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One-to-one Poetry Editing / Mentoring

Get invaluable one-to-one feedback, encouragement and expert advice on achieving your poetry goals.

Become more aware of your strengths and the aspects you need to work on.

Poetry is a craft that takes some time to hone. Like any art, you never stop learning and experimenting. Editing well makes a huge different to how powerful your poetry is. It can make a good poem and really good.

Mentoring can help you hone your poetry craft more than anything else – it has made a huge difference to me personally.

Send me your poems at least three days in advance (earlier if possible) with a few brief points on context and goals – what you want to achieve with your poetry.


One hour  (send me 3-4 poems)  £GBP60 //  $AUD 110

Or two hours (send a few more poems) £GBP100 //  $AUD 190

Timing is flexible. (The dates set in this event entry aren’t really relevant as this is ongoing.)

Fees include my preparation time with your poems.

If you’re in Australia, then late afternoon / evening is best.

GET IN TOUCH TO ENQUIRE about timing & availability to suit 


Cath prompts me to think carefully and deeply about all aspects of the craft of poetry, including line, rhythm, metre, syntax, images, diction, and tone. Her expertise and honesty, and her instinct for the gap between intention and effect, are invaluable for gauging how my poems feel and sound to others. She always stretches me, and my awareness has expanded greatly because of her help.  Glen Hunting, Australia

Cath gave me advice which I’d certainly heard before, but which she clarified using my own work, as well as establishing real ways of using particular techniques. I came to see how to put a distance between the emotion of the creation process and the objective refining of a draft poem. She also challenged me to recognise when something should stand as it was written. Cath re-invigorated my love of writing poetry by helping me to become a better judge of what is good about my own work. Jenny Magann

About Cath Drake

Australian Cath Drake has a calibrating eye for poetry and teaches poetry full-time. Her collection The Shaking City (Seren Books), highly commended in the 2020 Forward Prizes and longlisted in the international Laurel Prize, was described by TS Eliot winner Philip Gross as ‘a guide to staying clear-eyed, combative and caring in unsettling times.’. It follows Sleeping with Rivers which won the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice. Cath has been published in anthologies and literary journals in the UK, Ireland, US and Australia, most recently The Australian newspaper (Review section),  Best Australian Poems 2022 and forthcoming in Poetry Wales and Plumwood Mountain.

Her other prizes include a second and highly commended in the Poetry School eco-poetry prize (now called Ginkgo), shortlisted for the Manchester and Bridport poetry prizes. She has been writer-in-residence at KSP writers’ centre and Red House poetry  in Australia, The Albany in London and Birr Tin Jug Studio in Ireland.

She’s also an award-winning journalist and mindfulness teacher.



May 27 2024 - Oct 27 2024


10:00 am - 11:00 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 27 2024 - Oct 27 2024
  • Time: 5:00 am - 6:00 am




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