Carthew to publish first poetry collection in 18 years

Carthew to publish first poetry collection in 18 years

Cornish working-class writer Natasha Carthew is publishing a new collection of prose poetry with Hypatia Publications in 2021.

Billed as "an interconnecting collection of stories that address the challenges, both past and present, that relate to rural working-class women", the stories in the collection aim to represent a "truthful re-telling of this lost corner of diversity". All are based on lived experience.

Carthew, the collection's author, is the artistic director of The Working Class Writers Festival. She has two previous collections of poetry already published, but this will be her first full collection in 18 years. Her fiction is published by Quercus and Bloomsbury.

"I’m delighted that Hypatia Publications has agreed to publish this ambitious collection; its commitment to the documentation and celebration of women’s achievements is second to none," said Carthew. "After a career of writing literary fiction, it’s great to be back working on such an exciting project that celebrates working-class women through knowledge and empowerment.

"I want to address the challenges that relate to working-class women from a low-wage ‘work’ perspective, including childcare, harassment and issues that surround the gender pay gap. I’m interested in the women who are still trying to scratch out a living as cleaners, care assistants, farm and factory workers, laundry workers and housemaids."

Hypatia Publications is a small Cornwall-based press celebrating female authors of literary fiction, poetry and non-fiction with fresh, literary and original voices. It is an imprint of the Hypatia Trust, formed to collect, and make available, published and personal documentation about the achievements of women in every aspect of their lives.