• David J Costello

Poetry from the Small Presses - Kate Garrett

Wirral Poetry Festival 2019

It is a real privilege to have been invited to curate the first ever Poetry from the Small Presses event for the Wirral Poetry Festival 2019. To be honest I've enjoyed indulging myself in my personal choice of six poets representing various publoishers of poetry from the small presses.

Over the next few weeks leading up to the event itself I'll be blogging about each of the participants continuing with Kate Garrett, the second of the six.

I hope it will whet the appetite and encourage you to come along! Tickets can be booked on-line using the following link:

I hope to see you there!

Poetry from the Small Presses

Birkenhead Town Hall Hamilton Square Birkenhead, CH41 5BR

Saturday 11 May 2019, 2pm

Tickets: £5 (under 18 years free)

I came across Kate a few years ago through a post by Brett Evans on Facebook about a new publisher/poet who had lauched Three Drops from a Cauldron publishing and was looking for submissions. Needless to say I submitted! A generous editor, I read at several anthology launches in her home city of Sheffield and enjoyed every minute.

Kate's breadth of writing is astonishing. The poems about her early life manage pack an (often) massive emotional punch without ever alienating the reader, a difficult task at the best of times.

But this is only one side to her, it has to be said the pirate/witchy side is never far from the surface! Myth and legend have been the currency of Three Drops and she's curated the published work of others with a deft intelligence every poet she has published appreciates. It's great she's found a home for her work with Indigo Dreams and, most recently, CWP Collective Press.

Oh, and she's a really good egg too!

This is her (brief!) bio:

Kate is the editor of Picaroon Poetry, Three Drops from a Cauldron, and Bonnie’s Crew, and her own writing is widely published. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, her pamphlet The Density of Salt (Indigo Dreams, 2016) was longlisted for a Saboteur Award, and her pamphlet You’ve never seen a doomsday like it (Indigo Dreams, 2017) was a Poetry Kit book of the month and a Poetry Book Society Winter 2017 selection. Her most recent chapbook, Land and Sea and Turning, was published by CWP Collective Press in 2018. Kate lives in Sheffield with her husband, five children, and a sleepy cat.

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