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.
- Miss Understood (Scholastic, May 2022)
- What Snail Knows (UQP, March 2022)
- The Bird in the Herd (UQP, March 2021)
- Up and Down on a Rainy Day (SLQ, December 2020)
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