Poetry and Other Writing

“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

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

Poetry News

‘Bold and brassy and very, very funny.’


I mainly call myself a stand-up poet because of the crossover between comedy and poetry in my live work.

I could also be called a performance poet, a spoken word artist or a slam poet. Like most poets, it’s quite nice just to be called a poet sometimes….

I have supported Linton Kwei Johnson (and stood in for him once at a reading at Eton, but that’s another story), John Hegley, Hollie McNish and John Cooper Clarke. I am often a headline act in my own right.

I have performed my poetry sets everywhere from festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude and Deershed, Cheltenham, Edinburgh and Hay on Wye Book Festivals to on telly on BBC2 as part of the Contains Strong Language Festival (2017), the Great North Passion (2014) and the Great North Run (2011 and 2015) and at many local book festivals, libraries and pub and arts centre poetry events.

When I did slam (Perform poems competitively), I won the Cheltenham Science Festival Slam, Shortfuse’s Poetry Idol, Belfast’s Inter City slam and was second in Radio 4’s slam.


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PS: I am NOT Kate Fox the social anthropologist who wrote Watching the English. NOT HER.

I originally trained and worked 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.

My book before that:

Fox Populi: Buy it here.



Glastonbury poems and two comic crime novellas from Valley Press here: Buy

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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:

Filmed in Whitby.

Other Publications:

“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

Links to my most personal Standard Issue pieces