Josephine Corcoran is a writer, originally from the north west of England and now based in Wiltshire.
She studied at Bournemouth University, Chichester University, and the University of East Anglia (UEA) where she gained an MA in Creative Writing. 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.
Since 2010, Josephine’s poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies and acknowledged in several poetry competitions, including first prize in the Stafford and Buzzwords competitions and runner up in the Bridport Prize. Her poetry reviews have been published in The North, Poetry Wales and Under the Radar magazines, and online.
Josephine began to submit her writing for publication in 1992 when she first became a university student. Before then, she was employed in many different jobs, mostly in London where she lived for 30 years. After moving to Wiltshire, she worked for three years (2007-10) as a teaching assistant in a comprehensive school and has completed writer in school training with The National Literacy Trust. She has over ten years experience of running workshops in schools and community settings, including a one year writing residency at St Gregory’s School in Bath (2017-18). She also trained with and worked for The Reader Organisation (2013-15), running read aloud groups for people living with dementia and memory loss.
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 runs a monthly poetry group, Trowbridge Stanza (currently not meeting because of the pandemic) 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.
Details of poems and reviews published since her book came out in 2018 are listed here.