About Katie Metcalfe
The North in her poems is much more than a geographic location. - Bob Beagrie
Katie Metcalfe is a professional English writer, blogger, poet and editor with over 10 years experience in the literary and publishing sectors in the UK and Scandinavia.
Her work is greatly influenced by Arctic and Subarctic culture, peoples, history and landscapes.
The Arctic and the catastrophic impact of its thawing forms the basis for much of her poetry.
As an active performance poet, she has had the privilege to perform at literary events across the UK, Canada, Norway and Sweden.
She writes widely on Scandinavian culture and lifestyle. Katie also seeks inspiration from the occult, northern folklore, witchcraft and paganism.
Mental health and its impact on the self and society also feature heavily in her work. She specializes in writing about anorexia nervosa, depression, ocd, anxiety, hypochondria, paranoia and bi-polar.
Her experience in this field also extends to therapy and healing, and she has written extensively on using writing as a self-help tool.
She is the author of several books, including Anorexia: A Stranger In The Family (Accent Press), One Of Many Knots (Mudfog Press) and Dying Is Forbidden In Longyearbyen (Nordland Publishing).
In 2013 Katie established Wyrd Words & Effigies blog, a dark art and lifestyle blog founded and curated by a wyrdo for wyrdos.
Katie is the founder of Beautiful Scruffiness, an illustrated literary magazine. In the 5 issues which ran, it featured over 100 writers and artists from across the world, including English poet Bob Beagrie, Finnish poet Esa Hirvonen and English poet and short story writer Angela Readman.
In her career as a freelance writer, she has written for creative companies including: Routes North, The New Heroes & Pioneers, Beautiful Bizarre, CVLT Nation, Dirge Magazine, Dark Beauty Magazine, Zero Tolerance Magazine, Tattoo Me Now and Baby GaGa.
Her most recent poetry collection is entitled In The Hours Of Darkness. Katie's forthcoming book of poetry, My Father, The Wendigo is due for release in December 2017.
Katie is currently working on a spoken word/dark ambient album entitled Arctic Fever with Meghan Wood of Crown Of Asteria. The album explores the impact of global warming on the Far North.
She is also putting together a book which reflects on her experiences in Sweden and a collection of short stories themed on mental illness
Readers Respond To In The Hours Of Darkness
"All I can say is that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!"
"This book is so finely crafted, beautifully written and painfully sad."
Readers Respond To Dying Is Forbidden In Longyearbyen
"The settings are made so visible in this collection, each poem takes you to the freezing north and leaves you there. Very powerful literary art drawing parallels to our own traits. Unforgettable."
"Beautiful and stark, a collection shot through with a cold finality."