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12 Sep16

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poetry favourites:
Cinnamon Press
Lampeter Review
Literature Wales
Red Heron
New Welsh Review
Poetry Wales
Second Light
Poetry Kit
Menna Elfyn
The Interpreter’s House

and in the shop…
collections –
“Gardening With Deer”
“The Shadow House”
Cinnamon Press;
“The Third Day: Landscape and the Word”
“The Rocking Stone”
Poetry Wales Press



Kathy Miles won the Bridport Prize in 2015
and the PENfro Poetry Competition in 2016

Kathy Miles was born in Liverpool and moved to Wales to study for a BA in English Literature. She subsequently gained a postgraduate diploma in Librarianship, and worked for many years as Outreach Services Librarian at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing.
Her first collection, The Rocking Stone, was published by Poetry Wales Press in 1988, and in 1995 she produced an edited anthology of poems and photographs, The Third Day: Landscape and the Word for Gomer Press. Her second collection of poetry was published by Cinnamon Press in 2009. Her work has also appeared in many anthologies and magazines, and she won the PENfro Poetry Competition in 2016, and the Bridport Poetry Prize in 2015. Her third poetry collection, Gardening With Deer, was published by Cinnamon Press in June 2016.
Kathy Miles is also a short story and creative non-fiction writer, and has co-edited The Lampeter Review as a guest editor. She reads with the Red Heron performance group, and has read at many festivals and local events including the Llandovery Sheep Festival and the Tenby Book Fair. She is a founder-member of the Lampeter Writers’ Group, run by Gillian Clarke, and a member of Wales PEN Cymru and The Welsh Academy. She lives near Aberaeron with her partner and is currently working on a fourth collection of poetry.
Gardening With Deer (Cinnamon Press, 2016)
The Shadow House (Cinnamon Press, 2009)
The Third Day: Landscape and the Word (Gomer, 1995)
The Rocking Stone (Poetry Wales Press, 1988)
1st place, PENfro Poetry Competition, 2016
1st place, Bridport Poetry Prize, 2015
3rd place, Second Light Short Poetry Competition, 2015
1st place, Welsh Poetry Competition, 2014
1st place, Second Light Short Poetry Competition, 2013

Review comments:

These rich, imaginative new poems from Kathy Miles are well worth the wait since her last collection … Her poems are layered with myth, history, personal experience. They are full of fine observation, whether of love and loss, weather, a walk in low sunlight, a boy fetching the mares home, or Anthony Gormley’s iron men striding the sea edge near Liverpool. It is a lovely collection, human, humorous, sensuous, the real enriched by myth, and myth deepened by the essential realism of the poet’s vision…


Gillian Clarke


These poems tug at the heart and reverberate as they soar and dive into our psyche. And, as Miles rightly proclaims, ‘sometimes we get what we wish for’ – poems sharply-observed which makes us linger long at her poetic table.


Menna Elfyn