Kat is a Bristol-based writer and performer, working mainly in the field of spoken word poetry and performance storytelling. They were nominated for the Jerwood Poetry in Performance Award 2021, and have performed at poetry events and festivals across the UK, including WOMAD, Shambala, Lyra: Bristol Poetry Festival 2020 and the Eden Project. Kat’s poetry has been published in Under the Radar, Ink Sweat & Tears and Bath Magg, with a full collection forthcoming in 2022 from Verve Poetry Press. They have recently finished developing Dry Season – a spoken word theatre show/project exploring age, identity and menopause. The show premiered at Camden Peoples Theatre in July 2021 and a UK tour of the show is in production for Spring 2022.
As well as co-hosting Raise the Bar, Kat is the creator, producer and host of SpitFire, an intermittent online spoken word event curated to highlight the voices and talent of older women. They also facilitate creative writing workshops for adults and young people, both as an individual and with other members of Raise the Bar.
Kat has had artist’s residencies with Artspace Lifespace (2019, 2021), and Shoebox Theatre (2020). In March 2020 they were commissioned by The Cemetary Club to research and create a performance based on Bristol’s hidden queer history. In July 2020 they were one of 5 artists chosen for The Arts Institute Covid-19 commission.
Kat has told stories for adults and children, worked with an ecologist to create site-specific explorations of myth, science and fungal folklore, created mushroom-themed cabaret, and presented at the University of South Wales’ annual Storytelling Symposium on Storytelling and the Environment. They occasionally dress up as a space explorer and ride around harassing the public from the back of an electric stegosaurus. They still can’t believe they actually get paid to do that.