Katie Griffiths, who now lives in Walton-on-Thames, grew up in Ottawa, Canada, in a family from Northern Ireland. She came second in 2018’s National Poetry Competition. Her pamphlet, My Shrink is Pregnant, was a winner in Live Canon’s 2019 pamphlet competition. She was published in Primers Volume One by Nine Arches Press, and her first full-length collection, The Attitudes, came out this year, also from Nine Arches.
Katie has appeared at the South Bank as part of the London Literary Festival alongside members of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen including T.S Eliot Award-winner Roger Robinson, and Malika Booker.
Praise for The Attitudes:
“These poems strike a pose, daring you not to fall in love with them.” Rishi Dastidar
“Katie Griffiths brings a mercurial inventiveness to the serious concerns at her poetry’s core – belief, selfhood and the soul.” Moniza Alvi
“The magic of Katie Griffiths’ poetry is its astonishing innovativeness alongside an ancient and elemental ‘bassline’. The resulting music, with hints of the Bible and old adages, is surprising, exuberant, original – each line quivering with intensity.” Kathryn Maris
“Katie Griffiths’ collection is a packet of sparklers! …These are exciting poems, often mysterious, disquieting, or out to subvert expectations, but with a light tread. “ Alex Josephy, London Grip
“Griffiths’ dazzling and dancing collection has a slippery, shape-shifting quality – as soon as the reader feels themselves to be on solid ground, they are drawn down a trail of associations and wordplay that can lead to some very unexpected places.” Diana Cant, The Alchemy Spoon
“There were poems that challenged me, which guided me through wordplay and allusions, resulting in an illuminating pay-off. There were poems that warmed me up, ones that made me reflect deeply and giggle in glee. So rarely can a collection seamlessly shift in tone and content, oscillating between such variety of topics, and still feel like a cohesive work of art.” Emily Walker