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Catherine Balaq is an award-winning writer and body psychotherapist. Her work has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and nominated for the Pushcart and Forward Prizes. She is co-editor of Black Cat Press. Her debut collection 'animaginary' was nominated for the Seamus Heaney Prize and the Pen Heaney Prize.  'Deathless' her second collection is publishing with Verve Poetry Press in October 2024. Catherine also writes novels and is represented by Donald Winchester at Watson Little.


Catherine Balaq channels the daemon onto the page, summoning colour from darkness.

-Paul Lynch, Booker Prize winner, 2023.


Satya Bosman is the founder and co-editor at Black Cat Press. Her poetry was highly commended in the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society folio competition 2024 and has been featured in several publications, including 14 Magazine, The Lake and Southlight and is upcoming in Drawn to the Light Magazine and Suburban Witchcraft.



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