Kate Rhodes

Novelist, Poet


Kate Rhodes is an acclaimed crime writer and poet. She completed a PhD on the American dramatist Tennessee Williams at the University of Essex, before completing her first poetry collection, Reversal (Enitharmon, 2005). Her second collection, The Alice Trap (Enitharmon, 2008,), was shortlisted for the Forward prize. She has published six psychological crime novels set in London and a further five set on the Isles of Scilly. Her novel Hell Bay (Simon and Schuster, 2018) was shortlisted for the Crime Novel of the Year award, and Burnt Island (Simon and Schuster, 2019) was selected as a Mail on Sunday Novel of the Year. Kate has been awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship.

She has supported many young creative writers through her work with London’s FE colleges, and offered workshops in prisons and at numerous writing festivals. Kate has also worked with new writers through the Guardian and via her role as a member of the London-based writing group Killer Women.

Kate has combined a successful teaching career with professional writing for the past twenty years. She has taught in sixth-form colleges, at British and American universities, and worked as a trainer for new teachers of English Literature and Language. Kate was born in London but now lives with her husband in Cambridge, where she loves to garden and work on her allotment. Her next project will involve working alongside the production company Two Cities to develop her latest crime series for television.

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Kate Rhodes

Kate Rhodes

Novelist, Poet


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  • University of Cambridge, Researcher Development Programme, 2020–2021