Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Katrina Porteous
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Katrina Porteous poet

Katina Porteous was born in Aberdeen and grew up in County Durham. She now lives on the Northumberland coast.


Longshore Drift with artist James Dodds (Jardine Press, 2005)

Dunstanburgh (Smokestack, 2004)

Turning the Tide (Easington, 2001)

The Wund an’ the Wetter with Chris Ormston (Iron Press, 1999)

The Lost Music (Bloodaxe, 1996)

Radio Poetry

The Refuge Box (Between the Ears, BBC Radio 3, 2007)

Late Blackbird (White Nights BBC Radio 4, 2006)

Turning the Tide (Open Country BBC Radio 4, 2005)

Peter Zinovieff portrait in words (BBC Radio 4, 2004)

Dunstanburgh Castle (BBC Radio 4, 2004)

Longshore Drift (The Verb, BBC Radio 3, 2003)

Borderers (BBC Radio Scotland, 2002)

Beach Ride (National Poetry Day BBC Radio 4, 2001)

An Ill Wind (BBC Radio 3 Poetry Proms, 2001)

This Far and No Further featured in Up Against the Wall (BBC Radio 4, 2001)

Non Fiction

Out of the Marvellous essay (BBC Radio 3, 2010)

Essay on Kathleen Raine (My Alter Ego, BBC Radio 4, 2009)

Endangered Species essay on the skylark (Nightwaves, BBC Radio 3, 2008)

The Bonny Fisher Lads (People’s History, 2003)

Beadnell Harbour 200th Anniversary Harbour in Trouble (1998)

Beadnell – a History in Photographs (Northumberland County Library, 1990)

Katrina Porteous read History at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and studied at Berkeley and Harvard in the USA on a Hrakness Fellowship. In 1989 she won an Eric Gregory Award, in 1993 an Arts Council Bursary and an Arts Foundation Award in 2003. She also collaborates with artists and her three-part poem about the River Tweed is accompanied by photographs by Susheila Jamieson and is included in the anthology Tweed Rivers (Luath Press, 2005)

As well as writing poems about the Northumberland fishing communities, she has written non fiction accounts of their lives. Katrina Porteous occasionally writes poetry in Northumbrian dialect. In 1999 she accompanied two Northumbrian shepherd-poets to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada. She is President of the Northumbrian Language Society. Katrina Porteous als contributes to countryside  programmes for Radio 4 and her programme on traditional salmon netting on the River Tweed was nominated for a Glenfiddich Award in 2006.

Official website: http://www.katrinaporteous.co.uk/


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