About

Josephine Corcoran is a writer, originally from the north west of England and now based in west Wiltshire.

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 4Extra, 2018, BBC Radio 4, 2000) 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 4Extra in 2018 and on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.

Since 2010, Josephine’s poems have won, been placed, or commended in several international competitions, including The Bridport Prize (runner-up, 2010). More than fifty individual poems have been published in UK literary journals including The Rialto, Poetry Wales, The North, Magma, The Manchester Review, Under the Radar, Butcher’s Dog and elsewhere. Josephine has performed her work at UK poetry festivals including Ledbury, Aldeburgh and Swindon. See News for recent publications and news.

Josephine left school with few qualifications but as a mature student studied at Bournemouth University and Chichester University, where she began writing. In 1996 she was awarded funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to study for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She has facilitated writing workshops in schools and community settings and in higher and further education classes and has held short residencies in libraries, galleries and museums, and a one year writing residency at St Gregory’s School in Bath (2017-18). She trained with and worked for The Reader Organisation (2013-15), facilitating read aloud groups for people living with dementia and memory loss. She also worked as a teaching assistant in a comprehensive school (2007-10) and completed writer in school training with The National Literacy Trust.

Josephine makes experimental, hybrid, collage-based text and image pieces and visual poetry (vispo) which she posts on Instagram @andothermaterial. She is founder and editor of the online poetry site And Other Poems and organises a poetry group, Trowbridge Stanza at Drawing Projects UK, in Trowbridge. She has a SoundCloud page.

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.  Helena Nelson wrote about it here.

Recent poems and reviews written by Josephine are listed on this site here.

For work, readings, workshops etc., please contact Josephine by email josephinecorcoran13 at gmail dot com and give clear details of fee. She prefers not to take on unpaid work.