Katherine Crocker

Katherine Crockere: katherineacrocker@gmail.com
w: http://katherinecrocker.co.uk/

Available to come to book groups?  Yes
Available to give talks?  Yes
Available for school visits? No
About Me
I started to write in 2002 after attending Carole Bromley’s York University evening class.  I loved it from the start and my first poem was published in 2004.   The subjects I write about vary from personal poems about family and loved ones to political narratives, myth and fairy tales.  I have been commended in various competitions; was runner up in the Writers Inc, writer-of-the-year 2007; published in the Templar Poetry Pamphlet Prize anthology 2009; winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize in 2010; and short-listed for the inaugural Poetry School/ Pighog Press Pamphlet Prize in 2013.
My first collection, Long Exposure at Cordoba, was published in 2012 by Indigo Dreams Publishing.  The poems are wide-ranging in subject but the themes are about changing landscapes and seasons and include personal narratives as well as poems about myth and folk tales.
I am interested in the visual arts and work with Joseph Crocker, an illustrator.  He has done seven illustrations in my book, Long Exposure at Cordoba.  We are now working on a second collection.  Joseph has also done illustrations for music and theatre work.
When not writing, I spend my time playing guitar, singing (two CDs to date) and gardening.  I also love to travel and take photographs.  I had a photographic exhibition at the York City Screen gallery in 2010 entitled, “On the way to Timbuktu – a journey through Mali”, and I won the Explore Worldwide Travel Photograph Competition in 2012.
I have lived and worked in York for a long time and though I like to travel to different parts of the world, I love coming home.

My book
Cover of Crocker - CordobaLong Exposure at Cordoba
Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2012.
Genre: Poetry
Set in York? No
Description:  This collection contains poems about the changing seasons and changing landscapes.  Some of the poems are set in rural Yorkshire and others further afield.  There is always a strong sense of narrative and the subjects vary from fairy tale and myth to political narrative set in Cambodia.   Many of the poems have previously been published in UK poetry magazines such as Acumen, Ambit, Smiths Knoll and The Rialto.
Reviews:  ‘Katherine Crocker is not afraid to engage the reader in an enterprise that is in the best sense dramatic, and she does not disappoint. These are strong and incisive poems which derive their emotional traction from well-registered visual and tactile experience. A wide-ranging, distinctive, and extremely good first collection.’ Peter Bennet, Other Poetry & Bloodaxe
I greatly enjoyed reading this collection.  It was very fine, and Lilacs, in particular, will stay with me.’ Peter Hobbs, Faber & Faber
‘This debut collection is never less than interesting and the best poems far exceed that.  My favourites are about flowers.  I love the poem about lilacs, the way their perfume drenches the air after the rain.  Katherine Crocker brought them into my house, and here they are still.’ Helena Nelson, Ambit
Awards: Winner of Indigo Dreams Collection Competition.
Read a sample:  From the title poem, Long Exposure at Cordoba
“…when you get the print
the stone is blurred,
my ghost walks towards you
in orange blossom scent.”
Buy from: Amazon  l Publisher’s website l Central Books 

 

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