Catherine Benson

Catherine Benson

Catherine Benson spent most of her childhood in Scotland and now lives in Bradford. Her poems have been published in many anthologies for both children and adults, and have been broadcast on BBC radio. Her first adult collection, It Must Have Been a Sunday, was published by Smith|Doorstop. She has won prizes in several competitions: the Peterloo, Buxton, Templar, Scottish National, TES, Oldie, New Statesman and The Spectator.

Untitled As Yet was published by Smith|Doorstop in 2013.


'In the hup and hoist of these poems is a subtle precision of feeling' — Ed Reiss

'I very much like the starkness, honesty and courage of these poems' — Michael Mackmin


'Poems of a profoundly troubled childhood, recorded with consummate skill and delicacy. Natural scenes beautifully observed, lyrically described. Altogether a very moving collection.' — Judith Chernaik

'Benson's language is spare, letting the work breathe with the varied rhythms of speech... A satisfying volume, it has far more substance than some full-length collections.' — D. A. Prince, Orbis 



It’s in the leap 
the joyful hup and hoist on haunches
the paws up fightyaforit
madmarchness of it,
the watchout thumping back feet of it.

The crouch in the grass stillness
the I’m not really here cunning
the longtwitchiness of ears
full of lark song and buzzard’s mew
the bony skull full of the distance of it.

Spring fever in its eye holds a magic
a mythology, as if it’s come
from some ancient place, offering luck
at seeing it. A once-in-a-blue moon
kind of thing. Getting under your skin.

— From It Must Have Been a Sunday

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