Patrick McGuinness, TLS, Poetry Books of the Year
Catulla et al summons up the sensual and scandalous spirit of the Latin poet Catullus – his lyricism, diatribe and bawdy – by turns wrenching, cynical and outrageous. But whereas the Roman love chronicler is a young man about town, Tiffany Atkinson’s Catulla is a freewheeling female confronting modern mores with both ambivalence and uneasy embarrassment.
"Atkinson's versions are in the finest tradition of creative adaptation: keeping the originals as ballast, but unafraid to sail off on their own tangents... Atkinson's first collection, Kink and Particle, appeared in 2006; this, her second, has her familiar quickness of mind, her spiky, often self-lacerating wit, and her snappy, vibrant diction. Catulla's is a world of decadent excess and morning-after desolation, of hangovers of the moral as well as the physical kind; of reality TV, suburban infidelity, jealousy and besottedness."
Patrick McGuinness, The Guardian
“Whether writing about difficulties in love or liberty, Tiffany Atkinson is smart, sexy and often very, very funny.”
Kathryn Gray, Poetry International Web
“Atkinson achieves sophistication without brittleness, and illustrates that much of the most intelligent and accessible poetry of the last five years… is being written by young women.”
W.N. Herbert, Poetry London
Tiffany Atkinson has lived in Wales for many years, where she is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. She won the Ottakar’s and Faber National Poetry Competition in 2000 and the Cardiff Academi International Poetry Competition in 2001. Her first collection, Kink and Particle (Seren, 2006), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, won the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award. She will be judging the 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition, alongside fellow poets Don Paterson and Philip Gross.