Kate Noakes

Kate Noakes’ seventh collection is The Filthy Quiet (Parthian, 2019). Member of the Welsh Academy, she lives in London where she acts as a trustee for writer development organisation Spread the Word. She teaches occasional creative writing workshops and reviews poetry books for a number of prominent magazines. Her website is archived by the National Library of Wales.

Kate Noakes lives in London. She has degrees in Geography, and English Literature from Reading University, and an MPhil in Creative Writing from the University of South Wales.

She was elected to the Welsh Academy of Letters in 2011. Her website, boomslangpoetry.blogspot.com, is archived by the National Library of Wales. She has taught creative writing for Oxford University (Kellogg College) and the Poetry School in London; and run creative writing workshops for Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and the Globe Hay on Wye amongst others.

Her first collection Ocean to Interior was published in 2007 by Mighty Erudite Press. Her second collection, The Wall Menders was published by Two Rivers Press in 2009 and was selected for special promotion in independent bookshops and libraries in London by Exclusively Independent.  

Her later collections are Cape Town from Eyewear Publishing (2012), I-spy and Shanty (2014) from corrupt press, Tattoo on Crow Street from Parthian (2015), which was highlighted in the PBS Review,  and Paris, Stage Left again with Eyewear (2017).  Her most recent book is The Filthy Quiet again published by Parthian in 2019 and highlighted in the PBS Review.

Her work has appeared in a number of magazines including: Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland Review, Envoi, Magma, Mslexia, Poetry News, Iota, Poetry Salzburg Review, The North, Tears in the Fence, Planet, Blackbox Manifold, Prole, Atlantic Review and The Wolf.  It appears in e-zines such as Ink, Sweat & Tears, The High Window, Atrium, and The Pickled Body.

It has been anthologised by Cinnamon Press, Leaf Books, the University of London (In Protest), Two Rivers Press (Reading Poetry), Eyewear (Refugees Welcome and Nous Sommes Paris), Seren (Tokens for the Foundlings), Candlestick Press (Poems for Christmas), and Smiths Doorstop (Poems on Running). It was included by Matt Barnard in the NHS 70th Anniversary poetry. ‘Snow light’ was selected by Carol Ann Duffy for her Poetry Corner in The Daily Mirror in January 2010. She won the Owen Barfield Poetry Prize in 2009.

She reviews poetry books for prominent poetry magazines The North, Poetry Wales and Poetry London, and the cultural website London Grip.

During the six years she lived in France, she was founding president of Paris Lit Up, a not for profit literary and anglophone community organisation. She co-hosted the weekly open mic night at Culture Rapide in Belleville, co-ran the weekly drop-in critical feedback workshops, co-edited the annual Paris Lit Up magazine’s first two editions. She also co-organised the English language poetry events day for the French national Slam championship, and lead the monthly drop-in creative workshop held in Shakespeare and Company bookshop.

Kate is the occasional host of Reading’s monthly Poets’ Café. She is also a trustee for London literary advocacy organisation Spread the Word.


“Poem title”, Journal Title (Volume 55.1, Summer 2019) Link: https://linktothejournaloryourpieceifavailabletoview.co.uk

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Upcoming events and forthcoming publications

Non-fiction: Real Hay on Wye (Seren, 2020)

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Website: https://www.boomslangpoetry.blogspot.com