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12 Jan17

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Chroma Review of Silver Rembrandt
Kate at Desperado Literature

and in the shop…
collections –
“A Gift of Rivers”
Arachne Press;
“Electric Psalms new and selected poems”
Shoestring Press;

“The Don’t Touch Garden”
Arachne Press;

“One Window North”
“The Silver Rembrandt”
“Laughter from the Hive”
Shoestring Press;
“A Year Without Apricots”
Blackwater Press;
“Soft Engineering”
Only Women Press;
and chapbooks –
“A Fox Assisted Cure”
Shoestring Press;
“Night and Other Animals”
Green Lantern Press



Kate Foley was born in London in 1938 and had a varied career as nurse, midwife and teacher before she settled down to a long spell in archaeological science and conservation. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and was awarded an honorary doctorate by De Montfort University for her work in conservation education. She now lives with her Dutch wife between Amsterdam and Suffolk. She frequently leads workshops in Holland and the UK.
She has published in a wide variety of magazines and in several anthologies She has won a number of prizes, has read in most of the major poetry venues in London and Amsterdam, loves working with artists from other media and is delighted to be at last leading a life where there is a bit more time for the sharing of poetry.
Her most recent of eight full collections are Electric Psalms new and selected poems (Shoestring Press, 2016) and A gift of Rivers (Arachne Press, 2018).
Some Comments:

a poet who shows us how often we … have the experience but miss the meaning … poems alive with sensuous detail … these epiphanies are earthed


Matt Simpson, Critical Survey


the keynote is … her own direct voice, slightly subliminal, ‘in the ear’, saying significant things in the memorable, dense phrases associated with her strongest work


Dilys Wood, ARTEMISpoetry (on One Window North


on The Silver Rembrandt:

The sequence is formidable … for its narrative clarity … Foley uses a remarkable exactness and yet fluidity of language to depict Lily, whose story is … of the hard work of firstly claiming the self, and then mending the self.


Sophie Mayer, Chroma


of A Fox Assisted Cure:

a wonderful narrative poem … skillful use of language and rhythm … brilliant characterisation


Rachel Playforth, The Frogmore Papers


and of Electric Psalms new and selected poems:

Many of these poems seem to explore … the ‘subterranean stream’ of women’s narratives … the non-patriarchal lower case history of the individual where the seeds of poetry and story are stored


Richie McCaffery, London Grip


You’ll remember the poems long after you’ve forgotten the price.


R V Bailey, ARTEMISpoetry