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 / Arts Award adviser / chat show host / occasional frontwoman of a guerrilla poetry mission.

Check out my full list of publications, prizes, residencies & commissions.

Represented by: Lucy Luck at Conville + Walsh

* photo by Phil Rigby


50 word bio:

Katie Hale is the author of a novel, My Name is Monster (Canongate, 2019) and two poetry pamphlets: Breaking the Surface and Assembly Instructions (Munster Chapbook Prize Winner, 2019). She has held a number of international Writer in Residence positions, and regularly runs writing workshops for adults and in schools.


100 word bio:

Born in Cumbria, Katie Hale is the author of a novel, My Name is Monster (Canongate, 2019), shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award, and two poetry pamphlets: Breaking the Surface, and Assembly Instructions (Munster Chapbook Prize winner, 2019). She is a former MacDowell Fellow, and has undertaken a number of residencies internationally.

Her poetry has won the Buzzwords, Jane Martin, and Ware Poetry Prizes, and has twice been shortlisted for the Manchester International Poetry Prize. She has also written for theatre and immersive digital performance, has featured on national radio and television, and is an experienced workshop leader.


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 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.

She is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Breaking the Surface (flipped eye, 2017), and Assembly Instructions (Southword, 2019), which won the Munster Chapbook Prize.

Katie’s work has been internationally recognised through awards, fellowships and residencies. Her work has won th Jane Martin, Ware and Buzzwords Poetry Prizes, and been shortlisted for th Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, the University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, and twice for the Manchester Poetry 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 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 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 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 first full collection of poetry, for which she received a DYCP (Developing Your Creative Practice) Grant from Arts Council England.

Katie Hale - photo by Supal Desai