Katherine Shirley is a native Londoner and constant scribbler on buses and trains. A keen observer of the natural world, she prefers to write in public places.
Katherine’s poems have appeared in The Worst Best Years: A Student Life Anthology; the Mycelium Magazine; the Best New British and Irish Poets Anthology 2016; the Snakeskin e-zine; the Gold Dust calendar 2012; Soul Vomit – an independent anthology in support of victims of domestic violence, and her work The Water Way was lock no. 87 on the Rochdale Canal Festival Poetry Trail 2012.
Katherine is fast making a name for herself on the London performance poetry scene, appearing regularly at Poetry Unplugged; Farrago and at Howl and Scowl. She has been featured at the Stockwell Festival; The Word Café in Teddington and as a guest poet on the Julie Mullen Mad House Radio Show.
In 2013 Katherine appeared as part of the Ashmolean Museum’s ‘Poetry in the Galleries’ series, reading her own original poems inspired by items from the museum’s collection.
Two of Katherine’s short stories have been adapted for the stage, Madeleine (Infectious Theatre) and Ernie’s Story (The Ashtray Project for Colour House Theatre).