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The Verandah

Pull up a chair in the dappled verandah sunlight. It’s 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.

Affordable quality poetry workshops & events with the best teachers

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About Cath Drake

An Aussie, who lives in London and sometimes in Australia but always online!  I’m an award-winning poet, journalist and communications specialist.

My vision is to curate inspiring poetry and creative writing workshops and events – professional development for writers  and inspiration for those starting out.

I’m  a mindfulness teacher  which knits well with writing, poetry, and my passion and expertise in environmental issues. I have a post-graduate qualification in environmental science and worked for a decade in environmental  writing and campaigning. 

I’ve also been a communications specialist for over 20 years : PR, media, campaigns, copywriting, managing case study systems and telling the stories at the heart of organisations.



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


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