I live in Thirsk and started writing poems while I was a radio journalist in Newcastle in the mid 2000s. Some of them were performance poems, some of them were page poems, and even though the divide is increasingly blurry, I still feel quite a difference in the techniques I use for each. My first (performance) collection was published by Zebra Press in Newcastle in 2005 and called “Why I”. My most recent was published by Burning Eye Press and called “Chronotopia”.
My first page poetry pamphlet was published by Ek Zuban (Teesside) in 2006. “We Are Not Stone” was a bilingual pamphlet of poems by me and the Finnish poet Jenni Haukio. My 2013 collection from Smokestack Books, Fox Populi was the nearest I’ve got to blending my two modes. I write lots of (mostly performance) commissions for the BBC, particularly Radio 4 and Radio 3’s The Verb, have won several poetry slams including the City of Culture Slam, Cheltenham Science Slam and Poetry Idol Slam. I was given the Andrew Waterhouse Award for poetry by New Writing North in 2006.
I have undertaken many commissions and residencies and some of these are detailed below. I am thrilled to say that I’ll be having a collection by the wonderful Nine Arches in 2020/21.
“Funny and endearing with a cynicism that cuts through the whimsy”
“A wonderful storyteller”
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.
“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.’
‘Bold and brassy and very, very funny.’
Winning, witty and wise
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.
Hull 2017- Contains Strong Language Festival
I was one of 17 resident poets for the BBC’s weekend long poetry festival. As part of this I led the devising of an hour long show about Northern women called “Queens of the North”, extracts of which featured on Radio 3’s The Verb.
Quarry Bank Mill, National Trust
I wrote poems for their “Women’s Work” exhibition and performed them at the mill, Manchester Central Library and Manchester’s Wonder Women festival.
I was then Poet in Residence for the Glastonbury Festival in 2013. Not my natural habitat but great inspiration for poems.
Great North Run
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:
Tour de Yorkshire
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)
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.