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 – out of print), 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 poems and short fictions are published in magazines and anthologies and she has won or been placed in several poetry competitions. Her poetry reviews have been published in The North, Poetry Wales and Under the Radar magazines.
Since 2010 she’s been involved in poetry and literature events in Wiltshire, including working for The Reader Organisation as a read aloud reading group facilitator for people living with dementia and memory loss; 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 is working on a second full collection of poetry and is a participant in Papatango’s Online Playwriting Course.
Some new pieces of writing are detailed here.
‘Birdsong’ – poem commissioned by Ledbury Poetry Festival (2020).
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).
‘To bring me luck’ – poem commended in the 2018 Stanza Poetry Competition.
Anthony Wilson featured Josephine’s poem about drones in his Lifesaving Poems series.
‘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.