Cornish poet and novelist Natasha Carthew has announced that her first collection of poetry in 18 years is set to be published next year by Hypatia Publications. Inspired by real experiences, the collection is described as “an interconnecting collection of stories that address the challenges, both past and present, that relate to rural working-class women”, and aim to be a “truthful re-telling of this lost corner of diversity”.
As The Bookseller reports, Carthew also serves as the artistic director of The Working Class Writers Festival and has previously published two poetry collections already published. Her fiction is published separately by Quercus and Bloomsbury. Hypatia Publications is a small publisher based in Cornwall which helps celebrate female authors of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.
Speaking of her upcoming collection, Carthew said: “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. 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.”