I successfully defended my PhD in February 2018. As people now point out, with visions of a former Pepsi chart DJ in their head “You’re now Dr Fox!”. I did my PhD in three years while working as a poet and performer throughout. It’s not an obvious path for a stand-up poet (Though Creative Writing PhDs are increasingly common- this wasn’t that) but basically my brain was bored. I love research and want to do more of it, particularly in the areas of neurodivergence and comedy (possibly, together).

I have publications forthcoming in Comedy Studies Journal, a Routledge Book chapter about representation in comedy edited by Helen Davies and Sarah Ilott and a chapter on humitas in “Comedy and Critical Thought” published by Rowman and Littlefield. I help run the Mixed Bill symposiums on comedy and gender. Our next one is on comedy and power and takes place at Sheffield Hallam on 9th/10th November. (Mixed Bill CFP)

My PhD title is “Stand Up and Be (En)Countered: How do I (and others) articulate and resist class, gender and Northern English regional identities in solo stand-up performance. I took an ethnographic approach- interviewing 25 Northern English stand-up comedians and stand-up poets about their experiences of articulating and resisting these things in their performances and as a participant observer writing about stand-up gigs, performers and audiences. As it’s a practice-based PhD, I also made  new pieces of work. The main one is a stand-up comedy and poetry show in the form of a performance auto-ethnography (Me and theorists including Mintz, Gilbert and Friedman would argue that lots of stand-up performance is closely allied to auto ethnography already). I also looking at my own recent Radio 4 commissions- particularly my show about not wanting children and my show about not wanting to be middle-class. Bourdieu’s ideas on embodied cultural capital and Bev Skeggs’ development of them in relation to working class women are particularly relevant to my work.

I’m occasionally writing a research blog: Here

This is my page at the University of Leeds: Here

A piece I wrote for The Conversation about how the battle still isn’t won for female comics at the Edinburgh Fringe: Here.

Piece I wrote for the sociologists Emma Jackson and Claire Biddles’ blog about my voice in  the imaginary North- a crucial topic in my research. Lots of Planets Have a North


  • Embodied cultural capital: Voice, body, class and resistance in Northern English solo stand-up performance. Mock the Weak conference, Teesside University (at ARC, Stockton). September 2016.
  • A Funny Turn (a performance paper): TaPRA Annual Conference (Popular Performance Group), Bristol University. September 2016.
  • Humitas (in Graduate Student Awards session)- ISHS Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin, June 2016
  • Humitas: A new word for when humour and seriousness blend- Comedy and Critical Thought conference, University of Kent, May 2016
  • Creative Methodologies and Accidental Ethnographies- Resonances Post Grad Conference, University of Leeds. May 2016
  • Embodied cultural capital, comedy and marginality- British Sociological Association annual conference. Aston University. April 2016
  • Grin Up North- stand up autoethnography performance- Engage York, Public Engagement and Arts Based Research conference-
  • March 2016 “Stand Up and Be En (Countered)” at ISHS conference, Oakland, 2015
  • “A funny way of being reflexive”, Resonances Post Graduate conference, University of Leeds, May 2015
  • “Stand-Up comedy as an Archive of Detritus”, Documenting Comedy conference, Salford, May 2015
  • Embodied cultural capital, stand-up poetry and Northernness at Poetry and Place conference, Goldsmiths University, May 2015.


  • Seminar tutor/lecturer. Performance Perspectives, Level 1 module, University of Leeds. From October 2016-
  • Independent Research Project Tutor, Performance Studies B.A, University of Leeds (Supervising four final year dissertations to successful completion).
  • Associate Lecturer. Performance Processes. Level 3 Module. University of Leeds. April 2016.
  • Seminar tutor/assessor “Contemporary Issues in Arts and Culture” Level 3 module, University of Leeds. October 2015- Working towards Higher Education Academy teaching fellowship.
  • Writer in Residence, Feversham College, (all girls Muslim school, Bradford) delivering workshops and delivering annual anthology of girls work. 2013-20116
  • Associate lectures at Leeds University (Year 1), De Montfort University (Year 1), Newman College (Years 1-3) and Northumbria University (M.A)
  • Arvon course tutoring on Poetry and Comedy course,
  • 2012 Year long Cultural Leadership Programme and Placement at New Writing North-running multiple writing groups and workshops and delivering three papers at the National Association of Writers in Education conference: (“The Disappearing Writer” on the tendency for the writerly role of writers to be erased from educational projects, “Well Versed” on a pilot project where writers collaborated with teachers on creative writing teaching and “Hidden Voices” on using performance poetry in work with marginalised groups.)
  • Writing/performance workshops for Durham Book Festival, Cambridge WordFest, Ilkley Literature Festival, Carte Blanche, HMP Frankland, HMP Styal and several libraries and community projects.
  • Several Creative Partnerships funded projects in schools ranging from a year to three months- leading writing/performance projects.
  • Mentoring performers and writers including: Rowan McCabe for “North East Rising (Arts Council funded show), Amy Mackelden for “Retail” (Bridging the Gap funded show), Sarah Millican (Via New Word Order project- now professional comedian), Jaye Kearney for “One”, Rebecca Moran (for “Into the Wilds” anthology).


  • “Stand Up Comedy as an Archive of Detritus: A stand-up autoethnography”, Comedy Studies 2016
  • The Journal newspaper, Newcastle. 750 word topical column weekly 2011-2015
  • Smokestack Books “Fox Populi” poetry collection 2013
  • Valley Press “Jagger’s Yurt”, poetry pamphlet 2013
  • Great North Run Culture “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Punner”, 2011
  • New Writing North “Kate Fox News” poetry collection 2010
  • Ek Zuban Press “We Are Not Stone poetry pamphlet
  • 2007 Zebra Publishing “Why I”, poetry pamphlet 2005
  • Anthologies include: “Ten Years On: Northern Award Winners”, New Writing North, Biscuit Competition Prizewinners Anthology, “Into the Wilds”, Ek Zuban.


  • Full time PhD candidate, Second year (passed first year Transfer process), holding a Practitioner Processes Scholarship at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. 2015-2018
  • Level 3 Counselling Certificate, South Tyneside College 2009
  • Post Grad Diploma in Radio Journalism, Trinity and All Saints College Leeds, 1998
  • First Class BSc Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University 1996
  • Grade 1 S Level English Lit, 4 A Grade A Levels, Queensbury School, Bradford 1993