Join us for a cuppa, a morning roll and some fantastic poetry to start your Sunday. Katherine and Julie are two poets at the top of the game and we are so excited to be bringing them together for the CoastWord Big Breakfast.
Majuba Road - Julie Hogg
Julie Hogg has always lived in Redcar. East Cleveland is her homeland, Majuba Road her stunning first collection. The poems journey through the North East landscapes she inhabits. They chart urban and industrial decay, set against the constant ebb and pull of the sea – an edge ‘between lonely and alone’ to which the book keeps returning. The women who people this book know all about hard times. But they are strong survivors; their sense of humour sees them through. Her voice can be lyrical, startling, staccato and also exquisitely tender, urging us to ‘live like this’.
Julie Hogg graduated from the University of Teesside with an MA in Creative Writing in 2012. She has work published in Alliterati, The Black Light Engine Room, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Lemon Quarterly, The Linnet’s Wings, The Screech Owl, The Stare’s Nest, StepAway Magazine and Yellow Chair Review. Anthologized by Appletree Writers, Ek Zuban and Kind of a Hurricane, she is featured in a chapbook, Dark Matter 2, from the Black Light Engine Room Press.
Katharine Macfarlane’s lyrical poetry is rooted in the history and landscape of the west of Scotland. She was awarded the title of Harpies, Fechters and Quines 2016 Slam Champion and was runner up at the Paisley Sma’ Shot Slam. She has recently performed with the Loud Poets in Glasgow, at the Belladrum Festival in Inverness and hosted her first solo show, Home Words, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the end of August. An exhibition of work from her collaborative reimagining project with fine artist Karen Strang entitled Voices from Ashes, runs in Culross until the end of September and her work has appeared in Untitled, The Grind and The Write Angle Magazines.