Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Kathryn Fox

Provisional PhD Candidate (Practitioner Processes Studentship)

BSc Communication and Media Studies, Post Grad Diploma in Radio Journalism

I’m mostly a stand up poet and have been Poet in Residence for the Glastonbury Festival, Great North Run and Radio 4’s Saturday Live. My research interests include stand up comedy and Northern identity and the field of solo stand up performance in Northern England.


I’m mostly a stand up poet. Or, to put it another way, stand up comedy informs my practice as a spoken word artist. Or, in the words of a Chortle comedy reviewer “Fox falls between more stools than Amy Winehouse”. My interest in unpacking sentences like that one is why I’m reactivating my old interest in discourses of power. Or my ongoing interest. It comes up often when I run workshops in schools, take on residencies such as those I’ve done for Glastonbury Festival, Radio 4’s Saturday Live and the Great North Run.

I’ve also popped up with commissions on Radio 3’s The Verb, Radio 4’s Today programme, From Fact to Fiction and Pop Up Poets. Also on BBC1’s Great North Passion, BBC2’s Daily Politics and Chelsea Flower Show coverage and BBC1’s Great North Run coverage.

I’m currently working on two shows for the Sunday comedy slot on Radio 4. They spring from a solo show I took to Edinburgh last year about not wanting children.

My most recent poetry collection “Fox Populi” is published by Smokestack Books. I’ve won awards from the Royal Literary Fund’s K Blundell Trust, the Arts Council and New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse Award (2006). My poetry has been published in Poetry Salzburg, Magma, Rising, Under the Radar and Anon.

I was runner up in Radio 4’s National Poetry Slam in 2006, winner of the City of Belfast Culture Slam, the Cheltenham Science Festival Slam and Shortfuse’s Poetry Idol.

Solo shows have been commissioned by Great North Run Culture and New Writing North, including ones about the similarities between running and writing, the news and Autism. They’ve toured everywhere from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Southbank.

In 2009 I was one of only three practitioners to undertake a Cultural Leadership Programme and was placed at New Writing North, the literature development agency and researched the ways that writers work with young people.

I’ve facilitated various spoken word projects and events to give new platforms to established and emerging performers and develop new audiences- including New Word Order (where Sarah Millican did her first ever gig), Hells Belles Women’s Comedy Cabaret, Hyperlexic (which brought John Hegley, John Cooper Clarke and Poetry Boxing to Tyneside) and the Bloomin Words Cabaret with the White Rose Bookshop in Thirsk. Participatory arts is an important part of my practice and I have run many other projects in schools and community organisations.

I’m currently Writer in Residence at Feversham College in Bradford, for the national charity First Story which gets writers producing anthologies with students after a year of workshops.

Research Interests

  • Stand up comedy and Northern identity
  • Solo stand up performance and marginalised identities.
  • The role of the compere in stand up comedy and spoken word nights.
  • The construction and resistance of classed and gendered identities in solo stand up performance.
  • Performance auto ethnography

Professional Practice





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