Katie read her poems after Denise Riley. I made myself listen this time. I loved her poems because of the raw emotion she projected when reading them.  She had such strength despite being clearly heartbroken.

The Game of Sleep

Poem about her baby toddler getting ready to go to sleep. When a child does everything but lie down and you try not to laugh because they’re so funny and innocent.

Labour – In memory of Savita Halappanavar

This poem was about birthing her second child. She talks about getting an episiotomy because the hospital wants you lying on your back giving birth rather than working with gravity. Also about how the bottle is preferred instead of the breast because it suits the hospital.

Still well

Poem about her husband’s cancer diagnosis just after her father’s funeral. People telling her she looked well even though she looked and felt like hell. Poem about struggling through parenting with grief.


Poem about her husband’s surgery. He was non verbal for a month after. The poem talked about how she and her children took to it.

The Electrician Says

This was a funny story about an electrician who came to her house and told her he didn’t like her writing, then asked to be paid early.


This is about her long term relationship being rushed into a marriage because her husband had six months to live.

Will you be there?

Poem about discussing death with her children and her son’s questions. This was heartbreaking, there wasn’t one single person unmoved by this short poem.

Making the call

Ringing an ambulance to take her husband to the hospice as his pain was too much. It was the snowy winter of 2010. An ambulance driver and nurse carried her husband through a blizzard.


Her husband reminded her of a soldier laid out in the funeral home. The battle he’d fought was cancer and he was killed in action.

Off Duty

Poem about how you should look and behave when you are recently widowed.



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