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Contemporary artsderbyshire writers

To accompany our article on the Heritage of Visual Art in the county, we've written this round-up of artists we particularly thought we'd like to showcase.

Katherine TowersFeatured artist: Poet Katharine Towers 

This month, we feature  poet Katharine Towers who is swiftly gaining a reputation as one of the country's finest poets.  Born in London, educated at Oxford, she has now made her home in Derbyshire.  Read more, and read some samples of her poetry on our artist profile of Katharine.

Who else have we got? 

Well, with hundreds of artists working with words, we can't list them all here, but here is a selection for your perusal. You can also browse our literary events (and don't forget that you can list your own events for free on the website by submitting the event details in this form).

Sarah Coggrave was born on a September afternoon in 1985. She grew up in the rainy depths of the Peak District, cycled the cobbled streets of Cambridge as an undergraduate, started (but never finished) training as a police officer in Manchester and studied Criminology as a postgraduate at the University of Sheffield. After a brief flirtation with floristry Sarah has now returned to Glossop, her home town, and plans to study art. She likes to dabble in lots of things; music, art, creative writing, psychology and nature. Alongside this somewhat bizarre existence she is also recovering from an eating disorder and rediscovering her love of chocolate.

Mariposa is a vivid, colourful and comprehensive account of Sarah Coggrave’s recovery from an eating disorder. Her art and writing paint an eclectic picture of a complex individual trying desperately to wrestle free from the evil voices inside her head. The book follows Sarah’s journey through hospital and then a specialist clinic as she totally transforms and rebuilds her life. Throughout she reflects with startling insight on the root of her problems and confesses her innermost thoughts and feelings. We hear the eating disorder speak ... it is deafening in the beginning. However eventually it fades to little more than an inaudible whisper as Sarah finds her own voice.

The main theme of Gregory Heath's work is the frequent inability of people to communicate in a meaningful way with those they love, and this idea forms the basis of his most recent novel The Entire Animal which was published in July 2006 by The Waywiser Press. Also by Heath is a collection of his poetry The boy and his animals.

Chair of Nottingham Poetry Society, Member of Derby City Poets, member of the Pomegranate Playwrights’ Group in Chesterfield, The Robert Louis Stevenson Club and the James Hilton Society. Published poet and playwright,  Jeremy Duffield has led poetry workshops, worked in HM Prisons as a creative writing workshop leader and has reviewed for many publications and sat on panels for poetry competitions. 

Writing organisations and groups

Writers, storytellers, authors, novelists and poets

If you would like to be included in this round up, let us know the web address of your artsderbyshire profile and drop us a line to tell us just how great you are to

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Angela Thompson

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Paula Sharples

Richard Bett

Richard Bett


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