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Kate Hendry


I write poetry and short stories and have taught creative writing to children and adults for fifteen years. I was an associate lecturer for the Open University for 10 years, teaching English and creative writing. I have run creative writing workshops in schools, libraries and prisons, working with a range of participants, from those with basic literacy to professional writers. I was the Scottish Book Trust Reader in Residence at the National Library of Scotland in 2013-14. I currently work freelance for the Scottish Poetry Library, running their reading groups and editing an anthology of poetry.

I received a New Writers Award in 2008. Since then my fiction has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, including Harpers, New Writing Scotland and Mslexia. I was a runner up in the 2009 Bridport Prize. My poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, including Agenda, The North and The Rialto. My first collection of poems will be published by Happenstance Press in 2016.

About writer's work

My short fiction is mainly autobiographical. I write about family life and divorce, mainly from a child's perspective. There's some overlap, thematically, with my poetry, though I'm also interested in memory and time.

I'm currently writing a series of poems about flowers, though they're not really about that at all, but about families. I'm also trying to write about prisons.

I have a PhD in contemporary poetry from St Andrews University. I also have a Teaching Qualification in Further Education from Stirling University.

I have taught English and creative writing for the Open University, St Andrews University Edinburgh Napier, New College Lanarkshire and in prisons. In my workshops, I like to emphasise the connection between reading and writing. I use a range of literary sources (tailored to suit the audience) to inspire new writing. I focus partly on the production of new material and partly on rewriting.

I currently offer one-off workshops for adults (in libraries or the community). I also run poetry workshops for children and teenagers. I ran a series of term-length workshops at Darvel primary school, East Ayrshire in 2013 and another in Broughton High School, for S2 children, in 2014, though I am happy to provide single workshops too.


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Current events and projects

Poetry Readings
I am available to read poems from my forthcoming collection. I have read at various venues, including Shore Poets in Edinburgh, the NLS and Golden Hare Books.

Audience: adults

Creative Writing Workshops

I am able to run creative writing workshops for beginners and experienced writers. Sessions can be focused on particular genres (poetry, short fiction, travel writing, for example), process (looking for ideas, producing work for publication, editing) or theme (writing about home, transport, journeys etc).

I have run creative writing workshops for the Open University, in schools, colleges, libraries and prisons. I am a qualified FE teacher and am a member of the PVG scheme.
Audience: adults, teenagers, children

Read to Write Workshops
These workshops begin are shaped round a series of short readings, covering themes or writers relevant to the group or setting. Writing activities follow on. The sessions are fast paced, deigned to short circuit the inner critic and to produce a body of work in a short space of time.
Audience: adults, teenagers, children

Facilitated Reading Groups
I can set up, facilitate or lead reading groups for children or adults, reading fiction drama or poetry. I currently run the Nothing But the Poem reading groups for the Scottish Poetry Library. I have also run reading groups in libraries and prisons.
Audience: adults, teenagers, children

Other work

I founded and edited the award-winning creative arts magazine STIR, which is run by prisoners for prisoners in Scotland. I also edited The Poem Goes to Prison (Scottish Poetry library:2010), an anthology of contemporary Scottish poetry.

I have run many reading groups in prisons and libraries.  I have researched, written and published articles on the value of reading groups in prisons, in The Reader, RaPAL and Scottish Justice Matters.

My short fiction and poetry can be found in Agenda, Bare Fiction, Brittle Star, Cadenza, The Frogmore Papers, Harpers, Kin: Scottish Poems about Family, Mslexia, New Writing Scotland, The North, Northwords Now, Obsessed with Pipework, Orbis, Manchester Review, Markings, Scottish Cats The Red Wheelbarrow and The Rialto.


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Local authorities where they can work

Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Midlothian, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, Scottish Borders, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Lothian

Age groups

9-12, Teens, Adults

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Books written

Home from Home: Tales from the Big House

Author(s): Kate Hendry
An anthology of stories and poems by men in prison.

The Poem Goes to Prison

Author(s): Kate Hendry
An anthology of contemporary Scottish poetry chosen by prisoners for reading within reading groups. Edited by Kate Hendry.