Post-it poets: Catherine Brogan

Article published on Aug. 17, 2012
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Article published on Aug. 17, 2012
Exciting news: the poetry round is starting a new series of quickfire interviews with emerging poets! We'll be focusing on young British writers to start with but getting more Babelian in the coming weeks. First up is performance poet Catherine Brogan who we ran into at the Edinburgh festival fringe, where she rhymes and rages against the system.
This Belfast-based indignado was the 2011 winner of the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam. Check out some of her work here.

cafebabel.com: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Catherine Brogan: The best performer that I can possibly be.

cafebabel.com: What poem would you take to a desert island?

Catherine Brogan: WB Yeats’ ‘The Stolen Child

cafebabel.com: If you ran away, where would you run away to?

Catherine Brogan: Kenya

catherine_portrait.jpg Catherine performing (Image: (cc) Catherine Brogan/ Facebook)

cafebabel.com: Do you have a favourite line or fragment of poetry?

Catherine Brogan: Something by Paul Simons – I think that lyrics are poetry too.

Breakdowns come

And breakdowns go

So what are you going to do about it

That's what I'd like to know

cafebabel.com: Should the poem ‘If’ be made gender neutral?

Catherine Brogan: Ugh. I think Rudyard Kipling is overrated and I really hate list poems.

cafebabel.com: Suggest a question for next time.

Catherine Brogan: What’s the most interesting interview question you’ve ever been asked?

cafebabel.com: Draw us a picture.

Catherine BroganCatherine’s Edinburgh fringe show ‘Newsfedup’ is at 6.20 every day till 25 August at the Banshee Labyrinth. Go see!

Check back in two weeks' time to read our next interview with performance poet Sophia Walker!