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Parthian Books

The Filthy Quiet

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‘Kate Noakes’ new collection is a trove of rich materials – rare minerals, sharp sense-impressions and resonant myths.’ – Philip Gross

‘Kate Noakes’ The Filthy Quiet is ... always brightly striking onwards, generating its own irresistible energy.’ – Jane Commane

'The Filthy Quiet is a whirling journey across a lifetime, over great emotional highs and lows. Chronicling the collapse of one long-term relationship and the trials and tribulations of forging a new life. Noakes’ collection is intense and deeply personal.' – PBS Spring Bulletin 2019 

'lush and multi-layered' - Poetry London

In her most autobiographical collection to date, Kate Noakes explores the pain of losing a long-built life and the joys of exploring a new one. This is a howl that ends with a hallelujah.



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Credit: Maggie Jarman

Kate Noakes has previously published six collections of poetry. She was elected to the Welsh Academy of Letters in 2011 and her website is archived by the National Library of Wales. She suffers from itchy feet and has lived in Australia, California, South Africa and France, but has spent most of her life in the South East of England. She has finally settled in London. Educated at the Universities of Reading and South Wales, her poetry mentors have been Gillian Clarke, Tony Curtis, Philip Gross, and Mimi Khalvati.