About

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.

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Short bio:

Born in Cumbria, Katie’s debut pamphlet, Breaking the Surface, was published by Flipped Eye in 2017. She recently 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. Her poetry has been published in Poetry Review, The North and Interpreter’s House, among others. Katie also writes fiction, and is currently being mentored for her first novel, My Name is Monster, by Penguin Random House on their inaugural Write Now scheme. Her musical, The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash, co-written with composer Stephen Hyde, will premier at Edinburgh Fringe in August 2017.

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Long bio:

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 pamphlet, Breaking the Surface, was published by Flipped Eye in 2017. Also 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.

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 Lines Underwater, 11 Poets 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 also writes fiction, and is currently being mentored for her first novel, My Name is Monster, by Penguin Random House on their inaugural WriteNow scheme.

Her musical, The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash, co-written with composer Stephen Hyde, will premier at Edinburgh Fringe in August 2017.

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 trinity of fiction, poetry and theatre.

Katie Hale - photo by Supal Desai