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  • Fiction: The King and the Starling
    The king and the starling Once upon a time there lived a wise old king who loved his kingdom. He loved every leaf upon every tree and every drop of dew which glistened with the dawn. And his people loved him too, for he was a fair and kind ruler, who held his people reverently in his heart. One night … 
  • Working the Late Shift
    Working the Late Shift I’m sorry I haven’t come to see you in so long. I haven’t dropped by to share any thoughts, or words, or stories. But things have been a little tough. I’m writing a book, a novel, something which has been a decade in the making. I think you’ll like it. I hope you do. After …
  • Fiction: ‘Treasure’
    Treasure Mercury waves rise into sharp peaks before crashing down with a roar. The wind screams like a banshee. His boat is flung one way, and then another, completely at the mercy of a foul-tempered sea. He hangs onto the side of the boat, his knuckles white. Every muscle strains against the violence. The salty spray …

Now a little about me,
In case you’re curious to see…




I wonder if there’s a word to describe those who love words…

Not just any words, but beautiful combinations of words. Ones that ingrain themselves in the very fibre of your being.

There’s a power in the stories we tell. These are our heritage. The tales we share with each other, pass down to our children and enshrine in our collective memory.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Kat, and I’m a storyteller.

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