Former Warwick schoolgirl takes the plunge and bares all in new poetry collection

The love of classical poetry is expressed through contemporary language in the poetry of former Warwick schoolgirl Kate Barnwell.

Wednesday, 17th July 2013, 7:00 am
Kate Barnwell.
Kate Barnwell.

The poet and lyricist, who grew up in Kenilworth and was a pupil at Warwick Girls School, has published a new anthology, A Collection of Poems and Lyrics, in which she says, she “bares her soul”.

The 33-year-old has also had made a CD featuring a selection of her works read by actors Crawford Logan and Teresa Gallagher. She said: “To read poetry is a serious and sometimes difficult and demanding business, but to have it read to you by voices of great actors takes the depth and commitment to a new level.”

Kate said her love of poetry came to life after she spent an evening at a Josephine Hart Poetry Hour at the National Theatre in London. She said: “I listened to her passion and shared it. It was a revelation for me. I realised that yes, it was OK to be this outspoken and to allow yourself to be this vulnerable.

“‘You may never realise what you have made me be; I am a dreaming soul sublime, whose heart is lost to thee.’

“Try it next time you are lost for words beside the one you love.”

The collection is available in bookshops and online.