Hi, I’m Katie. Although I primarily call myself a writer, I have my finger in a lot of arts-related pies: poet / novelist / lyricist / blogger / arts administrator / workshop leader / project manager / Arts Award adviser / chat show host / occasional frontwoman of a guerrilla poetry mission.
Represented by: Lucy Luck at Conville + Walsh
* photo by Phil Rigby
50 word bio:
Born in Cumbria, Katie Hale is an international poet and novelist. Her debut novel, My Name is Monster, was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle, and her second poetry pamphlet, Assembly Instructions, won the Munster Chapbook Prize. A MacDowell Fellow, in 2021 she won a Northern Writers’ Award for Poetry.
100 word bio:
Born in Cumbria, Katie Hale is an internationally recognised poet and novelist. Her debut novel, My Name is Monster (Canongate, 2019), has been translated into multiple languages, and was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award. Her second poetry pamphlet, Assembly Instructions, won the Munster Chapbook Prize. A MacDowell Fellow (2019), she won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2021, and has been shortlisted for the Desperate Literature, Mslexia and Manchester Prizes. She has also written for theatre and immersive digital performance, and has featured on national radio and television. She is currently working on her second novel.
The full story:
Katie Hale is a poet, novelist and creative practitioner. She currently lives in Cumbria, where she writes, runs a series of online events, and facilitates creative writing workshops online and in schools.
Her debut novel, My Name is Monster (Canongate, 2019), has been translated into German, Italian and Turkish, and was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award. In 2017, she was one of twelve writers selected for mentoring by Penguin Random House on their inaugural WriteNow scheme.
Katie’s work has been internationally recognised through awards, fellowships and residencies. In 2021, she won a Northern Writers’ Award for a debut collection of poetry. Her work has won the Jane Martin, Ware and Prole Laureate Poetry Prizes, and been shortlisted for the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, the University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, and twice for the Manchester Poetry Prize. In 2021, she was shortlisted for the Desperate Literature Prize for short fiction, and won the Georgia Writers’ House Prize.
She is a former MacDowell Fellow, and has also been awarded residencies at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, Cumbria, Passa Porta (Brussels, in conjunction with the National Centre for Writing & the Flemish Literature Fund), Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre (Australia), Gladstone’s Library (Wales), and Heinrich Boell Cottage (Ireland).
In 2019, Katie wrote and presented an episode of Tongue and Talk: the Dialect Poets for Radio 4, and has since appeared as a guest on Front Row and Open Book. She has also appeared on national television, when she was a guest on ITV series, Rosie Jones’ Trip Hazard. She has created commissioned work for Free the Word (a collaboration between National Poetry Day, the Oxford English Dictionary and BBC local radio stations), the Barbican Centre’s Creative Learning department, BBC poetry festival Contains Strong Language, and for the National Trust.
She has also written for performance, including Bella (an immersive site-specific digital performance, based in Penrith an commissioned by Eden Arts) and a collaborative folk opera, Gretna (Théâtre Volière), based on the history of women in and around Gretna Green. 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 has written lyrics for The Three Inch Fools, for their touring productions of Robin Hood (2021) and Macbeth (2016).
She ran guerrilla poetry organisation [insert text here] from 2012-2014, 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.
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 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 is currently working on a second novel, and a first full collection of poetry, for which she received a DYCP (Developing Your Creative Practice) Grant from Arts Council England.