Oh the indecision of what to title this page.
Poetry? Spoken word? But I did originally train as a radio journalist and have co-written novellas published by Valley Press, had short stories commissioned by Radio 2 and “The Stand Book of Short Stories”, wrote a play type thing for Radio 4’s “From Fact to Fiction” and had another commissioned by Hydrogen Jukebox in Darlington. Then there’s the academic writing I’m starting to do- for The Conversation and Comedy Studies Journal. Also the topical, increasingly political column I wrote for The Journal newspaper for years and some articles for the online magazine Standard Issue.
I’ve won awards- awards! for my poetry. Not the funny, rhyming stuff, obviously no one’s going to give that an award (see academic writing for why). But for the wry (reviewers like the word wry) Northern-noir ish poetry I also write I got an Andrew Waterhouse Award from New Writing North in 2006. That was judged by Colette Bryce and Paul Magrs. Plus a K Blundell Trust Award from the Society of Authors for my poem sequence about the first female sociologist Harriet Martineau, which ended up being published in “Fox Populi”. Plus my poems have been commended and published in collections by Cinnamon Press, Biscuit Press and literary magazines like Aesthetica, Poetry Salzburg, Magma, Anon and Under the Radar. (Again- not the funny, rhyming stuff but the Northernish-noir).
I was also one of 12 women out of 1800 who was shortlisted in Mslexia magazine’s novel competition in 2012. I have a literary agent (Robert Kirby at United Agents) who is up for working with me to get a novel published one day.
Seems like the best thing I can do is post some links here to various publications, online writing and interviews I’ve done about it.
My most recent book:
Fox Populi: Buy it here.
Glastonbury poems and two comic crime novellas from Valley Press here: Buy
My poem about the Northern apocalypse is in this Bloodaxe anthology “Funny Ha-Ha Funny Peculiar”. Which strikes me as one of the few times the funny rhyming and the Northern-noir things have come together. Hmm. Buy here.
Archive page of the poems I used to do on Saturday Live on Radio 4: Blast from the past.
I was Poet in Residence for the Great North Run (half marathon) in 2011. We recorded this poem as part of it and it was then re-recorded for the BBC1 coverage again in 2015 and also played on the starting line which was nice. It’s for all of us runners who don’t look like runners:
I was then Poet in Residence for the Glastonbury Festival in 2013. Not my natural habitat but great inspiration for poems. Glasto poems here.
I ran a project for the Yorkshire Festival in 2014 when the Tour de France came to Yorkshire. I reflected on the joy of Yorkshire Tea:
“Kate Fox News” – New Writing North, 2010- accompanying the show of the same name.
“We are Not Stone” Ek Zuban, 2006 Buy here. (This was a collaboration with Finnish poet Jenni Haukio. Strangely, Jenni is now the wife of the Finnish President. This was definitely in the Northern noirish category).
Why I- Zebra Press, 2005. (Her first publication- also had a CD included).
Other books have been more or less self-published to accompany shows including “The Starting Line”, 2012, “Why Not I” and “Why Not I Too”.
Kate’s poems have also been published in “The Iron Book of Humorous Verse” (Iron Press-2012), “The Gardeners” (OWF Press-2014), Poetry Salzburg, the Morning Star, Anon, Under the Radar, Rising, Sand, Magma, Ink Sweat and Tears, the Biscuit Prizewinners Anthology and quite a few other things she’s forgotten.
Journalistic and other writings