2021: Event 20

(20) Re-visit the Landscape of your Childhood: Cath Drake

Sunday 18th April | 1:30-3:30pm | SOLD OUT

The place where you grew up often creates an indelible imprint that we compare to all other landscapes we find ourselves a part of later in life. Children are naturally drawn to landscape and nature. As a child, we were often more mindful, more in the present moment, notice, connect and engage in more detail in landscape and nature  – these places and experiences were crucial for exploration and play. These days most of us spend the majority of our live indoors: over 90% of our time on average. Many of us live in built-up cities. We’ve often lost an immediacy or child-like wonder with the landscapes we love. Re-connect with this rich vein of your childhood experience, emotion and history to enliven and spark new directions in your poetry.

The Festival is organising the bookselling in partnership with bookshop.org. There’s an expanded range of Festival titles for each event available from our bookshop.org affiliate shop. Take a look at them here. If you buy from our shop, you are supporting the Festival, the writers, the publishers, and, thanks to the way bookshop.org operates, independent booksellers generally.

Cath Drake smiling looking away form the camera, dark blacked out background.

Cath Drake

Australian Cath Drake’s poetry collection ‘The Shaking City’ (Seren Books, 2020, highly commended in the 2020 Forward Prizes) was described by Philip Gross as ‘a guide to staying clear-eyed, combative and caring in unsettling times’. It follows ‘Sleeping with Rivers’ which won the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice. Published in anthologies and literary journals in Ireland, US and Australia, she’s been short-listed for Manchester Poetry Prize and second in the Poetry School eco-poetry prize (now called Ginkgo).  She was an environmental writer in Australia for decade, winning journalism and communications awards and holds a post-graduate qualification in Environmental Science.

Cath Drake – The Shaking City
ISBN: 9781781725757

Cath DrakeSleeping with Rivers
ISBN: 9781781721841