Kathryn Apel

Kathryn Apel


Speaker type

  • Author
  • Poet
  • Educational consultant
  • Virtual visits
available for virtual visits

Kathryn Apel is an Aussie children’s author who writes too much. She paints pictures with words, because much as she’d love to, Kat can’t draw. Kat’s goal is to find the perfect word for every situation. Sometimes that’s a lot harder than you think! Kathryn is available to talk to your school, library or writing group. An accomplished poet in rhyme and free verse, and active within the children’s publishing industry, Kat offers a range of talks and is happy to tailor activities to best suit your context.

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. During workshops, Kat engages participants with poetry and wordplay, so that their words speak for themselves. 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.

Kat’s Work:

  • On Track - Sporting verse novel for middle grade readers, published by UQP in June 2015.
  • Bully on the Bus - Verse novel published by UQP after winning the CYA Published Author section in 2012. One of the NZ Listener’s Top 50 Children’s Books for 2014 and winner of the 2015 Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature - Young Readers / Picture Book. Now released in America with Kane Miller Books.
  • This is the Mud! - Rhyming picture book published by Lothian Hachette and read on ABC PlaySchool.
  • Fencing with Fear - Chapter book distributed by Blake Education

Numerous poems published in kidlit magazines, including Junior Journal (New Zealand), Pearson Magazines and the NSW School Magazine.

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Kathryn Apel