Katie had some wonderful readings this year and is now in writing mode, trying to complete some new poems, as well as working on her novel for children.
She is proud to have a new poem, “Arachne’s Metamorphosis” in a just-launched anthology of poems inspired by Ovid, “Metamorphic”, edited by Nessa O’Mahony and Peter Munden.
She enjoyed teaching Creative Writing at the John Hewitt Summer School in Armagh in July 2017.
During Autumn term, she was invited by the Trinity College English Dept and the editors of the TCD literary magazine, Icarus, to facilitate a Creative Writing workshop for students.
Katie is a graduate of TCD so she relished this chance to revisit her alma mater.
She was part of a panel discussion on her life and work as a writer organised by the TCD DU Literary Society, a lovely event for Katie as back in 1982 she was a founder member of the original DU Lit Soc. The panel was convened by Dr Rosie Lavan and fellow panellists included crime writer and current TCD student, Catherine Ryan Howard.
In 2018 Katie will judge the Yeovil Poetry Competition in the UK. Last year’s judge was fellow Irish poet, David Wheatley.
She also plans to make a school visit in Belfast in February 2018.