Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history. She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.

Catherine is an acclaimed poet and novelist, regularly lecturing and giving readings to groups of all ages. She leads sessions for teachers and librarians and is an experienced broadcaster and adjudicator. She lives in Newport, Gwent.

Catherine has won many awards and much critical acclaim for her work. Her poetry has appeared in leading periodicals and anthologies and her volume Immrama won the WAC Young Writers' Prize. She won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 1990.

 


DEVIL'S TOENAILS

Curl as if clutching the windowsill,
grey, heavy, picked up at the Knap.
Sometimes I like to finger them and feel
tiny tortoise patterns, shell-layers overlap,
creases gone solid. Aeons in the deep
millennia by millennia petrified
into a rockhard desperation, gripping
tight, dredging the drag of the tide
for something to feed on.

Unsurprising, the tales
making them cast offs of some evil.
Because when the time comes, when the devil
gathers his parings up, or Loki sails
back on the ship of dead men's fingernails
we'll all hold on as grimly for survival.

 

— From Folklore

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