Katie Hale

Katie Hale was born in Cumbria. Her debut pamphlet, Breaking the Surface (Flipped Eye, 2017), was described by Jacob Polley as "full of the delighted surprise and sadness of being alive." Katie is a recipient of the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the Ware Poetry Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as Poetry Review, The North and Interpreter’s House. Katie also writes fiction, and is currently being mentored for her first novel by Penguin Random House on their inaugural Write Now scheme.

Photo: Supal Desai


Festival Launch Extravaganza »

A sneak peek at some of the highlights of StAnza 2018

Wed 7 March | 18:30 - 20:45 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Border Crossings »

Reading: Cai Tianxin, Katie Hale

Sat 10 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Poetry Cafe: Festival Plenary »

Help us to wrap up StAnza 2018

Sun 11 March | 20:00 - 21:30 | £5.00/£4.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre


Go into the Woods

Sling your knapsack across your back,
or spotted handkerchief over your shoulder.
The trees are close and thick in there –
do not hack the branches, or knock
the sick leaves down. Do not take a torch
or breadcrumbs. Let nobody follow you.
You can tell your story when you emerge.

If you emerge, you will not want
to tell your story. So
you will learn the look on disappointed faces.
Or, to pacify, tell how you once
an owl, drift
in the mind of the trees, passing
wide as paper against the sky.

Katie Hale

From Breaking the Surface (Flipped Eye, 2017)