Welcome to Katherine Gallagher's website

Katherine Gallagher is a widely-acclaimed poet with eight 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 Serbo-Croat. 




About Katherine Gallagher


Workshops and courses

Other projects

Latest News and Events
Children’s poetry
Past Events
Workshops and courses

Poetry collections

Acres of Light
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

Contact and links


(Photo by Marie Hyde)

Knebworth Park

A cave of air softens,
hovers over our heads.
We’ve waited all year for this:
the March lull, the park
almost tourist-free.
Put your ear
to this unsaddled soil,
sound out the mating-calls
of otters, rabbits, voles;
hear horses hoofbeats
pound nearer-far.
I have made an altar of calm
among these ageing oaks,
lines of stiff-backed trees.
Our walk circles the ancient house,
grounds set off by daffodils.
A five-year-old sings a nursery-rhyme,
wanting to pat sheep. Their beady eyes
distract, promising only puzzles.
We call ourselves comfortable explorers,
notice a wine-glass left among the ferns.
A squirrel skids into wintry hiding.
As the light fades, we study
each other’s faces
for signs of sun.

© Katherine Gallagher
First published in Tigers on the Silk Road,
and in 2020, in Places of Poetry (One World
Publication, £12.99 UK)

News & events

Stop Press ⚊ Poetry Competition ⚊

The Pen Nib International Writing Competition 2021

I’ve been asked to judge this Poetry Competition by Brenda Henderson, and her expat writing community at Brantôme, a town founded in 769 by Charlemagne in the Périgord, South-West France. Maximum – 50 lines. First Prize - £150. Entry only through PayPal. No cheques. See Link here for how to enter and other details.

Closing Date- 15th November, 2021
Results on the website early February, 2022

Since the beginning of lockdown

2020 has been a very difficult year veering around lockdowns and the virus, wearing masks, handwashing and zooming, trying to keep well and to avoid this pernicious virus.
2021 has proved to be the same.

Support for my next full-length collection

In July, 2021, I was awarded a London Society of Authors’ Foundation Award towards the completion of my next full-length collection of poetry.

Leicester Rd. Barnet Group

The Barnet Group has continued to meet on Zoom, hosted by Lindsay Fursland throughout 2020 and 2021. Zoom has been marvellous. I can’t imagine what the Covid-19 era would have been like without Zoom and Skype.

The Palmers Green Stanza

The Palmers Green Stanza has continued to meet on the 2nd Friday of each month through Zoom meetings hosted by Julian Bishop and Jude Willetts. The Stanza is a wonderful support-group, with various members regularly appearing in magazines or competition-winners’ lists or in some cases, in their own pamphlets/books.

The Palmers Green Group Twice-yearly Readings

These were unfortunately cancelled in 2020. We’d hoped we’d be able to continue them in April 2021 at the latest. However, lockdowns and the threat from Covid-19 has left us now hoping to resume with readings in April, 2022.

Our Poetry in Palmers Green pages

on Facebook, are updated regularly by Martyn Crucefix.

The Barnet Open Poetry Competition

The popular Barnet Open Poetry Competition (Adults and Juniors) begun in 1992 by BBAC’s Pam Edwards and myself, was unfortunately cancelled in 2020. This happened due to Pam Edwards’ sudden illness. It was hoped that this long-running Competition might resume again in 2021, but this hasn’t been possible.


Along with other poets, I am sorry to no longer participate in regular group-readings although it is good to be able to take part in Zoom-events such as Grey Hen Press launches, Second Light Festivals, Enfield Poets’ readings or Arc Publications’ events.

Children’s Poetry

I am very pleased to have regular publication of my children’s poetry on the Australian Children’s Poetry Website, an online site, run by poet Jeanie Axton.

My books are now available on Amazon's Kindle, and . . .

Fish-rings on Water

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
Tigers on the Silk Road
Tigers on the Silk Road