Poet, Presenter & Literacy Consultant:

An accomplished poet in rhyme and free verse, Kathryn offers a range of talks/workshops for schools or festivals and is happy to tailor activities to best suit your context. Kathryn believes that pumping poetry builds writing muscle – and with so many different poetry forms to choose from, there is something for everyone!

During author talks, Kathryn shares what inspired and shaped her stories, in a talk titled, ‘My Life as a Book’. The content varies dependent on the age group, touching on topics of bullying, friendships, identity, self-worth, sibling rivalry, sporting excellence, rural living, a glimpse at Antarctica,  and – creative things kids can do without a TV!

During workshops, Kat engages participants with poetry and wordplay, equipping participants with fun and creative techniques that they can then take away and apply to all writing. Kat has an extensive bank of activities to choose from, to suit poets of all ages and abilities – including adults.

Kat loves to share a Celebration of Friends, with activities inspired by ‘Too Many Friends’, blending DIY toys with creative wordplay.

Kat also offers short-burst staff poetry workshops for teachers in both Primary and Secondary contexts, with specific activities to engage students across curriculum areas.

Kathryn’s poetry workshop for counsellors equips them with a variety of engaging activities to add to their professional toolbox, when working with troubled children.

Author Bio:  Kathryn Apel has worked as a teacher and literacy coach, but now devotes her time to poetry, picture books and verse novels. Her first picture book manuscripts were misadventures inspired by life on a Queensland cattle property. Kathryn has achieved acclaim as a verse novelist – dealing with emotive issues such as bullying, sibling rivalry, self-doubt, and the intricate balance of friendship. Her verse novel, ‘Bully on the Bus’ won the 2015 Australian Family Therapy’s Award for Children’s Literature – younger reader/picture book category. You can read more under the Kat’s Books tab – with links to reviews of Kathryn’s books.

Kathryn has presented at; the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (United Arab Emirates), the Sharjah International Book Fair, CYA Conference, Bundaberg WriteFest, Somerset Festival of Children’s Literature, Voices on the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich StoryArts Festival, Tamar Valley Writers Festival, Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale … and more.

Author appearance fees are set by the Australian Society of Authors. Travel and accommodation are extra, as required. If other schools within your area are also interested in an event, expenses can be shared amongst schools, to minimise costs.

To enquire about an Author Visit, contact Kat via the contact form below. (Your information is not visible to the public.) Kathryn is also registered with SpeakersInk, Becky’s Literary Bookings and Creative Net.


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“I think Kat Apel may be our Book Week treasure. The boys love you! Teachers, students and parents have loved hearing you talk about your books and your family, and all the teachers have been impressed with your style and your activities.”
Michelle Worthington – Librarian, Toowoomba Grammar Junior School

“What an absolute joy it was to have Kat working at our school this week, as part of the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust. Both students and teachers have been inspired with her passion for poetry and children’s literature. Kat conveyed how only a few select words on a page can be the makings of a great piece of poetry!  How brilliant, is this sage advice for the reluctant writer!  Thank you for sharing with us the amazing zentangles, Storybird, and cinquain examples. Kat’s lesson content and creativity will definitely help our students continue to shine like diamonds!”
Debra Catt – Acting Deputy Principal, Victor Harbor R-7 School

“I thoroughly enjoyed the poetry focus and inspiration. You certainly re-ignited my passion for poetry and how we can embed it in the curriculum. Thank you Kat for your work and teaching.”
Amy Delvin – Teacher, Walford Anglican School for Girls
(Feedback from Staff Professional Development)

“We loved having you visit us, the students and teachers got so much out of your sessions. Even our P.E teacher was raving about your poetry PD – thinking overnight about how he can incorporate reflections, descriptions and similes into his program!
New Gisborne Primary School

“It was great for the class to see someone so passionate about what they do.”
Year 7 teacher.

“Bite-sized, inspiring, motivating. Beautiful combination of photos, words & imagination.”
Year 2/3 teacher

“Fantastic, especially over three year levels. Excellent control of the classes.”
Yr 2/3 teacher – with Yr 1 class group also..

“Kathryn approached Personification with such enthusiasm that the students were literally entertained. Her knowledge of literacy in the classroom is a quality that leads each student into higher order thinking and valued discussion.” 
Secondary English Teacher


Kids’ Quotes

“Poetry is not just about writing. It was fun and it was great to meet an author who wrote books that I loved as a kid.” 
Lydia, Year 7, Gin Gin High

“I loved the creativity of making words out of others and drawing pictures with poetry makes it all the better.”
Lincoln, Year 7, Gin Gin High

“I thought the workshop wasn’t just fun – it also made us think and it let us express ourselves in the activities.”
Georgia, Year 7, Gin Gin High