitive movement that traverses a network of meridians between her native Australia and the UK.  Like midday sun in a desert, their narrative strikes hard in its passionate counterpoint between the absurdities of the human condition and our most urgent environmental concerns.

Kate Potts: In Cath Drake’s The Shaking City, inhabitants and buildings wobble, crack, shudder, unpeel and regrow their own skin. They seek out ways to endure: sturdy-framed lives, bricks strong enough to withstand hurricanes, wolves, and the weight of unspoken trauma. In this world, close and passionate attention is paid to the beauty and strangeness of nature, and of everyday life. The Shaking City’s tall tales explore existence across boundaries, and in between places: the folkloric bunyip appearing in the kitchen, the would-be lovers stuck (perhaps forever) on the circle line, the speaker who catches the hide of the world and fashions it into a handbag. This joyful, exuberant, wildly imaginative collection exhorts us all to unmoor our minds, to ‘live among the strange and shining.

 

Waymaking is a winner

Waymaking, an anthology of prose, poetry and art by women inspired by wild places and outdoor adventure, has been selected as the winner of the Mountain Literature (Non-Fiction) The Jon Whyte Award in the international 2019 Banff Mountain Book  Competition in Alberta, Canada.

I have a long poetic sequence that is dispersed throughout the book about walking the Camino de Santiago.

“This superb collection of women’s short stories, poems, and illustrations is full of gems from end to end. Waymaking is an immersion into the tears, giggles, sighs, and love that have gone into producing this precious yet ground-breaking work.” Paul McSorley, 2019 Book Competition Jury

It’s also on the Guardian’s top travel gift books.

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It’s time…. the writers rebel!

Top UK Writers join Rebel Protest against the Ecological and Climate Emergency

40 writers to perform in Trafalgar Square on 11th October, 5pm as part of XR’s October Uprising . I’m proud to be part of a team organising this incredible event.

It features poems and prose, about nature, ecology and the current climate crisis from Ali Smith, Naomi Alderman, Chloe Aridjis , AL Kennedy, Helen Simpson, David Harsent, Daljit Nagra, Paul Farley, Glyn Maxwell, Susie Orbach , Philip Hoare, David Graeber, Owen Sheers, Simon Schama, Deborah Moggach, Leone Ross, Rachel Edwards, Anjali Joseph, Toby Litt, Matt Thorne, Gregory Norminton, Tom Bullough, Naomi Ishiguro , Juliet Jacques, Will Eaves, Natalie Haynes, M John Harrison, Susana Medina, Irenosen Okojie , Romesh Gunesekera, Salena Godden, Chris Beckett, Joanna Pocock, Robert Macfarlane.

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Terrific Torriano trio

Cath Drake, Kate Potts and Alison Winch read poems from their new and upcoming collections exploring gender, desire, and the natural world. Kate Pott’s new book Feral (Bloodaxe), a PBS recommendation, was described by Tristram Fane Saunders in The Telegraph, who picked it as a Poetry Book of the Month, as ‘musical, joyously weird and filled with moments of pure pleasure’. Alison Winch’s Darling, It’s Me is out in May with Penned in the Margins, described as a fierce and funny book about politics, power, sex and love!

Cath will read her new long poem published as a centrepiece in ‘Waymaking, an anthology of women’s adventure, writing and art’ .

Sunday 17 February, 7.30pm; £5/4 according to pocket – Sign up to read in the open mike

Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town https://torrianomeetinghouse.wordpress.com/where-we-are/

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Dazzling poetry line-up

Come and listen to an incredible line-up of writers and poets and enjoy an art exhibition at ‘The Two of Us’ Festival Fundraiser 23rd February – only £10 (plus booking fee)!

Poets and performers: Amy Acre, Rich Blk Mkoloma, Leo Boix, Steven Camden, Rishi Dastidar, Cath Drake, Dylema, Caleb Femi, Kat Francois, Alba Frederick, Joshua Idehen, Keith Jarrett, Guido Garcia Lueches, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Miriam Nash, Olumide Popoola, Peter Raynard, Roger Robinson, Leone Ross, Amaal Said, Jacob Sam- La Rose, Joelle Taylor and Mark Thompson.

Artists Exhibiting: Antonia Atwood, Annika Cox, Danny F, Zara Hunter, Celine Marchbank, Rikard Österlund, Michelle Rodrigues, Rachelle Romeo, Amaal Said, Paloma Tendero, Elsbeth Van der Poel, Kathryn Watson (My Illustrated Mind) Jasmin Woddis Caron, Naomi Woddis and Amy Jenine Wong.  Artist Diane Goldie will be selling her wearable art.

There will be 3 parts of approximately one and a half hours each with plenty of time in between for you to enjoy the exhibition, have a drink from the licenced bar and something to eat or just to mingle and chat.

Doors open at 2 pm. First live set at 3 pm, Reel Rebels Music Studios in Stoke Newington

A fundraiser – for the incredible Naomi Woddis to kickstart her podcast from her radio interviews and raise money for Reel Rebels Radio. Naomis show: The Two of Us and her instagram

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A celebration of Seren/Mslexia poetry prize winners

SUNDAY LUNCH with Mslexia Magazine: Poetry Pamphlet prizewinners

10 February 2019, 1:00-3:00pm
(Must book in Advance)

Mslexia Editor (and novelist) Debbie Taylor joins Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack in this celebration of seven years of pamphlet prize winners: with Polly Atkin, Cath Drake, Mara Bergman, Ilse Pedler, Yvonne Reddick, Bryony Littlefair. Special guest Welsh poet and singer-songwriter Rhian Edwards. 

Poetry readings, music, full 3 course Sunday Lunch.  (Veg options)

The whole weekend programme looks great so see you there!

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