My name is Katie Metcalfe and I'm an English writer, blogger, poet and publisher. I'm also a mother living with bi-polar and I tend to be a bit too weird for most people.
I think I must have been born with a pen in my hand because when I'm not writing, the world feels at odds. When I'm not writing, I feel uncomfortable in my skin. When I'm not writing, I feel I'm not being the person I was put here to be. So I'm navigating this writing life, one line of ink at a time, with my daughter in one hand and my pen in the other.
My career as a writer spans more than 15 years, and during that time (while battling numerous mental health conditions including anorexia, depression and psychosis) I've published 9 books, written over 250 articles for sites such as Baby GaGa, Thought Catalogue and CVLT Nation, launched several popular blogs, set up half a dozen magazines and founded a book publishing company.
I've also performed my poetry across the world, released a spoken word album, had my books adapted into award winning plays and seen my poetry, short stories and non-fiction published in dozens of anthologies, magazines and painted on walls at art exhibitions. Below you can read about the projects I'm currently working on.
My Heart Is A Forest
My Heart Is A Forest is a collection of poems that I've written between 2019 and 2019. I'm currently at the editing stage. This collection will be my biggest to date, and will, I believe, weigh in at over 300 pages. Included in the collection will be poems from One Of Many Knots, My Father The Wendigo and In The Hours Of Darkness, as well as new works I've written in recent months.
Lore Of The Dark North
Lore of the Dark North is a collaboration with the artist Alessia Brusco. (We worked on my book UTBURD together.) The book will be a collection of 18 essays and 18 poems celebrating dark folklore figures from Northern Europe. Included is the Barghest from the British Isles, Qualipulik from Greenland, and Nokk from Norway.
Song of the Wendigo
Song Of The Wendigo is a novella in verse that's been inspired by my poem My Father The Wendigo. The story tells the tale of a father who turns to cannibalism in the depth of winter, and in turn, is met with the fate of the Wendigo.
I hope that you feel that you know me a bit better now! If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch via my contact form or at firstname.lastname@example.org
"My new favourite book. This book is so finely crafted, beautifully written and painfully sad."
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"All I can say is that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!"
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"This is no book for kids or for those with a nervous disposition, as the author explores topics as dark as a young girl's family falling to the plague, and being buried alive by a bear."
- Life In Norway
"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."
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