Welcome to Katherine Gallagher's website

Katherine Gallagher is a widely-acclaimed poet with seven books published as well as four chapbooks. Born in Australia, Gallagher has lived and worked in London since 1979. She has been an active force in the community, giving poetry readings, running workshops (for adults and children), judging poetry competitions, and participating in poetry festivals.
Her work has been widely reviewed, see Reviews. In addition, Gallagher has undertaken translations (from French) and her reviews of the work of other poets have been extensively published. Gallagher’s own poetry has been translated into French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Romanian, and Serbian. 


Poetry collections

Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems
After Kandinsky
Tigers on the Silk Road
The Sleepwalker with Eyes of Clay
Finding the Prince (pamphlet)
Fish-rings on Water
Passengers to the City
Tributaries of the Love-song (pamphlet)
The Eye’s Circle


About Katherine Gallagher


Workshops and courses

Other projects

Children’s poetry
Past Events

Contact and links

(Photo by Marie Hyde)

Nostalgia Sonnet

(after Frank O’Hara)

Have you forgotten the zany way we danced
pivoting round corners at breakneck speed
through a sea of Year Tens who stood entranced?
‘Like flying,’ you said, me following your lead –
with tousled hair and tapping toes, again
again, each day a new adventure trip –
hunting poetry from Adamson to Zen
and taking our time, just letting it rip.

Sometimes I wonder why we didn’t stay
shining up those days – good times and more.
We wanted to travel, get right away,
see the other side, its open door –
not worried much about beating the drum,
believing our best days were yet to come.

©2010 Katherine Gallagher

(from Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems, Arc Publications, 2010)

News & events

Fish-Rings on Water my 2nd full collection with lino-cuts by Pierre Vella and introduction by Peter Porter is now available in the Kindle Store. Here’s the link http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DRY446W

Fourth Friday – 28th February, 2014, 8 pm
Poetry Reading (David Floyd & Katherine Gallagher) & Music from the City Ramblers’ Revival
Venue: Poetry Café,22 Betterton Street, London. WC2

Katherine Gallagher Archive - included in the Shaw Collection at the James Cook University, Townsville
The Katherine Gallagher Collection contains all my books of poetry, published in Australia and in the UK plus Miscellaneous Papers.
For information concerning access to the Katherine Gallagher Collection, please contact Bronwyn McBurnie, Special Collections Librarian, Information and Research Support, James Cook Universiy, Townsville, Qld. 4811. Australia.
Email: bronwyn.mcburnie@jcu.edu.au - Web: http://www.jcu.edu.au

Switching on the Christmas lights in Myddleton Road:
On the 8th December, 2013, Haringey singer Melanie Masson and myself switched on the lights in Myddleton Road, N22 8LZ. These were the ‘first-time-ever’ Christmas lights for Myddleton Rd which runs through the conservation area of Bowes Park N22. Between the carols led by Melanie, I read a poem written to mark the occasion.
For more details click on Bowes and Bounds Connected.

Poetry & Voice at Torriano is on March 15th, April 12th, May 17th. For more details click here.

Creative Writing at the Friends' House, 52 Leicester Rd., East Barnet, continues on March 12th, April 9th, May 14th. Click here for details.

Workshop – Word for Word, 5th March, 1 – 3 pm.
Led by Katherine Gallagher
Venue: Hornsey Library, N.8

Workshops at the Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS.

April 5: ‘Not Waving But Drowning, Not Drowning But Waving: The Outsider: The Enigma of Stevie Smith’.
An afternoon workshop (1 – 5pm) with Katherine Gallagher, focusing on Smith’s life; and including some new writing using Stevie Smith ‘example’ poems for inspiration.
Price £35. Pre-booking essential. For more details, click here.

June 7: ’The Blood jet is Poetry’ : The Legacy of Sylvia Plath. An afternoon workshop (1 - 5pm) with Katherine Gallagher, focusing on Plath’s life, with an emphasis on the legacy of her poetry, of her innovatory style, poetry that was new, personal, incantatory, visionary, raw.
Price £35. Pre-booking essential. For more details, click here.
For more details, including booking: Tel: 020 8807 6680 or online at http://www.dugdalecentre.co.uk.

The 2014 Residential Poetry Workshop at Le Moulin, Villebaudon, Normandy
A five day poetry course for 7 participants, 'The Faces of Memory' (Tutor - Katherine Gallagher) will take place from 23 - 27th August, 2014.
Course price: £380. For more details on this workshop Click here

Saturday, April 12, Poetry at Palmers Green, 7pm
Venue: St. John’s Parish Centre, Bourne Hill, London. N13.
Readers: Christopher James, Sharon Morris, Cheryl Moskowitz, Kaye Lee, Peter Phillips, Gordon Meade. Open Mic.

Wednesday, June 25, 7.15 pm.
Venue: Palmers Green Stanza/Brighton Stanza Poetry Bonanza – at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, WC2. Free.

Spring Second Light Festival – 16-17th May 2013
Venue: The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London. WC1 -
See Second Light Festival, www.secondligtlive.co.uk for details of readers, workshop leaders, etc.

Saturday March 8, 2014 - The Barnet Open Poetry Competition Prizegiving
Venue: The Bull Theatre, High Street Barnet (High Barnet tube).
10 am – Juniors (7 – 11) and (12 – 16)
Adjudication and Children’s Poetry Reading by Katherine Gallagher
2pm - Adults
Adjudication and reading by Martyn Crucefix
5pm – Poetry Reading by Martyn Crucefix & Katherine Gallagher at the Bull Theatre, Open Mic. For more details visit http://www.barnetarts.org.uk

The Australian Poetry Resources Internet Library (APRIL) was launched in June 2011. The website’s aim is to promote the study and appreciation of Australian poems and poets. The project is a joint venture between Sydney University, the Copyright Agency (CAL) and Australian Research Council. CAL’s key role is representation of poets’ rights in this project.
Katherine Gallagher’s poems are being digitalised and made available on the APRIL website.

Anglo-French Bilingual Festival of Literature/fête Littéraire Bilingue/ 31st August – September 2nd, 2012
Helen Dunmore, Katherine Gallagher, Isabelle Soulard, David Cooke, Barbara Unkovic, Roger Elkin, Donall Dempsey and others. . .
The Festival was a great success. The next St. Clementin Festival will take place from August 29 - 31, 2014. Click here KGfestival2012.pdf for details of my contribution et al in 2012.
St. Clementin, 79150, Deux-Sèvres, France
E: gordon.simms@aliceadsl.fr
Tel: 00 33 (0)5 49 80 22 96
or 00 33 (0) 5 49 72 94 45


Contents updated on 22nd February, 2014, London
Copyright Katherine Gallagher © 2000-2014


My books are now available on Amazon's Kindle, and . . .
Fish-rings on Water shifts
Fish-rings on Water, 1989 shifts, 1997
and from Arc Publications
You can order those below online from my publisher, Arc Publications. Click on the cover page of your choice for more information:
Carnival Edge
Carnival Edge: New & Selected poems
Tigers on the Silk Road
Tigers on the Silk Road