About

Update, June 2019: This summer I’m doing a bit more than I’d planned. But wherever possible I’ll be swimming outside. I like Mild Swimming. Yes, Mild Swimming. Am blogging about it here. Dip in: https://mildswimming.wordpress.com

Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras

After several sell out shows, it’s still touring into Spring 2020. If you’d like to book it for your festival or venue- contact me. 

(I am now working on a new show called “Bigger on the Inside” about the history of autism, Dr Who and me. it previewed at the Autism and the Arts Festival at the University of Kent in April 2019 and will be at Bradford Literature Festival on June 28th, 2019).

My new show is called Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras. It’s a funny and thought-provoking show, which sees me and actor Joey Holden explore the Northern women you’ve heard of (and the ones you haven’t).

The stand up storytelling show, in the guise of a performance lecture, uncovers the hidden history of the writers, scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protestors, musicians and other heroines who make up a far more diverse North than we usually see.

We debuted it on 23rd and 24th June, as part of the opening of the Great Exhibition of the North, at Live Theatre. It sold out and people loved it. We toured the North in Spring 2019 with many dates sold out. It will now be ongoingly touring with a final big burst into spring 2020. Still time to book it!

Check out the show’s website, here! Or check out the trailer for the touring solo version of the show here:

and our fabulous Oasister video here:

 

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Short Bio

“Fabulous, feminist and funny”- Morning Star.

“Winning, witty and wise”- Acumen.

Kate Fox works mainly as a stand-up poet and as a broadcaster and speaker. As she points out on stage, if you say you’re a comedian who does poems, not many people will come and see you; whereas if you say you’re a poet who does comedy…still not many people will come and see you but at least you get Arts Council funding… She enjoys being a variety of things but has found it can make you hard to categorise. Basically she’s a writer and performer and due to her extensive work on the radio in the past few years, quite a few people do come and see her work after all.

That includes two comedy series called The Price of Happiness for Radio 4 about things she’s supposed to want but doesn’t and her current touring show “Where There’s Muck There’s Bras” about notable Northern women. She is a familiar radio voice, having presented Pick of the Week on Radio 4 and been a regular contributor to Radio 3’s The Verb, among many other broadcasts.

She has been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run, Glastonbury Festival and Radio 4’s Saturday Live. She has also performed her poetry on BBC1 and BBC2. She has supported acts including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Hollie McNish, John Cooper Clarke and John Hegley and is a headline act in her own right.

She’s also a gentle activist and campaigner for the voices of Northerners, the working class, women and the neurodiverse to be heard; mainly by teaching and running workshops in schools and community groups -and by speaking, writing, raising awareness and tutting at injustice and inequality.

ps: I AM NOT THE KATE FOX THE SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGIST WHO WROTE WATCHING THE ENGLISH. NOT HER, NO. DO NOT GET IN TOUCH TO ASK ME TO TALK ABOUT WHY ENGLISH PEOPLE QUEUE AND DRINK TEA. THOUGH I HAVE THOUGHTS ON THIS AND MANY OTHER THINGS.

Some quick links: 

Recent poem:  Recent poem on the poet Kim Moore’s blog

Link to Kate performing live from Hull 2017 on Woman’s Hour, talking Lass War & accents & performing a poem: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08gwfyq#t=33m35s

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):

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….

2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Kate
    I tweeted you earlier – thanks for the reply. I’m an ex pat Hullensian lass, living in Essex. I’m training for the London marathon so saved the podcast (from my old school) as a treat for my long run today. What a treat! I may have been a bit tired/emotional but I genuinely wept at your stirring womanifesto and want to give copies to my nieces and maybe even the girls of St Mary’s College Hull. Happy to discuss how best to distribute so you don’t lose out.
    Thanks for your work!
    Susi Pitura
    Susichapman@hotmail.co.uk

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NOT the social anthropologist. Though confusingly I did an ethnographic PhD.