‘Smart, angry, funny and right on the money – what’s not to like about Catherine Brogan?’ Giles Fraser, Vicar & Guardian Columnist 

‘Catherine is witty, wise and a great entertainer. Her poetry makes the personal political & the political personal’  Paul Burston, Time Out

BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam Winner

‘Self confident and with an assured delivery she holds the audience. A stand-out performer.’ Winston Plowes, Write Out Loud

“Catherine Brogan is a feisty, funny and thought-provoking performer and a deserving ‘Utter!’ Paid Gig contest winner, who plunged into the spirit of the Edinburgh Festival with her show OUTspoken. It’s always a pleasure to see her go off on stage like a firework.” Richard Tyrone Jones, Director of Utter Spoken Word

Winner of  BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam 2011 Catherine Brogan’s performance poetry has appeared on The Today Programme, at Edinburgh Fringe, Cheltenham & Canterbury Literary Festivals and the Radio 4 UK Slam. Originally from N.Ireland, Catherine has supported Scroobius Pip and won numerous poetry slams.



Latitude Festival

World Development Movement resident poet

Fringe Report Best Poet Winner


Supported Thom Yorke and Massive Attack at Bank of Ideas, Occupy London

BBC Edinmbrugh Fringe Poetry Slam Winner

Small World Festival Lounge on the Farm Festival

Bang Said the Gun – Golden Gun Winner

Swindon Literary Festival

Performed all over Nairobi, Kenya


Performing and interviewed on Radio 4 Today programme on New Year’s day

Edinburgh  Fringe – Outspoken with Sophia Blackwell

Cheltenham Literary Festival

Canterbury Literary Festival

Larmer Tree Festival


Winner Farrago Best Slam performer 09 & 08

Represented London in the Semi Final of the Radio 4 UK Slam Representing the UK at the European Slam Days in Berlin

A Potted History of my Poetry

I started at the age of 6 winning gold medals for saying (other people’s) poems at the Feis in my home town of Omagh, N.Ireland. Around this time I started writing poetry and bring asked to perform it around my primary school. Went to Uni in York, studied Politics and English (perfect poetry degree), set up a poetry night, got into hip hop, Mcing, was part of Soul Spun Soundsystem, now the biggest event promoters in York. Moved to Belfast Jan – Jun 2008 and got my first big break in Belfast, running poetry workshops, supporting Scroobius Pip vs Dan le Sac and Skinny Man and winning the Belfast Poetry Cup. Since moving to London in June 2008 I’ve thrown herself into the poetry scene. I also host and programme events.

20 Responses to Home

  1. טיולים says:

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  2. Wendy G says:

    You’re were one fiery cracker of a craic-er at Open Wide Alaska Studio on Sat.
    I wasn’t heckling – just cackling with laughter! Thanks from all the audience too.

  3. Shaun Butler says:

    Just seen you perform at the Swindon Slam (May 7, 2011).
    You ooze talent, courage, intellect, performance and present in slick-chic style.
    I’d still like to exchange views on spiritual belief though!
    Where do you MC in London? Would like to come along sometime!
    The Omagh poem was superb…you are a winner….
    With a winning, confident personality.
    I look forward to the Poems and Pints night next week.
    Hope we can speak then.
    Wishes, Shaun

  4. carole from wales says:

    brilliant yesterday at the Fringe. really, really liked your poetry and current London topics.
    all the best. will tell my friends.
    you are a beautiful, talented woman!

    (and loved the crotchet top and sewn book of poetry!)

  5. Caroline from Edinburgh says:

    Hey, we all thought you were awesome at Edinburgh…I just bigged you up to the ladyfest organisers so they’d put a link to your website on their email thing… maybe they’ll be up for inviting you up for future ladyfest edinburgh events!

  6. fairtrader says:

    Wow. i’m not averse to good craic, but how often do you just bump into a poet on a train? Especially a brilliant poet – and discover wonderful writing and performance. Serendipity is a wonderful thing. Still waiting for chocolate.

    • catbrogan says:

      how wonderful to meet you too! liberation from the personal office and connectiong with people is the key. got the chocolate/ nutrition/ corporation control of food chain poem started

  7. Wendy G says:

    2nd comment from me, Wendy G. Serendipity in deed and verse with Pity for Omagh-ah, tho’ praise for its delivery from despair by your poem. Keep on keeping on – your are an inspiration. Cheers.

  8. Wendy G says:

    Ooops, techno stuff, should have been ‘you are’ or ‘you’re’ (not your are)

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  10. Max Occupy LSX says:

    Hi Catherine

    Hailing you on all frequencies, lost your number, could you give me a bell? 07973 661 123

    Cheers you!

    Max (Graham)

  11. willowdot21 says:

    Hello Catherine I have been reading your poetry and I hope you do not mind but I have used one of your poems in a poetry challenge I have been doing this year! In December I rather foolishly accepted a challenge to publish a poem of my choice on the same subject every Sunday for the whole of this year. For my sins I chose as my subject war. This Sunday I decided to see if I could find a poem on the troubles. Your poems leapt off the page at me. I have to the best of my ability written what I believe to be the truth about you and I have made sure anyone who reads my blog can track back to your blog . I do hope this is all okay with you. I also want to say I do like your work. be well and happy . willow xx

    • catbrogan says:

      You are very welcome to use my poems somewhere else. thanks for crediting me and letting me know. I have quite a few poems about war!

      • willowdot21 says:

        Thank you , I have been reading your work and find you work amazing the length and breath of life and emotions are there! I write about anything and everything too. I only started blogging last year in that time I have fallen in love with poetry and blogging !! Thank you again for allowing me to use your work . I wish you well.

  12. Roisin Shields says:

    Catherine – an old teacher here! Taught you history in Loreto in Year 8 many moons ago! Always said I’d read about you some day in the papers. So delighted with your success! Loved your Omagh ha poem! What an amazing talent.

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  14. David Davies says:

    Hi there, I often wonder about poetry, and reading on how personal yours is, is quite something. I must complement you on the poem ‘Omagh-ah’, and I feel should have been selected in the book that Gerald Dawe selected on ‘War Poetry’. It hits home the pain and fear that people suffered through out Northern Ireland.

    I am sure you know and read poetry by Carol Anne Duffy, one of my favorite poems is by her, which is called ‘Valentine’, using beautiful and every day objects to descibe or suggest her feelings.

    I wish you all the best in your poetry writting


  15. Emily says:

    Hi Cat,
    I was just wondering if you would be coming along to Wilderness Festival again this year? Loved sitting round the fire watching you perform. You ooze charm and talent. Hope to see you there again.
    Take care,
    Emily x

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