Carole Coates

Carole Coates was a late starter in poetry, having spent many years as an academic during which time she published critical and professional writings.  Originally from London, she now lives in Lancaster where she helps to organise a series of poetry readings and belongs to a poetry performance group.  Shoestring Press have published four collections of her poetry.  In her more recent work she has become interested in exploring the relationship between the lyric and the narrative.

On Jacob

“An extraordinarily riveting narrative poem on the pain of childhood and its long reach, written with forensic care and heart-stopping empathy.” – Carol Ann Duffy

“Carole Coates is a fine poet with a novelist’s eye.  In Swallowing Stones she creates an utterly convincing world and peoples it with characters whose voices – sometimes shocking, sometimes lyrical, always perfectly judged – are woven together in this powerful and moving sequence.” – Elizabeth Burns

On Looking Good:

“These poems revisit intense experience with painful honesty and wry humour” – Jean Sprackland

“I like the ease of the literary and historical reference, the sense of learning lightly worn, naturalised in fact to the poetic texture.” – Carol Rumens

On The Goodbye Edition:

“This unsteady ground lies under all her poems … all offer her vertiginous viewpoints that both startle and satisfy the reader … It’s an unusually powerful and interesting collection…” – R.V. Bailey

Books by Shoestring Press:


Swallowing Stones

The Goodbye Edition

Looking Good