Kate DavisFestival Poet

Kate Davis was born on the Furness peninsular and still lives in Barrow. The geography and geology of this karst landscape, where stone dissolves and hills are pitted with old iron ore mines is central to much of her writing, as is the physical act of walking across it.

Kate has always made things: she first trained in fashion design and the industrial processes used in the clothing industry. More recently she has spent time studying and practicing taxidermy.

Kate is interested in the ways in which words and their sounds work on us in ways outside of their given meaning. For the past twenty years she has studied, written and taught poetry. Her poems have been published in Iota and Muse, broadcast on BBC radio and printed on shopping bags. Her stories have been installed in street furniture, in the primates section of Manchester Museum’s natural history display and installed at Art Gene and Heron Mill. She gained an MA in Poetry from MMU in 2011 and in 2013 was awarded a Northern Writers Award. Her first collection, The Girl Who Forgets How to Walk will be published by Penned in the Margins in June 2018.

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