Based in Cumbria, Katie Hale is the author of a novel, My Name is Monster (Canongate, 2019), and two poetry pamphlets – and often writes about language, place, and stubborn women. She is a MacDowell Fellow, and has also undertaken residencies in the UK, Brussels and Tbilisi. She is a recent recipient of an Authors’ Foundation Grant, the 2022 Gulliver Travel Grant, and in 2021, she won a Northern Writers’ Debut Award for Poetry. She also writes for theatre and immersive digital performance and has featured on national television and radio. Her short fiction has been published in journals such as Hotel, Joyland and Under the Radar, and has been shortlisted for the Desperate Literature Prize, and longlisted for the Galley Beggar Press Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award. She is currently working on debut poetry collection, and a second novel. www.halekatie.com
I’m over the moon to have won a Northern Writers’ Award! The process of writing this novel (as with any book) has been full of hurdles and moments of self-doubt, so it makes such a difference when someone tells you it’s all worth it – like flagging in the latter part of a marathon, only to see a friendly face cheering you on towards the finish line. It isn’t just that the award provides support to live and write (though of course that’s hugely important!) but it’s also a much-needed confidence boost, in what is too often a solitary profession. Enormous thank you to the judges, and to New Writing North!