Katrina Porteous Readings

Katrina Porteous Readings

Katrina Porteous's third collection Edge, published by Bloodaxe in October 2019, gathers together poems from Katrina's scientific collaborations. All three pieces were commissioned for performance in Life Science Centre Planetarium, Newcastle upon Tyne, between 2013 and 2016, with computer music by Peter Zinovieff. Edge follows Katrina's two earlier collections, The Lost Music (1996) and Two Countries (2014), which were concerned with the landscapes and communities of North-East England.  Edge was launched at the Berwick Literary Festival on 20 October 2019. 

Her fourth poetry book from Bloodaxe, Rhizodont, will be published in June 2024. Katrina was recently interviewed for The Friday Poem about Rhizodont. The piece is available to read online here and is illustrated with many photographs of Katrina taken over the years, some taken with the fishermen about whom she has written. 


Katrina Porteous was presented with a Cholmondeley Award on 9 June 2021, alongside fellow Bloodaxe poet Susan Wicks.  The Cholmondeley Awards recognise the achievement and distinction of individual poets.

Katrina was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Front Row in November 2019. She talked to Kirsty Lang about space, science and her 2019 collection Edge.  Listen here. (intro & from 18:09).

A review of Katrina Porteous's reading from new work in Wooler, Northumberland, on 15 April 2023 is in Write Out Loud here.  'Under the Ice' is her fifth and final collaboration with the late composer Peter Zinovieff.






Tuesday 12 March, 7pm

Laureate's Library Tour

Haltwhistle Library, Mechanics Institute, Westgate, Haltwhistle NE49 0AX

The finale of this year's installment of Simon Armitage's Laureate's Library Tour celebrates Northumberland Libraries’ centenary and the tenth anniversary of Northumberland National Park as an International Dark Skies Park. Simon Armitage reads with award-winning Bloodaxe poet Katrina Porteous, who writes from a deep commitment to place and community, often using Northumbrian speech, and Dr Sheree Mack, the first writer-in-residence at Northumberland National Park. 

Hosted by Northumberland Libraries and Northumberland National Park. Age 11+.

Booking is essential: Tickets are by invitation or to apply to join the waiting list for public tickets (limited numbers) please call Haltwhistle library on 01434 321863 or email haltwhistle.library@northumberland.gov.uk.




Interview with Katrina Porteous for the Poetry App 'Poesie', 30 April 2021

Katrina spoke in depth about her poetry, and about the formative experience of spending time with the fishermen of the Northumberland coast where she lives, She read two poems from Edge - more are featured on the Poesie App.  She was responding to questions from Ben Bregman of Poesie.



Katrina read at an event in Stockton on 20 July 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission.  Read more about her connection with space here.

Katrina Porteous was interviewed about her radio poem Dunstanburgh (in Two Countries) on Fence Me In, BBC Radio 4, Sunday 4 August, 1.30pm.  Listen here
She gives an account of the radio programme on her blog here.

[24 January 2024]

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