Katrina Naomi: Poet in Residence

19 January to 2 February 2018

The Leach  Pottery hosted its first ‘Poet in Residence’ 2018, with Katrina Naomi: a poet, tutor/poetry mentor, translator and critic.


Katrina has also received an international grant award from Arts Council England/British Council to travel to Japan in autumn 2017 to work on her third collection. After her residency at the Leach Pottery she will be returning on 19th April 2018 for a Poetry Workshop.

See our blog post 'Katrina Naomi: Our First Poet-In-Residence' to find out what happened during the residency.

Katrina says: "I'm delighted to be the first poet-in-residence at the Leach Gallery. I love pottery. I've only done a little myself but there's quite a few crossovers between crafting clay and crafting a poem - all that scraping away, all that editing. I'll really enjoy responding to the present-day potters at work and to Bernard Leach's own studio, the textures, sights and sounds."

"And I'll have just come back from Japan, home to many fabulous potters, and of course, to famous poets, and I will be seeking out more of the Japanese connections at the Gallery and writing in response to all of this. It's going to be a busy couple of weeks. And then I hope to run a poetry workshop on 1 March and do a reading a little later in the year of some of the poems to have come out of the residency. I can't wait."