Born in North Wales within spitting distance of the sea and Snowdonia, Kate Carruthers Thomas spent much of her childhood on the high limestone grasslands of Minchinhampton Common in Gloucestershire. She now lives in Sheffield on the very edge of the Peak District. Her poetry draws on our relationships with physical and emotional landscapes, on the interplay of space, place and feeling.
Kate is a graduate of the inaugural Cinnamon Press Mentoring Scheme, benefiting from intensive and extended development alongside mentor, writer and publisher Dr Jan Fortune. Meanwhile, Kate’s work as an academic Senior Research Fellow in the field of gender and education is also strongly influenced by the geographical and psychosocial. She is currently developing and exhibiting a performance piece Glass which brings poetry and research together in a performed, poetic sequence.
Navigation (2018) – Buy Navigation from Amazon – Buy Navigation from Cinnamonpress
Trio and Other Poets’ (2015) – Buy Trio from Amazon – Buy Navigation from Cinnamonpress
‘Thin Air’ in Stroud Short Stories 2011-2015
May Day and other poems (2014)
Envoi Issue 167 (2014)
Synopses of poetry publications
Addressing experiences of displacement and connection to both place and to people, the poems in Navigation traverse landscape and memory, mingling the two. From the sediments of natural structures to the erosion of memory, Kate Carruthers Thomas uses beautifully controlled metaphor to explore the tensions between familiarity and strangeness, whether in how we perceive the world or in the changing dynamics of relationships. Poised, honed and sharply observed, with a feeling for what goes on beneath the surface of things, Navigation is an outstanding debut collection.
In Trio three emerging poets unit voices to produce an eclectic and convincing anthology: lyrical, hones and richly layered. Kate Carruthers Thomas draws on landscape, on memory and relationship as well as life’s large and small events.
Glass (Performances: Brighton August 2018; Birmingham September 2018)
This new poetic sequence Glass explores what happens when I bring two practices together: poetry as research; research as poetry. My research is a form of enquiry, seeking enhanced intelligence and evidence to advocate organisational, structural and cultural change. My research practice involves collecting and analysing, distilling and presenting data. As a poet, I follow a similar process to create a poem. More, or less, consciously, I collect data: ideas, questions, emotions, sense phenomena … then manipulate language and sound as a means of distilling the data into a poem for performance on the page and beyond. Glass addresses four archetypal phenomena which frequently frame academic and popular discussion of career obstacles, risks and privileges: the glass ceiling, the glass escalator, the glass cliff and the glass closet. This is a performance piece.
Awards & Prizes:
2014 Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Competition – Runner Up
2013 Philip Larkin Society and East Riding Poetry Competition
(judge: Jackie Kay) 4th prize Navigation
2011 Kent and Sussex Poetry Competition
(judge Jo Shapcott) 4th prize Returning from Antarctica
Literary Festival Appearances
2018 Stroud Book Festival; November 2018
Pitch to Publishers & Festival Organisers
An emerging poet, Kate Carruthers Thomas is already an accomplished public speaker and reader, comfortable with presenting to audiences of all sizes. Her recently published poetry has a strong sense of place which fits well with a range of festival settings and themes, including smaller ‘local’ festivals. She enjoys reading alongside other poets/creative artists and is happy to discuss participative events such as workshops or performances. As a jobbing academic, Kate is also interested in opportunities to explore the role of poetry in research and public debate and to perform to a range of audiences inside and outside the university.
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