The Girl with the Cactus Handshake

Last night I went to the launch of Katrina Naomi’s first, full collection, at the Wheatsheaf, just off Oxford St.  It’s a nice pub: does a lovely pint of London Pride and is friendly to poets – launched my pamphlet there, and my regular workshop group sometimes meet there.

Katrina did brilliantly.  She’s a confident and accomplished reader of her work and has a friendly, unassuming stance on stage which really does the poems justice.  I enjoyed her vignettes from childhood – but was tantalised by a vein of  less realistic, odder poems that is also in the book.  You really get the sense of a talent in productive flux.

Well done, Ms. N!

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