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Kate Miller

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  • Kate Miller is an award-winning poet, recipient of the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize in 2008. Her book The Observances (2015) was shortlisted for the Costa and Michael Murphy Prizes and won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Collection. Trained in Art History and Fine Art, her teaching career was enlivened by creative collaborations, performances and site-specific installations. Events she devised for the Hayward Gallery focussed on light and colour on the Thames which later led to the 2016 commission to celebrate Waterloo Bridge, included here. As a writer, and in her doctoral research, she examines perceptions of the shoreline of rivers and beaches, of what is cast up and can be reclaimed, bringing history and memory to a sense of place. She lives in South London and on the Isle of Oxney with her family.

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    'Beneath the surface of even the seemingly safest of poems, there is something lurking, almost as in old folk tales, a danger or a disquiet which is never far away [...] collection. It's a collection which is always shifting its voice, its gaze, its locations. Almost like a riptide, the sleeping and waking worlds pulling in different directions, these are the poems which come in between, which rise up to the surface.'

    Andrew McMillian, PBS Autumn Bulletin

    'In collaboration with the waves'
    The Observer
    'An ambitious and unusual debut.'
    Judges for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection  
    'The quiet but intense sensibility of the author is integral to her poetic endeavour.'
    Dr Leontia Flynn, Chair of Judges for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection
    Awards won by Kate Miller Commended, 2020 A Poetry Book Society Autumn Recommendation (The Long Beds) Short-listed, 2017 Michael Murphy Poetry Prize (The Observances) Short-listed, 2015 Costa Book Awards (The Observances) Winner, 2016 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection (The Observances)
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