NCW The Writing Life podcast: taking yourself seriously with Cat Woodward

Cat Woodward on the NCW podcast

I really enjoyed the chance to interview Cat Woodward for NCW’s The Writing Life podcast a few months ago, and the episode has gone live today. Cat was in Norwich to read at UEA Live just before the launch of her latest collection Blood. Flower. Joy! (Knives Forks & Spoons, 2019) so we caught up about treating your writing as a defined project, the editing process, and how Cat articulates her concerns and interests as a writer in everything she does. Listen now.

Adventures in Reading: invisibility to 111.0

The first of my new Tinyletter newsletter essays about all things books, libraries and reading has gone out today.

If you haven’t yet subscribed, you can view the archive and sign up here to receive a monthly essay from me. I hope you’ll join me on my adventures in reading.

Adventures in Reading: invisibility to 111.0

Two poems: Modern Queer Poets I

I’m delighted to have two poems in the first Modern Queer Poets anthology by Pilot Press, edited by Richard Porter. The poems are “the reading” (a take on my recurrent themes in my manuscript, holon) and “I’m a riddle and you’re working me out”, which is older. I’m so glad it has finally found a home, and alongside some of my favourite poets writing today (Eileen Myles! CA Conrad!) to boot.

The anthology is currently available half price in a flash sale via Richard’s website.

That listening place

I’ve recently finished the poems for my first collection, holon. And while I edit the collection, and find suitable afterlives for those poems, I’m also starting to think about a new project: for now, until it coalesces, I call it ‘that listening space’.

That listening space

I will use listening as both theme and methodology, and in a spatial/environmental as much as aural sense. I hold listening as a kind of spatial receptivity, and it’s this that I’ll be exploring in the new project. At the moment I’m reading Pauline Oliveros and Gaston Bachelard, but there are many thinkers, writers and artists whose work I’ll draw on, in addition to field research and lived experience (I am ‘hard of hearing’ – as if hearing were a surface, as if I am somehow calcified).

‘That listening space’ feels like a natural continuation of the themes (of bodies, solidarity, lost childhood/ancestral languages and materialisms) that I explored in holon, as well as the chance to push myself with new techniques, new forms, and new ways to research. I’m excited to start deciding the aims and scope of the project, the resources and ways of working I need to make it happen, and just what form it might take.