Author Talks

Book an Author Visit

Kathryn is available to talk to your school or writing group. An accomplished poet in rhyme and free verse, Kat offers a range of talks/workshops and is happy to tailor activities to best suit your context. 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. Kathryn is available for Book Week bookings in the Brisbane area, from 28th-31st September, 2018.

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, so that their words speak for themselves. This workshop equips students (and supervising teachers) with fun and creative techniques that they can then take away and apply in new situations.

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. Book two days and this PD afternoon is included free.

Kathryn’s poetry workshops 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 writes poetry, picture books and verse novels. Her first picture book manuscripts were misadventures inspired by life on a Queensland cattle property. More recently, 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), 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.

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 and Creative Net.

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What others are saying…


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..

“The students and the teachers really enjoyed listening to you.
It was nice to hear how stories are written and how each part comes together.”
Junior teacher

“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