“Funny and endearing with a cynicism that cuts through the whimsy” (Sunday Telegraph), “A wonderful storyteller” (Three Weeks), “Winning, witty and wise” (Acumen), “Bold and brassy and very, very funny” (Tribune), “Reminds us of Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett and Willy Russell” (Whatsonstage.com), “Captivating, funny and warm” (The F Word), “A bilingual cross between stand up comedy and sit down poetry. Fabulous, feminist, funny” (Morning Star)

Kate-16 (Picture by James Sebright- for National Portrait Gallery exhibition)

Kate Fox is a stand up poet and writer. Sometimes described as a spoken word artist and a comedian. She’s appeared on Radio 4 a lot and telly a bit. She has never gone viral apart from when she’s had a nasty cold.

She has written and performed two comedy shows for Radio 4 called “The Price of Happiness”. They’re on BBC iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b060ltsx

A series of two more comedy shows have now been commissioned. They’ll be recorded in the North East in March 2017 and broadcast in June 2017. One will be about not wanting to be middle class, one will be about not wanting a perfect body.  http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2015/12/19/23837/fox_news%3A_second_series_for_comic_kate

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She’s not to be confused with Kate Fox the Social Anthropologist who wrote “Watching the English” but often is. Especially now she’s got a studentship to do a PhD in Performance at the University of Leeds. Here’s an article based on her research: https://theconversation.com/yes-there-are-more-female-comics-at-the-fringe-but-its-hardly-time-to-celebrate-45859

She’s looking at some of her obsessions; solo stand up performance, Northernness and how comedy and creativity can turn the world upside down- or keep it still (more information). Blog connected to this research: https://katefoxresearch.wordpress.com

She is Writer in Residence at Feversham College in Bradford for the charity First Story and has produced (nearly) two anthologies with a talented and funny group of Muslim girls. She’s led many participatory arts projects and school and community writing projects- recently including ones for BBC1’s Great North Passion, Youth Homeless North East and the Northern Children’s Book Festival.

Her poetry residencies have included: Saturday Live on Radio 4 from 2007-14, the Yorkshire Festival, 2014, the Glastonbury Festival 2013 and the Great North Run, 2011. She also writes topical and personal pieces for Standard Issue magazine and was a columnist for The Journal newspaper for four years.

She sometimes runs spoken word gigs and projects including, at the moment, Bloomin Words Cabaret with the White Rose Book Shop in Thirsk and Ey Up Stand Up at the Forum in Northallerton in association with Hambleton Council and with funding from the Arts Council. She writes prose too and originally trained as a radio journalist, reporting and newsreading for many stations in the North of England from 1998-2006.

She has recently helped set up the Society of Authors Poet and Spoken Word artists group so the union can be even more active over better pay and conditions for poets. Interview about her activism over this issue here: http://www.societyofauthors.org/soa-interviews/poetry