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7 Nov17

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poetry favourites:
Cinnamon Press
Lampeter Review
The Lonely Crowd
Literature Wales

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, but moved to Wales in 1972, and worked for many years at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, where she has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing.
She has published three collections of poetry: The Rocking Stone (Poetry Wales Press), The Shadow House (Cinnamon Press, 2009) and Gardening With Deer (Cinnamon Press, 2016) as well as an edited anthology of poetry and photographs, The Third Day: Landscape and the Word (Gomer, 1995). Her work has been widely anthologised, and published in magazines such as Acumen, Orbis, The Interpreter’s House, Poetry Wales, Planet, Zoomorphic Magazine, ARTEMISpoetry, and The Lonely Crowd. She is a previous winner of the Bridport Prize, the PENfro and Welsh Poetry Competitions, and has recently taken first place in the Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition. She also enjoys writing short stories and creative non-fiction.
Kathy is a free-lance creative writing teacher, a co-editor of The Lampeter Review, and was sole judge for the Welsh Poetry Competition in 2017. She has read at many festivals and local events including the Torbay Poetry Festival. 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, Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition, 2017
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