Josephine Corcoran has published two poetry collections, What Are You After? (Nine Arches Press, 2018)  and The Misplaced House (tall-lighthouse, 2015 – now out of print).  Her work as a playwright and short story writer has been published and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and one of her plays was performed at The Chelsea Theatre, London. She is a graduate of English with Media Studies at Chichester University and has an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) from UEA.  During the Covid-19 emergency, Josephine is staying indoors with her family and working on finishing her second full collection of poetry as well as writing some interconnected, partly-autobiographical short stories to do with a woman who grew up in a household dependent on state benefits for income.  She is also writing a blog more than she usually does.

Photo by Chris Waddell (Waddell Digital) 2018

  • I’m a reader, writer, writer in school, editor, parent, wife, friend, and relation to many (big family).
  • I mostly write poetry but I have also written short stories and plays for radio and the stage.  In 2018 my radio play The Songs that Houses Sing and my short story Algebra (both originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4) were repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra.
  • I’ve published two poetry collections, The Misplaced House, a pamphlet with tall-lighthouse  (November, 2014) and a full collection, What Are You After? with  Nine Arches Press (June 2018).  My poems have been widely published in anthologies and magazines (including The Rialto, The North, Under the Radar, Poetry Wales, Butcher’s Dog, The Interpreter’s House) and I’ve won or been placed in several international poetry competitions, including First Place in The Stafford Prize (2012) and in Buzzwords Poetry Competition (2017); Runner Up in The Bridport Prize (2010), Grist Poetry Competition (2011), Live Canon Poetry Competition (2013, 2017).  I’ve performed my poems at reading series and poetry festivals including Poetry in Aldeburgh, Ledbury Poetry Festival, and Swindon Poetry Festival.

  • There are films of two of my poems online: Poem in which we hear the word drone was made into a film poem by Helen Dewbury and Chaucer Cameron and can be viewed here; Do you remember those wild, out of control, pre-Referendum days? was shortlisted for the Live Canon International Poetry Prize (2017) and a film of actor Nichole Bird performing the poem can be viewed here.
  • Maria Taylor has written about my poem Stephen Lawrence isn’t on the National Curriculum here; Anthony Wilson has written about my poem Poem in which we hear the word drone here. Jonathan Edwards reviewed my book What Are You After? in November 2019 for Poetry Wales and his review can be read here.  Emma Lee reviewed What Are You After? for London Grip in September 2018 here.
  • I set up a monthly poetry group,  a Poetry Society Stanza, in Trowbridge in 2016.  We meet on the first Saturday of every month at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge (in Bridge House, next to the train station). More details about Trowbridge Stanza here.  I have also I taught writing workshops for Wiltshire College in Devizes and Trowbridge, and at Trowbridge Museum.
  • In 2018 I was awarded a Local Artists Bursary from Ginkgo Projects and Bloor Homes to write new poems that engage with the landscape and heritage of the area in and around Wiltshire. I hope that some of these poems will find a home in my next book.
  • In the school year 2017-18 I was Writer in Residence at St Gregory’s Catholic College, Bath.  Here is something I wrote about my first week there.  I’ve also worked with students from St John’s Catholic Primary School, Clarendon College and the John of Gaunt School, all in Trowbridge.  You can find other posts I’ve written on this blog about being a writer in school by using the search time ‘writer in school’.

  • I was Festival Blogger for Winchester Poetry Festival 2016.
  • I was Poet in Residence at Trowbridge Town Hall for three months in 2016.  Here is a something I wrote about that.
  • In 2013 to 2015 I worked for The Reader Organisation in libraries across Wiltshire, setting up and running six read aloud groups for people living with dementia and their carers.
  • From 2012 to 2018 I founded and edited a poetry site called And Other Poems. This is now an extensive online poetry anthology featuring many poets.
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