The Verandah

Pull up a chair on my verandah in the dappled sunlight, one of my favourite places: half inside, half outside, a bridge where some of the best conversations, creativity & action plans happen.

Poetry, mindfulness and creative projects.

2021/22 Programme: Who are We Now? UK and Australia poets exploring courageous connections with our land and people in the 2020s.

2022 The Climate of Change Poetry Challenge, supported by The Emergence Foundation

Affordable quality Poetry courses with the best teachers


Mindfulness for relaxation, wellbeing, pure enjoyment and to enhance creativity.

about cath drake

Cath is an Australian who lives in London.  She’s an award-winning poet, journalist and communications specialist.

She curates inspiring poetry and creative writing workshops and events.

Cath has been a communications specialist for over 20 years: PR, media, copywriting, campaigns. She helps tell the stories at the heart of organisations.  

She is also a mindfulness teacher – which knits well with writing, poetry, and her passion and expertise in environmental issues.


The Shaking City (Seren Books) was commended by the Forward Prizes for Poetry in 2020.

ebooks also available.

Here’s my latest book is published by Seren.

Cath Drake wants to grasp the world whole. When she looks at the past, it’s with a big rambunctious energy that has implications for the present. These are restless and generous poems, full of the vivid reality of people’s lives. Read them as a guide to staying clear-eyed, combative and caring in unsettled times. Philip Gross, TS Eliot prize winner

Its unfettered creativity and sharp, critical mind … a poetry collection in equal parts fascinating, essential, abstract & educational. The insights it provides into the major struggles of our era … create a truly worthwhile literary experience. The New Welsh review

Drake’s work is often playful, almost always highly imaginative (with more than a touch of surrealism) and technically accomplished… Geoff Page, The Weekend Australian