Katie Hale

Katie Hale

Katie Hale profile photo for Kendal Poetry Festival 2021
Photo credit: Phil Rigby

Festival Team

Katie Hale is a poet & novelist, based in Cumbria. Her debut novel, My Name is Monster, was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award, and has been translated into multiple languages, and she is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Breaking the Surface and Assembly Instructions, which won the 2019 Munster Chapbook Prize. A former MacDowell Fellow, she has completed a number of international residencies, and her poetry has won the Buzzwords, Jane Martin, and Ware Poetry Prizes, and has twice been shortlisted for the Manchester International Poetry Prize. She has also written for theatre and immersive digital performance, including the libretto for a song cycle, The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash, which premiered at Edinburgh Fringe. She also featured on national television and radio, including programmes such as Radio 4’s Open Book and Front Row, and has created commissioned work for the National Trust, the Barbican Centre, and the BBC Contains Strong Language poetry festival. She leads creative writing workshops online, as well as for festivals, universities and schools. In 2021, she is launching The Write Chat: a series of online ‘in conversation’ events with other writers, exploring the craft of writing.

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