Cathy Crabb is an award-winning playwright and poet who has written extensively for the stage. Her plays include Beautiful House, Moving Pictures, Something Right, Beyond the 4th Wall and The Bubbler, and her collaboration with Punam Ramchurn, Rumba Bar, premiered in 2018. She has also co-written two musicals with Lindsay Williams and Carol Donaldson, Dreamers and Meat Pie, Sausage Roll. Cathy's poetry features on sculptures by Emma Hunter at the former site of Elk Mill in Chadderton, the last mill to be built in Lancashire. She lives in nearby Saddleworth with her husband, the photographer Carl Gibson, and has three children, Bobby, Lawrence and Hazel.

Mumb by Cathy Crabb
adult poetry
ISBN 978-0-9932370-8-9 | 64pp | 2016
rrp £8.00 | ebook £5.99

Central Books

"What goes on in these four walls is none of their concern,
shut your mouth and keep it shut is what you need to learn..."

MUMB: a personal exploration of the dark side of motherhood and what it means to be a woman.

"To read MUMB is to sit at a rickety northern kitchen table with an old mate, as she shares the intimacies and heartaches of being a woman of a certain age, doing her best and sometimes failing; of striving, coping, suffering and surviving. While you scoff cinnamon buns and try to ignore the smell of the unemptied cat litter. It is a book full of love and honesty." - Julie Hesmondhalgh

"'Last Night's Tea' is good, strong and sweet." - John Hegley

"Cathy Crabb cuts through the Gordian knot and makes it get over itself with salty chips and a hug. Satisfyingly forthright, authentically working class and funny, you'll recognise chunks of human nature you didn't know you knew." - Jackie Hagan

"This wonderful collection of poetry is a generous and honest plateful of love. Cathy Crabb writes beautifully, feels deeply and is not afraid to share the darker sides of being a mother." - Janice Connolly AKA Mrs Barbara Nice

"Like its title this collection is intriguing - it's initially simple but says a lot! There's variety, plays on words, haiku, it's personal and universal, simple but deep. It's full of love - celebratory - and full of truth - disturbingly. "There's frost in every cardboard fold." There's warmth in every page turn. Although this collection is centred around motherhood, it is a must read for anyone who was ever a child! I own many poetry collections on my shelves. This one will be staying well within arms reach!" - Joy France

Laura Taylor reviews MUMB at Write Out Loud.

Last Night's Tea
from Mumb © Cathy Crabb, 2016

Remember last night's tea
when you brought your girlfriend
and you brought your friend?
And the dog was excited
because he loves it when you are all here
because I am so happy
and I'm like - superwomb?
And I got food delivered
and you were all relieved
because it can be touch and go
with my cooking
and there was loads to go around
and dad didn't have too much washing up?
And no one brought up the four full bin bags
on the garden bench by the back door
because it may have been the wrong time to ask
in front of company
and actually it is a good job you didn't
because I would have to explain
that I have thrown out most of my shoes and coats
because your dad was sick of tidying up after me
and I was being dramatic for effect,
but when he went for some milk I took my
best coat out and hung it up where he couldn't see it
because I'm not an idiot,
though the bags have now been there
three days in the rain
and I regret it?
And how it was very clear
we all loved each other
because we shared nicely
and talked about Christmas
and all showed off in front of company
to make them laugh?

Well, tonight's tea
is what's left
of last night's take-away.

Cover by Hazel Gibson.

Beside the See-side by Cathy Crabb
Beside the See-Side
adult poetry
ISBN 978-0-9576639-6-1 | 66pp | 2014
rrp £7.50 | ebook £4.99

Flapjack Press
Central Books

Critically acclaimed playwright Cathy Crabb brings her expert imagination, wit and lucidity to the page in her first poetry collection.
Whether dealing with invasive mind spam, brain worms or family, contemplating loss, the inevitability of change or having the odd drink, the corner of her mind's eye is right in front of you.

Includes a Foreword by John Henshaw.

"What I admire is a writer who constantly seeks to question, to pull apart, to discover and share. Cathy Crabb is the ultimate example of the seeker. God bless 'er!" - Tony Curry, poet, playwright & workshop facilitator

"Cathy's poetry is playful and sincere. She finds magic in the humdrum, hope in the heart and nails life every time." - Matt Panesh AKA Monkey Poet, writer, performer, producer & director

"Few playwrights journey me into their plots and characters, fewer poets stop me in my tracks. Every nuance of Cathy's work is a tread 'n' footstep on the crazy paving of my heart 'n' history. Her work makes me feel I'm in there too, being told and being part of it - the hallmark of the finest storytellers." - Gerry Potter, poet, playwright, actor & director

"From the most private of moments to the most public of places, Cathy Crabb swishes her tales like a born storyteller. Funny and tender, raw and real, her poetry is a revelation." - Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence 2011

"Glorious, deadpan, feeds you wisdom like your mam used to feed you day-glo food in the eighties. Cathy Crabb is like a mix between Caroline Aherne, Spike Milligan and chips." - Jackie Hagan, writer, performer & facilitator

Cathy's 'But Alas We Never Do', performed by Darren Scott & directed by Sean Kelly.

Cover by Brink.

Flapjack Press: exploring the synergy between performance and the page.