(Nice) things people have said about me…

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Sometimes I get reviewed as a performer and as a writer, then sometimes as a plenary poet (I write poems for conferences quite a lot) or as a facilitator. Here’s a mixture of it:

Performance reviews:


“Funny and endearing with a cynicism that cuts through the whimsy”

(Sunday Telegraph),


“A wonderful storyteller”

(Three Weeks)


“Reminds us of Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett and Willy Russell”

(Whatsonstage.com) Link to original review

**** “The wordplay was linked by jokes and hilarious recollections”

Fringe Guru Link to original review

“She really is a true original”

Cuckoo Review Link to original review

“Captivating, funny and warm. Humble without being self-effacing”

The F Word Link to original review

“Carefully crafted hilarious chaos…Kate has definitely gone on my must see again list”

York Mix Link to original review

‘Kate Fox is funny, quirky and a wonderful writer.’

Sarah Millican

Poetry Reviews:

‘Fox has a gift for anecdote, a lively ear that catches the nuances and shifting fashions of everyday speech, and a strong sense of rhythm and musicality.’

Ian Parks, Critical Survey

‘Winning, witty and wise…’


‘Funny, poignant and very likeable’

Poetry Salzburg Review

‘Her end rhymes alone are laugh out loud funny.’

Poetry News

‘Bold and brassy and very, very funny.’


‘A wry and witty people-watcher, Kate Fox’s poems lighten a dull day.’
The Journal

“Fabulous, feminist and funny”

Morning Star

“Self deprecating and wry throughout. This is poetry that is accessible, witty and wise”

The Crack Magazine Link to original review


Kate Fox-Recent Plenary Poem Testimonials:

“Everybody’s in complete agreement that you clearly have a magical power to be able to summarise and appraise long and complex days in such lyrical fashion.”
– Nick Malyan, Bridge North East

“We’ve had fantastic feedback from delegates about the creative documentation of the events, and many comments on how your poems have cut to the chase and reflected our conversations back at us – all really valuable!”
Louise Taylor, Project Co ordinator, Creative Case North
(Creative Case video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e73Y0gFgSU)

“There’s always lots of praise for your summing up poems in our feedback. Lots of mentions again. Just picking one up from the top of the pile- Kate! Wow! What a plenary! Send me her details’.”
Vicky Sturrs, Schools and Colleges Programmer, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

(A link to a different schools network CPD day poem: http://www.grabandteach.co.uk/a-cpd-poem.html)

“No need for me to say you were brilliant at the Symposium on Tuesday. Twitter at the time made that completely obvious. Can I say a huge personal thank you for all that you did – bringing energy, thoughtfulness and humour to the event and galvanizing over 160 people (no easy feat)”.
Lesley Patrick, Cultural Forum North

(Poem here: http://www.cultureforumnorth.co.uk/news-and-events/test-main-event-goes-here/)

“Your summing up poem at the end was definitely one of the highlights of the day. We’ve asked for feedback from staff on the various bits of the event. 67% thought your contribution was ‘Excellent’ with a further 22% saying ‘Good’; I don’t think you could wish for better scores than that! I think Baz hit the nail on the head when he said you understand what we’re trying to do better than we do.”

Toby Ross, Manager Internal Communications and Planning, Arts Council England



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

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