About Kate

Hey…. you found me!

So my name’s Kate, but that’s enough about me, tell me about you… Only kidding! or at least only for now…? (more on that another time)

So, If I had to be put in a box, then I guess you could say

I’m a Performance Poet, True Life Storyteller and Workshop Facilitator with a slight ‘brummy’ twang and hands that cant keep still’


But as I prefer not being in a box, I like to consider myself as simply, a sharer of words, poems, stories, poetical stories, story poems, day dreams… night dreams… any dreams and of course… the truth.

I just like to share and embrace the poetics of life in many ways, whilst hopefully encouraging adults and children alike to embrace our true authentic selves and imagination.

“Kate’s style is unique and totally captivating. It’s a kind of
rhyming, rhythmic balladesque sort of indefinable style. Whatever it is, her
mode of delivery draws you in spellbound from the start and keeps you that
way…sometimes with laughter, sometimes in horror but
always wanting more.” Anon.

I always loved to write poetry when I was younger, albeit a bedroom writer of what I liked to call ‘little ditties’. But then I found a passion for writing poetical stories that document the journey of life, whether using metaphor or simply telling it as it is, albeit with a little rhyme involved.

Little did I know, that I would come to love performing or might actually be any good at sharing my stories! But in 2013, someone must of thought I was, as I received the honour of being nominated and shortlisted for the BASE (British Awards of Storytelling Excellence)  Outstanding Newcomer to Storytelling Award 2013.



So since my poetical journey began, I feel truly blessed to have written and produced my own transformational one woman show ‘I Am Blackbird‘. Created and performed The Bag Lady’. Adventures of a StoryTramp, Co-founded Tellit: The UK’s First True Life Storytelling Festival and worked with some wonderfully inspiring people. The past 5 years has seen me perform at many festivals, including Shambala and Glastonbury and have the enormous pleasure of being part of Tribal Voices, a collective of truly amazing poets and musicians holding poetry fire circles at various green field festivals throughout the summer months and I also run and co-host the Bardic Fire at Fire in The Mountain, Aberywstyth, Wales.

481132_10151028947156272_845016418_nI was honoured throughout 2012-2013 to feature as part of The New Libertines line up at various poetry festivals in the UK, hosted by the renowned Indie Author, Poet and Publisher Dan Holloway and I become a region finalist and national slam winning team member for Hammer & Tongue Oxford 2013. I have performed at Cheltenham Poetry Festival and regularly performed for Rrrants at Rantanory Bedtime stories in Richmond and Watford. However my passion is for truth and sharing our life stories and as such I am one of a troupe of Birmingham based True Life Storytellers know as Flashlight True Life Tellers led by International Storyteller Cat Weatherill. In October 2016, Michael Kossew, founder of Natural Born Storytellers, one of London’s Leading true-life storytelling clubs and I, Co-founded Tellit Festival: The UK’s first ever festival of true life storytelling, in London. It was an amazing week! For more information about our first year festival and what to look forward to in the future, please see Tellit and give us a like!



Alongside this, I host and hold space at my fabulous event Wild Words and Wisdom An intimate sharing of poetry, story and song for Women in Hertfordshire where I am based with my partner and two dogs along the banks of the Grand Union Canal at Fishery Wharf Cafe. It is a relaxing and tranquil canal-side cafe, where you can enjoy a cuppa, cake and a slice of the good life whilst simply sitting and watching the boats go by or attending any of the varied events/workshops on offer, including some of my own! I hope the cafe will allow me to offer more workshops and sharing’s in the near future.

Until then, I shall be tramping about with my ongoing project StoryTramp, which aims to share the stories of life and ‘what it means to be human’ in as many creative, collaborative and exciting ways possible. The project continues to evolve just like we do along the journey of life and as such I relaunched my first poetical collection’I Am Blackbird’ under StoryTramp Books, My new Imprint!

With all this going on, I keep my self centred, connected to nature and the childlike spirit within through my work with Wild Learning, where in various woodlands around London, I work with children throughout the school holidays as a site leader or assistant, focusing on outdoor creative play and the opportunity for children to embrace, learn and reconnect with nature.IMG_0945

I truly am a believer in ‘Making my life my living, by living my life’ and having had the opportunity to work with such great people and be inspired by so many, I hope to pass it on and keep inspiring others through poetry, story, workshops and all round creativity!

All in all, Im loving it and I’d love it if you loved it too! So join me along the way to being a seeker and speaker of the truth. Living passionately, creatively, embracing all that comes our way and having fun, so forget about the humdrum, just feel free to simply be, write and share and express yourself truly.

So enough about me, tell me about you…..

Kate x

Photograph credits to Bernard Davis @ Diverse Dancers – Exhibition Soiree | Photogiraffe Live Art. stone@stonefree.org for Tribal Voices @ Small World Festival and BASE @ The BASE awards ceremony in Milton Keynes October 2013


16 thoughts on “About Kate

  1. Hi Kate, it’s Susan here. We met at the Into the Wild Gathering. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your book. It’s so beautiful to read and it’s such a lovely creation. Much of what you share resonates with me. I lost your email address and I wanted to get in touch to see if you were interested in joining with the ‘Realise your dreams’ group I’m running. We meet once a month and it’s this coming Sunday. If you feel drawn then please email me so I can tell you more about it. It’d be great to be in touch anyway. My email is susan@helpmetorelax.com
    Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine
    Susan x

    • Susan! So lovely to hear from you and you wouldn’t likely believe that i was just thinking about you as i just found the email you sent from your phone at ITW! And then i saw your message here! Im so pleased you enjoyed my book, we all share so many similar experiences and i know for myself that it good to feel like we can resonate with and through others shared experiences too. Your group sounds wonderful so i will email you, so you have my details too. Look forwards to seeing you soon x And YES, the sunshine is a very much offering Light relief! x

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  3. here is my poem about harlequin fayre; a festival i went to recently which kate was at. I included in verse 5 a little about kate and meeting her, and thought it would be nice to share this with anyone who enjoys or can appreciate poetry, or joined the many people at harlequin festival. I am 11 years old and ever since I can remember have loved writing poetry, stories, and playscripts. My advice to budding poets/authors is to never lose imagination and you can accomplish anything!! enough talking, please enjoy my poem: hehe!!

    (Verse 1-)

    I dance with the jester,
    As the days fly by,
    But my oh my!
    Non-evanescenced memories keep within.
    How I dance with the jester,
    Through challenges created,
    In order to test me,
    Right through to my bones,
    Thick and thin.

    (Verse 2-)

    He gazed at me with red feverish eyes,
    Then took my hand by pleasant suprise,
    For we danced the Earth’s worries away,
    In the spirit of Harlequin,
    Yester’s days of today.

    And, oh, when night follows into the day,
    I bid farewell;
    Jester told ‘I cannot stay’,
    Though unto Harlequin’s memories like a hand bound to my heart,
    I dance with the jester,
    So reluctant to part.

    (Verse 3-)

    Such a helping hand of comfort upon a shoulder as of me,
    Crayon picture paintings as the young’s imagination runs free,
    And I know,
    How I know,
    The memories of Harlequin Fayre forever will stay with me,
    As I dance with that jester,
    So wild and so free.

    (Verse 4-)

    Poetry’s stories expressed,
    By a quaint caravan,
    And a kind woman with whom I talk,
    As we venture into the Earth’s troubles and walk,
    Through unexplored depths of vast ocean,
    With controversy and commotion,
    Caused by lyrical verse,
    Not artificially to rehearse;
    A story of nature’s tongue.
    And I danced with the jester and the jester danced with me,
    A filling aura of passion and of peace wished both between.

    (Verse 5-)

    I reminiscence as my mind wanders here;
    A man by the campfire,
    Murmuring, dancing, utters sacred words,
    Met by ignorant laughing herds,
    Of sheeple, sorry, people,
    Who look on and frown,
    Viewing him as nothing but a clown.

    Yet I see through them all,
    As my contemplations stand tall,
    As the eve grows dark,
    And as his flowing positive energy now truly beith hark.
    Holy chanting flow from mouth,
    Universe sounds,
    All are expressed with the passion of his dreams,
    And the truth that he surrounds.

    (Verse 6-)

    Aye, so I thank Harlequin Fayre,
    For it’s place in my soul,
    And it’s memories in my mind,
    For I think that I might find,
    If I’d looked a little closer,
    When I leaveth,
    That the jester was not dancing very far behind! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Kellie-May for sharing your amazing poem with us all, just sorry its taken a little while to get it up here.
      Such inspiring wise words and worldly vision of life and Harlequin Festival!
      Hope you and your dad are very well and your writing lots, i have lots of stories buzzing around my head, so much to be written!
      Wishing you all the best Kellie May and speak soon. x

      • hi kate,
        haven’t spoken in a little while- I have since then written my own poetry and creative writing blog with several of my poems on and writing tips for young aspiring writers at: http://www.kelliepoetryblog.simplesite.com ! I hope you are well? Dad says hi, he wanted to make a note of a poetry group in Bristol which you made conversation about; do you recollect the group name?

        Much love and peaceful wishes to you,
        Love, Kellie-May ~<3~ 🙂

      • Hey Kellie-May! So wonderful to hear from you. Im so sorry i havent been in touch, i have only this week returned from being in the fields, so finally, i have good connections again! That is fantastic news about your blog and well done for wanting to inspire other young poets such as yourself and offering advice and handy tips! You really are a truly inspiring young lady, you have inspired me, so i have no doubt you peers will fine you compelling and your poetry amazing. Keep doing what your doing and i look forwrads to reading your blog, and hearing your poetry and stories. Stay in touch and keep an eye out for some more of my own work coming soon! Much love and best wishes. Kate (aka StoryTramp!) x

  4. hi Kate, just to say I have emailed you my finished poem and would be more than happy for you to share with others on this websitexxxxx
    StoryTramp Kellie-may

  5. hi kate, i thought i would share with you and everyone else a poem i found this morning; it is rather whimsical yet simplistic, though suprisingly it conjures up a detailed mental fairytale-like image and i love it for it’s playful use of words and description about mythical fairy-like creatures.It is written by Jacqueline Wilson from her book Green glass beads- a poetry collection!!! ;p :

    ‘Overheard on a Salmarsh’

    Nymph, nymph, what are your beads?

    Green glass, goblin. Why do you stare at them?

    Give them me.

    Give them me. Give them me.

    Then I will howl all night in the reeds,
    Lie in the mud and howl for them.

    Goblin, why do you love them so?

    They are better than stars or water,
    Better than voices of winds that sing,
    Better than any man’s fair daughter,
    Your green glass beads on a silver ring.

    Hush, I stole them out of the moon.

    Give me your beads, I want them.

    I will howl in the deep lagoon
    For your green glass beads, I love them so.
    Give them me. Give them.

      • Hi kate. gr8 to meet u at harlequin fayre, much good times. kellie-may and I checked out space girls salon n really enjoyed your poems on youtube. we both think you and your poetry are so cool n awesome ! We need poets, hope n love in the world now, more than ever !- BIG THANKS from fellow story tramps- marc and kellie-may.

      • Hey Marc and Kellie-May, im so happy to hear from you!
        Thank you so much for coming along to the Salon, it was truly great to meet you both and its moment like that that make what we do, so worth while. Kellie-May was an inspiration to me and i was so proud to share the stage with her for a few minutes.
        Please stay in touch and do send me her finished festival poem and if she would like i will happily put it on my website to share the beauty of collaboration and just how amazing the workshops and Salon space can be for inspiring poets of all ages!!
        Glad you enjoyed my poems and keep on Storytramping!! x

      • Hi kate, this is kellie-may. it was lovely to meet you at the harlequin fayre festival and your poems have really inspired me to keep writing stories and poems. as soon as I have completed my harlequin poem I will email you with it ! hope we may stay in touch via your website or email ! lots of love and take care of yourself x kellie-may.

      • Thank you Kellie-May. We shall definitely keep in touch. My e-mail is spongebob-kate@hotmail.co.uk. or happily just post on here. Please do send me your poem and thank you for inspiring me to keep writing, sharing and having hope for the future, with such wonderful poets and storytellers out there like you! Look forwards to your story soon! Lots of love. Kate x

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