Writing

Since 2012,  my poems have been published in The Rialto; Under the Radar; The North; New Walk; Poetry Wales; Poems in Which; Ink, Sweat & Tears; The Morning Star; The Interpreter’s House; The Manchester Review; The New Writer; New Linear Perspectives; Domestic Cherry and elsewhere.  My poems and short fictions are also anthologised in, among other places, The Bridport Prize Winners anthology 2010; A Complicated Way of Being Ignored; Peleton; Live Canon Winners anthology 2013; Vanguard #1; 154 Sonnets; Remembering Oluwale; Catapult; Pulse Fiction; Snapshots;  and All Write 2011 (poetry for children).

In November 2014, The Misplaced House, a pamphlet of 22 poems, was published by tall-lighthouse (scroll down for reviews).  Copies are stocked in London at The Poetry Library and I have donated  three copies to Wiltshire Libraries.  Please get in touch with any queries.

A play The Songs that Houses Sing was broadcast on BBC R4 in 2000.

A short story Algebra was broadcast on BBC R4 in 1998.

A play Jocasta was performed at The Chelsea Theatre, London, in 1997.

I was a runner-up in the Bridport Prize in 2010 and won the Stafford Poetry Competition (judged by Michael Hulse) in 2012.  In 1997 I won first prize in the Ian St James short story awards.

I’ve  performed my poetry at Swindon Poetry Festival; Derwent Poetry Festival; Camberwell Arts Festival; Stafford Library; The Torriano, London; Vanguard, London; The Poetry Cafe, London; The Poetry Shuffle, London; Words & Ears, Bradford-on-Avon; Poetry Swindon; Uncut Poets, Exeter; Buzzwords, Cheltenham; A Poem and a Pint, Bath; The Enemies Project South West Poetry Tour 2016. (more details below).

SELECTION OF WORK ONLINE

You can listen to some of my poems on SoundCloud here.

BROADCAST CREDITS

      • 2000 – The Songs That Houses Sing – (45 minute play) broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 11 July 2000 Producer Jeremy Mortimer
      • 1998 – Algebra (short story) broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 21 January 1998 –  Producer Pauline Stone

PERFORMANCES OF WORK

      • 2013 – Thanks for not switching me off (poem) performed at The Greenwich Theatre, London SE by The Live Canon Ensemble in the Live Canon Poetry Competition Prize Giving Show
      • 1997 – Jocasta  – (full length stage play) performed at The Chelsea Centre Theatre, Kings Road, London SW3, 8 October – 1 November 1997

AWARDS/PRIZES

    • 2015 – selected for the Aldeburgh Eight Advanced Poetry Seminar
    • 2013: Live Canon Poetry Competition – Runner Up
    • 2012: Bridport Prize – Shortlisted for two Flash Fiction entries
    • 2012: The Stafford Poetry Competition (Judge Michael Hulse) – First Prize
    • 2011: Grist New Writing  (Judge Michael Stewart, Huddersfield University) – Runner Up (Poetry)
    • 2010: Bridport Prize  – (Judge Michael Laskey) – Runner Up (Poetry)
    • 1998: Arts Council/BBC Write Out Loud Award for Radio Drama
    • 1997: Funding for MA – British Academy Studentship
    • 1996: Ian St James Awards for Short Story Writing (First Prize)
    • 1996 and 1994: Philip le Brun Prize (Chichester University)  for Creative Writing

POETRY READINGS

2016 

Performed a new collaborative poem with Louisa Adjoa Parker written for The Enemies Project: South West Poetry Tour (UK) at Schumacher College, Old Postern, Totnes TQ9 6EA, August 3rd.  I wrote about the experience of this collaboration here.

A Poem and a Pint, St James’ Wine Vaults, Bath.  Guest reader with HappenStance poet Stephen Payne. May 9th.

With other Aldeburgh Eight poets at The Poetry Café (The Poetry Place), 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX Saturday 27th February 2016. Details here.

Buzzwords, Cheltenham, January 3rd 2016, 8pm. Flyer here.

2015
Camberwell Arts Festival, London, June 2015.
Uncut Poets, Exeter Phoenix, 26th March, 2015.  More details here and here.  Post about this here.
Tuesday, 13th January 2015 Guest Reader at Poetry Swindon, Victoria Pub, 88 Victoria Road, Swindon SN1 3BD.
Monday, 5th January 2015 – Guest Reader at Words and Ears, The Swan, Bradford-on-Avon. More details on this flyer:  Words and Ears flyer Post about reading at Words and Ears here.

2014
Monday, 8th December, 2014 –  The Misplaced House, was launched at The Poetry Café, Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.  More details here.   Blog about the event by Isabel Rogers here.
Vanguard, The Bear Freehouse, 296a Camberwell New RD, London SE5 0RP on Thursday, November 20th, 2014.  Post about this here.
Torriano Meeting House,  Kentish Town, London Sunday, 2nd March 2014.  I wrote about reading at The Torriano  here.

2013
Derwent Poetry Festival 2013,  Launch of Peloton (Templar poetry anthology), The Archive Room, Masson Mill (Nov 2013).  Read more here.
Swindon Festival of Poetry 2013: M4 Corridor Poetry Day at The Platform, Faringdon Road, Swindon SN1 5BJ (October 2013).

2012
Stafford Poetry Competition Prizegiving, Stafford Library (May 2012).  Post about this here.

OTHER

 

The Misplaced House

The Misplaced House, was published by the British small press tall-lighthouse on November 30th, 2014.  Very sadly, Gareth Lewis, owner and editor at tall-lighthouse, died in June 2016.  This is how Gareth described The Misplaced House on its back cover:

The Misplaced House is the first poetry pamphlet from Josephine Corcoran.  A free-wheeling work shot through with intelligence, political commitment and a fine aesthetic sense, Corcoran swoops fearlessly in and out of the rooms of The Misplaced House and finds the strange, the beautiful and the unexpected in even the most prosaic of situations.

Other comments from the back of the book:

Her eye looks inward to stories of house and home, a Catholic childhood, memories of family, but outwards too, connecting to events in the wider world – the murder of Stephen Lawrence, the Iranian Embassy siege – in a way that lends resonance to both.  Tender, fierce, sometimes blackly comic, these poems will lodge in your mind. – Esther Morgan

These are passionate, engaged poems that explore the territory between public and private, between domestic space and the wider world.  Poets usually limit their poems to dealing with one or the other.  Josephine Corcoran has an enviable ability to move easily between the two: integrating terrorists, drones and other threats to well being and security into the fabric of home and family. – Vicki Feaver

Reviews for The Misplaced House:

Alison Brackenbury in Under the Radar magazine, Issue 16, Feb 2016, called The Misplaced House

Josephine Corcoran’s striking, intense first pamphlet.

Read Robert Peake’s review is at The Huffington Post.

Helena Nelson’s review at Sphinx Reviews here.

Claire Trévien’s review at Sabotage Reviews here. Claire named The Misplaced House as one of her favourite pamphlets in the #pamphletparty feature.

Maria Taylor wrote about The Misplaced House on her blog here.

Emma Lee reviewed The Misplaced House here.

A microreview from Sarah James here.

Delighted to have had a mention on the blogs of Isabel Rogers, Robin Houghton, Abegail Morley,  and Hilaire.

Some reviews at Amazon.

Sam Smith,  in The Journal, Issue 45, said The Misplaced House was

Quite quite brilliant.

 

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