This beautifully intricate collection betrays a gimlet eye for detail and a huge passion for the tiny dramas of everyday life. Kath McKay’s dense and fragmentary lines wind themselves around the subconscious, recounting the quiet firestorms that fuel human relationships and the seismic reverberations that can often ensue.
Kath McKay’s short fiction has been broadcast on Radio 4, and her stories, poems and reviews appear in anthologies and magazines such as The Rialto, Smiths Knoll, Magma, Mslexia, Brand and The North. Her stories have won prizes in the Bloomsbury Short Story competition, The Fish International Short Story competition and Ilkley Literature Short Story competition, and her poems have been short-listed in the Mslexia and Bridport competitions.
Kath has taught creative writing at University of London colleges, the University of Leeds, the University of Bradford and the WEA. She has also mentored African students online for Crossing Borders, run by Lancaster University. Work includes a tri-lingual collaboration between Finnish and Yorkshire writers around the theme of water. Other funded projects have included swimming across the 18 public swimming pools of Leeds, writing prose and poetry on the way, and collaborative performances with a graphic artist about teeth, and before that, head lice. She has published one novel and one previous poetry collection.