Kathryn Apel (a well, a bell, Apel) is a born-and-bred farm girl who’s scared of cows. She lives among the gum trees, kangaroos and cattle on a Queensland grazing property. Kat paints pictures with words, because much as she’d love to, Kat can’t draw. She loves pumping poetry because she can flex her muscles across other genres, to bend (and break) writing rules. A trained teacher and literacy consultant, Kathryn shares her passion for words at schools and festivals. Kat was the 2019/2020 Primary Judge of the prestigious Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards.

Kathryn specialises in poetry workshops for kids and adults – and staff professional development sessions across grades and curriculum area.

Click the tabs to find out more about The Kat’s Whiskers and her words. Read about Kat’s Books, with links to Teachers’ Notes, reviews, interviews, and activities specific to Kat’s books, or to Buy Books.

Download Kids’ Stuff activities for home & classroom use. Again, there are tabs here specific to Kat’s books – and so much more! (Kat will always be a teacher at heart, and loves to inspire creativity in kids. And make your role as parents and educators easier!)

Kathryn was the recipient of a 2018 May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowship in Adelaide, and a Bundaberg Region RADF Grant, to attend the 2019 3-day CYA Conference and associated activities. Kathryn’s 2020 Celebrating Our Stories book tour was with the assistance of a Gladstone Region RADF grant.

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Snail Mail – Snail’s Ark

Recently my lovely friend Irene sent her picture book, ‘Snail’s Ark’, to complete our 2022-releases, snail-mail book swap. (You can read what Irene said about ‘What Snail Knows’, here.) Way back when I received my advance copy of ‘What Snail Knows’, Irene commented on my dress. Ha! You can see why. It’s the perfect match … Continue reading

Busting Some Moves

I was emailing our lovely Irene recently, to thank her for her sweet snail story, (post to come) and I was lamenting my lack of blogging; “I hope to share a snippet on my blog – though that is a little erratic of late. (I must blog, fullstop. Funnily enough, Australian publishers are saying that … Continue reading

Poetry Friday Round-up and Katch-up!

Have you every got so far behind in your blogging that you just don’t know how to get back on board? That’s me. These past months. Months that have been so busy… with so much good stuff to blog about, and yet, so little time! I kept delaying… thinking I’d play catch-up – but the … Continue reading

Paper Poetry

I’m popping in for Poetry Friday to share something a little bit different this week; a book I reserved at my library purely for the title. How could I not be intrigued by ‘Paper Poetry’? It’s a book of creative papercutting, by Helene and Simone Bendix, with photography by Ben Nason. It’s a luscious coffee … Continue reading

Sunny Side Up – Opposite Friends

This morning I was surprised by joy in my inbox. Margaret Simon was my PoetrySwap giver for this first round (when I was giving to Margaret, in return!🙃) and her joyful praise poem brought sunshine and smiles into my week. Thank-you so much for these beautiful, encouraging words, Margaret. Hugging this poem to my heart. … Continue reading

Rainy Day Poetry – And Good News!

In February, the Poetry Sisters wrote Exquisite Corpse poems – and invited us to take part. And I did – but never got around to posting! (Story of my life, this year.🤦‍♀️) But during my travels around the North Burnett recently, I brought the exquisite corpse into Poetry Pep-up sessions. They were a great warm-up/ice-breaker … Continue reading

Celebrating Miss Understood – Arooooooo!

What a thrill it was to celebrate the release of Miss Understood in the North Burnett Region, including launch celebrations with kids and staff – and my parents, too – at St Joseph’s Catholic School in Gayndah. I’ve been very excited for the arrival of this book, because I kind of figured it would be … Continue reading