Reading: Katrina Porteous & John F. Deane

Saturday 28 September
8.00pm - 9.15pm

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Katrina Porteous

Katrina was born in Aberdeen, grew up in Co. Durham, and has lived on the Northumberland coast since 1987. Many of the poems in her first collection, The Lost Music (Bloodaxe Books, 1996), focus on the Northumbrian fishing community. Katrina also writes in Northumbrian dialect, and has recorded her long poem, The Wund an' the Wetter, on CD with piper Chris Ormston {Iron Press, 1999). Her second full-length collection from Bloodaxe, Two Countries (2014), was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature 2015.

She is particularly known for her radio­poetry, and Horse, with electronic music by Peter Zinovieff, first performed at Sage Gateshead for the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2011, is published as an artists' book and CD, with prints by Olivia Lomenech Gill (Windmillsteads Books, 2014).

Katrina's third full-length collection, Edge (Bloodaxe Books, 2019), draws on three collaborations commissioned for performance in Life Science Centre Planetarium, Newcastle, between 2013 and 2016, with multi-channel electronic music by Peter Zinovieff: Field, Sun and Edge. Edge, a poem in four moons incorporating sounds collected from space missions, was broadcast as a Poetry Please Special on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.

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John F. Deane

John was born on Achill Island off the west coast of Ireland. He is founder of Poetry Ireland, Ireland's national poetry society, and its journal The Poetry Ireland Review. He is also founder and first editor of The Dedalus Press. He has published many collections of poetry, including Snow Falling on Chestnut Hill: New & Selected poems (Carcanet, 2012) and most recently Semibreve (Carcanet, 2015) and a 'poetry and faith memoir', Give Dust a Tongue (Columba Press, 2015).

A new collection Dear Pilgrims appeared from Carcanet in 2018 and a collection of poems set on Achill Island with paintings by John Behan, Achill: The Island published by Currach Press also appeared in 2018.

In 2016 Deane was the Teilhard de Chardin Fellow in Catholic Studies in Loyola University, Chicago and taught a course in poetry. He is also a Chevalier dons l'ordre des arts et des lettres from the French Government.