Polaroids and Poems

Since the Lockdown started, we’ve been making the most of our designated outdoors time. Living in Chorlton, we’re very lucky to have access to Kenworthy Woods through the back gate and it’s an amazing time of year, with the trees turning green again and the wild garlic in bloom. I’ve seen a few butterflies around and can hear the owls […]

Cake Magazine

Many thanks to editor Finn Jackson for asking me to write a feature article for the latest issue of Cake Magazine. When she wrote to me to say that the subject for Cake 7 was the body (human, animal, monster), “how we celebrate it, dissect it, wonder and rage at it”, I was intrigued straight away, but it was really her reminder of the […]

Seventh Quarry Magazine

Two of my poems, ‘On Mending a Lost Letter’ and ‘Blue Plums’ have just appeared in Seventh Quarry Magazine and it was lovely to get my copy of it in the post and read some of the fantastic writing featured in there.  Here’s one of the poems of mine that was published in Issue 17, Winter 2013: On Mending a Lost […]

Podcast of ‘The Argument Man in Winter’

I’ve been doing some volunteer teaching at Start in Salford, and recently our creative writing group has been working on poems with a winter theme.  Youth Arts co-ordinator Francine Hayron recorded our pieces and did a lovely job of editing them and adding sound effects, compiling them all into a snow-filled collection. Here’s my contribution, performed by David Jones, a […]

The Argument Man in Winter

The Argument Man in Winter Play Audio: [sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://www.katehorsley.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Argument_Man.mp3″] He had to be angry because it was his schtick.  You couldn’t have a happy-go-lucky Argument Man. That was the whole point, the USP. 50 cents for a disagreement A dollar for a spat. You paid up and took what you got.  Whichever side you picked, he picked the other side. He […]

Bliss Anthology

I had a great time reading at the Derwent Poetry Festival 2011 and met lots of lovely people.  Now I’m happy to see that the Bliss Anthology is available to buy.  Like all Templar’s publications this anthology is beautifully printed and produced and has loads of great writing in it.  The other collections that were on sale at the festival […]

Derwent Poetry Festival 2011

I’m excited to be reading at the fifth Derwent Poetry Festival in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, 11th-13th November.  My collection ‘Paper Bullets’ was a runner up in the Templar Pamphlet Competition, so some of my poems will be published in Templar’s annual anthology, Bliss.  The festival includes both new and more established Templar poets, including guest reader Mimi Khalvati.  Here’s one of the poems I’ll be […]

Ravenglass Anthology

I’m delighted to hear that my poems have been shortlisted for the Ravenglass Poetry Press Competition. A group of my poems will be included in the forthcoming Ravenglass Anthology.  It’s available from Amazon and includes some work by poets I really admire.  I felt very pleased to be included in it. Here’s one of the poems that you can find in it: […]