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CKCU Literary News
Wednesday July 22nd, 2020 with Hans G. Ruprecht
Three poets from CORNWALL, UK: Cathy Galvin, Katrina Naomi and Mary J. Oliver.

Three poets - Cathy Galvin, Katrina Naomi and Mary J. Oliver - reconnecting us with Cornwall, UK from very different points of view; with something not having been seen there before which lies beyond beautiful landscapes, and their Cornish experiences. Cathy Galvin * is a journalist, a writer of fiction and an award winning poet. Her long career as a journalist and interviewer for British and international print media includes working as deputy editor of the Sunday Times Magazine and as a senior editor for Newsweek, the Financial Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail and Irish Times. More about CATHY GALVIN As a ‘literary entrepreneur’ she is well known as the co-founder of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award; and as the founding director of the Word Factory, which is a UK short story organisation devoted to «literary excellence […] supporting the next generation of short story writers» More In addition to numerous publications in literary magazines, Cathy Galvin is the author of -Walking the Coventry Ring Road with Lady Godiva.Guillemot Press (2019); -Rough Translation: poems.The Melos Press (2016); -Black and Blue: A sequence of sonnets. The Melos Press (2014). Katrina Naomi * is an award winning poet, translator, poetry mentor, tutor and critic, who holds a PhD in creative writing (Goldsmiths, University of London) and a MA degree in Commonwealth History, Birkbeck, University of London. More Poetry collections and pamphlets by Katrina Naomi -Wild Persistence (Seren Books, 2020). -Typhoon Etiquette, a Japanese-themed pamphlet. (Verve Poetry Press (2019, in its 2nd edition after six weeks). -
The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren Books, 2016) -Hooligans (Rack Press, 2015). 
Charlotte Brontë’s Corset (Brontë Society, 2010). 
Lunch at the Elephant & Castle (won the Templar Poetry Competition, 2008). Katrina Naomi is a member of the Poetry Society, UK, the Society of Authors and the Royal Society of Literature among several other prestigious groups, societies and associations. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, prestigious Poet-In Residencies and prizes, including the ‘Arts Council Artists’ International Development award (2017) and the Authors’ Foundation Award from Society of Authors (2018). Her poems have been published in many reviews, magazines and websites of renown in the UK, the USA, Australia and in Japan. To mention a few of them: The TLS, Poetry Society website, Poetry London, The Manhattan Review, Poems on the Underground, The Irish Literary Review, The Rialto, MSLEXIA (the magazine for women who write), Missouri Review, Kyoto Journal (Japan), JUNPA (Japan). Katrina Naomi’s poetry can be heard in her own voice on a significant number of Poetry Broadcast programms, such as Front Row (BBC Radio 4), Poetry Please (Radio 4),Spotlight (BBC TV), BBC Radio Cornwall, The Poetry Society podcast, and the famous Ledbury Poetry Festival podcast. On several occasions Katrina Naomi served as a poetry competition judge: 2020 Poetry Society/Artlyst Poetry Competition judge (2020), Charles Causley International Poetry Competition (2019 & 2018), Anne Born Prize (2018), Morrab Library Young Person’s Writing Competition (2018), Ted Hughes Young Poets Competition, etc.

 Mary J. Oliver * is a poet and novelist who most kindly assisted us at CKCU-FM93.1 | Literary News with the production of this broadcast as a guest editor. Without her profound personal knowledge of the specifically Cornish sphere of literary activities in her country, we could not have produced the show. We’re very thankful to her for all that she has done for us as well as for her fellow poets.- Professionally trained in the visual arts, Mary J. Oliver took up writing full time ten years ago. Since then her poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies in the UK and US. Competitions won include those judged by the Irish poet Paul Muldoon, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T.S. Eliot Prize, and by the famous poet, novelist and wild-life protection activist Ruth Sophia Padel. Mary J. Oliver’s first book, Jim Neat: The Case of a Young Man Down on His Luck, was published by Seren Books in 2019. In 2017, the original manuscript of Jim Neat was awarded 2nd prize in the New Welsh Writing Memoir Award. Five of the poems from it have been set to music for piano by the composer Judith Bailey. Mary J. Oliver edits ‘Piccolina,’ a poetry newsletter promoting live-poetry events in Cornwall, UK. She is chair of the Poetry Society’s Penzance Stanza Group. More Mary J. Oliver’s poem ‘Bicep to Bicep’ was published by The Guardian (December 2019) as «the poem of the month» 🔸 Finally, we should like to give credit to and thank two Cornish musicians who are based in Penzance in the far west of Cornwall.  🔹 Tom Goskar (mandolin) and Tehmina Goskar (violin and cello) of who granted us the permission to insert excerpts from two compositions performed by them: The first is called ‘Can Jack’ and the second is called ‘Pencarrow’. Can Jack is by Cornish author and playwright Robert Morton Nance. Pencarrow is traditional, possibly dating from the 17th century. More: Cornish Celtic Music - Can Jack and Pencarrow>
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5:53 AM, July 23rd, 2020