Katy Mahon worked as a professional singer and pianist in London and York until four years ago when she then had a stint as an interior design student. Writing has been a hobby for most of her adult life, taking the form of children’s stories, a large swathe of autobiography brought on by the death of her mother in 2010, and another swathe of writing after the death of her father, the poet Derek Mahon, in 2020. Katy has taken three online writing courses, including a poetry one with Helen Ivory at the National Centre for Writing. Katy is a regular member of Wordship workshops in Yorkshire under writers Gill Lambert and Mark Connors.
Katy is working on two collections, Winter Notes and In Pursuit of Depths, and a collaboration with English seascape artist Carolyn Coles for York Open Studios 2021. Her poems have been published in Drawn to the Light Press, Ink Sweat & Tears, and the inaugural editions of Northern Gravy and Dublin-based The Liminal Review. She will have a group of poems published in Dreich in the new year.