Poetry Corner: #07. Eight Questions With…. PoetiCat

The first artist kicking off Poetry Corner in 2010 is PoetiCat.

The voice behind PoetiCat is Catherine Martindale. I have seen her live and it was completely mesmerising and I plan to catch her live again this year. Well what makes Catherine stand out from other poets is that she also accompanied by a band. When I first heard her poetry one name came to my mind that being the wonderful Laura Dockrill.

Catherine was so kind to answer the eight questions:

Q 01. How did you get into writing poetry?

Kate Nash took me to the poetry cafe where luke wright was comparing a night and i really liked it. Then whilst traveling in Asia i started writing. Went down to the poetry cafe again when i got back and performed a poem at an open mic. On that night i met Josh, Musa and Iuna and we formed the PIP collective. I then wrote more and more. I’m still in PIP and working with my band as PoetiCat.

Q 02. How long have you been writing poetry for?

4 years

Q 03. What inspires you when writing poems?

It is expression, it is rebellion and a fight against isolation.

Q 04. Who is your favourite poet and why?

Kate Tempest. She is one of the greatest wordsmiths i have ever had the honer to hear. I got her album for Christmas and reading her lyrics on page after having heard them for years has taken me to an even deeper level of appreication. Is she also fucking brave and i feel we are all treading the path for the spoken word take over!

Q 05. Describe your poems in three words?

Simple, honest, observational

Q 06. What poets do you advise people to listen to?

Tempest, Musa Okwonga, Joshua Idehen, Iuna Ellams, Polarbear, Scroobious Pip, Dockers Mc.

Q 07. Goals for the year?

Get PoetiCat well and truly off the ground flying, launch our demo in March and hit the festivals in the summer. Having a wicked time along the way!

Q 08. What tips do you offer to any budding poets?

Go for it. Not for fame or for money but for your own sanity and other peoples. It is such a great gift to offer people a chance to hear what you see and think about the world around you and if they can feel connected and ok about themselves because your speaking the truths that they think then even better!

I would just like to thank Catherine for taking part. She is extremely talented with her words and I advise you to have a listen.

To listen to poetry and keep up to date where PoetiCat are performing go to: http://www.myspace.com/poeticat

If you like what you hear you can catch them live at:

16 Jan 2010 19:00
Hackney Empire Theatre – Marie Lloyd Bar. London
17 Jan 2010 20:00
Cross Kings London
28 Jan 2010 20:00
The Bull and Gate London
16 Feb 2010 20:00
University of Westminster London
3 Mar 2010 20:00
The Goodship London

 

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