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Kathryn Southworth is a retired academic who was born in Lancashire and now lives in Painswick, Gloucestershire and Camden, London. This is her third book of poetry.
In 2019, Kathryn collaborated with Belinda Singleton on 'Wavelengths', a short collection of poems themed on light and sound.
This photograph shows her sitting on the Poet’s Seat at Greyfriars, Gloucester.
On Kathryn Southworth’s previous work
“In this time of fragmentation and conflict it is refreshing to read this collection celebrating continuity, human connectedness and repair, and managing to achieve that with fresh, engaging, thought provoking poetry”.
— Danielle Hope
No Man's Land
'No Man's Land by Kathryn Southworth
Perfect bound paperback, 44 pages.
Published 11th November 2020
Two sequences of poems set in Gloucestershire make up this book. The first celebrates Ivor Gurney, musician and poet of “the Severn and the Somme”, who survived World War I only to spend most of his life in a mental institution. The second sequence is a dramatic account of the colony of Whiteway where all land is held in common. The community, originally inspired by Tolstoy, is still flourishing today. Taken together, these poems pay homage to a radical and intriguing aspect of English heritage.