I am a widely-published prizewinning Australian poet resident in London. My most recent collection is Tigers on the Silk Road, (Arc Publications, 2000). I am Writers' Inc Education Officer. I am very experienced in leading workshops for adults and children, and my poems for children have appeared in over thirty anthologies.
Poetry - Collections:
THE EYE'S CIRCLE (Rigmarole, Melbourne, 1974; reprinted 1978)
TRIBUTARIES OF THE LOVE-SONG (Angus & Robertson, Poets of the Month 4,
PASSENGERS TO THE CITY (Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1985)
Shortlisted for the 1986 Australian National Poetry Award
FISH-RINGS ON WATER (Forest Books, London, 1989)
FINDING THE PRINCE (Hearing Eye Press, Pamphlet Series, London 1993)
THE SLEEPWALKER WITH EYES OF CLAY (Forest Books, 1994), Translation of
LE SOMNAMBULE AUX YEUX D'ARGILE
SHIFTS (Haiku - Hub Editions, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, 1997)
TIGERS ON THE SILK ROAD (Arc Publications, Todmorden, Lancs., 2000)
Poems in leading Journals and Newspapers in the UK : Acumen, Agenda,
Australian Studies, Connections, Critical Quarterly, Critical Survey,
Equinox, Feminist Review, The Green Book, The H.U., The Independent, The
Interpreter's House, London Magazine, Magma, Mslexia, New Poetry, The New
Welsh Review, Outposts, Poetry Review, Resurgence, Stand, Times Literary
Supplement, Writing Women
- U.K Anthologies, including:
AIN'T I A WOMAN! (Virago, 1987); VIRAGO BOOK OF LOVE-POETRY (1990); IN THE
GOLD OF FLESH (Women's Press, 1990); THE POETRY OF WAR, 1914-1989 (B.B.C.,
1990); SING FREEDOM (Faber, 1991); OTHER WORLDS (BBC, 1991); CAN YOU HEAR?
POEMS FOR OXFAM (Pan Macmillan, 1992); THE CHATTO BOOK OF GHOSTS (1994); AS
GIRLS COULD BOAST (Oscars, 1994); WHAT POETS EAT (Foolscap, 1994);
OTHERWORLDS (Faber, 1995); AN IDEA OF BOSNIA (Autumn House, 1996); THE
IRON BOOK OF BRITISH HAIKU (Iron, 1998); PARENTS (Enitharmon, 2000);
MAKING WORLDS (Headland, 2003)
Awards and Fellowships, including a Writer's Fellowship from the Literature
Board, Australia Council, 1978; Winner - Warana Poetry Prize, Brisbane,
1981;Shortlisted for the National Poetry Award, Adelaide, 1986; Writer's
Grant - Royal Literary Fund, 2000;
Runner-up - Stand Magazine International Poetry Competition, 2000
Workshops - Poetry and Fiction, including:
Writing for Pleasure, Poetry Society, London - January - April 1990
Poets in Schools Project, W.H. Smith/Poetry Society - 1990 - 1995
Writing Poetry, Haringey Adult Education, London - February - April 1990
Open College of the Arts, Starting to Write Course, March 1990-onwards:
Tutor on Advanced Poetry and Fiction
Ways into Writing, Old Bull Arts Centre, Barnet, London, June 1990 - March
Writing Workshops, Barnet College, London, September 1991 - onwards
London - Tate Gallery, Word and Image Project, October 1994
Haringey Literature Festival, Railway Fields Poetry Mixed-Media Day, 1997,
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Haringey Arts Council/Middlesex University, Poetry in Haringey Schools,
London - Jacksons Lane, Poetry and Voice Workshops, January 1997 - onwards
Victorian Writers' Centre, Melbourne - Poetry and Voice Workshop, March
Barking Town Quay Regeneration Project - Poetry/Sculpture: January-March,
Writers Inc./Blue Nose Poetry Education Officer - appointed in 1999
Lea Valley Tottenham Marshes Project - Poetry/Sculpture: May-June, 2000
I am writing to you to offer a reference for Katherine Gallagher, a poet who visited Dame Alice Owen's School to spend a day with our pupils to make a presentation and also to lead two workshops on poetry. Miss Gallagher provided an excellent day for our young people. Her two workshops were to two totally different age groups, the first to the younger pupils in Year 7, aged 11, and the other to an older group of pupils. She has the ability to relate well to young people across the age spectrum from 11 to 18. She showed considerable patience, interest, enthusiasm and charm, so that our pupils were interested throughout the whole of her presentation and very much involved in her workshops. these workshops did result in the writing of some very interesting poetry.
I would recommend her to you wholeheartedly as being suitable to engage the interest of young people in schools as both a poet and a writer.
It was a great pleasure to have her here and we would be very pleased to invite her here again in the future.
Head, Dame Alice Owen's School, Hertfordshire
I have worked with Katherine Gallagher for almost ten years on a number of different literature projects.
She played a fundamental role in establishing the extremely popular and successful annual children's poetry day at Railway Fields. Railway Fields is a hidden conservation area in the heart of urban Haringey. In additioin to running workshops and performing there over the years, Katherine was writer in resident at Railway Fields in 2002. She worked with children, adults and families running poetry workshops and collecting material for inclusion in a short anthology. Katherine was also commissioned to produce new work. She was responsible for co-ordinating the desitgn of this small publication and also arranged a special event to launch the booklet. Reaction to this residency was very enthusiastic and all participants gained a great deal. This was particularly obvious at the launch, which took place on a cold and very stormy afternoon in October, which was well attended by participants from the three workshops.
Katherine was also a key contributor to our Celebrating Food project. This was funded by Arts Council England through RALP and involved four poets working in ten Haringey schools looking at the theme of 'Food'. Katherine works very well in schools, particularly with younger children and the project successfully produced a book featuring the poetry and photographs by the young people along with recipes that had been collected to reflect the rich culture of the local community.
Katherine has performed in the Haringey Literature Festival on numerous occasions both as part of a larger programme such as National Poetry Day or topping the bill when she launched her book Tigers on the Silk Road.
Katherine is both a dedicated poet and teacher and effectively passes on her skills and enthusiasm to all she works with. In addition to that, she is an excellent administrator who is definitely an asset when juggling education and other work.
I have no hesitation in recommending Katherine Gallagher for education work. We will definitely be working with her again.
Arts Development Manager, Collage Arts, London
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