Kate Wakeling

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I’ve always loved fiddling around with words, particularly playing about with the sounds of words. And I found my way into writing only after many years studying music, (including a stint researching the gamelan music of Bali) but I’ve always had my ears open to stories and poems. I’m delighted now to be a full-time writer and I absolutely love the sort of precise, imaginative and courageous thinking that writing for children demands. And it seems that music of one sort or another still seeps into just about everything I write, regardless of my proximity to a Balinese gong.”

Kate Wakeling grew up in Yorkshire and Birmingham. Her debut collection of poems for children, Moon Juice (illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa and published by The Emma Press) won the 2017 CLiPPA and was nominated for the 2018 Carnegie Medal. A pamphlet of Kate’s poetry for adults, The Rainbow Faults, is published by The Rialto.

Kate is writer-in-residence with Aurora Orchestra and her storytelling concerts for family audiences have been performed widely, including at Wigmore Hall, the Southbank Centre, the Melbourne Festival, the bOing! Festival and on BBC Radio 3. Kate writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and BBC Music Magazine. She lives in Oxford with her husband and son and is currently working on a new collection of poetry and other exciting writing projects.

Praise for Moon Juice from award-winning poet, Joseph Coelho: ‘A brilliant collection packed with intriguing characters, myths and mind-popping ideas from a fresh, original voice.’ 

Moon Juice (The Emma Press, illustrated by Elīna Braslina)

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Photo by Tom Weller

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