The English poet grew up in Hampshire and now lives in London.
Her first full collection The Observances was published by Carcanet/Oxford Poets. The cover is a detail from ‘Neither White Nor Warm nor Cold’ by Christopher Le Brun. The Observances was shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Book Award for Poetry, the Michael Murphy Poetry prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Collection, which was awarded to Kate on 30 June 2016 in Belfast. She travels to New York University in November to meet the Irish-American patrons of the prize and read at the Tom Quinlan Lecture.
In 2012 she completed her PhD while teaching Poetry (modern and historical) courses in the English department at Goldsmiths, University of London. She contributes workshop ideas, close reading prompts and feedback to Poetry classes at Poetry School, Poets’ House Oxford and to schools.
Awarded the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize in 2008 she has received a number of other awards and was selected by Roddy Lumsden for Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt) and again in 2013 and for the 2015 anthology, the Forward Book of Poetry.
For some years Kate co-hosted readings and events with members of the Southwark Stanza of the Poetry Society and is a member of the 12 strong ensemble which performs the collage-poem, Impossible House.
She accepts invitations to read her work alongside other writers and musicians including at the inaugural Open Weekend for The Guardian in 2012, Winchester and Aldeburgh Poetry Festival weekends and locally at the Carnegie Library, Dulwich Festival and independent bookshops. She has been guest poet at Talking Rhythm in Greenwich and at the Bell Library in Provence. Her poems have recently been seen in Poetry Ireland Review, Shearsman, Southword, and the TLS. In October 2019 she also recorded a poem for the TLS podcast.