Kate Worsley

Novelist, Non-fiction writer
University of Essex

Kate Worsley’s first novel She Rises (Bloomsbury, 2013) is a transgressive seafaring adventure set in 1740s Harwich and has been nominated for a Lambda literary award. She also wrote the non-fiction Personal Space (Conran Octopus, 2000), contributed to Predictions: 30 great minds on the future, edited by Sian Griffiths (Oxford University Press, 2000), and co-authored the FT special report: Design with Julia Thrift (1999).

She has a BA in English literature from University College, London, an MA in creative writing (novels) from City University, London and was an Arts Council East Escalator award-winner in 2012. Having made the move into fiction via a series of creative-writing courses at Birkbeck and the University of East Anglia, she is now a firm believer in the power of admitting to failure, and the benefits of allowing others to view a work in progress.

Kate spent many years as a journalist, editor and subeditor on national and specialist newspapers and magazines such as the Independent, the Guardian and the THES, but she has also worked as a followspot operator, a massage practitioner, in bookshops and in restaurants. She now runs summer weekend writing retreats in Mistley, Essex and performs with the She Rises shanty crew. Her next novel is set in the 1930s.

Kate Worsley
Image Credit: Anthony Cullen

Fellowships

University of Essex 2014-17