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 2017 and 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 and is going to be repeated on BBC R4Extra – news to follow.
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 for The Stafford Poetry Competition; 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, Greenbelt Festival 2017. (more details below).
SELECTION OF WORK ONLINE
You can listen to some of my poems on SoundCloud here.
- 10 March 2017 – Peter Raynard has written about my poem Working Class Poem at Proletarian Poetry.
- 8 March 2017 – I wrote a short article about my approach to writing poems in Poetry Wales.
- 29 June 2016 – Anthony Wilson has written about my poem You say drone in his Lifesaving Poems feature.
- 7 June 2016 – Hazel Burke has written about my micropoem Picnic in the Could be Verse column in Standard Issue magazine.
- June 2016 – three tiny stories/poems at LossLit magazine.
- March 2016 – six poems from The Misplaced House at Poethead.
- August 2015 – Old Girls at Ink Sweat & Tears
- June 2015 – Holiday and A dream about Martin Scorsese at The Manchester Review
- Maria Taylor wrote about my poem Stephen Lawrence isn’t on the National Curriculum at her blog.
- October 2013 – My Ted Hughes Story in New Linear Perspectives (Slow Light Issue)
- October 2013 – Poem in which we hear the word ‘drone’ on Poems In Which
- 29 August, 2013 Stephen Lawrence isn’t on the National Curriculum in Morning Star newspaper and online here
- April 2013 – In Town For A Funeral, We Drive Past Our Old House And See It Is For Sale feat. on Abegail Morley’s blog The Poetry Shed
- 12 July 2012 – What Becomes of the Absent-Minded? in Ink, Sweat & Tears
- January 2012 – Winter in Ink, Sweat & Tears (12 Days of Christmas 2011/12)
- 2010 – Honeymoon (runner up in the Bridport Prize) at And Other Poems.
- 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
- 2017 – Do you remember those wild, out of control pre-Referendum days? (poem) performed at The Greenwich Theatre, London, by The Live Canon Ensemble at the launch of the 2017 anthology
- 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
- 2017 – runner up in Live Canon’s 2017 Poetry Competition
- 2017 – runner up in The Poetry School/Soda Pictures ‘A Quiet Passion’ Instagram Competition. See the winning poem collages here.
- 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
August – Poetry for the Common Good at Greenbelt Festival – I read with Nancy Campbell, Rebecca Goss and Sasha Dugdale in The Leaves tent.
May 20 – I read on the outdoor stages at Bath Festival with members of my Poetry Society Stanza. I wrote a post about this here.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Stafford Poetry Competition Prizegiving, Stafford Library (May 2012). Post about this here.
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.
Maria Taylor wrote about The Misplaced House on her blog here.
Emma Lee reviewed The Misplaced House here.
A microreview from Sarah James here.
Some reviews at Amazon.
Sam Smith, in The Journal, Issue 45, said The Misplaced House was
Quite quite brilliant.