Hello & Welcome!
My name is Kate and I have a mantra! In fact I have a few, but this particular one is
‘To make my life my living, by living my life’
If I were to list all the things I did and do in the name of poetry, story and creative being, we’d be here for some while, so to make it easier for both you and me, I have bunched them into groups so you can peruse at your own leisure.
Along the tab line you will find the headings Performer, Wild Wisdom Calling and StoryTramp. These are the golden threads of my work, that weave my passion and gifts together as a; performer of the poetics of life, workshop and event facilitator for mind body and soul and independent self publisher of my own works inspired by our personal stories and exploration of the human experience.
I do all this in the name of Poetry, Story & Creative Being, as to live by my mantra, the work I do is not simply about doing a ‘Job’, its is a way of life.
You see, to me, poetry is not just about words on a page, it is the way we live and see the world, the beauty and tragedy found in the intricacy of the weave. The profound, the mundane and the unique and magical way in which we express our selves to the world. It is the voice of our heart song. It’s within our personal stories, mirrored in the metaphor of life, our ability to turn the page when we are stuck in a chapter. It is the movement of body, our sacred dance, the shake up to wake up and let go. It is the simplicity of sharing a cuppa with friend or stranger, or finding a place where your name is remembered. It is the wealth of wisdom waiting to be found and creatively explored and transformed. Its freeing the mind from our old paradigm and opening our eye. It is reflecting, reconnecting and reclaiming our stories and poetics of life to become our own living legend and the new wave of fairytale.
Through my own journey of healing and creation exploration, I embraced the gifts I uncovered within myself and am truly a believer in ‘Making my life my living, by living my life’ Ive been blessed with the opportunity to work with so many great people and be inspired by so many, and so I hope to pass it on and keep inspiring others through poetry, story, workshops and creative being!
I am based in Hertfordshire, where I live with my partner and two dogs along the banks of the Grand Union Canal at Fishery Wharf Cafe, a relaxing and tranquil canal-side cafe and venue, run by my partner, where you can enjoy a cuppa, delicious homemade food and cake and a slice of the good life whilst simply sitting and watching the boats go by. This is my home venue where I hold most of my workshops and events.
And 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, focusing on outdoor creative play and the opportunity for children to embrace, learn and reconnect with nature.
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, to write and share and express yourself truly.
So enough about me, tell me about you…..
A snippet of my story…
It was in 2011 that I felt the wild call of my heart pulling me away from all I’d known to embrace the exact opposite of the complete unknown.
As a little girl, I always enjoyed writing stories and poems and had decided I wanted to be a travel writer, although I imagined that to mean I’d travel to exotic places for free and write reviews on 5 star hotels, waxing lyrical over waterfalls and swimming pools and the quality of the hotel buffet! Despite a short stint in which these dreams sort of came true, life took over and dreams were replaced by the bind of the rat-race. By the time I hit 30, yes, I had a decent job that paid the bills, but I also had a string of failed relationships, a broken heart from a tragic parting, no passion flowing through my veins and no real sense of who I was anymore. I didn’t much like the world I saw around me, I felt confused and disconnected, and thats when I heard it… the call of my wild heart asking me to change, change the way I saw the world, the way I lived and loved, to free myself with such wild abandon that I would no longer recognise who I was.
It took a little while as fear was a good friend of mine, but slowly I found a way to make some changes. Small changes at first, shortly followed by the big life changers and soon enough, I’d left my job, left my home, bought a caravan and was off on the open road! It was the most magical adventure of surrender which led me to the people and places I could only ever dream about whilst I was too busy sleeping. I started to write again and before I knew it, doors were swinging open for me to share my words, stand on stages and become the strong brave female I was, with something to say! So I said it! Loud and proud and within my first year of performing, I had written, produced and performed my first ever ‘One woman show, won regional and national poetry slams and was shortlisted as Outstanding Newcomer to Storytelling 2013 by BASE (British Awards Storytelling Excellence) It was at this point that I realised, I had become a travel writer, only just in a very different way than I first imagined!
Everything was all going really well, but I felt my passion for the stage was waning. I was becoming more comfortable around the warmth of the festival fire, feeling my connection to the earth and nature whilst holding smaller poetry and story spaces that offered a more intimate connection in our sharing, and finally having the realisation that by sharing my stories, I too could help others to find theirs and creating a space for them to feel heard. This is when my true passion began.
So here I am, mixing over 15 years of training & hospitality experience with my own life’s wisdom, the performance and writing abilities I’ve acquired and most importantly, my desire and heartfelt passion to help us reconnect to our truth, our nature and our authentic selves to embrace the wisdom we hold and dance to the rhythm of our wild hearts call!
I’ll look forward to sharing more with you along this journey x