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Catherine Hamilton

London, England


I was born in London in 1991 and have since lived, studied and worked here. I studied English literature at UCL at undergraduate level, specialising in modern poetry. In the third year of my degree I joined arts association Store Projects, which consisted of a group of artists and architects working to build an educational programme, wide-ranging public exhibitions, and a socially engaged design practice. At the time of my joining, Store had taken over a disused building in Bloomsbury; where we gradually built a library, cinema, and exhibition/residency spaces. In 2013, in collaboration with Store, I founded Swimmers, a cross disciplinary – though primarily literary – project consisting of regular events and a series of print pamphlets, combining contemporary literature and original artwork. The series has constituted a conversation between writing and visual practice and with its very limited print run, an exploration in value, exchange and community. Over the years we have hosted and published international writers working across genre, such as Sarah Howe, Chloe Aridjis, Anne Boyer, Kathryn Maris, and Eka Kurniawan. Within this community of writers my own practice has grown and developed – from writing plays and screenplays, to poetry and lyric prose. I have yet to publish any of my creative writing (and have yet to participate any kind of formal workshop!). At UTV, I will be working on part of my current project; a novel in which I explore what it means to be a daughter, in a familial and cultural sense, and which I cannot yet easily categorise. I am interested in the shifting boundaries between literary forms/categories and artistic disciplines.

Catherine Hamilton - Under The Volcano