These poems cover an impressive range of subjects, draw on a good number of traditions, and employ a wide variety of tones and idioms. But they all converge on the fact of loss – loss of a person, loss of time, loss of reciprocity. This means the collection seems at once very ample and very focused. And it explains why it feels very courageous, as well as very moving. - Andrew Motion
Clear-eyed and attentive, Christine Webb has a produced a collection which is both sorrowing and celebratory. These are poems of intelligence, deep feeling and formal grace, and the world is richer for them. - Kathryn Simmonds
Christine Webb is a Midlander by birth, but has lived in the south of England for much of her life. She had a career in schools until the mid-1990s, and later worked part-time in the Drama department of Royal Holloway.
Her first collection, After Babel, was published by Peterloo Poets in 2004, and in 2007 her poem ‘Seven Weeks’ won the Poetry London competition, while ‘Salt’ won second prize in Mslexia. In 2009 she completed a Creative Writing MA.
Catching Your Breath celebrates and mourns her partner of 40 years, who died in 2006.