Josephine Corcoran is a writer, originally from the north west of England and now based in the south west.
Her professional credits include two poetry collections, What Are You After? (Nine Arches Press, 2018), and The Misplaced House (tall-lighthouse, 2014); a radio play, The Songs that Houses Sing – The House in Tamworth Park (BBC Radio 4, 2000, BBC Radio 4Extra, 2018); and a stage play, Jocasta (Chelsea Theatre, 1997). Her short story Algebra, winner of the Ian St James Award in 1996, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997 and on BBC Radio 4Extra in 2018. Her poetry reviews have been published in The North, Poetry Wales and Under the Radar magazines and online.
Josephine writes a blog here. She posts experimental, hybrid, collage-based pieces on Instagram @andothermaterial. In 2021, a visual piece was selected to be made into a badge for a Printed Poetry Symposium (October 14, Arnolfini, Bristol) organised by the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England. She has a SoundCloud page.
Recent poems: ‘Poem for a 1960s Welfare State Childhood’ published at The Morning Star online (2020) here; a new poem ‘Then, Said I, Lord, How Long?’ published in Poetry Wales, Winter 2020; two new poems forthcoming (Summer, 2021) in The North. More details here.
Actor Nichole Bird (Live Canon Ensemble) performs ‘Do you remember those wild, out of control pre-Referendum days?’ by Josephine Corcoran (Text of poem available here).
Jonathan Edwards reviewed What Are You After? (Nine Arches Press, 2018) by Josephine Corcoran at Poetry Wales
Anthony Wilson featured Josephine’s poem about drones in his Lifesaving Poems series.
Maria Taylor wrote about Josephine’s first pamphlet here.
In recent years, Josephine has been involved in poetry and literature events in Wiltshire, including reading aloud with people living with dementia and memory loss for The Reader Organisation; devising and facilitating writing workshops in community settings; and working as a writer in schools. She edits the online poetry site And Other Poems and runs a monthly poetry group, Trowbridge Stanza (currently not meeting because of the pandemic) at Drawing Projects UK, in Trowbridge. She was a participant in Papatango’s Online Playwriting Course (December 2020 – February 2021) and is currently working on a new play and new poems.
‘Birdsong’ – poem commissioned by Ledbury Poetry Festival (2020).
‘To bring me luck’ – poem commended in the 2018 Stanza Poetry Competition.
‘Poem in which we hear the word drone’ by Josephine Corcoran – film poem by Helen Dewbery here.
Some poetry reviews written by Josephine available online: Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry – Edited by Nii Ayikwei Parkes, preface by Dorothy Wang (Peepal Tree Press, 2018) – reviewed in Under the Radar magazine, available to read here. Three 2019 titles from Pavilion Poetry Press (Lieke Marsman, Mona Arshi and Janette Ayachi) in Under the Radar magazine – available to read here.