Elite punner is long distance runner

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As part of a star-studded evening at the Great North Run Hall of Fame dinner, Tyneside poet Kate Fox took to the stage with presenter Sue Barker and launched her new post as poet in residence with the Great North Run with a poem which highlighted the fact that she both ‘doesn’t look like a runner’ and ‘would rather drive to the kitchen than walk’.

Kate’s residency has been made possible via a partnership between New Writing North and the Great North Run’s Culture, a unique commissioning organisation that facilitates creative engagement using the world’s largest half marathon as the starting point.

Kate will be engaging with running groups, working with children to create an audio poem about running, producing an anthology of work to be given away on the day of the run, and will be undertaking the race herself – tweeting as she runs. We’ll also be holding a special Pasta and Poetry evening in September just before the run to send Kate on her way. You can follow Kate on Twitter to keep up with her training and activities @katefoxwriter.

Read a great article by David Whestone in The Journal about the project here.