South West based poet Katrina Naomi kicks of 2018 with a residency at Leach Pottery, St Ives will hold a Japanese poetry workshop in March.

This is the first time that the Leach Pottery, one of the most respected and influential potteries in the world, has held a residency for a writer.

Katrina says: ‘I’m delighted to be the first poet-in-residence at the Leach Gallery. I love pottery. I’ve only done a little myself but there’s quite a few crossovers between crafting clay and crafting a poem – all that scraping away, all that editing. I’ll really enjoy responding to the present-day potters at work and to Bernard Leach’s own studio, the textures, sights and sounds.’

Katrina has recently returned from an Arts Council-England funded visit to Japan, where she spent six weeks writing in response to a journey in the haiku poet Basho’s footsteps. She also met and interviewed contemporary Japanese poets, carried out translations of poetry from Japanese to English, ran workshops and gave several readings.

The Leach Pottery has strong links to Japan, having been founded in 1920 by potters Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, and Katrina is looking forward to exploring the Cornwall-Japan connection, as well as the links between pottery and poetry.

As part of the residency, Katrina will run a Japanese-themed poetry workshop at the Leach Gallery on 1 March.

She will also give a reading later in 2018 at the Gallery.

Katrina has previously held residencies at the Arnolfini in Bristol, the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Yorkshire and Gladstone’s Library in North Wales.

Details of the Japanese poetry workshop: 

When? 1st March 2018 

Where? Leach Pottery,  St Ives

Cost? £30 

The workshop is open to all – from beginners to more experienced poets. Topics covered include a look at  Japanese forms of poetry and Japanese poets – with a focus on female poets.  You will also will write in response to a special exhibitions at the Leach during the day. Bring pens, paper and come prepared to write.

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