About

Josephine Corcoran has published two poetry collections, a full collection with Nine Arches Press and a pamphlet with tall-lighthouse.  Her work as a playwright has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and performed at The Chelsea Theatre, London. Josephine has also published short stories, one of  which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and has completed training with The Reader Organisation and The National Literacy Trust as a facilitator of reading and writing groups.  She has extensive experience of leading writing workshops and literature events in schools and community settings.  More details below.

  • 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).  In addition, my poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies and I’ve won or been placed in several international poetry competitions.

  • 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.
  • 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.  You can find other posts I’ve written about being a writer in school, both at St Gregory’s and at other schools, by using the search time ‘writer in school’.  In addition, I’ve copied all of my ‘writer in school’ posts to my Medium site.

  • 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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