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Kathryn 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 reviews & activities, or to Buy Books. Download Kids’ Stuff activities for home & classroom use.

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Kathryn was the recipient of a 2018 May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowship in Adelaide, and an RADF Grant, to attend the 2019 3-day CYA Conference and associated activities.

New Release: Up and Down on a Rainy Day (December 2020)

New Release: The Bird in the Herd (March 2021) 

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Terse Verse

Okay – so before I start today’s post, I have to say that this is my first day, squeezed into a block by WordPress! Gargh! I really did like my classic editor format, and I have I held out for as long as I can… but recently WordPress overrode my preferences, and we are now … Continue reading

2021 Progressive Poem – Day One

This year I thought it would be fun to take the plunge and write the first line in our Progressive Poem that unfolds throughout National Poetry Month in America. My one line will help set the tone for what is to come … and in light of all we have gone through in the past … Continue reading

‘The Bird in the Herd’ Resources

It’s Poetry Friday again – and I’ve woken to a slightly drizzling day, so that’s a beautiful thing. Though I’d have liked it to hang around longer! 🐛🦢🐮🐶🐴🤠🌪🚙 I’m delighted to share some fabulous resources to accompany ‘The Bird in the Herd’. As with all my books, you’ll find links on the relevant dropdown under … Continue reading

Poetry Friday Muster!

Welcome to the Poetry Friday Muster. That’s the Australian term for the American cattle round-up, and it seems appropriate, since I’m sharing my droving book that was published this week. Look! A herd of cows. There’s a bird in the herd that stalks as it walks, eating slugs and the bugs that the herd stirred. … Continue reading

Release Day: The Bird in the Herd

The egret has landed!   19 years ago, I wrote a story for my two farm boys. It’s been a process steeped in memories; * bouncing ideas around the kitchen table with my parents and sister, * conferencing with my two small boys (my first and cutest editors), * truth-testing countless versions and illustrations with … Continue reading

Lamipofri: Named and Framed

Today I’m sharing a new form of poetry with you. It’s called a lamipofri.    Framed: heads alert eyes watchful they scent the moment, hold pause – then resume; munching, …mooching, ……..mowing; distant cattle and a window into my morning view. Very rough draft © Kathryn Apel – all rights reserved.   By this point you … Continue reading

Katrina Germein – Goodnight Poem

This week I’m sharing a pre-loved poetry treasure that I found in a local op shop. It’s one that was known to me, because it features my lovely friend, Katrina Germein. I had given a copy to my nieces many years ago – and now I have one for myself. Today I’m sharing Katrina’s poem … Continue reading