Hi, I’m Katie. Although I primarily call myself a poet, I have my finger in a lot of arts-related pies: poet / novelist / lyricist / blogger / arts administrator / workshop leader / project manager / reviewer / open mic host / occasional frontwoman of a guerrilla poetry mission.
Represented by: Lucy Luck at Conville + Walsh
* photo by Phil Rigby
Born in Cumbria, Katie is the author of a novel, My Name is Monster (Canongate, 2019), and two poetry pamphlets: Breaking the Surface (Flipped Eye, 2017) and Assembly Instructions (Southword Editions, 2019), which won the Munster Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition. In 2019, she was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship, and was Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust. She has recently won the Buzzwords Poetry Prize, the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the Ware Poetry Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize, the Univerity of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize and the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been published in Poetry Review, The North and Interpreter’s House, among others. In 2017, Katie was mentored by Penguin Random House on their inaugural WriteNow scheme. Her musical, The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash, co-written with composer Stephen Hyde, premiered at Edinburgh Fringe in August 2017, to 5* reviews.
Katie graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2013 with an MLitt in Creative Writing (Poetry), following on from her BA English from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2012. She currently lives in Cumbria, where she facilitates creative writing workshops in schools and runs Word Mess monthly open mic night.
Her debut novel, My Name is Monster, was published by Canongate in 2019. In 2017, she was one of twelve writers selected for mentoring by Penguin Random House on their inaugural WriteNow scheme.
Her poetry pamphlet, Breaking the Surface, was published by Flipped Eye in 2017. In 2018 she won the Munster Fool For Poetry Chapbook Competition, and her winning chapbook, Assembly Instructions, was published by Southword in Spring 2019. She has recently won the Buzzwords Poetry Prize, and been shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize and the University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. In 2017, Katie won the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the Ware Poetry Prize, and was shortlisted for the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. She also came second in the Tannahill International Poetry Competition.
In 2019, Katie was the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship (New Hampshire, USA), and was also Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, Cumbria. Later this year, she will be a Writer in Residence at Passa Porta in Brussels, in conjunction with the National Centre for Writing and the Flemish Literature Fund.
Katie’s poetry has appeared in Poetry Review, The North, The Compass Magazine, The Frogmore Papers, Cadaverine, Interpreter’s House, and Velour, as well as anthologies This Place I Know, Lines Underwater and Eloquence in Times of Crisis. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and commended in the York Literature Festival Poetry Competition. In 2009 she was highly commended in the Mirehouse Poetry Competition, and was the winner of the Anne Pierson Award for Young Writers in Cumbria in 2008 and 2010. She also won the Ver Poets Young Writer’s Prize in 2010, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Above Water Competition.
Katie has created commissioned work for Free the Word (a collaboration between National Poetry Day, the Oxford English Dictionary and BBC local radio stations), for the Barbican Centre’s Creative Learning department, and for the National Trust. In 2019, she will spend a month in Brussels as Writer in Residence at Passa Porta.
Her musical, The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash, co-written with composer Stephen Hyde, premiered at Edinburgh Fringe in August 2017, to 5* reviews.
She founded guerrilla poetry organisation [insert text here] in February 2012, for which she was one of seven emerging writers in residence at Theatre by the Lake (summer 2013), and for which she produced and curated the [insert text here] poetry installation, Beneath The Boughs, at Lowther Castle, Cumbria, which ran during summer 2013. For [insert text here], she has produced and co-produced a number of other projects to promote the work of emerging writers to a wider audience.
Katie was a Barbican Young Poet 2011-12, and enjoys taking part in collaborative projects as well as working individually. These have previously included UnScene Festival of new writing in 2009 and 2010, and Action Transport Theatre’s CROAK project in 2007.
She is currently working on a first full collection of poetry, for which she received a DYCP (Developing Your Creative Practice) grant from Arts Council England.