Treasure in The History of Things by Katherine McMahon
Katherine McMahon is a performance poet and spoken word promoter. She co-organises of Inky Fingers, a collective which runs open mics, workshops, slams and other wordy events. She has also organised events with No Rhyme No Reason, including a spoken word programme for the National Museum of Scotland’s Museum Late event, and OUT:SPOKEN - a showcase of Scottish queer performance poetry. She has won several slams herself, and is a regular on the Edinburgh scene, performing across the city as well as further afield. She also once won a Blue Peter badge for a poem (aged 9). Treasure in the History of Things is her first pamphlet, and is paired with a CD album of her collaboration with musician and sound designer Fiona Keenan.
Reviews for Treasure in The History of Things
Elizabeth Rimmer, The Scottish Review of Books:
“[Katherine McMahon is] a mellifluous performer. [… Treasure in The History of Things contains] some very beautiful and thoughtful pieces.”
Andrew Sclater, Sphinx: all about poetry pamphlets:
“Katherine’s poetry is generous. […] It sounds great in performance and its content comes near what might be called modern moral tales.”
Dana Bubulj, Sabotage:
“McMahon manage[s] to engage with familiar imagery without it becoming trite, and with a self-awareness coupled with wonder at nature that makes it rather charming. […] The poems stay away from the realms of the overdone sublime and stay fresh.”
Both pamphlet and album can be purchased on Bandcamp.