About

Hi, I’m Katie. Although I primarily call myself a poet, I have my finger in a lot of arts-related pies: poet / lyricist / blogger / arts administrator / workshop leader / project manager / reviewer / occasional frontwoman of a guerrilla poetry mission.

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Short bio:

Born in Cumbria, Katie has been published in Poetry Review, The Frogmore Papers, The Compass Magazine, Interpreter’s House and Cadaverine, among others. She was recently shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and York Literature Festival Poetry Competition. Yesterday: a musical in three halves, co-written with composer Stephen Hyde, premiered in Oxford in June 2015. She also produced and co-curated Beneath The Boughs, an installation of contemporary poetry at Lowther Castle, and was a Barbican Young Poet 2011-12 and Young Poet in Residence at Theatre by the Lake (2013). She completed her MLitt in Creative Writing (Poetry) at St Andrews in 2013, and is currently working on a pamphlet.

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 runs New Writing Cumbria (an Eden Arts project), while working on her own poetry and theatre work. She also runs interdisciplinary creative projects using social media.

In June 2015, Yesterday, her first chamber musical, co-written with composer Stephen Hyde, premiered in the Burton Taylor Studio (Oxford Playhouse).

Katie’s poetry has appeared in Poetry Review, 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.

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 playwriting and working on her first poetry collection.

Katie Hale: poet, writer and travel blogger living and working in the Lake District and Cumbria