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