Walking The Coventry Ring Road With Lady Godiva, my third poetry sequence, is now available from Guillemot Press. The book is a pilgrimage through time and space with Godiva and a river as guides.
My other books, Rough Translation and Black and Blue, are available from the Melos Press.
My current work uses the Connemara landscape and language explored in Rough Translation as a point of departure for a poetry practice PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Walking the Coventry Ring Road with Lady Godiva
Published 11 Nov 2019
The poem, itself, is a technical tour-de-force combining the Latin mass with the argot of two-tone, the ‘words’ of Lady Godiva, and a marvellous lyricism all of Galvin’s own”.
Ring Road is an archaeology and rediscovering of what it means to be a
citizen of this fabled city.
A poet of enormous subtlety and beauty.
Rough Translation: poems by Cathy Galvin
Published 14 Sep 2016
The Melos Press
"Rough Translation is a powerful and intimate meditation on the position of women in Irish society, with a range of riches that reward re-reading."
Ian Pople, The Manchester Review
"Cathy Galvin's Rough Translation translates ordinary life into elemental cycles."
Alison Brackenbury, PN Review
"Cathy Galvin's writes about what matters, the ground is real, and so the poems ring true."
David Constantine: Poet, Author of In Another Country
Rough Translation stakes a claim on a vanished past, and among the nostalgia and loss there is a great deal of charm.
From Leanbh, a poem where the Irish word for baby echoes the English word for Love, to Naming, an evocation of the sea burials of unnamed dead babies, we see a poet ably navigating the fault lines between tradition and modernity.
Róisín Tierney, poet. Winner of the 2012 Michael Marks Award.
Black and Blue: A sequence of sonnets
Published 1 Nov 2014
The Melos Press
"The book is wonderful. So beautiful and moving...family, grief, childhood, angels, birds, the language and structures of Catholicism. Black and Blue is a gorgeous sacramental thing... "
David Almond, author of Skellig
" Galvin moves here into something transcendent and emotionally powerful.
She reveals herself to have a canny understanding of how to maximise the power of endings to keep readers engaged with her work"
Jonathan Edwards, Winner of the Costa Prize for Poetry. Commenting on Black and Blue in New Welsh Review.
"A crown of sonnets seems at first an intractable and even intimidating prospect. When a writer confidently inhabits its space, its spaces within spaces, the crown becomes an arena of grace.
Cathy Galvin's Black and Blue is such a performance. Her sequence moves brilliantly through and over those spaces with drama, immediacy and power."
David Morley, winner of the Ted Hughes Award 2016
Ted Hughes Festival, Mexborough; Poetry Book Fair, London; Heinrich Boll Memorial Festival, Ireland; The Music Room, Waterstones Piccadilly, The Society Club, Tara Arts Theatre (all London); University of Warwick; Nine Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham; Terre Verte Gallery, Falmouth Book Shop and Lost in Words bookshop, (all Cornwall).