Katie Hale


Born in Cumbria, Katie's debut pamphlet, 'Breaking the Surface', was published by Flipped Eye in 2017. She recently won the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the Buzzwords Poetry Competition, and is the winner of the 2018 Fool For Poetry Chapbook Competition with 'Assembly Instructions'. Following a year's mentoring from Penguin Random House UK through their inaugural WriteNow scheme, Katie's debut novel, 'My Name is Monster', will be published by Canongate in June 2019. She runs creative writing workshops in schools, and is currently working on a first full collection of poetry, rooted in her family's matriarchal heritage. Her fiction is represented by Lucy Luck at C&W.



Poetry, literary fiction

Publications & Performance History

Publications: My Name is Monster (Canongate, June 2019 - fiction) Assembly Instructions (Southword, March 2019 - poetry chapbook) Breaking the Surface (Flipped Eye, 2017 - poetry pamphlet)

Workshop & Reading Experience

Borderlines (workshop), 2018 StAnza International Poetry Festival, 2018 Brewery Poets, Kendal, 2017 Lakes Alive Festival, 2017 Cakes & Ale, Carlisle, 2017 Derby Poetry Group, 2017 Poetry Ireland, 2017 Lochwinnoch Arts Festival, 2017 I have also been running workshops in schools since 2013, and have been working with adults / young adults in extra-curricular settings since 2009. I have run workshops for organisations such as: The Barbican Centre New Writing North The Wordsworth Trust The Brewery Arts Centre Eden Arts Borderlines Book Festival The University of St Andrews Royal Holloway, University of London CityReads


Zoe McLain (Wordsworth Trust) & Lucy Luck (agent: C&W)

Group size preference

10 to 15 workshop participants

Minimum audience size


Group age preference

8 years +

Working languages


Area prepared to travel

Cumbria, Lancashire, Central Manchester

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