Katherine Pierpoint



Katherine Pierpoint was born in Northampton in 1961. She studied languages at Exeter University, then worked in publishing and television before becoming a full-time writer, editor and poetry translator. In 1993 she won a Hawthornden International Creative Writing Fellowship. Katherine Pierpoint was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Kent at Canterbury and in 2006 was poet-in-residence at the King’s School, Canterbury.

With the sponsorship of the British Council, she has attended literary festivals on contemporary poetry in Macedonia, Sweden, Spain and Mexico; she has also read in Poland, Slovenia and Italy.


The wealth of sense-impressions in Katherine Pierpoint’s poems, the panache with which she musters them and the music thereby generated would be noteworthy in any volume, but they are all the more so in this first collection. Truffle Beds signals the arrival of a mature and truly original voice. Pierpoint has opened up her own geographical and emotional territory, and her eye for both outer and inner worlds is acute and sympathetic.

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