Katrina Naomi's newsletter for January...

short & sweet...

Katrina Naomi

photo: Tim Ridley

Welcome to my monthly newsletter
'short & sweet'.
Each issue has details of readings, workshops, publishing, etc. 
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For more about my books, readings, mentoring and workshops, see http://www.katrinanaomi.co.uk 

Recommended read:

Many of you will know Denise Riley's poetry, I didn't before getting hold of Say Something Back (Picador, 2016). This is a collection on grief - don't let that word put you off - it's tremendously physical work, moving and unflinching. http://www.picador.com/books/say-something-back

Happy new year

From Truro to Tokyo... 
I still can't quite believe it but I've been awarded an Arts Council England/British Council grant to go to Japan. It's for my project 'Basho and Beyond'. I'll be travelling in Basho's footsteps, interviewing contemporary poets, attending traditional haiku workshops and giving a talk or two on contemporary British poetry. I've written more here http://www.katrinanaomi.co.uk/basho-and-beyond  

I'm appearing at several festivals, including Verve in Birmingham in February, Teignmouth in Devon in March, plus running an Arvon week, 'Serious Play' with Jen Hadfield in May. To see if I'll be reading/running a workshop anywhere near you, go to http://www.katrinanaomi.co.uk/festivalseventsreadings-for-2017

Poems and reviews
It's an anxious time when your book's out and you're waiting for reviews. Will anyone review it and will they like it? Here are some reviews of my second collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren, 2016) https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/way-crocodile-taught-me. There'll be more reviews to come. But basically, after publishing, I think you just have to get out there with your book, do plenty of publicity but keep writing. Some new poems are coming out in The Dark Horse, The Fiddlehead (Canada) and Modern Poetry in Translation. Good luck with wherever you're submitting your work. 

And you might like
Gemma Seltzer runs Write and Shine, brilliant early morning writing sessions in London, plus online courses https://write-and-shine.com/about/. And here's a new spoken word poetry competition, Making Waves, judged by Luke Wright, with good prize money https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/making-waves-spoken-poetry-competion/

All the best to you,

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