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

Passengers to the City, my first full collection (Hale & Iremonger) with poems of travel, family, love and landscape, published in 1985, is now available in the Kindle Store.

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

Poetry & Voice at Torriano is on Sept 20th, Oct 18th, Dec 6th. For more details click here.

Creative Writing at the Friends' House, 52 Leicester Rd., East Barnet, continues on Sept17, Oct 15th, Nov 18th, Dec 10th. Click here for details.

Reading and discussion, ‘Writing for leisure’, Tuesday, August 19, 6.30-7.30 pm.
By Katherine Gallagher
Venue: Ossidge Library, East Barnet

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

Anglo-French Bilingual Festival of Literature/fête Littéraire Bilingue - 29 -- 31August, 2014
29th August, 9.30-10.15: Katherine Gallagher reads from Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems plus new work.
30th August, 16.30-17.15: Katherine Gallagher introduces ‘Through a Child’s Eyes’ an anthology of poetry reflecting childhood experiences of the Second World War. Poems in English and French read by a range of voices.

Saturday, September 6, 1 pm at the Small Press Fair.
Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1
Readers: Reading with Grey Hen Press.

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

Saturday, October 18, Poetry at Palmers Green, 7pm
Venue: St. John’s Parish Centre, Bourne Hill, London. N13.
Readers: Alan Murray, Myra Schneider, Roisin Tierney, Adele Ward, Stephen Watts.
Open Mic.

The Barnet Open Poetry Competition
This very popular Competition is running again in 2014.
Adjudicators: Mario Petrucci (Adults) and Katherine Gallagher (Juniors, 7-11 & 12-16)
Closing date: November 16, 2014
Click for the Rules 2014

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
W: www.stclementinfest.com
Tel: 00 33 (0)5 49 80 22 96
or 00 33 (0) 5 49 72 94 45


Contents updated on 14th August, 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