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Quay Words presents Katrina Naomi: Battery Rocks 

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Quay Words presents Katrina Naomi: Battery Rocks 

Our Cultural Partners at Literature Works welcome award-winning poet Katrina Naomi to launch Battery Rocks, her meditation on nature, risk, swimming and the sea.

Battery Rocks is Katrina’s first full poetry collection since the critically acclaimed Wild Persistence (Seren) in 2020. 

Battery Rocks is a meditation on nature, risk, swimming and the sea. The title refers to a Cornish swimming spot in Katrina’s home town of Penzance.

The new collection includes the poem ‘in the kelp forest’, which won the prestigious Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. Katrina returns to swim at the rocks every day for a year. On each swim she finds something fresh and invigorating, whether this is an encounter with a bull seal or a jellyfish, an insight into the conflict in Palestine or the scourge of second homes, or a realisation about herself.

Battery Rocks examines issues of fear, of strength and vulnerability. Katrina writes in response to an attempted rape and other experienced attacks, questioning how she can feel safer alone, in a raging sea in winter, in nothing but a swimming costume, than on dry land. She also approaches the climate emergency from aslant, offering several new takes on one of the most pressing concerns of our times.

About the author:

Katrina is an award-winning poet, performer, mentor and judge. Her new poetry collection, Battery Rocks, has received the Arthur Welton Award from the Society of Authors and will be published by Seren in July 2024. Katrina’s previous collections have won an Authors’ Foundation Award and Saboteur Award, and she is a recipient of the Keats-Shelley Prize. Katrina’s poetry has appeared on Poems on the Underground, BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Poetry Please, and in The TLS, The Poetry Review and Modern Poetry in Translation. She has a PhD from Goldsmiths. Katrina lives in Cornwall

This event will be in-person at Exeter Custom House. You can find out more about the accessibility of the Custom House here:

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Event Details

Doors Open at 6:00PM
From 6:30PM to 7:30PM

Ticket Prices: £4/ £3 concs.

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  • Date(s)

    • Wed 10th Jul 2024 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Location

    Exeter Custom House
    46 The Quay
    EX2 4AN

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