Kate Fox has made a living as a stand-up poet for ten years. Being funny & Northern is sometimes a help and sometimes a hindrance and she’s nearly finished a PhD about why (It’s also about class, gender and Northern humour). Sometimes they let her on Radio 4. Her car radio is tuned to Radio 2. She is currently making #Lass War on the man-heavy Northern Powerhouse.
Her second Radio 4 comedy series aired this summer. In the shows she talked about why she doesn’t want: children, a big white wedding, to be middle class or have a Hollywood body! (First series on iPlayer here: The Price of Happiness). She is one of the 17 poets for the BBC/Hull 2017 Contains Strong Language Poetry Festival (Great film about her commission here: Women of Words film). Her books include Chronotopia, just out from Burning Eye Books (ORDER IT HERE! Chronotopia) and Fox Populi from Smokestack Books. She has been poet in residence for the Great North Run, Saturday Live on Radio 4 and the Glastonbury Festival.
Oh- also, she recently invented a new word for when humour and seriousness combine: Humitas. Check it out here: The Conversation article
Here’s a recent nice profile about me from the Northern Echo which gives more info and background: Feature
Kate Fox is a writer and a performer with comedy, Northernness and asking awkward questions running through everything she does.
As a stand-up poet she has been in demand at literature festivals across the country.
Her solo comedy shows have toured from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Southbank Centre and been broadcast on Radio 4.
She has undertaken many commissions- from being Great North Run and Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence to creating pieces for the Great North Passion on BBC1, the Daily Politics Show on BBC2 and “The Verb” on Radio 3.
She is a regular speaker on panels and radio shows and a writer of poems, stories and journalism.
She is two years into a full time PhD at the University of Leeds, looking at class, gender, Northernness and solo stand-up performance and is folding her new research skills into her practice as a comedian and poet, and her poetry and comedy into her research.
She is also an active member of the live literature community and has mentored many writers and performers, facilitated many bespoke writing and performance workshops everywhere from schools to communities and universities and has run and promoted many live literature gigs and projects.
She grew up in Bradford, originally trained and worked as a radio journalist and lives in North Yorkshire with her husband and cocker spaniel.
Some quick links:
Lass War protest: Some info
Kate Fox in the National Portrait Gallery: Link to Portrait and Blurb about it.
Her two Radio 4 shows on iPlayer: The Price of Happiness
Her book Fox Populi from Smokestack Press: Buy here
A video poem about the importance of tea (commissioned by Yorkshire Festival): Here
A poem ITV filmed before she set off to be Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence: Here
Do get in touch with gig queries, questions, thoughts, kind words….